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Lesson Plans (18) 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. Learning Activities (13) 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 (11)
Title: More than The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: Although Christopher Paul Curtis 's The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a read for Social Studies and English Language Arts in Grades 6-8, it can easily addressed as a reading assignment for grades 9-12 depending on the end result(s) desired of the teacher.  The study of Curtis' novel can be the primary text to foster a journey from poetry to fiction to music to history to food and finally, to writing.  This novel makes references to the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church and the four little girls who perished that Sunday morning.  This is a good lesson to study history, geography, and writing. Various discussions may arise in relationship to bullying, sibling rivalry, growing up, and Civil Rights. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Never Forget Birmingham's Morning Glories
Description: Although The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a great read for Social Studies and English Language Arts students in Grades 6-8, it can easily be addressed as a reading assignment for Grades 9-12 depending on the end results desired of the teacher. Here, the teacher can travel back and forth from poetry to fiction to music to history to food, and finally to writing. This novel has references to the 16th Street Bombing and the four little girls who perished that Sunday morning. This is a good lesson to study history and geography with regard to writing.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Who's That Guy? The Great Gatsby Characterizater Analysis
Description: Students will use evidence from the text to write a character analysis of one of the minor characters in The Great Gatsby. Using small group discussion, a writing frame, and an interactive character map, students will analyze the protagonist in the novel. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Nothing's Great About Daisy
Description: Students will learn about life during the 1920s in the United States. The students will analyze how the setting, the characters and the plot of The Great Gatsby impacted the overall novel. At the completion of the lesson, the students will be asked to write a character analysis. By teaching the acronym “STEAL” which stands for Speech, Thoughts, Effects on Others, Actions, and Looks, students gain a tool they can use to analyze characters and the methods an author uses to develop the character. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11)
Title: Com'on Down To Eatonville, Florida
Description: You are Mayor Joe Starks from the book Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and you want more people to relocate to Eatonville, Florida. Identify five amenities that may make Eatonville attractive to African-Americans looking for a place to establish themselves. Using these amenities, draft a thirty to sixty second audio advertisement or draft a one-hundred word advertisement to be published in the Orlando Sentinel.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Story Writing: Cultural Myths
Description: You are a folklorist observing the lives and cultures of different people. You want to tell the world about  their culture, beliefs, and values. You and a group of other folklorist are going to research the lives of a an ethnic group, and create a digital story about their lives, and present it to all the folklorist at the "Who are They?" convention.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Dead Poets Society: Socratic Seminar Discussion
Description: As a springboard to an eleventh grade poetry unit, students view the movie Dead Poets Society and participate in a Socratic seminar of the themes, symbols, and life questions raised by the film. Student groups research and present one of the poems used in the film.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet      
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to the formal terms used to describe sonnets. The central focus throughout is on learning to appreciate the sounds of poetry. By focusing on the sounds of poetry, the lesson seeks to demonstrate that there is an underlying sense of form or structure at work in language, whether we happen to know the names for the formal elements of poetry or not. Included in the lesson are seven sound experiments, designed to help students understand how form, meter, and rhythm all combine to shape our experience of poetry and the meanings we derive from it.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama     
Description: In this alternative to the traditional book report, students respond to a play they have read by creating a resume for one of its characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The ''Secret Society'' and Fitzgerald's ''The Great Gatsby''     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the nature of the secret society implied in The Great Gatsby through a close study of the text, an examination of Fitzgerald's letters and other statements, and a consideration of class, wealth, and status during the turbulent 1920 s. Students combine critical thinking, textual analysis, and imaginative writing skills to write a credo for the secret society implied in The Great Gatsby.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's ''The Crucible''     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, The Crucible. Students examine some of Miller's historical sources: biographies of key players and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves. The students also read a summary of the historical events in Salem and study a timeline. The students then read The Crucible itself.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Plot Structure through Short Stories     
Description: Students use an online graphic organizer to analyze the plot structure of '' Jack and the Beanstalk'' and three short stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10



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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



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Paying Attention to Technology: Writing Technology Autobiographies     
Description: This lesson plan asks students to pay attention to the technologies they use. They graphically map their interactions with technology and compose narratives of their most significant interactions with technology.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: You re the Top! Pop Culture Then and Now     
Description: Students analyze the lyrics to Cole Porter's You re the Top! and then update them to include current tops in pop culture.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Draft Letters: Improving Student Writing through Critical Thinking     
Description: Draft letters ask students to think critically about their writing on a specific assignment before submitting their work to a reader. This lesson explains and provides models for the strategy.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Civil Rights Interview Podcast
Overview:
This Podcast aligns with a Civil Rights lesson plan that incorporates iPods into classroom. The students are divided into groups of 4. Each student in the group will use their iPods (a portable music player produced by Apple Computers)to interview someone who was living during the 1960s. The interview questions will pertain to several events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The groups will then combine their questions and develop a Podcast including images. This podcast was created to serve as an example for the students.


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I am an American Day Address by Learned Hand
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This unit has been developed to guide students and instructors in a close reading of Learned Hand’s “I am an American Day Address” from Appendix B of the Common Core Standards. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Hand’s speech through a series of text-dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core standards. This unit is recommended as an activity for a “Great Conversation” Module and can be taught in two days of study and reflection on the part of students and their teachers. A third day or more could be added if the time is needed or extension activities are desired.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.     
Description: Students write about the name '' Patriot Day'' and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: Walt Disney was born in 1901.     
Description: Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poet Emily Dickinson was born in 1830.     
Description: Students discuss Dickinson's poem '' This Is My Letter To The World'' and use it to focus on how audience affects voice.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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: 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: Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.     
Description: After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poe's '' The Raven'' was published in 1845.     
Description: As Poe's '' The Raven'' is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.
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: Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.     
Description: Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.
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: On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.     
Description: Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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