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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
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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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Storytelling with StoryCorps
http://cdn.storycorp...
Introduces students to the history and mission of StoryCorps. Teaches basic skills in interviewing and storytelling. Includes a list of recommended recordings, organized by themes of relevance and interest to young people.

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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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This I Believe: Science
http://writingfix.co...
Students write "This I Believe" essays about the ocean. Students will listen to a podcast from Science Friday on the "State of the Oceans" as a springboard for writing.

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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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Literature Exhibits
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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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Needy or Greedy Seniors
http://www.criticalc...
This clip offers a look at our country's expense for caring for the elderly. This is a great companion to The Giver to stimulate class discussion regarding society's obligations to the elderly. A teacher guide for the video is available here http://stosselintheclassroom.org/pdf/stossel_TeachersGuide_11.pdf

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Improve Your English
http://www.englishle...
Improve grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. Free English quizzes, exercises, lessons and videos are available for teachers and students.

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This I Believe: Science
http://writingfix.co...
Students write "This I Believe" essays about the ocean. Students will listen to a podcast from Science Friday on the "State of the Oceans" as a springboard for writing.

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Improve Your English
http://www.englishle...
Improve grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. Free English quizzes, exercises, lessons and videos are available for teachers and students.

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Conversations Framework - a guide to collaborative discussions
http://www.attainmen...
Guide to the "conversational moves strategy" for use in classroom collaborative discussion. Lesson plan guides, strategies for goal-setting and for ensuring students stay on task, activities, rubrics, etc.

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Improve Your English
http://www.englishle...
Improve grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. Free English quizzes, exercises, lessons and videos are available for teachers and students.

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Water Is Deadly!
http://cheezburger.c...
Inspire students to investigate the art of rhetoric using this picture. Use this as a springboard to discuss propaganda techniques and argument validity.

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TodaysMeet
http://todaysmeet.co...
I use TodaysMeet for Socratic Seminars. This allows my students on the outside circle to feed students on the inside circle ideas and encouragement during the seminar. It allows me to ensure that all students are engaged (not just those in the conversation) in the learning because I can go back and evaluate the comments. Here's what Today's Meet's Website says about their site: "Imagine you're giving a presentation where you can read the mind of every person in the room. You'd have an amazing ability to adjust to your audience's needs and emotions. That's the backchannel. Using Twitter at social media conferences has become a great way to do just that. But Twitter isn't appropriate for every situation. •Your audience isn't on Twitter. •You don't want the discussion to be public. •You need to see only relevant updates. That's where TodaysMeet comes in. TodaysMeet gives you an isolated room where you can see only what you need to see, and your audience doesn't need to learn any new tools like hash tags to keep everything together."

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