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Resources for Grades 9 - 10


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Playlist for Holden: Character Analysis With Music and Lyrics

Students compile a playlist of 10 songs representing a literary character and explain their choices based on the book's dialogue, plot, conflict, and resolution.

 

Student Interactives

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 

 

The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance

Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem "Those Winter Sundays."

 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

"I Wouldn't Choose It, but I Don't Regret Reading It": Scaffolding Students' Engagement With Complex Texts

"I Wouldn't Choose It, but I Don't Regret Reading It": Scaffolding Students' Engagement With Complex Texts

Three strategies are presented to support secondary students in negotiating the challenges posed by complex texts.

 

Making Room for the Personal: A New Vision for Reading Assessment

Making Room for the Personal: A New Vision for Reading Assessment

In this interactive Web seminar, Jennifer Buehler will introduce participants to a new framework for assessment—one that is simultaneously personal, social, analytical, and flexible.

 

 

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