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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Assets (1)


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Round Robin Poetry Analysis
Description: Poetry lesson using music lyrics and traditional poetry. The lesson involves identifying vocabulary, imagery, analysis, and interpretation of poetry. Students work collaboratively to develop the meaning of poetry. Specifically, this lesson highlights Langston Hughes's poetry and the Harlem Renaissance. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson: Using Art to Study Plot
Description: In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine the artwork in Lasceaux Cave in France via Internet and illustrate a chapter summary from Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson in "caveman style."


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jack London's ''The Call of the Wild'': ''Nature Faker''?     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students analyze Jack London's The Call of the Wild. They take a stand on whether London can be called a nature faker and on what he is attempting to communicate through his portrayal of Buck. They support their stands with historical evidence or evidence from the text. Finally, students write an essay, complete with hypothesis and textual support, on London's approach to the animal story in The Call of the Wild.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students research the Gold Rush era to provide authentic background for their own fictional prose. By mining online databases for primary texts and period photographs, students can explore the Klondike Stampede and glean from their visit sufficient period details to help them create their own narratives based on the Gold Rush. While the emphasis of this lesson is on history and research rather than literature, selections from Jack London's The Call of the Wild are used to provide focus and structure for students research in online databases of primary sources, and to serve as models of vivid narrative prose for students own stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature     
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. Five pieces of literature are applied to teaching a wide range of topics in the mathematics curriculum, from sorting and classifying to the meaning of averages.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Analyzing Advice as an Introduction to Shakespeare     
Description: Popular culture provides an introduction to Shakespeare's poetic devices in this lesson, which asks students to explore an excerpt from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Let Voki do the Talking!
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Create custom avatars and add dialogue by typing or speaking into Voki. 


ALEX Podcasts


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Who Wants to Go to Birmingham--1963?
Overview:
Intended to be used as an introductory activity with the novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis, this five-and-a-half minute video provides a brief overview of the climate and significant events that occurred in Birmingham and across the South in 1963.  The question in the title is to provoke students to think about why the Watson family would choose to make the trek from the relatively calm Flint, Michigan, to the turmoil-filled Birmingham, Alabama.  Other than the allusion in the title and mention in the end credits, this podcast does not make any specific reference's to Curtis' book, and can therefore be used as a stand-alone tool in the study of the Civil Rights Movement.  


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Closing the Generation Gap through Interview
Overview:
This podcast describes a collaborative project in which students determined, with several options available, to conduct research about the past by interviewing people who lived during the Great Depression. The students had read Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which depicted hard financial times. They explored traditional research methods (books and Internet) but decided on Interview with elderly residents from a nearby nursing home to achieve the most "local" information possible.  


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Informational Materials


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Folklore and Mythology Electronic Database
http://www.pitt.edu/...
This database contains an extensive assortment of folklore and mythology texts. For example, it includes 22 different version of the Cinderella story.

Interactives/Games


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Fake Facebook Generator
http://www.classtool...
"Fakebook" allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes. Use "Fakebook" to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on!

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Salem Witch Trials Jeopardy
http://law2.umkc.edu...
This is a review game covering the historic facts surrounding the Salem Witch trials.

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