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Lesson Plans (37) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (9) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (4) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (12) 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).


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 9)
Title: Come to My City!
Description: Students will create a travel brochure for either their hometown, a city they would love to visit, or move to as soon as possible. This activity will help them learn to research and document information in appropriate spaces. 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 “dril,l 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 (8 - 9), or Social Studies (11)
Title: Fried Green Tomatoes & Cultural Crossroads
Description: Having read Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, students will conduct research through an interview with an elderly person from the community (a field trip to local nursing home facility) to determine the validity of the author’s message (setting, cultural, and historical observations).  They will develop interview questions derived from observations and events from the book as a large group. Small student groups will use iPods/MP3s, laptop computers with webcams, or digital cameras to capture pictures, videos, or audio clips from their interview, as well as take notes. On their return, groups will compare facts from the book to findings during interview and collaborate to create a presentation that finds Flagg’s depiction of the Alabama of the Great Depression days credible or not.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Dickens of a Time: Discovering the Victorian Period
Description: Before reading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, students examine different aspects of Victorian Life in London through a variety of research projects requiring hands-on computer activities.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching Mark Twain's Early Life and Experiences
Description: This lesson requires students to use the Internet to research the early life of Mark Twain and the influence of his childhood experiences on his writing. The lesson includes letter writing, reading, role playing, and working in a group to create a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Author Trading Cards
Description: In this lesson students conduct print and Internet research to gather information about a contempory author. Students create an author trading card featuring this information and then collect and/or trade these cards as they select reading material.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Everyday Heroes
Description: Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Copyright Laws and What They Mean To You - Don't Get Branded With the "P" of Plagiarism!
Description: This lesson teaches an overview of copyright laws and the consequences of plagiarism. Students practice paraphrasing short passages and identifying instances of plagiarism.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Who's Who on Olympus and Why Should I Care?
Description: References to mythology extend far beyond the basic exploration of a genre. This unit will serve as an exploration of the creation myth across cultures, an introduction to the major Greek gods and goddesses, and an opportunity to link mythology to today's world. Students will research and create a newsletter on a creation myth and the culture from which it came. They will also plan and present a slideshow presentation about a major god or goddess of ancient Greece, including allusions to him/her in today's world.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
Description: In this one-two week unit, students explore the role media has in influencing public opinion. Students analyze advertising in print, video, and online formats. An optional visit to the Museum of Television and Radio via distance learning videoconferencing helps students examine the extent to which they are influenced by propaganda.


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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 (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: I Am a Fish
Description: This cross-curricular lesson combines research on an ecological issue with creative writing. After conducting research on an important environmental issue, students will present their findings from a different point of view.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Introduction to African American Poets
Description: In this lesson student groups will research selected African American poets using the Alabama Virtual Library. Each group will present its findings according to a chosen format.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Rookie Project
Description: This is a three-part writing project which includes a research paper, a creative short story, and a movie review inspired by the movie, The Rookie. The lesson is easily adapted to other appropriate films of similar themes.


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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 (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Memory Preservation--One Relative at a Time
Description: After organizing and conducting an interview of a grandparent/senior citizen, students create a slideshow presentation using the information and memorabilia collected at the interview.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Dynamic Duo Text Talks: Examining the Content of Internet Sites     
Description: An Observation and Inquiry Sheet guides students as they analyze and compare their reactions to the value, engagement, and credibility of three websites related to Anne Frank and the Holocaust.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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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,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: Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology     
Description: Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Cosmic Oranges: Observation and Inquiry Through Descriptive Writing and Art     
Description: Students will eat up this lesson about oranges as they practice the skills that help them investigate and make detailed observations for descriptive purposes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation     
Description: Classroom biography study offers high-interest reading with a purpose, as students begin with inquiry and research, summarize and organize their information, and prepare oral presentations to share with the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Heroes Around Us     
Description: Students select, read about, and report on a hero and then identify how their hero matches certain criteria and characteristics. Hero reports are then compiled into a class book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party     
Description: Students attend a 19th Century Victorian party to celebrate Scrooge's new outlook on life. They research characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and assume those personas for the party.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster      
Description: Struggling to survive is one of the many themes explored in A Girl Named Disaster. As students read, they look for connections between themselves and the main character, Nhamo.
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,Social Studies
Title: Who Were the Foremothers of Women's Equality?      
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to the achievements of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, the foremothers of women's equality. By studying a variety of primary historical materials, students also learn about some of the lesser-known activists who fought alongside Stanton and Anthony in the formative Women's Rights Movement.
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: Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives     
Description: Students must '' become'' a character in a novel in order to describe themselves and other characters using powerful adjectives.
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: Proverbs: At Home and around the World     
Description: In this lesson, students work with proverbs from home and from around the world, exploring how these maxims are tied to a cultures values and everyday experience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Critical Media Literacy: TV Programs     
Description: By critically analyzing popular television programs, students develop an awareness of the messages that are portrayed through the media.
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
Title: Get the Gist: A Summarizing Strategy for Any Content Area     
Description: Gist is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area. Students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction     
Description: In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Literature Resources From Gale: Biographies in Science
Overview:
This podcast gives a brief overview of how to use the person search tool in the Literature Resources from Gale database, a part of the Alabama Virtual Library. The podcast will show how to search for a scientist for a research paper in science.   


