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Resources for Grades 11 - 12


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Reaching Across Time: Scaffolded Engagements With a 19th-Century Text

Students in the 21st century need to build background knowledge and fill in textual gaps to enter the unfamiliar world of "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street."

 

Student Interactives

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 

 

Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis

Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 
 

 

Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance

Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem "Those Winter Sundays."

 

 

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.

 
 

 

Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool"

Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" and then write about how the character's pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs

Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs

With the right texts and well-crafted lessons, you can help your students read with purpose. Here's the recipe for putting it all together—and making your core reading program work for you.

 

Using Popular Culture & The Media to Teach 21st Century Media Literacy Skills

Using Popular Culture & The Media to Teach 21st Century Media Literacy Skills

The media remains a dominant force in the lives of today's students, yet the 21st century classroom still gives media a backseat to print. NCTE consultant Frank W. Baker examines standards that include media and offers recommendations for engaging students with popular culture and the media.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

The Pitfalls of Reader Response

Kristin Sample | English Faculty | Austin, TX

I was doing some volunteer work recently with Women’s Storybook Project and found myself in the midst of retired and currently working educators