Title: Move Over Real Housewives: Meet the Real Pilgrims of Canterbury
Using an online blog, students will learn about the pilgrims in Chaucer's The Prologue of the Canterbury Tales. Students will understand how what an author choses to include or not include reveals the author's attitude about a subject.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 3: Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed). [RL.11-12.3]
Title: I Am What I Learn- Video Scholarship Essay Contest
This lesson provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of available scholarships to determine which scholarships may be sources of funding for college. Students will create a video essay which will be used to apply for a college scholarship. This lesson plan contains a financial aid component.
Title: Civil Rights Movement Photo Story Timeline
In this lesson students will be able to explain various events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The students will be divided into groups of 5. Each student within the group will receive an individual role of spokesperson, graphic designer, technical director or reporter. The groups will develop a Photo story timeline on four events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement using Microsoft Photo Story 3. This program will allow the students to create incredible multimedia video presentations using still images combined with text, narration and music. Each group will present their Photo Story presentation to the class and the students in the audience will complete an audience input guide.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US11 (11) 14: Trace events of the modern Civil Rights Movement from post-World War II to 1970 that resulted in social and economic changes, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, the March on Washington, Freedom Rides, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. (Alabama) [A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.j., A.1.k.]
Title: And Then There Were None: Casting the Characters
Students will work in pairs to cast their own movie version of the novel. Students must have a knowledge of the characters and setting from the novel. Casting of the characters must correlate with the character traits mentioned in the book.
Title: Digital Senior Memory Book
Students will design a digital story that will consist of their memories and thoughts from their whole life. After the students finish the digital book, the book will be combined into a digital presentation to be shared at a senior luncheon.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 15: Forecast technology innovations based on trends.
Title: Writing About Issues in the Media
In this lesson students analyze media coverage of current issues and present their findings in a formal research paper and class presentation.
Title: Exploring the Alabama Virtual Library
In preparation for independent research projects, students in small groups practice proper citation and familiarize themselves with Alabama Virtual Library databases using a graphic organizer.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 9: Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content.
Title: Powerpointing to Your Career
This exercise is used as the culmination of a career research project. This is a technology-based, interdisciplinary project which requires students to do Internet research and prepare a slideshow presentation. If a career is not used as a the topic of research, then the requirements can be adjusted to fit the topic of consideration.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 29: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.11-12.1]
Title: Shakespeare's ''Othello'' and the Power of Language
This lesson, from EDSITEment, contains seven activities for students to explore the linguistic ingenuity of Iago's rhetoric in Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. The activities involve a close study of key scenes, using worksheets to focus on the use of language to reveal character, motive, and theme. The final activity allows students to compose their own persuasive writing inspired by Iago's wordplay or a literary essay analyzing Iago's speeches.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 32: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks. [SL.11-12.4]
Title: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative
This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave(1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass(1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. Students learn about the slave narrative and its importance in the abolitionist movement, gain experience in working with the slave narrative as a resource for historical study, evaluate the slave narrative as a work of literature, examine the slave narrative in the context of political controversy as an argument for abolition, and explore themes of self-actualization and spiritual freedom within the slave narrative.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US10 (10) 12: Describe the founding of the first abolitionist societies by Benjamin Rush and Benjamin Franklin and the role played by later critics of slavery, including William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Angelina and Sarah Grimké, Henry David Thoreau, and Charles Sumner. [A.1.a., A.1.c., A.1.e., A.1.f., A.1.g., A.1.i., A.1.j.]
Title: Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy
By exploring the decisions points in a tragedy, students consider how the plot of the story can change if the key characters make a different choice at the turning point.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 40: Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. [L.11-12.6]
Title: CNN Student News
CNN Student News Web Address URL:
[ELA2015] (12) 31: Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used. [SL.11-12.3]Digital Tool Description: CNN Student News is a 10-minute news program designed specifically for middle and high school students. There is a program each day (Monday-Friday). Each show comes with a daily transcript, daily curriculum, and additional support materials to use in the classroom. Each show is designed with the Common Core standards in mind and aligns with the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards.
For additional information on how to use CNN Student News in the classroom, visit http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/22/studentnews/sn-what-is-student-news/index.html.