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Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Beyond History Books: Researching With Twin Texts and Technology

Students in grades 48 activate prior knowledge and research information about a historic event through fiction and nonfiction literature and exploration of relevant websites.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Show-Me Sentences

This lesson teaches students how to revise dull "telling" sentences into vivid, descriptive "showing" sentences.

 

Grades   4 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches

This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.

 

Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Examining the Legacy of the American Civil Rights Era

As part of their study of Richard Wright's Black Boy, students research and reflect on the current black-white racial divide in America. By examining the work of literature in the context of contemporary events, students will deepen their understanding of the work and of what it means to be an American today.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

You're the Top! Pop Culture Then and Now

Students analyze the lyrics to Cole Porter's "You're the Top!" and then update them to include current "tops" in pop culture.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Preparing for the Journey: An Introduction to the Hero Myth

Students read a variety of picture books that contain elements of the hero's journey and use an online interactive tool to analyze the stories.