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Subject: English Language Arts (10)
Title: A Tale of Two Slaves:  A Lesson in Predicting, Summarizing, Making Connections, Questioning, and Comparing/Contrasting  (Part Two)
Description: Students will read and discuss the similarities and differences of two characters from the same historical era.  Students will colaborate to write two paragraphs in which the characters are compared and contrasted. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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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: 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
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,Social Studies
Title: United States Entry into World War I: Some Hypotheses About U.S. Entry     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explain what the most compelling reasons were for the U.S. to enter World War I. Students create a hypothetical justification for U.S. involvement in World War I, supported by specific evidence.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students become literary sleuths, attempting to separate biographical reality from myth. They also become careful critics, taking a stand on whether extra-literary materials such as biographies and letters should influence the way readers understand a writer's texts.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools     
Description: Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance     
Description: This lesson has students explore freedom of speech by examining the Pledge of Allegiance from a historical and personal perspective and in relationship to fictional situations in novels.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Evaluating Eyewitness Reports     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, offers students experience in drawing historical meaning from eyewitness accounts that present a range of different perspectives. Students begin with a case study including alternative reports of a single event: the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Students compare two newspaper reports on the fire and two memoirs of the fire written many decades later, with an eye on how these accounts complement and compete with one another, and how these sources can be used to draw historical meaning from them. Students then apply the lessons learned in their investigation of the eyewitness accounts of the Chicago fire by considering a unique eyewitness account: the diary kept by a Confederate girl when her Tennessee town was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Drawing Inferences
Overview:
This podcast covers the reading skill of making inferences. It includes a definition of the skill, real-life examples, and guided practice. This podcast also briefly outlines the strategy: It Says, I Say, and So. This podcast can serve as a introductory lesson on making inferences or as a refresher tool on this skill. Pictures, audio voice overs, music, charts, and video help teach students how to effectively draw inferences while reading.


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The Ex-Slave Narratives Lesson Plans
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These lessons include slave narratives, analyzing historical documents, and compare/contrast slave experiences using technology and collaborative learning groups.

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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: Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.     
Description: Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.     
Description: Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.     
Description: Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Gold was discovered in California in 1848.     
Description: Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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 Chinese New Year starts today.     
Description: Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.     
Description: Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1969, the first human walked on the moon.     
Description: As a class, students discuss Neil Armstrong's famous quote when he landed on the moon and explore the difference that one word can make, as well as the gendered language that Armstrong uses.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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