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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Connotation and Denotation in "My Papa's Waltz"
Description: Students will review the meanings of connotation and denotation.  Students will apply knowledge of connotation and denotation to "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Disputes! Disputes! Disputes!
Description: This lessons provides students an opportunity to read a selection about extended family feuds. The lesson details a boundary dispute that has been longstanding for three generations. Students will discover how two families solve this longstanding dispute. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Book Talks
Description: This lesson is designed to give teachers and students an alternate approach to the traditional book report. "Book Talks" enable students to read a book and create a photostory presentation. Students will give example passages from the book and critique the story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Buy or Not to Buy...
Description: This lesson is designed to give students a hands-on experience in advertising a product. Students will learn the various advertising and propaganda techniques. Students will then work in groups to create a commercial advertising their own product.


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Subject: Education and Training (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or Human Services (9 - 12)
Title: College Bound: Moving Out!
Description: High school student's research preparing to leave home, for the workforce or college. This lesson has a financial aid component to determine financial needs for attending college. Students will learn to make informed decisions about renting a place to live and obtaining a credit card as they become more independent.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Poetry Slam
Description: Students will locate a poem of their choice from a designated website to interpret. Students will then search the Internet for performances of the poem they select. In addition to creating a written interpretation of the poem, including references to websites they visited to view other performances, students will perform the poem of their choice before a live audience. Prior to their performance, students will create posters using Glogster to advertise the slam. As audience members, students will evaluate the performance of their peers.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Analyzing and Recreating Poetry with William Wordsworth
Description: This language arts lesson incorporates collaboration and analysis of poetry. The students will utilize drawing and analysis. The lesson also incorporates synthesis by having the students recreate Wordsworth's poem.The students will recreate personal photos on Aviary to make them more vivid.    


