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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11)
Title: Com'on Down To Eatonville, Florida
Description: You are Mayor Joe Starks from the book Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and you want more people to relocate to Eatonville, Florida. Identify five amenities that may make Eatonville attractive to African-Americans looking for a place to establish themselves. Using these amenities, draft a thirty to sixty second audio advertisement or draft a one-hundred word advertisement to be published in the Orlando Sentinel.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Story Writing: Cultural Myths
Description: You are a folklorist observing the lives and cultures of different people. You want to tell the world about  their culture, beliefs, and values. You and a group of other folklorist are going to research the lives of a an ethnic group, and create a digital story about their lives, and present it to all the folklorist at the "Who are They?" convention.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: Unfortunate Fortunato
Description: You are a local police detective, your task is to investigate the disappearance of Fortunata. Retrace his steps leading up to his disappearance. Remember to interview anyone that may have seen him that night. After gathering all of your information, write a detailed missing person's report on behalf of Fortunato's family detaining Fortunato's last day on earth.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Poetry and Music Fun with Chris Daughtry
Description: This language arts lesson grabs students' attention by incorporating a popular musician. The lyrics to "Over You" include vivid language that makes identifying figures of speech intriguing. The students will identify similes, metaphors, and hyperbole within the lyrics. The students will analyze the lyrics and create an MP3 file or podcast with their analysis.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Analyzing and Recreating Poetry with William Wordsworth
Description: This language arts lesson incorporates collaboration and analysis of poetry. The students will utilize drawing and analysis. The lesson also incorporates synthesis by having the students recreate Wordsworth's poem.The students will recreate personal photos on Aviary to make them more vivid.    


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 10)
Title: Hands, Hands, Hands - Writing a Narrative Essay from the Perspective of a Particular Hand
Description: The teacher will show pictures of six hands to students.  (See attachment)  After a brainstorming session, students will choose one hand that illustrates a particular story from their life.  Then, students will write a two page narrative essay about this story.  These stories will be posted on a class blog to allow for feedback and discussion from classmates.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Novel Study - Independent Reading
Description: Students will choose a novel from a teacher-created reading list. After reading their choice novel, students will prepare a 1-1/2 to 2 minute multimedia presentation to "sell" other students on the novel. In addition, students will prepare a poster advertising their novel for display and a written summary of the novel that identifies various literary elements of the novel.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird Character Interviews - Podcast
Description: Students will write and produce character interviews based on the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The interviews will be produced as a podcast based on characters from the novel and students' interpretation of the events in the novel, as well as its historical setting. The project will be a conclusion to the class study of the novel.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: This is my life!
Description: This assignment requires you to write about your own life, your family, and the things that are influencing you so far in your personal journey. The result will be a short autobiography of your own…and hopefully a little more self-knowledge to take with you as you consider your journey in the years to come.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Fibonacci Poetry
Description: Students will review the Fibonacci sequence and compose poems with the number of syllables in each line corresponding to the the numbers of that sequence.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: All About Plants
Description: Students will take notes on plants and as a review they will create a multimedia presentation on topics learned including information about their favorite flower. For the duration of the lesson students will also solve and create help wanted ads based on plant organs. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Graphing Gallery Walk
Description: In this lesson, students will participate in a gallery walk to realize the vast amount of information found in a graph. Students will make notes of the graphs as they rotate through the gallery. At the conclusion, students will create a story from an assigned graph.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Travel Newsletter
Description: In a role as the director of tourism for a student-selected city, state, or country, students conduct online research to create travel newsletters enticing tourists to visit their chosen areas. Newsletter content includes location, historical background, primary industry, attractions, and accommodations. Word processing skills implemented include newspaper columns, word art, graphic lines, serif vs. sans serif fonts, and justification.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Get to Know Your Library Media Center
Description: This lesson will provide students with an orientation to the Library Media Center and the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The students will access the Alabama Virtual Library and will participate in a library scavenger hunt as a basic introduction to the library services.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Everyman in Everyday Language
Description: To gain understanding of allegory and appreciate the changing nature of language, students will read, discuss, and rewrite the medieval morality play Everyman into common teenage language.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Gift For Mom and Dad
Description: Following a reading of O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi," students write an expository essay based on the connotative definition of "gift." The essay is then presented as a holiday gift. The lesson can be adapted to a variety of occasions and grade levels.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Oral Presentation of Favorite Celebrity
Description: Using the Internet to research facts about a favorite celebrity, students gain the organizational and oral presentation skills needed to successfully deliver an effective speech and slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Letter of Introduction - Writing as a Diagnostic Tool
Description: At the beginning of the school year, students respond to a teacher-generated questionnaire in personal letter format. As a diagnostic tool, letter writing can reveal strengths and weaknesses in composition skills, organization, sentence structure, and mechanics.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Identifying Parallel Structure in Sentences
Description: After textbook and online instruction in parallel construction, students examine Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence for parallelism before writing their own paragraphs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Twentieth Century Resumes
Description: Students will use the Alabama Virtual Library and other reference materials available in the library to create a resume for a twentieth century historical figure from United States history, science, or literature. The lesson is designed as a cooperative project between the classroom teacher and the library media specialist.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird: Building Knowledge
Description: As a conclusion to a class study of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, students create models and pictures based on the novel's descriptions to illustrate the effect of setting on plot and character.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags?
