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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Setting: Constructing Character, Point of View, Atmosphere, and Theme
    Students read texts by Dybek, Dickens, Poe, and Morrison to explore how authors use language to create setting and, in turn, how setting constructs other elements in a literary work.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose
    Fractured Fairy Tales
    The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance
    This lesson has students explore freedom of speech by examining the Pledge of Allegiance from a historical and personal perspective and in relationship to fictional situations in novels.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Dr. Seuss to Jonathan Swift: Exploring the History behind the Satire
    Use Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book as an accessible introduction to satire. Reading, discussing, and researching this picture book paves the way for a deeper understanding of Gulliver's Travels.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers
    Students analyze scary stories to 'break the code" of horror writing and use what they learn to write scary stories of their own.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 2
    Hans Christian Andersen was born on this date in 1805.
    Students write a brief summary of one of Andersen's stories, and then read the original story and compare the two versions of the tale with the Venn Diagram tool.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 27
    In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.
    Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In Literature, Interpretation is the Thing
    Students consider Shakespearean literature to be or not to be useful in a modern context when they analyze the relationship between text and reader interpretation.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story
    After critiquing a list of conventions for the genre, students read, view, or listen to a classic
    mystery, and then produce a mystery of their own, reflecting on the purposeful ways in which
    they adhered to or altered the genre conventions.

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