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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 (9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Movie Madness
Description: This language arts projects motivates students through being a movie-based project. This lesson will have a duration of five days. The students will view a movie of their choice and analyze the movie to complete a chart listing literary elements for them to identify. Then the students will create a PowerPoint presentation based on the chart and present the information to the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Novel Study - Independent Reading
Description: Students will choose a novel from a teacher-created reading list. After reading their choice novel, students will prepare a 1-1/2 to 2 minute multimedia presentation to "sell" other students on the novel. In addition, students will prepare a poster advertising their novel for display and a written summary of the novel that identifies various literary elements of the novel.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Do You Know How? A Technical Manual for Using Highly Technical 21st Century Devices
Description: Students will write in a technical genre. "Technical writing conveys specific information about a technical subject to a specific audience for a specific purpose. The words and graphics of technical writing are meant to be practical: that is, to communicate a body of factual information that will help an audience understand a subject or carry out a task." —Michael H. Markel Director of Technical Communication Boise State University Portions of this lesson were adapted from Micron - Writing in the Workplace. This is a Commerce and Information Technology Project-Based Lesson Plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Travel Newsletter
Description: In a role as the director of tourism for a student-selected city, state, or country, students conduct online research to create travel newsletters enticing tourists to visit their chosen areas. Newsletter content includes location, historical background, primary industry, attractions, and accommodations. Word processing skills implemented include newspaper columns, word art, graphic lines, serif vs. sans serif fonts, and justification.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Everyman in Everyday Language
Description: To gain understanding of allegory and appreciate the changing nature of language, students will read, discuss, and rewrite the medieval morality play Everyman into common teenage language.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Description: Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Identifying Parallel Structure in Sentences
Description: After textbook and online instruction in parallel construction, students examine Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence for parallelism before writing their own paragraphs.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird: Building Knowledge
Description: As a conclusion to a class study of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, students create models and pictures based on the novel's descriptions to illustrate the effect of setting on plot and character.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: The Most Dangerous Murder Trial
Description: This lesson is designed to help students with reading comprehension skills. Students will make inferences and apply listening skills as they role-play a trial of the main character.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12)
Title: Out of the Night That Covers Me, by Pat Cunningham Devoto
Description: Through the novel Out of the Night That Covers Me, students will explore the impact of racial segregation, family heritage, and the historical significance of pre-civil rights Alabama. This unit of study is recommended for students in 9th - 12th grade. It can be used in English or in History classes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing Characters in 12 Angry Men (or any other work of literature with many characters) Using PowerPoint
Description: Re-telling a story from the points of view of its various characters is a powerful way to review the events of a story, show how authors use characterization to reveal characters' personalities, and encourage students to view stories from multiple perspectives. Reginald Rose's play, 12 Angry Men, obviously has a large cast of characters, but using PowerPoint to review and analyze them offers a way for students to understand each character's personality and how it impacts the play. This idea could be easily adapted to any other play or novel with a large cast of characters.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry     
Description: Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Language Arts - Story Telling - Social Studies - Geography
Title: New Takes on Old Tales     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students revamp a classic fairy tale so that it takes place in today's world. They base their stories on original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: I've Got the Literacy Blues     
Description: Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from '' The Gift of the Magi'' and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns     
Description: Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Japanese Poetry: Tanka? You're Welcome!     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, contains three activities which use the Japanese poetic form of the tanka as a prompt for students to reflect on the nature and purpose of different poetic rules and devices. The activities involve a close study of the conventions and thematic concerns of tanka poems, opportunities for students to compose their own poems, and detailed structural analysis of selected tanka.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Learning the Blues     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to the blues, one of the most distinctive and influential elements of African-American musical tradition. Students take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee, one of the prominent centers of blues activities, and explore the history of the blues in the work of W. C. Handy and a variety of country blues singers whose music preserves the folk origins of this unique American art form.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Defining and Exploring an Author's Stylistic Choices     
Description: Students find examples of specific stylistic devices in sample literary passages then search for additional examples and explore the reasons for the stylistic choices that the author has made.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Translating Stylistic Choices from Hawthorne to Hemingway and Back Again     
Description: After exploring the styles of two authors, students translate passages from one author into the style of another. They then translate fables into the style of one of the authors.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Letters from Emily Dickinson: ''Will You Be My Preceptor?''     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore Emily Dickinson's poetry as well as her letters to Thomas Wentworth Higginson and her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson. They work individually and in groups to reflect on Dickinson's views and the process by which she writes; assume the role of a critic/correspondent and analyze Dickinson's poetry, specifically noting the effectiveness of her persona; and, finally, emulate her writing style while, at the same time, synthesizing what they've learned about poetic voice in a poetry-writing exercise.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Practical Criticism     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to analyze the verbal devices through which poems make meaning, to compare one's personal interpretation of a poem with the personal interpretations of others, and to develop standards of literary judgment.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Tales of the Supernatural     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the origins and development of gothic literature. The goals of this lesson are to explore the origins and development of a literary genre, to investigate how shared imaginative concerns link the members of a literary period, to examine the evolution of a literary tradition, and to compare works of literature from different eras.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Exploring Arthurian Legend     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students examine the historical origins of the Arthurian legend. Students gain insight into the use of literature as historical evidence. Through the references and links in this lesson, students can track the growth of a legend like that of King Arthur, from its emergence in the Medieval Ages to its arrival on the silver screen.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems     
Description: This lesson uses concrete poems to explore the connection between a poem's layout and its meaning. While appropriate any time of year, the lesson is especially topical near Columbus Day.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Case for Reading-Examining Challenged and Banned Books     
Description: This ReadWriteThink-reviewed website, provided by Plainfield Community School Corporation, contains a WebQuest that explores the issues of censorship pertaining to the occult content of the popular Harry Potter novels. Students can take on the roles of concerned citizens, public librarians, school librarians, and fans of Harry Potter and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts
Title: 'You Kiss by the Book'': Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, complements study of plot and characterization in Romeo and Juliet by focusing on Shakespeare's use of lyric forms and conventions to spotlight moments in the drama and thereby heighten the impact of the action on the stage. Students examine the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet as an enactment of figurative language in a context of competing poetic styles, explore the use of poetic forms to impart perspective in later episodes of the play, and gain experience in close reading and the interpretation of verse structure and imagery.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Renaissance Humanism in Hamlet and The Birth of Venus      
Description: After reading Shakespeare's Hamlet, students identify, analyze, and explain how elements in Botticelli's painting Birth of Venus and examples from the play illustrate the philosophy of Renaissance Humanism.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ''The Yellow Wall-paper'' -- Writing Women     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study the setting, narrative style, symbolism, and characterization in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, The Yellow Wall-paper. Students also learn about the economic conditions and social roles of 19th-century middle-class women.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: You re the Top! Pop Culture Then and Now     
Description: Students analyze the lyrics to Cole Porter's You re the Top! and then update them to include current tops in pop culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain      
Description: Following the model of N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain, students write three-voice narratives based on Kiowa folktales, an interview with an Elder, and personal connections to theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy     
Description: By exploring the decisions points in a tragedy, students consider how the plot of the story can change if the key characters make a different choice at the turning point.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Title: Odysseus: Epic Hero, Epic Journey
Digital Tool: Hero's Journey
Digital Tool Description: Using this interactive from Read Write Think, students will be able to chart details about Odysseus's journey that are unique to epic heroes. Categories include: name and description of hero, unusual birth, the call to adventure, the supernatural helper, talisman/special weapon, crossing the threshold, trials, achievement of goal, and reconciliation with a father figure.


