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Lesson Plans (13) 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 (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Learning Activities (7) 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 (9)
Title: Romeo and Juliet "What if......?"
Description: Student groups will be assigned separate acts of Romeo and Juliet where they will read and interpret the original version; then, remake it using a modern spin but keeping the same basic plot.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Literary Elements in Literature
Description: This lesson is applicable to any story or novel in literature. The students will be introduced to twelve literary elements through a podcast. They will then be divided into small groups to complete activities involving story and literary elements.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: New England Literary Travel Brochure
Description: Students will research Internet sites to find places of interest regarding some early American authors.  Students will then construct a travel brochure about those sites.  Students will include pictures and paraphrased written information about those sites. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Shakespeare/Romeo & Juliet Wiki
Description: Students will self-select a teacher-supplied topic and work collaboratively with group members from their class, as well as group members from other classes (or schools) to create a wiki demonstrating their knowledge of Shakespeare, his times, social customs, writing, language, historical significance, and Romeo & Juliet. Students will research, write, edit, and correctly cite their information. Each group will communicate through e-mail, forums, instant messaging and other forms of electronic communication in their collaborative effort. Upon completion, each group will present their work to their classmates and the wiki will be available for viewing by parties outside the classroom.


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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 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Life After High School
Description: Life After High School is a career research assignment that gives students an opportunity to plan their career path after high school. Even if students deviate from their plan, they need to have a tentative idea that allows them to set goals. Students will learn about their potential career, educational requirements, and learn whether they are currently preparing themselves for their chosen career path.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Body Symmetry of Animals
Description: Students will watch a slideshow about the body symmetry of animals. Included is a short quiz of animals and images. The students will determine the symmetry of each animal. Students then design their own animals. They should design one with each type of symmetry.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Environmental Issues Scrapbook and Podcast
Description: Over the duration of a semester students will collect newspaper and magazine articles related to environmental issues. Students will compose a scrapbook of articles. Students will choose two topics to record and share with the class.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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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 - 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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring Disability Using Multimedia and the B-D-A Reading Strategy     
Description: History takes on new dimensions in this interactive multimedia lesson that emphasizes the B-D-A approach to research as students investigate the experiences of people with disabilities since the early 1800s.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Reading Between the Lines     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students evaluate news stories by determining their sources and recognizing biases or viewpoints. In order to become well-informed adults, it is a good idea for students to develop the habit of reading the news and keeping informed on important topics, such as geography, the environment, and world events. With the overwhelming amount of information available both in print and online, it is important that students learn to read news stories with a critical eye.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave(1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass(1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. Students learn about the slave narrative and its importance in the abolitionist movement, gain experience in working with the slave narrative as a resource for historical study, evaluate the slave narrative as a work of literature, examine the slave narrative in the context of political controversy as an argument for abolition, and explore themes of self-actualization and spiritual freedom within the slave narrative.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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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.


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Who was Jim Crow?
http://www.ferris.ed...
After the American Civil War (1861-1865), most southern states and, later, border states passed laws that denied blacks basic human rights. It is not clear how, but the minstrel character's name "Jim Crow" became a kind of shorthand for the laws, customs and etiquette that segregated and demeaned African Americans primarily from the 1870s to the 1960s. This resource is one component of the Jim Crow Museum.

Learning Activities


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Water Is Deadly!
http://cheezburger.c...
Inspire students to investigate the art of rhetoric using this picture. Use this as a springboard to discuss propaganda techniques and argument validity.

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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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.     
Description: Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read '' Smoky Night'' to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.     
Description: Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The New York Times used the slogan '' All the News That's Fit to Print.''      
Description: After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor's point of view.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Diarist Samuel Pepys was born.     
Description: Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Kristallnacht occurred in 1938.     
Description: To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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