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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Gaining Background for the Graphic Novel Persepolis: A WebQuest on Iran
    To prepare students for reading the graphic novel Persepolis, this lesson uses a WebQuest to focus students' research on finding reliable information about Iran before and during the Islamic Revolution.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer
    I-Search Chart
    As part of an I-Search writing process, this handout facilitates the formation of meaningful questions and subquestions for student inquiry.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer
    I-Search Process Reflection Chart
    This chart asks students to consider their challenges and successes across the span of the research process, from question formulation to the final write-up.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Magazine Redux: An Exercise in Critical Literacy
    Paper and pixels get compared in this lesson in which students compare both printed and online versions of a magazine.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making the Cut: Revising Memoirs by Detecting Clutter and Confusion
    Students improve a slide show by removing pictures. Their reasons for cutting pictures are translated into revision guidelines for cutting unnecessary words and sections from their rough drafts.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    On Demand Web Seminar Package: Literacy Across the Disciplines
    Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on teaching literacy across all content areas.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Picture This: Combining Infographics and Argumentative Writing
    After researching topics that the students have chosen, students write argumentative essays. Then, using Piktochart, students create their own infographics to illustrate their research.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.

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