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Lesson Plans (21) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (4) 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, 
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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8)
Title: Narratives & Grammar:  There's More to the Story
Description: For this lesson, a mystery, a type of narrative realistic fiction, will be composed.  Since strong adjectives and adverbs will support a mystery, they will incorporated into the writing.  What should a good narrative contain? This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6)
Title: Live at Five! The Devil's Arithmetic  Newscast/ Podcast
Description: Four to Five person teams will be created to research and present an in-depth TV news special about the Holocaust for the Passover Seder holiday.  Students will conduct research and assume a specific task of their news team to present a main story in a newscast/Podcast. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8)
Title: Drill and Kill No More - Incorporating Verbs, Adverbs, and Prepositions Within the Context of Argumentative Writing
Description: The technique known as "Drill and Kill" is not effective for the retention of grammar skills. Students are more apt to remember grammar skills when the skills are taught in connection with writing. The following lesson demonstrates a better way. Yes, the skills must be taught first; however, the “drill skill and kill” method is only 15% of the lesson. The first thing you must do is correlate the different genres of writing with the grammar concepts that go with them. This lesson will show teachers how to teach adverbs, verbs, and prepositions within the context of an argumentative paper. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Parts of Speech "Blabbers"
Description: Students will create animated images in Blabberize.com to define, explain, and give examples of usage for an assigned part of speech. Teacher will then compile saved video clips into a photostory presentation explaining all eight parts of speech and present final copy for class presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: "All in the Family"
Description: A cooperative unit where students work together and use a variety of math skills to establish budgets and compare and compute the best buys. Students will continue practicing their writing skills by writing thank you notes to local merchants.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Was So Depressing About the Great Depression?
Description: This lesson focuses on the effects of the Great Depression on American life in the period from 1929-1940. Students learn about changes in art, music and literature that symbolize life of the everyday man. Students also learn about the causes that lead to the Great Depression.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Line of Symmetry
Description: During this lesson, students will use a hands-on method to identify lines of symmetry. Each student will create individual lines of symmetry by using their name. Creations are unique and individualized for each student. Students will also learn more details about lines of symmetry by navigating the Internet. Students will do online activities to reinforce what they have learned about lines of symmetry.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Fairy Tales as a Genre of Literature
Description: This lesson will provide students with an understanding of the literary elements of fairy tales. Students will compose original fairy tales using graphic web organizers and presentation software.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our African American Heroes
Description: Students will create a short digital slideshow presentation and brochure on a famous black American.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Description: This five-day lesson will introduce the students to the author of the novel as the beginning of a unit. The students will conduct research to obtain biographical information about the author and read/analyze summaries and critiques of the author's writing. Finally, the students will create brochures or flyers to highlight the author as a guest at a mock author's conference.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6)
Title: My Own Kingdom
Description: This lesson requires students to write a descriptive essay and make an illustration of their own imaginary kingdom and share with the class. This lesson can be done after reading about Leslie's and Jesse's kingdom from the book, Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson (or any other imaginative kingdom).


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy      
Description: Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class '' press conference.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Expository Escapade Detectives Handbook     
Description: Students create a Detective's Handbook based on a detective mystery they have read. The handbooks include expository and descriptive writing, as well as a letter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Imagine That! Playing with Genre through Newspapers and Short Stories     
Description: Students identify genre characteristics for short stories and newspaper articles then practice both genres by turning a short story into a news article and an article into a short story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection     
Description: Students use Internet search engines and Web analysis checklists to evaluate online resources then write annotations that explain how and why the resources will be valuable to the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action     
Description: Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative     
Description: The old clich ' , , , '' A picture is worth a thousand words'' is put to the test when students write their own narrative interpretations of events shown in an image.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Creative Communication Frames: Discovering Similarities between Writing and Art     
Description: Graphic organizers assist the development of comparative vocabulary and generate discussions of analogy and metaphor in art as students go on a real or virtual tour of an art gallery.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Advanced ESL Writing Lesson Plans
http://berlinct.trip...
This offers multiple lessons on writing, the writing process, fragments and run-ons, nouns, verbs, etc. These lessons are also appropriate for ESL students.

Podcasts


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Age Appropriate Videos, Quizzes, and Tests on Grammar Topics
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
This BBC website for adult learners is great for short videos that are not childish. This is especially helpful for high school and middle school students who are behind on grammar concepts but do not need elementary style videos.It includes games and quizzes to reinforce the grammar topic.

Informational Materials


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Rules for Editing
http://lesson-plans....
Basic rules for editing.

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Subject-Verb Agreement PowerPoint
http://chompchomp.co...
PowerPoint that covers and reviews subject-verb agreement.

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GrammarNOW
http://www.grammarno...
Students can email their grammar questions and receive prompt responses. There are also links to grammar and writing resources.

Interactives/Games


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Subject-Verb Agreement Tutorial and Quiz
http://grammar.ccc.c...
Tutorial on subject-verb agreement with interactive quizzes that can be used as a resource for formative assessment, as a pre-test to determine the level of familiarity students have with the rules of subject-verb agreement, or as a practice quiz to check for understanding.

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Age Appropriate Videos, Quizzes, and Tests on Grammar Topics
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
This BBC website for adult learners is great for short videos that are not childish. This is especially helpful for high school and middle school students who are behind on grammar concepts but do not need elementary style videos.It includes games and quizzes to reinforce the grammar topic.

Learning Activities


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Interactive Grammar: No Red Ink
http://www.noredink....
"Help your students improve their grammar and writing skills Create assignments and quizzes without doing any grading Target Common Core skills using your students’ interests Provide students with unlimited help whenever they need it Track growth using our color-coded heat maps"

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Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
http://www.chompchom...
This resource provides pronoun-antecedent agreement practice.

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Age Appropriate Videos, Quizzes, and Tests on Grammar Topics
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
This BBC website for adult learners is great for short videos that are not childish. This is especially helpful for high school and middle school students who are behind on grammar concepts but do not need elementary style videos.It includes games and quizzes to reinforce the grammar topic.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: William Carlos Williams was born in 1883.     
Description: Students write imitation poems, review grammatical structures, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press or Stapleless Book to publish their finished work.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



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