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Lesson Plans (33) 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 (8) 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 (11 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Civil Rights Movement Photo Story Timeline
Description: In this lesson students will be able to explain various events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The students will be divided into groups of 5. Each student within the group will receive an individual role of spokesperson, graphic designer, technical director or reporter. The groups will develop a Photo story timeline on four events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement using Microsoft Photo Story 3. This program will allow the students to create incredible multimedia video presentations using still images combined with text, narration and music. Each group will present their Photo Story presentation to the class and the students in the audience will complete an audience input guide.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12)
Title: A Creative Twist to The Tragedy of Macbeth
Description: A Creative Twist to The Tragedy of Macbeth is a project that gives students an opportunity to express their understanding of Macbeth through their artistic ability. The activity appeals to the learning style of all students by allowing the students to establish their position as the reviewer of the play The Tragedy of Macbeth.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Translating in Your Own Words: Pride and Prejudice 
Description: Students will work in groups to select a "scene" from Pride and Prejudice and translate the scene into contemporary English.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Writing About Issues in the Media
Description: In this lesson students analyze media coverage of current issues and present their findings in a formal research paper and class presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Sharing Summer Reading Through Literature Circles
Description: This lesson allows students to discuss the assigned summer reading in literature circles with respect to plot, character, and theme. Students work in groups of three to four to produce a slideshow presentation of one of the novels read. Each group shares its presentation with the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12)
Title: Out of the Night That Covers Me, by Pat Cunningham Devoto
Description: Through the novel Out of the Night That Covers Me, students will explore the impact of racial segregation, family heritage, and the historical significance of pre-civil rights Alabama. This unit of study is recommended for students in 9th - 12th grade. It can be used in English or in History classes.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Exploring Heroes in Today's Society
Description: This lesson allows students to examine traditional definitions of heroes and listen to contemporary songs about heroes to decide how they define a hero in today's society. This lesson was designed to be used at the beginning of twelfth grade literature to introduce the concept of the hero in "Beowulf," but could be modified for multiple disciplines.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: The Craft of Poetry: Understanding the Structure of the Sonnet
Description: Using a sonnnet grid, students write original Shakespearean sonnets and present them in digital slideshow format.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Using the Digital Notebook to Visualize Thematic Links and/or Character Motivation in Macbeth
Description: Students will work in groups of two or three to produce two pages of a digital scrapbook covering a thematic element from Macbeth. The pages will then be assembled into a visual review of the play’s themes and character motivations arranged by acts. Each class will produce one presentation of the scrapbook.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Introduction to Ayn Rand Using Online Resources
Description: Students will research Ayn Rand, a contemporary novelist, for biographical information and for her personal philosophy as a prelude to reading her novel, Anthem. Students will partner to gather information via online databases and will discuss findings in a group setting.


