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Lesson Plans (35) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (7) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (6) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: From Knotty to Calculating
Description: In this lesson, students will work within their math and English language arts classes to research the development of mathematical tools and their applications.  A research paper will be produced for and graded by the English language arts teacher.  A presentation will be made in the math class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Psychology News Wiki
Description: This engaging lesson may be utilized for the entire duration of the Psychology or Advanced Placement Psychology course to keep students informed about new discoveries in the field and instruct them on the scientific writing process. Students research the Internet to locate breaking news in Psychology and write a psychological abstract on the article they have selected. 


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12)
Title: I Am What I Learn- Video Scholarship Essay Contest
Description: This lesson provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of available scholarships to determine which scholarships may be sources of funding for college.  Students will create a video essay which will be used to apply for a college scholarship.  This lesson plan contains a financial aid component.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12)
Title: Financing Your College Education-What College Can I Afford?
Description: This lesson provides student with the opportunity to think about financing college by considering the best use of the funding available. Consider pros and cons of attending school in state or out of state. Students should determine which education option they can afford to meet the goal of attending college. This plan contains a financial aid component.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Teaching the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
Description: In this self-directed study involving research, composition, and presentation, students analyze Chaucer's characters of The Canterbury Tales as presented in the Prologue. Each student casts a modern personality in the role of one of the characters and writes an essay defending the choice.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12)
Title: Writing About Issues in the Media
Description: In this lesson students analyze media coverage of current issues and present their findings in a formal research paper and class presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: In preparation for independent research projects, students in small groups practice proper citation and familiarize themselves with Alabama Virtual Library databases using a graphic organizer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (11 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Description: After a study of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, students working in small groups conduct research and create a slideshow presentation that emphasizes key aspects of the play and/or new ideas generated by the play.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: Weaving the Multigenre Web     
Description: Students analyze the elements of a novel in many different genres and then hyperlink these pieces together on student-constructed Websites.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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: Language Arts
Title: Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting     
Description: This twist on readers theater has students prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading, as they explore standard literary elements of character, conflict, resolution, and setting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: African Americans After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed?      
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores the state of race relations in the U.S. before, during, and after World War I. Students consider the discrimination African-American volunteers faced at home and in the military and, after conducting research using an online database, they take a stand on the state of race relations at this time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Varying Views of America     
Description: Students work together to analyze three poems about America with varying points of view.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Translating Stylistic Choices from Hawthorne to Hemingway and Back Again     
Description: After exploring the styles of two authors, students translate passages from one author into the style of another. They then translate fables into the style of one of the authors.
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
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: Health - Disease - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: International Trade in a Global Village     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the spread of AIDS and report on how this problem has been affected by changes in global transportation and trade. They create multimedia presentations highlighting their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Preparing a Character for a New Job: Character Analysis through Job Placement     
Description: Working as career counselors for a literary character, students find a job for the character, prepare a resume, and design questions and answers to prepare them for a job interview.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama     
Description: In this alternative to the traditional book report, students respond to a play they have read by creating a resume for one of its characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: African American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores the role played by African-American servicemen in World War I. Students consider the discrimination African-American volunteers faced at home and in the military and, after researching contradictory statements, take a stand about the performance of the all-black infantry divisions.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Family Voices In ''As I Lay Dying''     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to William Faulkner's use of multiple narrative voices in his novel As I Lay Dying. Students examine the Bundren family through the subjective evidence provided by a multiplicity of characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Beauty of Anglo Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to ''Beowulf''     
Description: This EDSITEment lesson is an introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature. In it, students study the manuscripts and riddles of the early Middle Ages. By capturing their attention and imagination with visually stunning images of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts available through EDSITEment resources, this lesson prepares students to read Beowulf with an appreciation for its artistry and beauty. Students study online early manuscripts, learn the conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry, solve online riddles, write riddles, and reflect on what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Images of Faulkner and the South     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the American writer William Faulkner and the Southern settings for his novels. Students research Faulkner's own family background and history and compare what they discover with the settings in As I Lay Dying.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: United States Entry into World War I: A Documentary Chronology of World War I     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students reconsider the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I through the lens of archival documents. They create a documentary slideshow outlining the circumstances surrounding the U.S. entry into World War I.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health - Disease - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: The Spread of AIDS     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students research the spread of AIDS and how it has been affected by changes in global transportation and trade. They create multimedia reports to present their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'': Fear and the ''Dagger of the Mind''     
Description: This EDSITEment lesson is designed to help students understand how Shakespeare's language dramatizes one such emotion: fear. Students work in small groups to perform the so-called banquet scene, in which the newly-crowned Macbeth, while entertaining the lords of Scotland, encounters a ghost only he can see. The twist here is that while there are opportunities for students to analyze Shakespeare's language, the performance itself is done without words. The wordless performance means that students need to develop physical equivalents for the clues to Macbeth's state of mind that are embedded in Shakespeare's poetry.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Science, Social Studies
Title: Splitting the Atom     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to use the Internet to research the history of the splitting of the atom and to use that research to make a presentation on an aspect of that topic. The focus of the splitting-the-atom story should be on the discovery of nuclear fission and its impact on world affairs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Practical Criticism     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to analyze the verbal devices through which poems make meaning, to compare one's personal interpretation of a poem with the personal interpretations of others, and to develop standards of literary judgment.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Live from Antiquity     
Description: The goals of this EDSITEment lesson are to gain an appreciation for Greek drama through study of a play by Sophocles, to explore the cultural and historical context of Greek drama and its role in Greek society, and to reconstruct the experience of seeing a Greek drama performed and share that experience in an imaginative report.
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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Chaucer's Wife of Bath     
Description: This lesson from EDSITEment introduces students to one of the most admired characterizations in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath. Students read Chaucer's description of the Wife in the General Prologue to consider how he represents her, both as the poet of The Canterbury Tales and as a character in his own poem, then read the Wife of Bath's Prologue, where he has her speak for herself, to gain additional perspective on her character. Next, students investigate some of the literary sources that Chaucer drew upon as he created this portrait of a woman with her own ideas about matrimony, and examine evidence about marriage in the Middle Ages and the role that women played in medieval society. Finally, students read the Wife of Bath's Tale and explore the alternative readings of the tale in relation to the character of the Wife of Bath.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Discovering a Passion for Poetry With Langston Hughes     
Description: Through a study of Langston Hughes poetry, students connect his writing to his place in history.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry     
Description: Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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MLA Formatting with Microsoft Word 2003
Overview:
MLA Formatting tricks and hints when using Microsoft Word 2003 version.  Includes margin settings, double-spacing, Header, Page heading, and Hanging Indents on Works Cited page.  


