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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or English Language Arts (8)
Title: "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
Description: By linking the experiences of the character Charlie Gordon to other characters and to themselves, students demonstrate through class discussion and journal writing their understanding and interpretation of the short story "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes.


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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,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: Using the Four-Square Strategy to Define and Identify Poetic Terms     
Description: How do poets play with language? Students will explore some answers to this question as they search through poems for examples of alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Title: Playing with Poetry the Interactive Way
Digital Tool: Poetry Idea Engine: A Writing With Writers Activity
Digital Tool Description: This interactive activity challenges students to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more.


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Classic Inspiration in Hunger Games
http://www.scholasti...
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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Heroes of Troy: Song Version
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
This site breaks the Iliad into seven segments. Each segment has a song (audio) and a retelling of the story (video). PDF files of play scripts are also available for download. This simplified version of the the Iliad is great for struggling students or as a preview for the Odyssey.

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Myth Man - Greek Mythology
http://mythman.com/h...
Large collection of resources regarding Greek mythology. Includes an overview of characters, a gallery of images, and a section that demonstrates Greek mythology's influence on modern society.

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The Hero in Fiction Webquest
http://heroinfiction...
This webquest provides graphic organizers, videos, and links to teach students about hero archetypes and the hero's journey.

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Greek Mythology: Allusions
http://www.mythology...
This resources contains a collection of activities to teach allusions regarding Greek Mythology. The lessons include identifying allusions and explaining allusions. It then builds up to having students create their own allusions.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
Title: What Makes a Poem an Epic?     
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, prompts students to identify examples of the epic hero cycle from a story with which they are familiar.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.     
Description: Students use the Hero's Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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