Description: In this lesson students will apply the interest formulas to make the best investment decision for our fictional character Algebrea Calculique. The students will be provided with a story explaining the situation that Algebrea faces and the investment choices that she has. To present their findings and conclusion, the students will write an expository essay. This lesson integrates mathematics into the writing process.


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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Understanding Wilderness     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students discuss the concept of wilderness and the role that wilderness preservation has played throughout American history. Students conduct research on different historical wilderness issues or events and analyze those events in the context of the political and cultural climate of that particular time.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts - Journalism - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Piracy: A Continuing Problem     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to compare and contrast piracy in its golden age with modern piracy. They learn where piracy is practiced today and write reports pretending they are on an international anti-piracy commission, describing the similarities and differences between modern and historical piracy and proposing some solutions to modern piracy problems.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider the United States level of preparedness for the Pearl Harbor attack and discuss what the U.S. could have done to be better prepared. Students conclude by writing letters to American military commanders in the summer of 1941, suggesting what they might do to prepare for a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Population Issues in China and India     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine population control practices of India and China. Students gather population statistics for these two countries, read about population issues in both places, and determine whether India should adopt a one-child policy like the one implemented by the Chinese government.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Using Geography to Learn About History     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students investigate how geography impacted daily life, warfare, and trade in ancient Greece. They use this information to write statements to a school committee explaining how geography should be incorporated into the history curriculum.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Women in Medicine: Past and Future     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to explore scientific enterprise in relation to the role of women in science as it has developed over the last 150 years. In this investigation, students compare the careers of two women, a century apart, involved in medical research. They also learn about xenotransplantation, the use of animal organs and tissues for transplant into human patients.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom     
Description: What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: I've Got the Literacy Blues     
Description: Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from '' The Gift of the Magi'' and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers     
Description: Students analyze scary stories to 'break the code'' of horror writing and use what they learn to write scary stories of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching the Epic through Ghost Stories     
Description: In this lesson, students connect to the oral tradition of epic storytellers by sharing their own oral tales of ghosts and goblins and monsters.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Graffiti Wall: Discussing and Responding to Literature Using Graphics     
Description: Tap students' desires to doodle and draw by having them create a Graffiti Wall, using graphics to discuss a piece of literature that has been read by the whole class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns     
Description: Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Kate Chopin's ''The Awakening'': Searching for Women and Identity in Chopin's ''The Awakening''     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine how gender roles in nineteenth-century America affect the choices made by the central character in Kate Chopin's The Awakening. They analyze Edna Pontellier's character development specifically in relation to other characters in the novella and generally in relation to women's roles in 19th-century America.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'The Red Badge of Courage'': A New Kind of Realism     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare specific excerpts from Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage to first-hand accounts of Civil War battles, in text and images. They also list elements of Crane's style that contribute to the novel's realism. To conclude, they create a first-person account that employs the basic stylistic characteristics of The Red Badge of Courage.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Chinua Achebe's ''Things Fall Apart'': Oral and Literary Strategies     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to African novelist Chinua Achebe's first novel, Things Fall Apart, and to strategies of close reading and textual analysis. Through this lesson, students learn about Nigerian culture and history and compare African oral storytelling traditions with European linguistic and literary forms.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts
Title: Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film      
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students employ the screenwriter's craft to gain a fresh perspective on historical research, learning how filmmakers combine scholarship and imagination to bring historical figures to life and how the demands of cinematic storytelling can shape our view of the past. Working in small groups, students examine a figure in women's history through the lens of filmmaking, producing a screenplay based on an autobiographical narrative and their own research into the time period in which that autobiography is set.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Who Was Cinque?     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, focuses on Cinque, the leader of the 1839 Amistad revolt. The lesson draws on a variety of documentary resources to examine how he was perceived by Americans on both sides of the debate over slavery.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, examines a critical episode in George Washington's second administration, when federal efforts to collect an excise tax on liquor sparked armed resistance in the frontier communities of western Pennsylvania. Students focus on answering the question: When is the federal government justified in using force against American citizens?
