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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Persuasive Strategies and Tuck Everlasting
Description: This lesson is a persuasive strategy lesson plan for Tuck Everlasting. It allows the student to incorporate technology in the development of an original thirty second commercial.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (7)
Title: Credit Cards Are "Interest"ing
Description: Students will create a credit card, focusing on appealing terms and slogan.  They will use their credit card to go on a shopping spree.  The students will receive a "BILL" to discover/discuss the effects/application of simple interest.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Path to Positive
Description: Using the story Less than Zero by Stuart Murphy, students relate money matters to positive and negative numbers as a real-life correlation. Incorporated into this lesson, students play the path to positive game where they are required to add integers.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching Mark Twain's Early Life and Experiences
Description: This lesson requires students to use the Internet to research the early life of Mark Twain and the influence of his childhood experiences on his writing. The lesson includes letter writing, reading, role playing, and working in a group to create a slideshow presentation.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Long Way From Chicago: Web Search
Description: Used as an introduction to the reading of Richard Peck's book, A Long Way From Chicago, this lesson is designed to familiarize students with topics that help them to better understand the setting of the novel. Students search the Internet for information and present their findings to the class in an oral presentation.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (5 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Comics
Description: Using the book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud as the primary resource, this unit focuses on comics as a tool for communication. Students participate in activities which include journal and essay writing, a graphic organizer, and a distance learning field trip.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Narrative Writing: The Autobiographical Incident
Description: After organizing their thoughts using a graphic organizer, students write a narrative essay which relates an autobiographical incident. Students present their essays in a slideshow which allows their classmates to practice predicting an outcome as they guess the ending of the narrative. Some of the essays will be included in a class newsletter created by the students.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts
Title: Judy Blume was born in 1938.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing .
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York in 1955.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students are introduced to the characteristics of drama, read a chapter from a novel the class has read, and create a script from the chapter that they will present to the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Technology to Analyze and Illustrate Symbolism in Night       Add Bookmark
Description: Images have power they can trigger memories or symbolize abstract ideas. Students put the power of images to the test as they analyze symbolism in Night and create symbolic photomontages.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy       Add Bookmark
Description: Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class '' press conference.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is the birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland .      Add Bookmark
Description: After reading one of Carroll's chapters, students plan an unbirthday party and do activities and preparation for the event.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jane Yolen was born in 1939.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read one of Jane Yolen's books, retell the story in the form of a puppet show, research animals in the book, and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poe's '' The Raven'' was published in 1845.      Add Bookmark
Description: As Poe's '' The Raven'' is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poet Emily Dickinson was born in 1830.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students discuss Dickinson's poem '' This Is My Letter To The World'' and use it to focus on how audience affects voice.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.      Add Bookmark
Description: After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, '' On the Pulse of Morning,'' students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.      Add Bookmark
Description: As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring Author's Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books      Add Bookmark
Description: History has many faces in this lesson in which students read Jane Addams Award-winning books to learn about peace, social justice, world community, and equality.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Improve Students Writing Using Online Workshops      Add Bookmark
Description: If tomorrow morning the sky falls...have clouds for breakfast. Cooper Eden's book If You re Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow offers unconventional responses to life challenges, and this lesson's activities encourage students to do the same. Online writing groups provide a forum for constructive peer review.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Character and Author Business Cards      Add Bookmark
Description: Students respond to a book they have read by thinking symbolically to create a business card for one of the characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: ' Black Beauty'' author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: He Said/She Said: Analyzing Gender Roles through Dialogue      Add Bookmark
Description: Students analyze dialogue tags used with male and female characters in a book they have read. They then evaluate the message the dialogue tags convey about gender roles.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Free Verse in the '' Voice'' of Cesar Chavez      Add Bookmark
Description: Poetry and politics combine in this lesson where students write a free verse poem in the voice of Cesar Chavez.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!      Add Bookmark
Description: Students write a script for A Christmas Carol on a level that primary students can read and perform. Older students record the performance and create a website to showcase photographs.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Read a book! The third week of October is Teen Read Week.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students are encouraged to read a variety of books and participate in a book club in celebration of Teen Read Week.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students brainstorm important events and people that might serve as the beginning of an interesting piece of writing. They then use the Bio-Cube to plan their writing and write an essay about a memorable person.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Points of View in the News      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and Web sites. Students read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions describing each article's source, purpose, and viewpoint. Students then research the topics presented in an article of their choice and evaluate the resources they find. They conclude by creating checklists they can use in the future to evaluate articles, Web sites, and other information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions      Add Bookmark
Description: Students investigate the meanings and origins of their names in order to establish their own personal histories and to explore the cultural significance of naming traditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read science fiction texts and then use nonfiction texts to extrapolate the scientific principles presented as they discuss the what ifs within the context of scientific principles.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You       Add Bookmark
Description: Students will find their inner poet laureate in this lesson that involves writing a poem in the style of Robert Frost.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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