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Subject: English Language Arts (10)
Title: A Tale of Two Slaves:  A Lesson in Predicting, Summarizing, Making Connections, Questioning, and Comparing/Contrasting  (Part Two)
Description: Students will read and discuss the similarities and differences of two characters from the same historical era.  Students will colaborate to write two paragraphs in which the characters are compared and contrasted. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Perfect Society- Poster Production
Description: This is the third part of a project-based learning unit plan. In groups, the students will be analyzing themes and literary elements from the novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding in order to answer the driving question- How is it possible to create a perfect society? As the students take on the role of the characters in the novel, they will need to create a survival guide, a propaganda poster to advertise their society and the map of their perfect society. This particular lesson is the production of the glogster poster. You can find the other lesson of this unit on the ALEX website under the numbers 31003,31029,and 31031.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Perfect Society - Brochure Production 
Description: This is the second part of a project based learning unit plan. In groups, the students will be analyzing themes and literary elements from the novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding in order to answer the driving question- How is it possible to create a perfect society? As the students take on the role of the characters in the novel, they will need to create a survival guide, a propaganda poster to advertise their society and the map of their perfect society. This particular lesson contains lessons that lead up the creation of the brochure. You can find the other lesson of this unit on the ALEX website under the numbers 31003, 31030, and 31031.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Going the "Write" Direction
Description: We’ve all gotten bad directions and if the truth were known, we have all given poor directions.So we are going to hone our skills in giving (writing) and following (reading) directions.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: Using Google Docs to Write for Audience, Context, and Purpose
Description: Students write and digitally publish a weekly newsletter using Google Docs. The content will be a synthesis of interesting issues from their class as well as some outside news and issues which directly impact students. The target audience will be students, faculty, and administration, as well as parents and the larger community. This lesson is based on the webpage "Writing for Context" by Andrea Zellner.  


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Google in the Classroom: Creating a Book Review using Google Books
Description: Technology-based lesson for a High School English class, incorporating Google Books and Google Docs. Students will choose a book to review, read the book, research other reviews of the same book, and then use Google Docs to create their own review. They will share this review with the teacher on Google Docs, and after receiving approval, they will post the review on Google Books.


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10)
Title: Unfortunate Fortunato
Description: You are a local police detective, your task is to investigate the disappearance of Fortunata. Retrace his steps leading up to his disappearance. Remember to interview anyone that may have seen him that night. After gathering all of your information, write a detailed missing person's report on behalf of Fortunato's family detaining Fortunato's last day on earth.  


Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Video Resume
Description: Students will construct an ongoing list of their accomplishments.  Students will videotape each other presenting their achievements.


Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 10)
Title: Hands, Hands, Hands - Writing a Narrative Essay from the Perspective of a Particular Hand
Description: The teacher will show pictures of six hands to students.  (See attachment)  After a brainstorming session, students will choose one hand that illustrates a particular story from their life.  Then, students will write a two page narrative essay about this story.  These stories will be posted on a class blog to allow for feedback and discussion from classmates.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Devil and Tom Walker Newsletter
Description: Students will create a newsletter with information taken from the short story "The Devil and Tom Walker." Students will work in pairs and decide which parts of the newsletter each will be responsible for completing.   The finished newsletter will be published for the class to view.  


Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Business Letter Using Mail Merge
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to use the mail merge feature of their word processing software. They will utilize the Internet for research, compose a business letter, and key the letter using mail merge. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Body Symmetry of Animals
Description: Students will watch a slideshow about the body symmetry of animals. Included is a short quiz of animals and images. The students will determine the symmetry of each animal. Students then design their own animals. They should design one with each type of symmetry.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 (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: If I Read It, It Must Be True
Description: Working in groups, students identify methods of propaganda and analyze television, magazine, and Internet ads. Groups then create their own ad using one of the identified methods.


Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Writing a Persuasive Essay
Description: In this lesson students research opposing viewpoints on controversial issues and develop their own position papers. Though primarily for English classes, this lesson could be easily adapted for an interdisciplinary unit with social studies or science classes.


Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Is Romance Dead?
Description: As an introduction to the medieval romances, students compare and contrast the medieval rules of courtly love to the modern "rules" of courtship and romance. Students write a compare/contrast essay after group work and class discussion.


Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Translating Short Stories into Original Short Films
Description: After reviewing the elements of the short story, students develop a script and storyboard from a published or original story. Students then film and edit a video of the story to present during a class film festival.


Subject: 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.


Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Sharing Summer Reading Through Literature Circles
Description: This lesson allows students to discuss the assigned summer reading in literature circles with respect to plot, character, and theme. Students work in groups of three to four to produce a slideshow presentation of one of the novels read. Each group shares its presentation with the class.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson plan invites students to consider characters from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Students explore a selected character and write poems about objects associated with that character.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students write about the name '' Patriot Day'' and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was integrated in 1957.      Add Bookmark
Description: After viewing some footage from the actual event, students jot down thoughts and feelings of the Little Rock Nine. Students then write a bio-poem that might have been written by one of these students on this historic day.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns      Add Bookmark
Description: Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Langston Hughes was born in 1902.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students examine the poem '' Dreams'' and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Walt Disney was born in 1901.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.      Add Bookmark
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



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.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 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: 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: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's ''The Crucible''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, The Crucible. Students examine some of Miller's historical sources: biographies of key players and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves. The students also read a summary of the historical events in Salem and study a timeline. The students then read The Crucible itself.
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.
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
Title: On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: The Chinese New Year starts today.      Add Bookmark
Description: Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Gold was discovered in California in 1848.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Black Poetry Day is celebrated.      Add Bookmark
Description: Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken?such as age, race, and gender?that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology      Add Bookmark
Description: Students complete a short survey to establish their beliefs about technology. They compare their opinions to the ideas in a novel that depicts technology (such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 ).
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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