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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 3
    National Public Radio began broadcasting in 1971.
    Students make predictions about the content of some of NPR's programs, then listen to the programs and report on the contents and discuss with the class.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting
    This twist on readers theater has students prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading, as they explore standard literary elements of character, conflict, resolution, and setting.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 17
    On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.
    Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Pairing Fiction With Poetry and Performance
    Make connections across genres and across cultures to engage students in the study of literary voice and themes. Comprehension skills and vocabulary also come into play, especially for English language learners, as students read a novel and related poems, then write and perform original poems related to the novel.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology
    Students complete a short survey to establish their beliefs about technology. They compare their opinions to the ideas in a novel that depicts technology (such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451).
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Persuading Readers with Endorsement Letters
    Students explore the genre of commercial endorsements, establishing characteristics and requirements for the genre. Each student then composes an endorsement of a product, service, company, or industry.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Playlist for Holden: Character Analysis With Music and Lyrics
    Students compile a playlist of 10 songs representing a literary character and explain their choices based on the book's dialogue, plot, conflict, and resolution.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29
    Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.
    As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.

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