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Resources for Grades 9 - 10


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Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.

 

Student Interactives

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 

 

What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple

Y'all set down a spell and learn ‘bout dialects!" In other words, your students will use The Color Purple to explore dialect and how it reveals information about the characters.

 

 

Hero's Journey

Hero's Journey

Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.

 
 

 

An Exploration of Romanticism Through Art and Poetry

Students use art and poetry to explore and understand major characteristics of the Romantic period.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

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

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

This article examines the rise in popularity of graphic novels, the sales of which have steadily increased as their influence expands into adolescent culture.

 

360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

Through Eileen Murphy Buckley's 360-degree approach to teaching critical literacy, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.

 

 

Community Stories  

John Davis

Visible Learning from Visual Learners

John Davis | English Teacher | Lake Wales, FL

This year in my tenth grade English class, I had many students who enjoyed Manga, graphic novels, comic books, or a combination of all three