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Lesson Plans (11) 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. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Learning Activities (2) 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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Dance Moms Reality or Fatality
Description: Students will view a reality television episode and read a news article related to reality television. Then students will complete a graphic organizer to create an argument for or against children participating in reality television. Students will apply supportive details for writing a persuasive paragraph. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: A Note of Thanks: Explanatory Writing
Description: The students will compose a thank you note using the following RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) model. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.  


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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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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
Title: An Exploration of Text Sets: Supporting All Readers     
Description: Students create text sets on a high interest topic and use the texts to practice three strategies for reading for information.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Women's Suffrage: Why the West First?     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students compile information to examine hypotheses explaining why the first nine states to grant full voting rights for women were located in the West. The take a stand, supported by historical evidence, as to whether or not a single theory can explain why the Western states were the first to grant full voting rights to women.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Myth and Truth: The First Thanksgiving      
Description: By exploring myths surrounding the Wampanoag, the pilgrims, and the '' First Thanksgiving,'' this lesson asks students to think critically about commonly believed myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in colonial America.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh's and Patrick Henry's Language of Resistance     
Description: Students study Patrick Henry's '' Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death'' speech and the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric and action.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Voice with Anthony BrownesVoices in the Park      
Description: Students analyze Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne to determine how an author keeps an audience interested by creating voice and to applying that knowledge to their own writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth      
Description: Students read Avi's Nothing But the Truth and examine the First Amendment and student rights, and then decide whether the rights of the novel's protagonist, Philip, are violated.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Points of View in the News     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and Web sites. Students read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions describing each article's source, purpose, and viewpoint. Students then research the topics presented in an article of their choice and evaluate the resources they find. They conclude by creating checklists they can use in the future to evaluate articles, Web sites, and other information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Community - The Giver 
Overview:
This podcast correlates with The Giver lesson on authority. It prompts students to think about their community and the positive and negative aspects. 


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The Prince of Frogtown
Overview:
Rick Bragg was interviewed about his book, The Prince of Frogtown. The interview was prepared, filmed, edited, and rendered by students from Brewbaker Tech High School and took place at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, Alabama on April 18, 2009.


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Eve of the Penguin and Penguins and Antarctica
Overview:
Listen to this interview of Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce conducted at the 2009 Alabama Book Festival by students of Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School.


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Podcasts


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Classic Inspiration in Hunger Games
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In this video interview by Suzanne Collins, she discusses how she found inspiration for the Hunger Games from classic literature. This video is great for discussing author's purpose, allusions, and the impact of classics in modern literature.

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Girl on Fire: Hunger Games Song Analysis
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This site contains a song inspired by the Hunger Games (scroll down to play song). The lyrics and a letter explaining the inspiration for the song are included on the site. This would be an excellent resource for teaching metaphor, allusion (to Romeo and Juliet), or author's purpose. Teachers could also use it to link lyrics from the song to scenes from the novel.

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Hunger Games: Author's Purpose
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In this interview segment, Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins discusses her reasons for writing the novel, including her belief that young people are in danger of being desensitized to violence.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: Mark Twain in His Times     
Description: This resource, an EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource presented by the University of Virginia, contains a broad range of materials on Mark Twain and the times in which he lived. Drawn largely from the resources of the Barrett Collection, this interpretive archive focuses on how Mark Twain and his works were created, defined, marketed, performed, reviewed, and appreciated. Contained here are dozens of texts and manuscripts, scores of contemporary reviews and articles, hundreds of images, and many different kinds of interactive exhibits.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.     
Description: Students explore the literary concept of point of view by examining a pair of picture books that highlight the controversies surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is World Hello Day!     
Description: Students study a letter written by a famous author to determine purpose, and words and phrases that make the letter meaningful. They can use the Letter Generator to write their own letter promoting peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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