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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (10 - 12)
Title: A Creative Twist to The Tragedy of Macbeth
Description: A Creative Twist to The Tragedy of Macbeth is a project that gives students an opportunity to express their understanding of Macbeth through their artistic ability. The activity appeals to the learning style of all students by allowing the students to establish their position as the reviewer of the play The Tragedy of Macbeth.


Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Translating in Your Own Words: Pride and Prejudice 
Description: Students will work in groups to select a "scene" from Pride and Prejudice and translate the scene into contemporary English.


Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Teaching the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
Description: In this self-directed study involving research, composition, and presentation, students analyze Chaucer's characters of The Canterbury Tales as presented in the Prologue. Each student casts a modern personality in the role of one of the characters and writes an essay defending the choice.


Subject: English Language Arts (12), or 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.


Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12)
Title: The Craft of Poetry: Understanding the Structure of the Sonnet
Description: Using a sonnnet grid, students write original Shakespearean sonnets and present them in digital slideshow format.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Character Traits: '' To Kill a Mockingbird''       Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, is used by students to identify examples of moral courage and cowardice in key characters from the text of Harper Lee s '' To Kill a Mockingbird.'' Students can print or save the completed chart.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Discovering a Passion for Poetry With Langston Hughes      Add Bookmark
Description: Through a study of Langston Hughes poetry, students connect his writing to his place in history.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: In Literature, Interpretation is the Thing      Add Bookmark
Description: Students consider Shakespearean literature to be or not to be useful in a modern context when they analyze the relationship between text and reader interpretation..
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson from EDSITEment highlights one episode in the Divine Comedy to provide students with an introduction to Dante's great poem. After a brief introduction to the opening of the Divine Comedy, which portrays Dante as a pilgrim guided by the poet Virgil on a journey through the Christian afterlife toward God, students read Canto 5 of the Inferno, which comes near the beginning of Dante's descent into Hell. Students refer to a diagram of Dante's underworld to understand the role of Minos at the start of this canto, then analyze Dante's description of the storm-tossed souls he encounters in order to gain further insight into his allegorical method. Next, students identify the famous lovers who set the stage for Paolo and Francesca, and consider how they lend a literary dimension to our perception of this pair. Finally, students examine Francesca's confession, comparing the philosophical style in which she first describes her love affair with the story-telling style she uses to describe what actually occurred. To conclude the lesson, students compare the effect that Lancelot's story had on Paolo and Francesca with the effect their story has on Dante in the poem, and the effect this layered episode has on Dante's readers today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Chaucer's Wife of Bath      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson from EDSITEment introduces students to one of the most admired characterizations in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath. Students read Chaucer's description of the Wife in the General Prologue to consider how he represents her, both as the poet of The Canterbury Tales and as a character in his own poem, then read the Wife of Bath's Prologue, where he has her speak for herself, to gain additional perspective on her character. Next, students investigate some of the literary sources that Chaucer drew upon as he created this portrait of a woman with her own ideas about matrimony, and examine evidence about marriage in the Middle Ages and the role that women played in medieval society. Finally, students read the Wife of Bath's Tale and explore the alternative readings of the tale in relation to the character of the Wife of Bath.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Live from Antiquity      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Tales of the Supernatural      Add Bookmark
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.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'': Fear and the ''Dagger of the Mind''      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment lesson is designed to help students understand how Shakespeare's language dramatizes one such emotion: fear. Students work in small groups to perform the so-called banquet scene, in which the newly-crowned Macbeth, while entertaining the lords of Scotland, encounters a ghost only he can see. The twist here is that while there are opportunities for students to analyze Shakespeare's language, the performance itself is done without words. The wordless performance means that students need to develop physical equivalents for the clues to Macbeth's state of mind that are embedded in Shakespeare's poetry.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Valentine's Day is today!      Add Bookmark
Description: Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device, illustrate, and share them with the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Diarist Samuel Pepys was born.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.      Add Bookmark
Description: Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Introduction to Modernist Poetry      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine literary modernism. Specifically, students read and analyze modernist poetry, including T. S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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: Finding Common Ground: Using Logical, Audience-Specific Arguments      Add Bookmark