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca     
Description: This lesson from EDSITEment highlights one episode in the Divine Comedy to provide students with an introduction to Dante's great poem. After a brief introduction to the opening of the Divine Comedy, which portrays Dante as a pilgrim guided by the poet Virgil on a journey through the Christian afterlife toward God, students read Canto 5 of the Inferno, which comes near the beginning of Dante's descent into Hell. Students refer to a diagram of Dante's underworld to understand the role of Minos at the start of this canto, then analyze Dante's description of the storm-tossed souls he encounters in order to gain further insight into his allegorical method. Next, students identify the famous lovers who set the stage for Paolo and Francesca, and consider how they lend a literary dimension to our perception of this pair. Finally, students examine Francesca's confession, comparing the philosophical style in which she first describes her love affair with the story-telling style she uses to describe what actually occurred. To conclude the lesson, students compare the effect that Lancelot's story had on Paolo and Francesca with the effect their story has on Dante in the poem, and the effect this layered episode has on Dante's readers today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Chaucer's Wife of Bath     
Description: This lesson from EDSITEment introduces students to one of the most admired characterizations in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath. Students read Chaucer's description of the Wife in the General Prologue to consider how he represents her, both as the poet of The Canterbury Tales and as a character in his own poem, then read the Wife of Bath's Prologue, where he has her speak for herself, to gain additional perspective on her character. Next, students investigate some of the literary sources that Chaucer drew upon as he created this portrait of a woman with her own ideas about matrimony, and examine evidence about marriage in the Middle Ages and the role that women played in medieval society. Finally, students read the Wife of Bath's Tale and explore the alternative readings of the tale in relation to the character of the Wife of Bath.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry     
Description: Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: I've Got the Literacy Blues     
Description: Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from '' The Gift of the Magi'' and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts
Title: Shakespeare's ''Othello'' and the Power of Language     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, contains seven activities for students to explore the linguistic ingenuity of Iago's rhetoric in Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. The activities involve a close study of key scenes, using worksheets to focus on the use of language to reveal character, motive, and theme. The final activity allows students to compose their own persuasive writing inspired by Iago's wordplay or a literary essay analyzing Iago's speeches.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Learning the Blues     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to the blues, one of the most distinctive and influential elements of African-American musical tradition. Students take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee, one of the prominent centers of blues activities, and explore the history of the blues in the work of W. C. Handy and a variety of country blues singers whose music preserves the folk origins of this unique American art form.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Beauty of Anglo Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to ''Beowulf''     
Description: This EDSITEment lesson is an introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature. In it, students study the manuscripts and riddles of the early Middle Ages. By capturing their attention and imagination with visually stunning images of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts available through EDSITEment resources, this lesson prepares students to read Beowulf with an appreciation for its artistry and beauty. Students study online early manuscripts, learn the conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry, solve online riddles, write riddles, and reflect on what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Defining and Exploring an Author's Stylistic Choices     
Description: Students find examples of specific stylistic devices in sample literary passages then search for additional examples and explore the reasons for the stylistic choices that the author has made.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Translating Stylistic Choices from Hawthorne to Hemingway and Back Again     
Description: After exploring the styles of two authors, students translate passages from one author into the style of another. They then translate fables into the style of one of the authors.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Letters from Emily Dickinson: ''Will You Be My Preceptor?''     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore Emily Dickinson's poetry as well as her letters to Thomas Wentworth Higginson and her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson. They work individually and in groups to reflect on Dickinson's views and the process by which she writes; assume the role of a critic/correspondent and analyze Dickinson's poetry, specifically noting the effectiveness of her persona; and, finally, emulate her writing style while, at the same time, synthesizing what they've learned about poetic voice in a poetry-writing exercise.
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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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Practical Criticism     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to analyze the verbal devices through which poems make meaning, to compare one's personal interpretation of a poem with the personal interpretations of others, and to develop standards of literary judgment.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Tales of the Supernatural     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the origins and development of gothic literature. The goals of this lesson are to explore the origins and development of a literary genre, to investigate how shared imaginative concerns link the members of a literary period, to examine the evolution of a literary tradition, and to compare works of literature from different eras.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems     
Description: This lesson uses concrete poems to explore the connection between a poem's layout and its meaning. While appropriate any time of year, the lesson is especially topical near Columbus Day.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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: Arts,Language Arts
Title: 'You Kiss by the Book'': Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, complements study of plot and characterization in Romeo and Juliet by focusing on Shakespeare's use of lyric forms and conventions to spotlight moments in the drama and thereby heighten the impact of the action on the stage. Students examine the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet as an enactment of figurative language in a context of competing poetic styles, explore the use of poetic forms to impart perspective in later episodes of the play, and gain experience in close reading and the interpretation of verse structure and imagery.
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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



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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.
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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: Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy     
Description: By exploring the decisions points in a tragedy, students consider how the plot of the story can change if the key characters make a different choice at the turning point.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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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Character Credo Poems
http://writingfix.co...
An important pre-step in teaching students to write persuasively is to teach them to think objectively from others' perspectives. This lesson asks the students to choose a character from a book or story and then, based on what they learn about the character, create a “Credo” showing what they think the character would believe in. Students will assume the role of the character and then create a “Credo poem” for that character from the character’s point of view.

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Poems about Ages & Stages
http://writingfix.co...
Students will create an original poem inspired by Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle" and Shakespeare's "The Seven Ages of Man."

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Poems about Ages & Stages
http://writingfix.co...
Students will create an original poem inspired by Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle" and Shakespeare's "The Seven Ages of Man."

Teacher Tools


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Online Reading Activities
http://readtheory.or...
Create your own virtual class for students in grades 1-12 that allows them to interact with fun & interactive reading activities that will improve reading comprehension.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Langston Hughes was born in 1902.     
Description: Students examine the poem '' Dreams'' and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
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Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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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.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.     
Description: Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is World Poetry Day.     
Description: Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem '' Introduction to Poetry.'' Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874.     
Description: Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.     
Description: Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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