ALEX Podcasts


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A book review on The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Overview:
This podcast is a book review on the book The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.  The novel is beautifully written with a blend of ethics and a medical mystery.  Even though the main character, Jenna Fox, and her situation is not possible in today's society her story still evokes sympathy and compassion from the reader.  She felt lonely and confused because nobody in her life wanted to explain anything to her.  Also, the book has many unexpected twists and turns that will keep the reader interested from beginning to the end.


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Sport Talk's Literature Link (Episode #3: Fences)
Overview:
This podcast is an animated talk show segment titled Sport Talk's Literature Link. In the segment, the host (Jim English) speaks with author August Wilson about his drama Fences. The segment focuses on the symbolic, literal, and figurative use of the title object, fences. A brief question set (for use before viewing) and transcript are also available for the podcast.    


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Sport Talk's Literature Link (Episode #2: "American Hero")
Overview:
This podcast is an animated talk show segment titled Sport Talk's Literature Link. In the segment, the host (Jim English) speaks with poet Essex Hemphill about his basketball poem "American Hero." The segment includes a reading of the poem, a discussion of the theme, and an analysis of literary elements such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, mood, tone, and free verse. A transcript is also available for the podcast. 


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Sport Talk's Literature Link (Episode #1: "Fifteen")
Overview:
This podcast features an animated talk show segment titled Sport Talk's Literature Link. In this episode, the host (Jim English) speaks with the speaker of William's Stafford's motorcycle poem "Fifteen." As the host and his guest discuss this coming of age poem, they analyze literary elements such as theme, conflict, alliteration, assonance, stanza, speaker v. poet, and personification. A transcript is also available for this podcast.


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Lesson Plans


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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
http://www.loc.gov/t...
Students gain a sense of the living history that surrounds the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Through studying primary source materials from American Memory and other online resources, students of all backgrounds may better grasp how historical events and human forces have shaped relationships between black and white, and rich and poor cultures of our country. This unit guides students on a journey through the Depression Era in the 1930s. Activities familiarize the students with Southern experiences through the study of the novel and African American experiences through the examination of primary sources.

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Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
http://www.pbs.org/j...
This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.

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With Your Own Two Hands
http://writingfix.co...
Using Ben Harper’s “With My Own Two Hands” (as well as John Mayer’s “Waiting On The World To Change”), students ponder their roles in changing the world. After analyzing how a variety of important people changed the world, students evaluate the tools they possess to change the world and how realistic it is for them to actually do it. The final product is an original poem, taken through the writing process, in which students express their feelings about this topic.

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Poems
http://writingfix.co...
Comparing three songs with symbolic meanings about the past, present and future and then writing poems.

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My Adidas: Letting Your Possessions Tell Your Story
http://writingfix.co...
Students will learn about personification by using the song "My Adidas," written by Run D.M.C. Students will then write poems using personification.

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Teaching Poetry Through Rap
http://christiemoore...
Using rap to teach poetry is fun, engaging and challenging. Rap engages our students and it enhances their understanding of poetic devices. Rap, specifically, can contain internal and external rhyme, assonance, consonance, simile, metaphor and much more.

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Creative Writing Now
http://creative-writ...
This site provides teacher resources for poetry and writing instruction.

Informational Materials


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To Kill a Mockingbird Student Survival Guide
http://www.lausd.k12...
This website has been set up to be an annotation to the text of the novel. As you travel through the site, you'll find more than 400 annotations to help you get more out of your reading. Many of the annotations contain links to pictures or other websites to further help you in understanding your reading. Click away, learn, and have fun!

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Creative Writing Now
http://creative-writ...
This site provides teacher resources for poetry and writing instruction.

Learning Activities


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Creative Writing Now
http://creative-writ...
This site provides teacher resources for poetry and writing instruction.

Teacher Tools


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Online Reading Activities
http://readtheory.or...
Create your own virtual class for students in grades 1-12 that allows them to interact with fun & interactive reading activities that will improve reading comprehension.

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Creative Writing Now
http://creative-writ...
This site provides teacher resources for poetry and writing instruction.

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Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Language Arts - Story Telling - Social Studies - Geography
Title: New Takes on Old Tales     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students revamp a classic fairy tale so that it takes place in today's world. They base their stories on original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Langston Hughes was born in 1902.     
Description: Students examine the poem '' Dreams'' and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.     
Description: Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is World Poetry Day.     
Description: Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem '' Introduction to Poetry.'' Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Black Poetry Day is celebrated.     
Description: Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.     
Description: Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.     
Description: Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.     
Description: Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874.     
Description: Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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