Description: Using a hypothetical situation, students generate arguments from opposing points of view, discover areas of commonality using Venn diagrams, and construct logical, audience-specific arguments to persuade their opponents.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Images of Faulkner and the South      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the American writer William Faulkner and the Southern settings for his novels. Students research Faulkner's own family background and history and compare what they discover with the settings in As I Lay Dying.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Exploring Arthurian Legend      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students examine the historical origins of the Arthurian legend. Students gain insight into the use of literature as historical evidence. Through the references and links in this lesson, students can track the growth of a legend like that of King Arthur, from its emergence in the Medieval Ages to its arrival on the silver screen.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: An Introduction to Beowulf : Language and Poetics      Add Bookmark
Description: Students are introduced to Old English and the poetic devices of alliteration, kenning, and compounding in preparation for reading the epic poem Beowulf.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Beauty of Anglo Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to ''Beowulf''      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment lesson is an introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature. In it, students study the manuscripts and riddles of the early Middle Ages. By capturing their attention and imagination with visually stunning images of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts available through EDSITEment resources, this lesson prepares students to read Beowulf with an appreciation for its artistry and beauty. Students study online early manuscripts, learn the conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry, solve online riddles, write riddles, and reflect on what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Family Voices In ''As I Lay Dying''      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to William Faulkner's use of multiple narrative voices in his novel As I Lay Dying. Students examine the Bundren family through the subjective evidence provided by a multiplicity of characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Recognizing Similes: Fast as a Whip      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students build on their basic understanding of similes and begin to engage with similes on a deeper and more abstract level. They read excerpts from the work of Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, and Toi Derricotte in order to gain an understanding of similes. They then create their own similes in order to learn how to apply this tool to their own writing projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading Literature in Translation: Beowulf as a Case Study      Add Bookmark
Description: Using several translations of the same passage of Beowulf, this lesson introduces students to the idea that translation is not an objective practice, but that it involves '' imaginative reconstruction.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'Hamlet'' and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Become a Character: Adjectives, Character Traits, and Perspective      Add Bookmark
Description: Students '' become'' one of the major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using lists of accurate, powerful adjectives.
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: Varying Views of America      Add Bookmark
Description: Students work together to analyze three poems about America with varying points of view.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts
Title: Shakespeare's ''Othello'' and the Power of Language      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: J. Alfred Prufrock      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an EDSITEment lesson, contains questions for students to answer as they read T.S. Eliot s poem '' The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Decoding the Dystopian Characteristics of Macintosh's 1984 Commercial      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson uses the 1984 Macintosh Commercial to introduce students to dystopian characteristics. Students analyze techniques used in the commercial and identify the comments that it makes about contemporary society.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'': Fear and the Motives of Evil      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students study Shakespeare's Macbeth. Students use an Internet search engine to collect instances in the play of specific key words. They then organize and analyze the passages in which these key words appear for what they reveal about Macbeth's state of mind and the motives behind his increasing evil.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'Hamlet'' Meets ''Chushingura'': Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poet William Blake was born in 1757.      Add Bookmark
Description: As a class, students brainstorm abstract concepts and personify that concept through a drawing or story told about the character who personifies that concept.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Take part in the African American Read-In!      Add Bookmark
Description: Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Poetry of The Great War: ''From Darkness to Light''?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the historical context of World War I poetry. Students compare and contrast poems via active class discussion and then provide a well-supported, written analysis of the relationship between a poem's form and its content.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Understanding the Context of Modernist Poetry      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the rise of cities; profound technological changes in transportation, architecture, and engineering; a rising population that engendered crowds and chaos in public spaces; factory life; and the aftermath of WWI. Students begin to understand how these influential factors contributed to making individuals feel less unique and more alienated, fragmented, and at a loss in their daily lives and larger worlds.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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