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Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale Person Search
Overview:
This podcast focuses on the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Specifically, the Person Search tool is featured. The podcast includes animation and screen capture videos as a teacher talks with a student about a research problem.


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Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale: Beyond the Basics
Overview:
This podcast focuses on four features of the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Works Searches and advanced searches are explained using screen capture videos. Also, the citation and marking features are highlighted. The podcast includes both animation and screen capture video. It is recommended that students view the basic introduction to this database (Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale) before viewing this video.


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Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale
Overview:
This podcast introduces students to the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Students learn to access the library and database, initiate a basic search, and to narrow their search. The podcast includes animation and screen capture videos.


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Using the AVL's Ferguson's Career Guidance Center to Research a Career
Overview:
Tutorial illustrates the steps  a student should follow to research a career using Ferguson's Career Guidance Center on the Alabama Virtual Library.


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Searching and Saving in Points of View Reference Center
Overview:
This purpose of this study is to detail how to search topics with in POV and save the results.


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Hanging Indents for your Reference Page
Overview:
This podcast demonstrates how to use the hanging indent feature in MS Word 2007 in order to correctly type references in MLA or APA style.


Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Birches     
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, guides students as they examine Robert Frost s use of simile in '' Birches.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Take part in the African American Read-In!     
Description: Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.     
Description: Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.     
Description: Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.     
Description: Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Diarist Samuel Pepys was born.     
Description: Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Valentine's Day is today!     
Description: Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device, illustrate, and share them with the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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