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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Literature through Letter-Writing Groups
    Students discuss literature through a series of letter exchanges, as a one-time assignment or throughout the year with the students discussing, and making connections among, a number of literary works.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs
    What do the words we write really have to say about us? In this lesson, students examine the power of word choice as they write six-word memoirs of their lives.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales using Wikis
    Students study Chaucer's Canterbury Tales not just for its rich language, but also for the insights it provides into the Middle Ages. Using wikis, students collaborate to study both literature and history on their own terms. They create meaning and build information networks using tools Chaucer himself would have loved.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Family Memoir: Getting Acquainted With Generations Before Us
    Creating a memoir of an older family member allows students both to learn more about their own backgrounds and to learn the power of storytellers.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Finding Common Ground: Using Logical, Audience-Specific Arguments
    Using a hypothetical situation, students generate arguments from opposing points of view, discover areas of commonality using Venn diagrams, and construct logical, audience-specific arguments to persuade their opponents.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Finding Poetry in Prose: Reading and Writing Love Poems
    After reading several poems that expand the definition of love poetry, students compose found poems based on a personal memoir—either their own or a love story of another writer.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    For Argument's Sake: Playing "Devil's Advocate" with Nonfiction Texts
    Students learn how to play "devil's advocate" by evaluating sports reforms, reading an engaging non-fiction article, and participating in a town hall meeting in which they represent the interests of various stakeholders to generate debate and develop critical thinking skills.
  10. 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.

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