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Lesson Plans (29) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) 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.
Learning Activities (12) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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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 (9)
Title: Zoo of Death from Chapter 2 of The Princess Bride
Description: Students will create their own zoo of death after reading Chapter 2 of The Princess Bride. Students will list all of the five levels of the zoo of death as Prince Humperdink in the novel and create their own while researching animals and habitats and create a poster with colored pictures of animals and environments. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Can you make me a quilt: Generational Gaps
Description: Skilled Black slave women on plantations and in other wealthy households also did the spinning, weaving, sewing and quilting in addition to many household duties. Their surviving quilts provide a unique history of their lives and culture. For a long time it had been commonly thought that slaves in the general plantation population didn't make quilts. The selection "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker explores the role heritage and culture play in an individual's understanding of his or her life and identity. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Let's take a walk...Peter Jenkins style.
Description: Students will complete a research-based creative project that has them envisioning where they would go and what they would if they walked across America like the author Peter Jenkins in the novel A Walk across America.  This project is cross-curricular as it has students working on budgets, using maps and place-specific information, and writing narratives.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Searching for and Citing Digital Sources for Research Paper using MLA Style
Description: Students will locate, retrieve, store, and correctly cite digital information for research projects.    


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or Education and Training (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Teen Parent: Don't Just Let It Happen
Description: This lesson addresses facts and fiction about teen pregnancy. It is an in-depth look into the social and financial challenges of teen parenting. It includes a cost analysis of a baby's first year of life. Be aware the subject of this lesson is sensitive, it includes research and discussions about sex, birth control, and the consequences of teen pregnancy. The lesson has a financial student aid component which allows teens to research opportunities to further their education through grants, scholarships or student loans, and involves filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid.


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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), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Shakespeare's England
Description: As a preface to Romeo and Juliet, mixed-ability student groups (chosen by teacher) will complete a technology-based lesson on Shakespeare's England. Students will research topics on Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan England. Upon completion of their research, groups will compile, prepare, and present their information to classmates in a PowerPoint presentation.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9)
Title: Is A Legal Career Right For You?
Description: This is a 3-part project; however, you may opt to omit 1 part. Students will investigate a career related to the legal profession to determine the various aspects of the career. In addition, students will create a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class and construct a written report to allow for personal reflection. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (8 - 9)
Title: Cybersafety
Description: This lesson is designed to increase student awareness of the concept that there are dangers associated with Internet usage. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan. This lesson was adapted from iSafe.org and personalized for my school setting.


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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: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Rock Steady
Description: Students use the knowledge of the rock cycle to write a story about a pet rock. The story must include the rock changing from magma, to each type of rock igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The story should end with the pet rock being identified and in the hands of the student.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 (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Endangered Species
Description: Students research and create a brochure project on an endangered species of their choice integrating aspects of math, science, social studies, art, reading and writing. This project allows the students to make connections across the curriculum. Students present their ideas to a group of peers persuading the group to help save or become interested in helping the endangered species. Students are also encouraged to make connections between the activities of the human population and their effect on the natural world. This project may be completed using the media center computers, computer lab, or individual computers as a homework project. 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 (9), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Marathon Math
Description: This unit on sequences and series is intended to help students make the connection from math to real life situations. Developing a marathon training program for a beginner runner is one simple way that students may use patterns in real life. The total mileage per week usually creates a pattern over time. Mathematical operations on patterns, sequences, and series enable students to do the calculations necessary for exploring the pattern. Students also explore nutrition information needed for a training program as proper nutrition is an important part of sports training.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Twentieth Century Resumes
Description: Students will use the Alabama Virtual Library and other reference materials available in the library to create a resume for a twentieth century historical figure from United States history, science, or literature. The lesson is designed as a cooperative project between the classroom teacher and the library media specialist.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Alaska: The People and the Land
Description: Students will read the short story about Alaskan Native heritage, "Otoonah," as retold by Robert David San Souci. From the reading and interpretation of this native American story, students will study the indigenous people of Alaska and their association with the Alaskan environment.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Accomplishments of African American Scientists
Description: This lesson is designed to allow students to explore the accomplishments of African American scientists through print and non-print media, as well as personal interviews. Students will work in pairs or small groups to create a slideshow presentation illustrating the topic.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Arts - History - Arts - Music - Arts - Visual Arts - Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography and History in Songs     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students look at some historical paintings on the Internet and describe the things the paintings reveal about the places depicted. They then write paragraphs explaining what they have seen and learned from one of the paintings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts - Drama - Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Religion - Christianity - Religion - Islam - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Perception of Place     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students write paragraphs describing their perceptions of a specified place and compare notes to see the variety of ideas and feelings toward this place. They come to understand how and why people perceive places in different ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Biography Study: Using Role-Play to Explore Authors' Lives     
Description: Students read biographies and explore websites of selected American authors and then role-play as the authors.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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: Behind the Masks: Exploring Culture Through Art and Poetry     
Description: Students research mask-making from various cultures, highlight the masks connections to cultural practices, compose poetry to reveal their understanding, analyze their own culture, and create personal masks and poetry.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search
Digital Tool: A Google A Day
Digital Tool Description: A Google A Day is an interactive search game developed by Google to enhance the user's ability to use a search engine effectively and accurately. This tool will be used as a learning asset in the form of a Bellringer to focus students at the beginning of class on the larger lesson plan's purpose and goals, as well as to help students evaluate their own progress towards those goals. This activity will be particularly effective when used as a Bellringer for the lesson: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search.


ALEX Podcasts


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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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Yes! It's Research Paper Time!
Overview:
This lesson shows students how to begin a research paper by finding a topic, creating an outline, finding and citing a book source, creating a note card for a book, finding and citing an internet source, and creating a note card for an internet source.  Sources are cited in MLA format.


Web Resources


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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This I Believe: Science
http://writingfix.co...
Students write "This I Believe" essays about the ocean. Students will listen to a podcast from Science Friday on the "State of the Oceans" as a springboard for writing.

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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.

Podcasts


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This I Believe: Science
http://writingfix.co...
Students write "This I Believe" essays about the ocean. Students will listen to a podcast from Science Friday on the "State of the Oceans" as a springboard for writing.

Informational Materials


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Jim Crow Laws
http://www.ferris.ed...
The segregation laws written on this wall are a sample of the thousands of laws that existed during the Jim Crow period. This list was compiled by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Interpretive Staff. This resource is found on the Jim Crow Museum website.

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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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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.

Learning Activities


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Jim Crow Webquest
http://mrbe9.wikispa...
This website was created to help students gain background information on the Jim Crow Era in preparation for reading "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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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)

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies,Arts,Language Arts
Title: The End of Europe's Middle Ages     
Description: This resource, an EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon resource offered by the University of Calgary, is designed to assist students gain a background in medieval European history. Intended to provide a brief overview of the conditions at the end of Europe's Middle Ages, the tutorial is presented in a series of chapters that summarize the economic, political, religious, and intellectual environment of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The main objective of the tutorial is to furnish a baseline against which the vast changes of the following centuries may be measured.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Get ready to celebrate Banned Books Week!     
Description: Students brainstorm reasons why certain books might have been banned and discuss common reasons why books are challenged.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: Today is the International Day of Peace.     
Description: Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.     
Description: Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1940, Musician and peace activist John Lennon was born.     
Description: After listening to '' Imagine,'' students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.     
Description: Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: March is National Women's History Month.     
Description: A scrapbook highlighting the accomplishments of famous American women is created as a class using the Alphabet Organizer and Bio-Cube.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.     
Description: Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: 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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