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Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: More than The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: Although Christopher Paul Curtis 's The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a read for Social Studies and English Language Arts in Grades 6-8, it can easily addressed as a reading assignment for grades 9-12 depending on the end result(s) desired of the teacher.  The study of Curtis' novel can be the primary text to foster a journey from poetry to fiction to music to history to food and finally, to writing.  This novel makes references to the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church and the four little girls who perished that Sunday morning.  This is a good lesson to study history, geography, and writing. Various discussions may arise in relationship to bullying, sibling rivalry, growing up, and Civil Rights. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan. 


Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Never Forget Birmingham's Morning Glories
Description: Although The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a great read for Social Studies and English Language Arts students in Grades 6-8, it can easily be addressed as a reading assignment for Grades 9-12 depending on the end results desired of the teacher. Here, the teacher can travel back and forth from poetry to fiction to music to history to food, and finally to writing. This novel has references to the 16th Street Bombing and the four little girls who perished that Sunday morning. This is a good lesson to study history and geography with regard to writing.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Understanding You: Using Understood You in Fiction Writing
Description: In this lesson students will review the use of understood "you" in writing and create their own creative nonfiction essay using understood "you" as the narrative technique. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Understanding Stream of Consciousness in "Bread" by Margaret Atwood
Description: In this lesson students will explore the impact of narrative technique on a work of stream of consciousness in a modern essay.  By the end of the lesson, students will evaluate how an author uses stream of consciousness and shifts from scene to scene extending the meaning and significance of a motif. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: The President's Great Idea
Description: In remembering President Kennedy's death, his quote, "A man may die. nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on," has become the theme for this year's celebration.  Banners with the end of that quote are hanging on street corners all over Boston, Massachusetts.  The JFK Library has a number of good resources reflecting on Kennedy's life.  This lesson may will address rhetorical strategies he used in his inaugural address in 1961.  This reading can come to life and address some good writing. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Roles of Women: "Story of an Hour"
Description: This lesson explores the idea of constraints and women's role in society in the late 1800s. Students will be expected to draw their own conclusions about theme and note the various stages of plot throughout the short story. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: Rhetorical Analysis Merry-Go-Round 
Description: Students will identify the tone of an author in a piece of informational text using group discussion and analysis graphic organizer. Students will identify the rhetorical strategies an author uses and compare his/her responses with other group members in order to determine the tone.    This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: English Language Arts (11)
Title: The Truth About Slavery
Description: As an introduction to The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, the class will see what slavery was like in the deep South as well as in the Colonial South.  As the autobiography is discussed, the students will read other texts and see some video relating to the Transatlantic Slave Trade, The Civil War, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Information Technology (9 - 12)
Title: Plath, Personification, and Figurative Language
Description: This project based activity will use Sylvia Plath's poem, Mirror, to examine the use of personification and figurative language. The activity may also incorporate the use of technology to produce a multimedia project. This allows collaboration with the Business Tech/Multimedia Publication instructor.


Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Information Technology (9 - 12)
Title: J. Alfred Hyperbolizes
Description: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock contains a touch of hyperbole...to say the least, as well as imagery. This fun project based activity will allow students to engage in the lighter side of figurative language.


Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Scrapbook: Symbols and Setting in The Scarlet Letter
Description: Students will be given a list of symbols from the novel and then be asked to photograph images they think represent those symbols.


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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: 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: Language Arts
Title: Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read '' Smoky Night'' to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.      Add Bookmark
Description: After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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: The New York Times used the slogan '' All the News That's Fit to Print.''       Add Bookmark
Description: After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor's point of view.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: African Americans After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed?       Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores the state of race relations in the U.S. before, during, and after World War I. Students consider the discrimination African-American volunteers faced at home and in the military and, after conducting research using an online database, they take a stand on the state of race relations at this time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 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



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