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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.
    After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Decoding the Dystopian Characteristics of Macintosh's "1984" Commercial
    This lesson uses the "1984" Macintosh Commercial to introduce students to dystopian characteristics. Students analyze techniques used in the commercial and identify the comments that it makes about contemporary society.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Decoding The Matrix Exploring Dystopian Characteristics through Film
    This lesson uses clips from The Matrix and other dystopian movies to introduce students to the characteristics found in dystopian works, such as Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and 1984.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Characterization in Raymond Carver's "A Small, Good Thing"
    Students read Raymond Carver's story "A Small, Good Thing," focusing on characterization in order to develop one of the static characters—the hit-and-run driver who causes Scotty's death—more fully.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan
    Exploring Satire with Shrek
    The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
    Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is used as a primer to teach students how to analyze a literary work using plot, theme, characterization, and psychoanalytical criticism.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Narrative Structure and Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved
    Using Beloved as a model of a work with multiple narrative perspectives, students use a visualizing activity and close reading to consider ways in which subjective values shape contradictory representations.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Summarization in any Subject
    Focusing on practical applications, this web seminar by Rick Wormelli presents the specific steps of summarization, its impact on learning, and dozens of summarization techniques for all subject areas, not just English.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 5
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work
    This lesson plan invites students to consider characters from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Students explore a selected character and write poems about objects associated with that character.

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