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Lesson Plans (6) 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. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
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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.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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: 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.
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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: 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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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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Vocabulary Challenge Online
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This site generates challenging vocabulary questions.

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Vocabulary Paint Chips
https://www.teaching...
In this video, the teacher uses paint chips as a tool for introducing vocabulary or practicing vocabulary in class. On the paint chip, the teacher writes a word on one shade and on the lower shades the teacher writes different versions of the word. Each time the student uses the word in class they receive a sticker. At the end of the class, the students place their stickers on a class sheet of paper. The class with the most stickers receives bragging rights for the week. This could also be used with a set of vocabulary words.

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Vocabulary Challenge Online
http://www.eprep.com...
This site generates challenging vocabulary questions.

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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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