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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: The Comics of The Canterbury Tales
Description: Students will take their knowledge of varying tales in The Canterbury Tales and create comic strip representations of them.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 12)
Title: Pennies for your Future!
Description: This is a hands-on activity that is designed to guide students through the process of finding and applying for scholarships. Students will use word processing software to write and submit a scholarship that is applicable to them.  This lesson plan contains a financial aid component. Authors: Mona Coan and Stefanie Weaver


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Writing a Persuasive Essay
Description: In this lesson students research opposing viewpoints on controversial issues and develop their own position papers. Though primarily for English classes, this lesson could be easily adapted for an interdisciplinary unit with social studies or science classes.


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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 (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: In preparation for independent research projects, students in small groups practice proper citation and familiarize themselves with Alabama Virtual Library databases using a graphic organizer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Your English Mentor: How to Write a Career Research Paper
Description: This structural design will guide students in writing a career research paper from start to finish. They will gather information; cite sources MLA style; develop a thesis statement, outline, and paragraphs; and create a research paper with references.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching the Epic through Ghost Stories     
Description: In this lesson, students connect to the oral tradition of epic storytellers by sharing their own oral tales of ghosts and goblins and monsters.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns     
Description: Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
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
Title: Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology     
Description: Students complete a short survey to establish their beliefs about technology. They compare their opinions to the ideas in a novel that depicts technology (such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 ).
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Activities


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Title: Shakespeare: English Comedic Icon
Digital Tool: ThingLink
Digital Tool Description: Allows a user to add content to images. For example, a student could display a map of Washington, D.C. and add a video explaining how a bill becomes a law over the Capitol building. And it’s easy. The user just clicks a spot on the image and adds text, a link to a website, or an embed code for video. It’s a quick and easy way to make a project more dynamic and interactive.  The Basic Educator account is free and allows basic tagging tools, easy addition of students, teacher-generated user names and passwords, unlimited number of students allowed.  Students may also log in using Google Apps for Education accounts.


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Title: Connecting Cultures
Digital Tool: ePals
Digital Tool Description: ePals is a safe way to connect with students across the world. Teachers sign their class up describing what they teach and who they would like their class to connect with. This site spans all content areas and standards; it is up to the teacher to decide how it can be useful for their class. 


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Title: Comic Strip Creator
Digital Tool: MakeBeliefsComix
Digital Tool Description: Allows students to create their own comic strips.  Comic strips may be original or may be used to paraphrase and summarize texts from class.  This learning asset supports the lesson "Comics of Canterbury Tales" found at http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=33132.


Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.     
Description: Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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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