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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Alliteration in Headline Poems
    Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Avalanche, Aztek, or Bravada? A Connotation Minilesson
    Students examine familiar car names for underlying connotations then proceed through a series of steps, increasing their control over language, until they select words with powerful connotations in their own writing.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh's and Patrick Henry's Language of Resistance
    Students study Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech and the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric and action.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Becoming History Detectives Using Shakespeare's Secret
    Is the case closed on the authorship of Shakespeare's plays? Student history detectives explore the evidence for and against one of the possible alternatives, Edward deVere, using the novel Shakespeare's Secret plus a variety of online sources.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Comparing Electronic and Print Texts About the Civil War Soldier
    Which side will win as students investigate both sides of the battle of using print versus online text for research as they learn about the lives of Civil War soldiers?
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Finding Figurative Language in The Phantom Tollbooth
    Students examine figurative language in The Phantom Tollbooth and create a chart representing the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary
    Do your students detest having to define vocabulary words? Don"t confine them to worksheets—turn the study of affixes and roots into a hands-on contest to create context-rich vocabulary puzzles.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Graphic Life Map
    In this autobiographical prewriting activity, students brainstorm important memories, choose graphics to represent these memories, and then rank the events as low or high points in their lives.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Improve Students' Writing Using Online Workshops
    "If tomorrow morning the sky falls...have clouds for breakfast." Cooper Eden's book If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow offers unconventional responses to life's challenges, and this lesson's activities encourage students to do the same. Online writing groups provide a forum for constructive peer review.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    In the Poet's Shoes: Performing Poetry and Building Meaning
    Students take poetic license when they interpret William Carlos William's poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" to help create a poem of their own.

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