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Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) 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 (1) 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).


ALEX Lesson Plans


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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: Digital Senior Memory Book
Description: Students will design a digital story that will consist of their memories and thoughts from their whole life. After the students finish the digital book, the book will be combined into a digital presentation to be shared at a senior luncheon.  


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (12)
Title: "Getting the Job" - Proficiency in Composition
Description: This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan. Advanced word processing skills are a must for students entering the workforce or pursuing higher education.  This lesson will help students achieve proficiency in creating effective employment correspondence. Students must demonstrate proficiency by creating a solicited letter, personal resume, and follow-up letter based on a specific job ad.


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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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Live from Antiquity     
Description: The goals of this EDSITEment lesson are to gain an appreciation for Greek drama through study of a play by Sophocles, to explore the cultural and historical context of Greek drama and its role in Greek society, and to reconstruct the experience of seeing a Greek drama performed and share that experience in an imaginative report.
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.
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,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.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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



ALEX Podcasts


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Using the AVL's Ferguson's Career Guidance Center to Research a Career
Overview:
Tutorial illustrates the steps  a student should follow to research a career using Ferguson's Career Guidance Center on the Alabama Virtual Library.


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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.

Informational Materials


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Teaching Academic Language
http://www.edutopia....
Strategies for incorporating academic language to be used in conjunction with teaching reading, writing, and listening at the college and career readiness level

Interactives/Games


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vocabulary & annotation
http://www.wallwishe...
This is a great web site to check student's knowledge. You build your wall and they respond. The teacher can edit, approve, or deny the student's response on a white board. Student's use computers or a smart phone.

Learning Activities


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Copyright Issues Hunt
http://mrsoshouse.co...
On-line activity that teaches the ethical use of Internet resources in research.

Teacher Tools


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Teaching Academic Language
http://www.edutopia....
Strategies for incorporating academic language to be used in conjunction with teaching reading, writing, and listening at the college and career readiness level

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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