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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) 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.
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Subject: English Language Arts (9)
Title: Tongue Twisters: Teaching Alliteration and Reviewing Parts of Speech
Description: Students will review the four basic parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) and create tongue twisters using alliteration with their names.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: This is my life!
Description: This assignment requires you to write about your own life, your family, and the things that are influencing you so far in your personal journey. The result will be a short autobiography of your own…and hopefully a little more self-knowledge to take with you as you consider your journey in the years to come.


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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: Mark Twain and American Humor     
Description: In lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students analyze the use of literary conventions and devices to develop character and point of view in Mark Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. They investigate the purposes and significance of literary humor and examine Mark Twain's storytelling style in relation to that of other American humorists.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Title: The Importance of Word Choice in Writing
Digital Tool: The Power of Simple Words
Digital Tool Description: This is a 2-minute video resource that clearly illustrates the importance of word choice in writing.  The main idea is that clear, concise, and simple language can be more powerful than complicated, flowery language when communicating through writing.


ALEX Podcasts


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Literary Elements Overview
Overview:
This video podcast was created by students to be used as an introduction/review of literary elements. After viewing this podcast students will recall basic literary terms, and read a story to locate examples of the literary elements.  


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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 #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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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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Figurative Language Test
http://www.thatquiz....
A 15 question multiple choice test to assess understanding of figurative language.

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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Figurative Language
http://examples.your...
Definitions and examples of all types of figurative language.

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Vocabulary Challenge Online
http://www.eprep.com...
This site generates challenging vocabulary questions.

Learning Activities


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Vocabulary Paint Chips
https://www.teaching...
In this video, the teacher uses paint chips as a tool for introducing vocabulary or practicing vocabulary in class. On the paint chip, the teacher writes a word on one shade and on the lower shades the teacher writes different versions of the word. Each time the student uses the word in class they receive a sticker. At the end of the class, the students place their stickers on a class sheet of paper. The class with the most stickers receives bragging rights for the week. This could also be used with a set of vocabulary words.

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Vocabulary Challenge Online
http://www.eprep.com...
This site generates challenging vocabulary questions.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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