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Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Similes and Metaphors in Pop Culture Music
Description: This interactive lesson allows students to practice identifying and interpreting similes in metaphors in pop culture music. The lyrics from pop culture songs like, "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes, "Firework" by Katy Perry, and "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus make identifying similes and metaphors exciting for students. Students will take the similes and metaphors and work in small groups to determine meaning and analyze their overall impact on the songs. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (7)
Title: Round Robin Poetry Analysis
Description: Poetry lesson using music lyrics and traditional poetry. The lesson involves identifying vocabulary, imagery, analysis, and interpretation of poetry. Students work collaboratively to develop the meaning of poetry. Specifically, this lesson highlights Langston Hughes's poetry and the Harlem Renaissance. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Elements of Poetry
Description: This lesson helps students explore elements of poetry and their effects on meaning, tone and style. Within the lesson, students analyze various forms of poetry both in pairs and independently. Students also create their own poems and present slide shows to analyze poetic elements within their writing.


Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Poetry and Music Fun with Chris Daughtry
Description: This language arts lesson grabs students' attention by incorporating a popular musician. The lyrics to "Over You" include vivid language that makes identifying figures of speech intriguing. The students will identify similes, metaphors, and hyperbole within the lyrics. The students will analyze the lyrics and create an MP3 file or podcast with their analysis.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: In Search of Rhyme and Reason
Description: Students in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade language arts class will read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Discussions and activities will focus on idioms as they are used in the English language.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Celebrate blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them '' the blues.'' Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: An Exploration of Text Sets: Supporting All Readers      Add Bookmark
Description: Students create text sets on a high interest topic and use the texts to practice three strategies for reading for information.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is World Hello Day!      Add Bookmark
Description: Students study a letter written by a famous author to determine purpose, and words and phrases that make the letter meaningful. They can use the Letter Generator to write their own letter promoting peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Finding Figurative Language in The Phantom Tollbooth       Add Bookmark
Description: Students examine figurative language in The Phantom Tollbooth and create a chart representing the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Numbers and Language      Add Bookmark
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in real-world situations. Students discuss, describe, read, and write about numbers they find in familiar real-world situations. An emphasis on using components of language helps students build a broader vocabulary of numbers than the traditional symbolic representation of numbers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Airport Numbers      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in real-world situations. These activities use an airport theme to investigate numbers. Students are encouraged to relate the numbers to familiar situations. For example, they use the dimensions of the classroom to describe an airplane.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh's and Patrick Henry's Language of Resistance      Add Bookmark
Description: Students study Patrick Henry's '' Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death'' speech and the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric and action.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map      Add Bookmark
Description: Students practice with words and develop both definitional and contextual knowledge through two agents purposeful sequencing of steps and collaboration with peers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth       Add Bookmark
Description: Students read Avi's Nothing But the Truth and examine the First Amendment and student rights, and then decide whether the rights of the novel's protagonist, Philip, are violated.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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