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Subject: English Language Arts (10)
Title: Understanding  Poetry: Annotating Puritan Poetry
Description: This lesson is part of larger unit dealing with Early American Literature.  In this lesson, students will become familiar with the figurative devices and strategies used by 17th century Puritan poets when creating closed or fixed form poetry.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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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



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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Assessments


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

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Figurative Language
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Definitions and examples of all types of figurative language.

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Vocabulary Challenge Online
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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.

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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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