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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Friedan Forward—Considering a Feminist Perspective
    Students write letters expressing personal views on issues like equal pay, equal education/employment opportunity, and gender roles—and receive these letters six years later.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Quantitative to Qualitative: Writing Descriptions of Data From Tables
    Students develop quantitative reasoning and critical thinking by analyzing descriptions tables for content, language, and organization with a particular focus on verb tense selection, and then writing descriptions of tables themselves.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Giving Voice to Students Through "This I Believe" Podcasts
    Students write and record their own essays for a class blog by first completing a series of activities designed to get them thinking and writing about their experiences.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Having My Say: A Multigenre Autobiography Project
    Students compose a multigenre paper, modeled after the Delany sister's autobiography, Having Our Say, that includes the autobiographical narrative essay as well as an informational nonfiction piece.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Help Wanted: Writing Professional Resumes
    Students will create a beginning resume that represents their current work experience and demonstrates their knowledge of rhetorical situations for professional writing.

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