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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Description: Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Identifying Parallel Structure in Sentences
Description: After textbook and online instruction in parallel construction, students examine Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence for parallelism before writing their own paragraphs.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Introducing Metaphors Through Poetry      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students define and identify examples of metaphors. They read analyze the metaphors used in poetry by Langston Hughes, Margaret Atwood, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others. Finally, they create their own metaphors and apply this tool to their own writing projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Hawthorne: Author and Narrator      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students come to recognize the difference between a narrator and an author, and explore the impact of an author's personal history on his or her creative life, particularly in the context of American society. The focus is on Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Mark Twain and American Humor      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave(1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass(1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. Students learn about the slave narrative and its importance in the abolitionist movement, gain experience in working with the slave narrative as a resource for historical study, evaluate the slave narrative as a work of literature, examine the slave narrative in the context of political controversy as an argument for abolition, and explore themes of self-actualization and spiritual freedom within the slave narrative.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Stephen Crane's ''The Open Boat''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students examine the relationship of man and nature as portrayed in Stephen Crane's short story, The Open Boat. This story remains one of Crane's best works and a wonderful example of American literary naturalism. As they study the story, students critically examine the relationship of man and nature in the story, learn about third-person omniscient point of view, conduct in-depth character analysis, and explore the depth of emotion evoked by Crane.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Frederick Douglass's 1845 Autobiography      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment unit of three lessons, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They analyze Douglass's vivid first-hand accounts of the lives of slaves and the behavior of slave owners to see how he successfully contrasts reality with romanticism and powerfully uses imagery, irony, connotative and denotative language, strong active verbs, repetition, and rhetorical appeals to persuade the reader of slavery's evil. Students also identify and discuss Douglass's acts of physical and intellectual courage on his journey towards freedom. This curriculum unit incorporates primary source material from EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites. The curriculum unit introduces three individual lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson uses concrete poems to explore the connection between a poem's layout and its meaning. While appropriate any time of year, the lesson is especially topical near Columbus Day.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Walt Whitman's Notebooks and Poetry: The Sweep of the Universe      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students read the poetry of Walt Whitman to determine how he attempts to combine universal themes with individual experiences and feelings. Additionally, students reflect on how Whitman used his experiences in the Civil War in his poetry.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the idea of democratic poetry by reading Whitman's words in a variety of media, examining daguerreotypes taken circa 1850, and comparing the poetic concepts and techniques behind Whitman's I Hear America Singing and Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again. Finally, using similar poetic concepts and techniques, students have an opportunity create a poem from material in their own experience.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Nathaniel Hawthorne and Literary Humor      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study Nathaniel Hawthorne's story, Dr. Heidegger's Experiment. They then compare it to the work of other American literary humorists in order to gain perspective on each writer's brand of humor.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'The Red Badge of Courage'': A New Kind of Courage      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the values of courage and patriotism in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage. They closely read Chapter 23 and compare it with a more traditional tale of combat and a systematic look at an early reviewer's accusations. Using their new understanding, students are asked to select one of three published endings to The Red Badge of Courage best suited to their understanding of Crane's exploration of values in the novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students become literary sleuths, attempting to separate biographical reality from myth. They also become careful critics, taking a stand on whether extra-literary materials such as biographies and letters should influence the way readers understand a writer's texts.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Pioneer Values in Willa Cather's ''My Antonia''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the social and historical context of Willa Cather's My Antonia. They work in groups to explore Cather's commentary on fortitude, hard work, faithfulness, and other values that we associate with pioneer life.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Crane, London, and Literary Naturalism      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students learn the key characteristics that comprise American literary naturalism as they explore the work of Stephen Crane and Jack London, who wrote about city life, social class, industry, and in two memorable short stories, the callous indifference of nature. Students explore Crane's The Open Boat and London's To Build a Fire. Two additional pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: From Courage to Freedom: Slavery's Dehumanizing Effects      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read Frederick Douglass's 1845 slave narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. They explore Douglass's argument that slavery is not only dehumanizing to the slave, but to the slave-owner as well.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Defining and Exploring an Author's Stylistic Choices      Add Bookmark
Description: Students find examples of specific stylistic devices in sample literary passages then search for additional examples and explore the reasons for the stylistic choices that the author has made.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Style: Translating Stylistic Choices from Hawthorne to Hemingway and Back Again      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students read and analyze essays by Frederick Douglass and Mark Twain. They explore the various methods for writing essays and their basis in rhetorical tradition. They also learn effective strategies for writing essays and argumentative prose. They study the persuasive appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos, and then apply these rhetorical strategies to essay writing projects of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Myth and Truth: The Gettysburg Address      Add Bookmark
Description: By exploring myths and truths surrounding Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding this famous speech from the Civil War era.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'The Red Badge of Courage'': A New Kind of Realism      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare specific excerpts from Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage to first-hand accounts of Civil War battles, in text and images. They also list elements of Crane's style that contribute to the novel's realism. To conclude, they create a first-person account that employs the basic stylistic characteristics of The Red Badge of Courage.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Critical Ways of Seeing ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' in Context      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, asks students to combine Internet historical research with critical reading. They then produce several writing assignments exploring what readers see in Huckleberry Finn and why they see it that way.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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