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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) 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.
Teacher Tools (2) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards). Learning Assets (1)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Elephants, Tigers, and Gamecocks... Oh my!  Where will you go to college?
Description: Students will research various colleges of their choosing in order to best prepare for post-secondary endeavors.  The research will be conducted using a handout with specific questions for students to answer about each college. Students will present findings in a Microsoft Publisher brochure.  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 (12)
Title: I Am What I Learn- Video Scholarship Essay Contest
Description: This lesson provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of available scholarships to determine which scholarships may be sources of funding for college.  Students will create a video essay which will be used to apply for a college scholarship.  This lesson plan contains a financial aid component.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (12)
Title: Financing Your College Education-What College Can I Afford?
Description: This lesson provides student with the opportunity to think about financing college by considering the best use of the funding available. Consider pros and cons of attending school in state or out of state. Students should determine which education option they can afford to meet the goal of attending college. This plan contains a financial aid component.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Teaching the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
Description: In this self-directed study involving research, composition, and presentation, students analyze Chaucer's characters of The Canterbury Tales as presented in the Prologue. Each student casts a modern personality in the role of one of the characters and writes an essay defending the choice.


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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 (11 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Description: After a study of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, students working in small groups conduct research and create a slideshow presentation that emphasizes key aspects of the play and/or new ideas generated by the play.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Preparing to Write the Research Paper: An Information Location Mini-lesson
Description: This lesson introduces students to research materials in the library and electronic materials available through the Alabama Virtual Library(AVL). The instruction emphasizes "how-to-use" multi-volume encyclopedias, multi-volume reference sets, books, and various electronic databases. Instruction includes where to locate bibliographic information within these various materials for a research paper and how to cite bibliographic information.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'': Fear and the Motives of Evil     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students study Shakespeare's Macbeth. Students use an Internet search engine to collect instances in the play of specific key words. They then organize and analyze the passages in which these key words appear for what they reveal about Macbeth's state of mind and the motives behind his increasing evil.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts - Journalism - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Piracy: A Continuing Problem     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to compare and contrast piracy in its golden age with modern piracy. They learn where piracy is practiced today and write reports pretending they are on an international anti-piracy commission, describing the similarities and differences between modern and historical piracy and proposing some solutions to modern piracy problems.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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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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: Arts,Language Arts
Title: Women in Africa: Tradition and Change     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students can gain insight into the lives of some black women in Sub-Saharan Africa by adopting a perspective that is in part traditional, based on the arts of African village life, and in part postcolonial, based on the work of African women writing in English and French today. The goals of this lesson plan are to learn about the role of women in traditional African village life, to understand the contextual nature of artwork within traditional African village life, to become familiar with women writers of postcolonial Africa, and to examine how the traditions of village life influence postcolonial literature.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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



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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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search
Digital Tool: A Google A Day
Digital Tool Description: A Google A Day is an interactive search game developed by Google to enhance the user's ability to use a search engine effectively and accurately. This tool will be used as a learning asset in the form of a Bellringer to focus students at the beginning of class on the larger lesson plan's purpose and goals, as well as to help students evaluate their own progress towards those goals. This activity will be particularly effective when used as a Bellringer for the lesson: Google in the Classroom: How to get the most out of Google Search.


ALEX Podcasts


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MLA Formatting with Microsoft Word 2003
Overview:
MLA Formatting tricks and hints when using Microsoft Word 2003 version.  Includes margin settings, double-spacing, Header, Page heading, and Hanging Indents on Works Cited page.  


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Finding and Citing Sources Using Literature Resources from Gale
Overview:
This lesson demonstrates the steps to use Literature Resources from Gale as a search tool. It further demonstrates the process of citing the sources and using the citation tool. The program offers citations in MLA or APA format and will export the citation.


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Yes! It's Research Paper Time!
Overview:
This lesson shows students how to begin a research paper by finding a topic, creating an outline, finding and citing a book source, creating a note card for a book, finding and citing an internet source, and creating a note card for an internet source.  Sources are cited in MLA format.


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Plagiarism and Citing Sources
Overview:
This podcast discusses plagiarism and can be used as an introduction before teaching a research project or informational writing. A student skit is used to illustrate plagiarism in a way that students can relate to. Items discussed are the forms of plagiarism, consequences of plagiarism, and how to avoid plagiarism. It also discusses how to make a parenthetical citation to avoid plagiarism in writing. 


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Hanging Indents for your Reference Page
Overview:
This podcast demonstrates how to use the hanging indent feature in MS Word 2007 in order to correctly type references in MLA or APA style.


Web Resources


Assessments


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Am I a Plagiarist?
http://www.plagtrack...
Students can use Plagtracker to check their paper for plagiarism for free before turning the paper in for grading. It is a tool for self assessment.

Informational Materials


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MLA Citation Guide
http://andyspinks.co...
This is a two-page PDF explaining how to format in-text citations and works cited pages according to MLA format.

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How to Write an Annotated Bibliography
http://guides.librar...
This resource defines an annotated bibliography, describes how to write one, and gives examples.

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ICE strategy poster for citing sources
http://static.square...
Poster/visual aid for the ICE strategy for use as a quick reference after teaching students how to introduce source material, cite sources, and explain quotations.

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Guiding Students' Online Research
http://www.edudemic....
Tips and strategies for guiding students as they compile online source material for research. Ideas for helping students find quality information and information that accurately addresses the research question.

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Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers
http://www.virtualsa...
Strategies for preventing online plagiarism.

Interactives/Games


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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

Learning Activities


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LiveBinders
http://www.livebinde...
Live Binders is a research and organizational tool for teachers and students. It is a way to organize documents and websites like pages in a book. Students can use live binders to group information for projects and classes.

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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

Teacher Tools


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LiveBinders
http://www.livebinde...
Live Binders is a research and organizational tool for teachers and students. It is a way to organize documents and websites like pages in a book. Students can use live binders to group information for projects and classes.

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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.     
Description: Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.     
Description: Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: ' Black Beauty'' author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.     
Description: Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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