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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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. Learning Assets (1)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: What Do Women Most Desire?
Description: Students will conduct survey-based research and compile data that compares the responses that the knights from The Wife of Bath's Tale received to the response of persons in modern day society.    This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12)
Title: Poetry in Music
Description: Students will identify major poetic elements in contemporary song lyrics to help them better appreciate how music incorporates poetry regularly.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: And Then There Were None: Casting the Characters
Description: Students will work in pairs to cast their own movie version of the novel.  Students must have a knowledge of the characters and setting from the novel.  Casting of the characters must correlate with the character traits mentioned in the book.


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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 (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Powerpointing to Your Career
Description: This exercise is used as the culmination of a career research project. This is a technology-based, interdisciplinary project which requires students to do Internet research and prepare a slideshow presentation. If a career is not used as a the topic of research, then the requirements can be adjusted to fit the topic of consideration.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Magazine Redux: An Exercise in Critical Literacy     
Description: Paper and pixels get compared in this lesson in which students compare both printed and online versions of a magazine.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Reading Between the Lines     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students evaluate news stories by determining their sources and recognizing biases or viewpoints. In order to become well-informed adults, it is a good idea for students to develop the habit of reading the news and keeping informed on important topics, such as geography, the environment, and world events. With the overwhelming amount of information available both in print and online, it is important that students learn to read news stories with a critical eye.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'Hamlet'' Meets ''Chushingura'': Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, contains two activities for students to explore similarities and differences between cultures by comparing Shakespearean and Bunraku/Kabuki dramas. These activities involve literary comparison of Hamlet and the Japanese drama Chushingura, and analyses of different cinematic and theatrical adaptations of both plays.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'Hamlet'' and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, contains a set of five activities for students to explore the themes of honor, loyalty, and revenge in selected scenes from Hamlet. These activities involve literary analysis of the text, discussions of characterization and motive, and comparison with a cinematic adaptation of the play.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Holocaust and Resistance     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students reflect on the Holocaust from the point of view of those who actively resisted Nazi persecution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Name That Chapter! Discussing Summary and Interpretation Using Chapter Titles     
Description: Students name unnamed chapters in a novel they are reading. They discuss possible chapter names, considering accuracy, word choice, and connotation, before settling on a choice.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting     
Description: This twist on readers theater has students prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading, as they explore standard literary elements of character, conflict, resolution, and setting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Comic Makeovers: Examining Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Media     
Description: Students explore stereotypes in the media and representations of race, class, ethnicity, and gender by analyzing comics over a two-week period and then re-envisioning them with a '' comic character makeover.''
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



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: CNN Student News
Digital Tool: CNN Student News
Digital Tool Description: CNN Student News is a 10-minute news program designed specifically for middle and high school students.  There is a program each day (Monday-Friday).  Each show comes with a daily transcript, daily curriculum, and additional support materials to use in the classroom.  Each show is designed with the Common Core standards in mind and aligns with the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards. For additional information on how to use CNN Student News in the classroom, visit http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/22/studentnews/sn-what-is-student-news/index.html.


Web Resources


Podcasts


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Improve Your English
http://www.englishle...
Improve grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. Free English quizzes, exercises, lessons and videos are available for teachers and students.

Assessments


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Improve Your English
http://www.englishle...
Improve grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. Free English quizzes, exercises, lessons and videos are available for teachers and students.

Informational Materials


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Conversations Framework - a guide to collaborative discussions
http://www.attainmen...
Guide to the "conversational moves strategy" for use in classroom collaborative discussion. Lesson plan guides, strategies for goal-setting and for ensuring students stay on task, activities, rubrics, etc.

Learning Activities


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TodaysMeet
http://todaysmeet.co...
I use TodaysMeet for Socratic Seminars. This allows my students on the outside circle to feed students on the inside circle ideas and encouragement during the seminar. It allows me to ensure that all students are engaged (not just those in the conversation) in the learning because I can go back and evaluate the comments. Here's what Today's Meet's Website says about their site: "Imagine you're giving a presentation where you can read the mind of every person in the room. You'd have an amazing ability to adjust to your audience's needs and emotions. That's the backchannel. Using Twitter at social media conferences has become a great way to do just that. But Twitter isn't appropriate for every situation. •Your audience isn't on Twitter. •You don't want the discussion to be public. •You need to see only relevant updates. That's where TodaysMeet comes in. TodaysMeet gives you an isolated room where you can see only what you need to see, and your audience doesn't need to learn any new tools like hash tags to keep everything together."

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Improve Your English
http://www.englishle...
Improve grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. Free English quizzes, exercises, lessons and videos are available for teachers and students.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.     
Description: Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Author Garc -a M rquez was born on this day.     
Description: Students take place in a collaborative creative writing activity to begin to understand the hallmarks of the literary style known as magical realism.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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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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