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Hydra
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The Hydra was a dangerous mythical beast with many heads.  This podcast tells the story of Hercules' challenge to kill the Hydra as one of his twelve tasks.


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Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale Person Search
Overview:
This podcast focuses on the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Specifically, the Person Search tool is featured. The podcast includes animation and screen capture videos as a teacher talks with a student about a research problem.


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Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale: Beyond the Basics
Overview:
This podcast focuses on four features of the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Works Searches and advanced searches are explained using screen capture videos. Also, the citation and marking features are highlighted. The podcast includes both animation and screen capture video. It is recommended that students view the basic introduction to this database (Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale) before viewing this video.


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Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale
Overview:
This podcast introduces students to the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Students learn to access the library and database, initiate a basic search, and to narrow their search. The podcast includes animation and screen capture videos.


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Searching and Saving in Points of View Reference Center
Overview:
This purpose of this study is to detail how to search topics with in POV and save the results.


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Artemis
Overview:
Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo, are the children of Leto and Zeus.  She is goddess of the hunt.  She is the patron goddess of young girls up until they are to be married.  She has sworn never to marry, thus her break with young ladies at this time. Artemis is able to take on many different appearances, but the most common is that of a teenage girl leading her band of warriors who are eternally youthful. 


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Artemis & Apollo
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This podcast outlines the origin of Artemis and Apollo.  Artemis is seen as a goddess of the hunt.  She is very bright and clever in her dealings with giants that attempt to overthrow those in Mount Olympus.  Apollo has other gifts.  He is given the task of making the sun rise each morning by riding his chariot through the sky.  Information about Hera, Zeus, and Leto is also included.


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Greek Constellations
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The origins of constellations are named after mythological characters.  This podcast explains the origins of Pegasus and Cassiopeia.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Evaluating Credibility of Sources
https://docs.google....
This detailed lesson plan teaches students how to evaluate Web sites for credibility, accuracy, and reliability.

Informational Materials


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Evaluating Credibility of Sources
https://docs.google....
This detailed lesson plan teaches students how to evaluate Web sites for credibility, accuracy, and reliability.

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Encyclopedia.com
http://www.encyclope...
Look up articles by keyboard or browse by alphabetical index. Also includes dictionaries, thesaurus, and almanacs.

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Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/...
Superior reference center includes online newspapers, serials, texts, quotations, style and writing guides, trivia, biographies, state, regional and country information, and many others too numerous to list.

Interactives/Games


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How to Do Research
http://www.kyvl.org/...
An interactive tutorial for walking through each step of the research process. It includes how to plan, search for information, take notes, use the information, write a report, and evaluate your research process.

Learning Activities


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Cube Creator
http://www.readwrite...
This is a fun way to make investigating a topic hands-on. I would use it as a way to organize a research topic. (example: biography)

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How to Do Research
http://www.kyvl.org/...
An interactive tutorial for walking through each step of the research process. It includes how to plan, search for information, take notes, use the information, write a report, and evaluate your research process.

Teacher Tools


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How to Do Research
http://www.kyvl.org/...
An interactive tutorial for walking through each step of the research process. It includes how to plan, search for information, take notes, use the information, write a report, and evaluate your research process.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: The Internet Public Library      
Description: The Internet Public Library, and EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource, offers a collection of online resources in a variety of subject areas. IPL provides dictionaries, atlases, other basic reference resources, online exhibits, texts of classic literature, links to newspapers and serials, and other resources for both adults and children. IPL also offers two ask-a-librarian services, where users can submit questions via e-mail on virtually any topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: ' Black Beauty'' author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.     
Description: Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Celebrate Halloween!     
Description: Students research information on Halloween, create masks or costumes from a text they are reading, or write a narrative essay describing their best Halloween ever.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.     
Description: Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.     
Description: Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832.     
Description: Students brainstorm important events and people that might serve as the beginning of an interesting piece of writing. They then use the Bio-Cube to plan their writing and write an essay about a memorable person.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.     
Description: Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a '' super'' list of all printed materials that they interact with.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.     
Description: Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage '' The Last Spikes.'' Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.     
Description: Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a '' Top Picks'' class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Library Card Sign-up Month begins today.     
Description: A school or public library librarian is invited to visit the classroom to talk to the students about the advantages of having a library card. Students then take a library tour to acquaint them with the general features and resources available.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Richard Wright was born in 1908.     
Description: Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy , discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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