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Lesson Plans (10) 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. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (4) 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 (8)
Title: A Voice for the Silent
Description: This lesson is designed to help students make a connection between the events of World War II to the events happening in the world today. Students will compare examples of genocide from World War II and today. This lesson is taught  in conjunction with The Diary of Anne Frank in the eighth grade.


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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 (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 Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Autobiographical Magazines
Description: This assignment is designed for students to tell about themselves through writing and creative media. The students compile original articles and illustrations into an autobiographical magazine.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: 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: 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: Active and Passive Voice Family Feud
Digital Tool: Powerpoint
Digital Tool Description: This is a group-based game with individual responsibilities where students compete to determine if a sentence is in active or passive voice and to change a sentence from active to passive or from passive to active.


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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Podcasts


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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.

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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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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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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