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Lesson Plans (9) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (4) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Teacher Tools (3) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow Projects
http://teachers.net/...
Project list for the novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, including board game and poster-making ideas.

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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
http://www.loc.gov/t...
This lesson plan teaches To Kill a Mockingbird from a historic perspective. It has very useful ideas dealing with connecting the novel to the Civil Rights Movement.

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Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
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This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.

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With Your Own Two Hands
http://writingfix.co...
Using Ben Harper’s “With My Own Two Hands” (as well as John Mayer’s “Waiting On The World To Change”), students ponder their roles in changing the world. After analyzing how a variety of important people changed the world, students evaluate the tools they possess to change the world and how realistic it is for them to actually do it. The final product is an original poem, taken through the writing process, in which students express their feelings about this topic.

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Poems
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Comparing three songs with symbolic meanings about the past, present and future and then writing poems.

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The Big Read: To Kill a Mockingbird
http://www.neabigrea...
This lesson plan for To Kill a Mockingbird includes lessons on figurative language, character development, symbols, and themes. It also includes handouts on Harper Lee, the civil rights movement, and the Great Depression.

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Creating a Second-Person Choice Story using Music
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A lesson that inspires student creativity using songs that tell stories as well as story starters.

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Teaching Poetry Through Rap
http://christiemoore...
Using rap to teach poetry is fun, engaging and challenging. Rap engages our students and it enhances their understanding of poetic devices. Rap, specifically, can contain internal and external rhyme, assonance, consonance, simile, metaphor and much more.

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Literature Exhibits
http://learning.blo...
In this lesson, students consider the ways the author Orhan Pamuk uses objects as inspiration in his novel, “The Museum of Innocence,” and create museum exhibits to reflect the themes, characters and plot lines of works they are currently studying in class.

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Romeo and Juliet: Mayberry Edition
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In this segment of the Andy Griffith show, Andy summarizes the plot of Romeo and Juliet. This segment could be used to help students understand plot, could be used as an example of a plot summary, or could be used to teach allusion.

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Encyclopedia Alabama article To Kill a Mockingbird
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English Language Arts grade 10 1.)Apply both literal and inferential comprehension strategies, including drawing conclusions and making inferences about characters, motives, intentions, and attitudes in short stories, drama, poetry, novels, and essays and other nonfiction texts.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
http://www.funbrain....
This site shows the young adult book in diary form so students can compare to print and media.

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To Kill a Mockingbird Student Survival Guide
http://www.lausd.k12...
This website has been set up to be an annotation to the text of the novel. As you travel through the site, you'll find more than 400 annotations to help you get more out of your reading. Many of the annotations contain links to pictures or other websites to further help you in understanding your reading. Click away, learn, and have fun!

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Summarizing
http://www.readingro...
This site explains the use of summarizing, as well as provides activities and examples.

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Emily Dickinson - Poetry Lives
http://www.emilydick...
From the Dickinson Museum, this quiz tests students ability to decipher the meanings behind Emily Dickinson's poetry. The museum also has other activities to pique students' interest.

Teacher Tools


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Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow Projects
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Project list for the novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, including board game and poster-making ideas.

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Online Reading Activities
http://readtheory.or...
Create your own virtual class for students in grades 1-12 that allows them to interact with fun & interactive reading activities that will improve reading comprehension.

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Summarizing
http://www.readingro...
This site explains the use of summarizing, as well as provides activities and examples.

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