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Lesson Plans (18) 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. Assessments (2) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) 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: I Am Not My Hair:  A Lesson in Self-Image
Description: Featuring the India.Arie song "I Am Not My Hair," this lesson takes students through the pre-writing, production, and editing phases of an informative essay. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Building Everlasting Relationships: Understanding Subject-Verb Agreement in Sentences.
Description: In this technology-driven lesson, students will independently review subject-verb.  As a culminating activity, they will complete an interactive grammar lesson using English Grammar 101. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow:  A Career Exploration Lesson for Middle-schoolers 
Description: Through multiple lessons, middle school students will explore career choices, set educational goals, and create a media project in which they share information about their chosen career. 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 (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Poetry and Music Fun with Chris Daughtry
Description: This language arts lesson grabs students' attention by incorporating a popular musician. The lyrics to "Over You" include vivid language that makes identifying figures of speech intriguing. The students will identify similes, metaphors, and hyperbole within the lyrics. The students will analyze the lyrics and create an MP3 file or podcast with their analysis.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Long Way From Chicago: Web Search
Description: Used as an introduction to the reading of Richard Peck's book, A Long Way From Chicago, this lesson is designed to familiarize students with topics that help them to better understand the setting of the novel. Students search the Internet for information and present their findings to the class in an oral presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Harlem Renaissance Unit
Description: This unit on the history and contribution of the Harlem Renaissance combines research and creative presentations in the form of slideshows, a timeline, and desktop publishing.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Riddles in the Dark
Description: Riddles can be challenging to solve and even more challenging to write. After reading the riddles used by Gollum to try to ensnare Bilbo in chapter five of Tolkien's The Hobbit and those used by Bilbo to outwit Gollum, students use their wit and cunning to author a riddle pop-up book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Narrative Writing: The Autobiographical Incident
Description: After organizing their thoughts using a graphic organizer, students write a narrative essay which relates an autobiographical incident. Students present their essays in a slideshow which allows their classmates to practice predicting an outcome as they guess the ending of the narrative. Some of the essays will be included in a class newsletter created by the students.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Welcome to the World of Verbs
Description: In this comprehensive study of the verb, students participate in play-acting, creative writing, word processing, and pencil-paper activities. A teacher-made slideshow presentation with student friendly Web links introduces the lesson.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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
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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Subject-Verb Agreement Family Feud
Digital Tool: Powerpoint
Digital Tool Description: This is a group-based game with individual responsibilities where students compete to determine whether a sentence's subject and verb agree and to correct errors in agreement.


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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. 


ALEX Podcasts


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Different Types of Verbs
Overview:
In this interactive tutorial, students will learn what a verb is and the difference between linking and action verbs. 


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ToonDoo
Overview:
ToonDoo is an easy-to-use comic and comic book creation tool with loads of built in clipart and other creative features.  For example, students can make a cartoon character to exemplify themselves so that they could be the hero or villain in a story or play they have written themselves.  This is a great tool for language arts and English teachers to help students with creative writing.  Students love cartoons, and her they have a vast array of characters and locations in which to let their imagination take them on a journey.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Princess Bride Activity Pack
http://www.tpet.com/...
This is a pdf file of writing ideas, research projects, and group activities to teach the Princess Bride.

Podcasts


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Understanding Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
http://m.youtube.com...
This very short video gives a good overview of the criteria for identifying simple, compound, and complex sentences. It's pretty fast-paced and found on YouTube.

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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.

Assessments


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Simple Compound Complex Sentences
http://grammar.ccc.c...
This is a pretty tough test to assess whether students can distinguish among simple, compound, and complex sentences.

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Sentence or Fragment Assessment
http://www.thatquiz....
This is a 20 questions multiple choice test that assesses comprehension of complete sentences and fragments.

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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Sentence Building Blocks: Phrases and Clauses
http://quizlet.com/1...
Students can use this site as a practice or assessment to learn, refine,or demonstrate their knowledge about phrases and clauses toward better sentence composition.

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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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Sentence Building Blocks: Phrases and Clauses
http://quizlet.com/1...
Students can use this site as a practice or assessment to learn, refine,or demonstrate their knowledge about phrases and clauses toward better sentence composition.

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

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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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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: In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.     
Description: Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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