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Lincoln Goes to War     
Description: This EDSITEment lesson explores the decision-making process that precipitated the Civil War, focusing on deliberations within the Lincoln administration that led to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Life on the Great Plains     
Description: In this four-part EDSITEment lesson, students examine the concept of geographic region by exploring the history of the Great Plains. They explore the concept of region and learn how culture and experience influence the perception of regions, investigate the relationships between physical geography and human systems of culture and settlement, trace the history and character of a region as reflected in literature and art, and examine factors that influenced westward expansion in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Common Visions, Common Voices     
Description: This lesson from EDSITEment focuses on themes and motifs found in the literature or the visual arts of several lands. In the lesson, students use the Internet to discover points of intercultural contact for themselves, crossing borders that can lead them to a broader perspective on the common vision human cultures share.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts - Drama - Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Religion - Christianity - Religion - Islam - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Perception of Place     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students write paragraphs describing their perceptions of a specified place and compare notes to see the variety of ideas and feelings toward this place. They come to understand how and why people perceive places in different ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Critical Ways of Seeing ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' in Context     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, asks students to combine Internet historical research with critical reading. They then produce several writing assignments exploring what readers see in Huckleberry Finn and why they see it that way.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Become a Character: Adjectives, Character Traits, and Perspective     
Description: Students '' become'' one of the major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using lists of accurate, powerful adjectives.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Recognizing Similes: Fast as a Whip     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students build on their basic understanding of similes and begin to engage with similes on a deeper and more abstract level. They read excerpts from the work of Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, and Toi Derricotte in order to gain an understanding of similes. They then create their own similes in order to learn how to apply this tool to their own writing projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Analyzing Character in Hamlet through Epitaphs     
Description: Students create epitaphs for characters from a tragedy, such as Hamlet.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Brochures: Writing for Audience and Purpose     
Description: Students create brochures on the same topic as another piece of writing they have done, highlighting how shifting purposes and audiences creates changes in their strategies as writers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Thinking Inductively: A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney's Blackberry Picking      
Description: This lesson eases students fear of interpreting complex poetry by teaching them a strategy with which they determine patterns of imagery, diction, and figurative language in order to unlock meaning.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comparing a Literary Work to Its Film Interpretation     
Description: Students will really get into the swing of things as they analyze the text and film versions of Edgar Allan Poesstory, The Pit and the Pendulum.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Beyond What I Did on Vacation : Exploring the Genre of Travel Writing     
Description: After reading and analyzing short examples of travel writing and discussing conventions of the genre, students write their own travel articles.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Title: The Importance of Word Choice in Writing
Digital Tool: The Power of Simple Words
Digital Tool Description: This is a 2-minute video resource that clearly illustrates the importance of word choice in writing.  The main idea is that clear, concise, and simple language can be more powerful than complicated, flowery language when communicating through writing.


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Title: Postcards From The Moonlight
Digital Tool: Postcard Creator
Digital Tool Description: The Postcard Creator allows students to identify the elements of a traditional postcard, compose and/or summarize content material, edit, and publish/print individual postcards. After editing and printing, students may illustrate the front of the postcard to reflect subject matter/events described in the postcard message.Postcard creator also features planning sheets/templates that may be utilized by students in the initial planning phases of the lesson.


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