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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In the Style of Ernie Pyle: Reporting on World War II
    Students will think this lesson should make the headlines when they finish researching Ernie Pyle's work in preparation for writing their own news articles.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Love of War in Tim O'Brien's "How to Tell a True War Story"
    Students explore the theme of love of war through texts on camaraderie among soldiers. They then compose a visual collage depicting their beliefs about the relationship between love and war.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain
    Following the model of N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain, students write three-voice narratives based on Kiowa folktales, an interview with an Elder, and personal connections to theme.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Myth and Truth: The Gettysburg Address
    By exploring myths and truths surrounding Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding this famous speech from the Civil War era.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 21
    Novelist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.
    Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads
    Students analyze propaganda techniques used in pieces of literature and political advertisements. They then look for propaganda in other media, such as print ads and commercials.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Renaissance Humanism in Hamlet and The Birth of Venus
    After reading Shakespeare's Hamlet, students identify, analyze, and explain how elements in Botticelli's painting Birth of Venus and examples from the play illustrate the philosophy of Renaissance Humanism.

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