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Resources for Grades 11 - 12


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Lesson Plans

 

I've Got the Literacy Blues

Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from "The Gift of the Magi" and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.

 

Student Interactives

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 

 

I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation

Curl up with a good book again—or not. In this lesson, students brainstorm why they reread some books, while passing up others, and write their reflections in an essay.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.

 
 

 

Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost's "Choose Something Like a Star" to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Discovering Traditional Sonnet Forms

Students read sonnets, charting the poems' characteristics and using their observations to deduce traditional sonnet forms. They then write original sonnets, using a poem they have analyzed as a model.

 

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

In this article, the author explains what paraphrasing is and how it can increase student's comprehension.

 

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

With full recognition that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, we offer several principles that should guide effective teaching practice.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

How Think-Pair-Share Enlivened My Classroom

Kristin Sample | Educator | Austin, TX

I’ve long been a fan of “wait time” in the classroom