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Lesson Plans (22) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Body Symmetry of Animals
Description: Students will watch a slideshow about the body symmetry of animals. Included is a short quiz of animals and images. The students will determine the symmetry of each animal. Students then design their own animals. They should design one with each type of symmetry.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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Environmental Issues Scrapbook and Podcast
Description: Over the duration of a semester students will collect newspaper and magazine articles related to environmental issues. Students will compose a scrapbook of articles. Students will choose two topics to record and share with the class.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Narrator     
Description: Students consider a variety of narrative stances in Edgar Allen Poe's short story, Tell Tale Heart, and Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. They examine how Ambrose Bierce and Edgar Allan Poe used narration to create their intended effect in the reader.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Concluding the Novel     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. Students consider the novel as a whole, reflect on its symbolism and the author's purposes, and discuss possible interpretations of the novel and its characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Myth and Truth: The Gettysburg Address     
Description: By exploring myths and truths surrounding Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding this famous speech from the Civil War era.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students read and analyze essays by Frederick Douglass and Mark Twain. They explore the various methods for writing essays and their basis in rhetorical tradition. They also learn effective strategies for writing essays and argumentative prose. They study the persuasive appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos, and then apply these rhetorical strategies to essay writing projects of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Spend a Day in My Shoes: Exploring the Role of Perspective in Narrative     
Description: In this lesson, students imagine spending a day in someone else's shoes. After reviewing the characteristics of narrative writing, they then write narratives from that person's point of view.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Defining and Exploring an Author's Stylistic Choices     
Description: Students find examples of specific stylistic devices in sample literary passages then search for additional examples and explore the reasons for the stylistic choices that the author has made.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Slavery's Dehumanizing Effects     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They explore Douglass's argument that slavery is not only dehumanizing to the slave, but to the slave-owner as well.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Reading Between the Lines     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students evaluate news stories by determining their sources and recognizing biases or viewpoints. In order to become well-informed adults, it is a good idea for students to develop the habit of reading the news and keeping informed on important topics, such as geography, the environment, and world events. With the overwhelming amount of information available both in print and online, it is important that students learn to read news stories with a critical eye.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Philosophy,Social Studies
Title: Profiles in Courage: ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' and the Scottsboro Boys Trial      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study select court transcripts and other primary source material from the Scottsboro Boys Trial of 1933, in which two young white women wrongfully accused nine African-American youths of rape. Students then consider how an awareness of this historical event vivifies Tom Robinson's story in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Word Maps: Developing Critical and Analytical Thinking About Literary Characters     
Description: Students read '' After Twenty Years'' by O. Henry, use a word map to identify characters' qualities or traits, discuss the characters' feelings and actions, and reflect upon these in journals.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Renaissance Humanism in Hamlet and The Birth of Venus      
Description: After reading Shakespeare's Hamlet, students identify, analyze, and explain how elements in Botticelli's painting Birth of Venus and examples from the play illustrate the philosophy of Renaissance Humanism.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Letters from Emily Dickinson: Responding to Emily Dickinson -- Poetic Analysis     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, challenges students to explore Dickinson's poem Safe in their Alabaster Chambers, both as it was published and as it developed through Dickinson's correspondence with her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson. By reading the manuscripts, students gain insight into the process of Emily Dickinson's craft. At the same time, they are able to rethink the commonly held notions that she was a recluse who wrote purely in isolation.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Frederick Douglass's 1845 Autobiography     
Description: In this EDSITEment unit of three lessons, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They analyze Douglass's vivid first-hand accounts of the lives of slaves and the behavior of slave owners to see how he successfully contrasts reality with romanticism and powerfully uses imagery, irony, connotative and denotative language, strong active verbs, repetition, and rhetorical appeals to persuade the reader of slavery's evil. Students also identify and discuss Douglass's acts of physical and intellectual courage on his journey towards freedom. This curriculum unit incorporates primary source material from EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites. The curriculum unit introduces three individual lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring Cross-Age Tutoring Activities With Lewis and Clark     
Description: Interaction and adventure draws high school and elementary school students together as they analyze stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave(1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass(1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. Students learn about the slave narrative and its importance in the abolitionist movement, gain experience in working with the slave narrative as a resource for historical study, evaluate the slave narrative as a work of literature, examine the slave narrative in the context of political controversy as an argument for abolition, and explore themes of self-actualization and spiritual freedom within the slave narrative.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Hawthorne: Author and Narrator     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students come to recognize the difference between a narrator and an author, and explore the impact of an author's personal history on his or her creative life, particularly in the context of American society. The focus is on Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Censorship in the Classroom: Understanding Controversial Issues     
Description: Students examine propaganda and media bias, research a variety of banned and challenged books, choose a side of the censorship issue, and support their position through an advertising campaign.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Kate Chopin's ''The Awakening:'' No Choice but Under?     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, encourages students to explore the chronological and geographical context of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. This lesson serves both as an introduction to the curriculum unit--with its overarching themes, questions, and objectives--as well as a lesson on Chopin in context.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Comic Strip Crucible
Digital Tool: Bitstrips & the Interactive White Board
Digital Tool Description:   Using the website bitstrips.com and an interactive white board, student groups will create a comic strip to illustrate the previous day's reading in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.


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Title: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search
Digital Tool: A Google A Day
Digital Tool Description: A Google A Day is an interactive search game developed by Google to enhance the user's ability to use a search engine effectively and accurately. This tool will be used as a learning asset in the form of a Bellringer to focus students at the beginning of class on the larger lesson plan's purpose and goals, as well as to help students evaluate their own progress towards those goals. This activity will be particularly effective when used as a Bellringer for the lesson: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search.


ALEX Podcasts


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Dorian Gray - Worth the Read?
Overview:
Throughout school, students are often required to read books that they know nothing about. This is one of a series of podcasts reviewing required high school reading materials.  This video review is of The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by British author Oscar Wilde. This novel makes its readers question a lot of deep rooted assumptions and ask themselves questions that they normally would not. Anyone considering reading this or assigning it to students will enjoy this podcast and will get a brief but accurate summary. 


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Drawing Inferences
Overview:
This podcast covers the reading skill of making inferences. It includes a definition of the skill, real-life examples, and guided practice. This podcast also briefly outlines the strategy: It Says, I Say, and So. This podcast can serve as a introductory lesson on making inferences or as a refresher tool on this skill. Pictures, audio voice overs, music, charts, and video help teach students how to effectively draw inferences while reading.


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History Reference Center Database Research Project: Ancient Rome  
Overview:
Using an example of an English assignment for students to research Ancient Rome, the student uses the History Reference Center to eventually limit his/her search to locate a book source. In addition, the student learns how to sign-in and add items to his/her folder.


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Judgment Day: For and Against Freedom
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This lesson uses a program segment and primary sources to deepen understanding of the militant phase of anti-slavery activism inspired by the pamphlets, newspapers, speeches, and organized campaigns of early 19th-century abolitionists. Students can perform guided research into the lives and ideologies of famous abolitionists, notably women abolitionists, and create fictional dialogues between them.

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Judgment Day: For and Against Freedom
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This lesson uses a program segment and primary sources to deepen understanding of the militant phase of anti-slavery activism inspired by the pamphlets, newspapers, speeches, and organized campaigns of early 19th-century abolitionists. Students can perform guided research into the lives and ideologies of famous abolitionists, notably women abolitionists, and create fictional dialogues between them.

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