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Lesson Plans (18) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (2) 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. Learning Assets (1)


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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 (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: Business, Management, and Administration (7 - 8), or Career Cluster Electives (7 - 8), or English Language Arts (7), or Literacy Standards (6-12) (6 - 8)
Title: Sweet History: Prezi Presentation Creation
Description: This is a great lesson for incorporating informational texts and technology into the classroom. Students will create a Pezi presentation to discover the history of candy. Students investigate informational texts to find its ingredient and slogan history. Students will need access to a computer lab and Internet access.  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)
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 (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), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Lois Lowry's The Giver: Using a WebQuest to Create a Persuasive Brochure
Description: After reading Lois Lowry's The Giver, students use a WebQuest to research ideas and themes from the novel. Students use their research and persuasive writing skills to create a brochure designed to sell a way of thinking or way of life addressed in the novel.


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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: 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: 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: Shared Spelling Strategies     
Description: Students increase their spelling accuracy and retention, while preserving fluency, by using sound, sight recall, and analyzing strategies instead of memorizing words, as they deal with spelling during drafting.
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: Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers     
Description: Students use picture books as framing texts for research, freeing them from the language of encyclopedia sources and allowing them to focus their attention on the content of their papers.
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: Inside or Outside? A Minilesson on Quotation Marks and More     
Description: Students often question whether a punctuation mark goes inside or outside the quotation marks, especially when writing dialogue. This lesson helps students identify the conventions and apply them to their text.
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: 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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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.


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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.

Informational Materials


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Rules for Editing
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Basic rules for editing.

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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.

Learning Activities


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Can We Talk?
http://www.theteache...
This is a good activity to help students learn to correctly write dialogue. "Can We Talk? Grades 4-6 Summary: A great lesson to help remind students the skills involved in using dialogue in their writing."

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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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