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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Learning Activities (7) 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.
Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards). Learning Assets (3)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Slithering Snake Don't Mess With Me
Description: This lesson encourages students to evaluate how the setting influences the characters interactions sand how that motivation propels the plot in Rudyard Kipling’s, Rikki-tiki-tavi. They will also evaluate the effectiveness of Kipling’s use of personification. During this lesson, students will, students will annotate the text through coding, create trading cards for the characters , compose an exposition, and produce a brochure based on a focused research assignment.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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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: "Thank You Ma'am": Defending or Prosecuting Roger
Description: Students will write a three-paragraph letter to a judge either in defense of or prosecution of Roger from the short story "Thank You Ma'am." Students will engage with the text as they cite evidence in support of their arguments. Students will get to present their letters to a mock jury and try to win their case for or against Roger. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Persuasive Strategies and Tuck Everlasting
Description: This lesson is a persuasive strategy lesson plan for Tuck Everlasting. It allows the student to incorporate technology in the development of an original thirty second commercial.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Oral Presentation of Favorite Celebrity
Description: Using the Internet to research facts about a favorite celebrity, students gain the organizational and oral presentation skills needed to successfully deliver an effective speech and slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Newspapers: Facts and Opinions
Description: In order to sharpen a student's understanding of the differences between facts and opinions, this lesson incorporates both the close reading of a newspaper and the writing of a factual article and a letter to the editor.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Scrapbook Book Report
Description: After reading independently a novel or biography, students in this creative writing activity demonstrate their understanding of characterization and point of view by creating the main character's personal scrapbook.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Writing with Technology
Description: This lesson provides students with the basic steps for effectively using a Dreamwriter portable keyboard/word processing device. Students will use this technology tool to draft and publish a final copy of a writing assignment.


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: Reciprocal Revision: Making Peer Feedback Meaningful     
Description: Interpreting art is a subjective process. In this lesson, students write written responses analyzing a work of art and use feedback from their peers to revise or confirm their initial responses.
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,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: A Case for Reading-Examining Challenged and Banned Books     
Description: This ReadWriteThink-reviewed website, provided by Plainfield Community School Corporation, contains a WebQuest that explores the issues of censorship pertaining to the occult content of the popular Harry Potter novels. Students can take on the roles of concerned citizens, public librarians, school librarians, and fans of Harry Potter and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues     
Description: How can we convince others to agree with us on important issues? In this lesson, students explore relevant environmental issues and gather information to write persuasive essays.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Critical Media Literacy: Commercial Advertising     
Description: By looking at advertising and mass media critically, students begin to understand how the media oppresses certain groups, convinces people to purchase certain products, and influences culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You     
Description: This unit of seven lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces students to a poet's voice. Students develop a general definition of voice in poetry, and analyze and appreciate the poetic voice of Langston Hughes in particular. Included are writing and discussion activities, in which students either write a poem expressing their own voice (as developed in a journal), or write about one of the qualities of Langston Hughes's poetic voice (as explored in class discussion).
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the ''New Colossus'' to America     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the effort to convince a skeptical American public to contribute to the effort to erect a pedestal and to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York. The activities in this lesson guide students through an investigation of primary historical documents and an analysis of the poem The New Colossus, written by the nineteenth-century poet Emma Lazarus.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Interactive Essay Writing
Digital Tool: Essay Map
Digital Tool Description: This interactive graphic organizer aids students in writing expository essays. It takes them through the process of organizing ideas and developing an outline that includes an introduction, body paragraphs that include supporting details, and a conclusion. The finished essay map can be e-mailed or printed for further analysis or revision.


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Title: The Blind Side: Expository Writing
Digital Tool: The Blind Side video clip
Digital Tool Description: This video clip is from the movie The Blind Side. This clip shows the main character, Michael, attempting to submit an analytical response/essay on a reading if his choice, "Charge of the Light Brigade." This clip shows his ability to think through a text and previews the "mental" writing process. It is a great introduction activity to work to set a purpose for a lesson and show the importance of being able to write these types of texts, as Michael's future depends on the success of this last writing assignment.


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Title: The Ease of Essay Writing
Digital Tool: Popplet App
Digital Tool Description: The Popplet app will be used to design an outline using a graphic organizer.  An outline allows students to organizer their thoughts before going into the writing process. 


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Princess Bride: Argument Essay Prompt
http://nymag.com/dai...
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to . . . FLY? Have students read the linked article regarding a passenger being criticized for his t-shirt on a flight and have students write and argumentative essay regarding public dress or censorship.

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Hunger Games: Argumentative Writing
http://www.classroom...
Use this list of "would you rather" questions to generate class discussion. Teachers could also use these for argumentative essay prompts.

Learning Activities


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Princess Bride: Argument Essay Prompt
http://nymag.com/dai...
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to . . . FLY? Have students read the linked article regarding a passenger being criticized for his t-shirt on a flight and have students write and argumentative essay regarding public dress or censorship.

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Left-Brained Writing Prompts
http://writingfix.co...
All writing activities categorized on this page celebrate a left-brained approach to beginning a piece of writing. This page celebrates approaches that are structured. This page celebrates approaches that are logical.

Teacher Tools


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Hunger Games: Argumentative Writing
http://www.classroom...
Use this list of "would you rather" questions to generate class discussion. Teachers could also use these for argumentative essay prompts.

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: National Public Radio began broadcasting in 1971.     
Description: Students make predictions about the content of some of NPR's programs, then listen to the programs and report on the contents and discuss with the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.     
Description: Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929.     
Description: Students make lists of their favorite and least favorite movies and brainstorm qualities that make a film good or bad. Next, students write a movie review for a film they have seen.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Charles Lindbergh began his transatlantic flight in 1927.     
Description: Students consider what is meant by the phrase '' Human Hero,'' think of people who fit into the category, and read a biography of a selected hero.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Write letters that make things happen!     
Description: In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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