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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Blending the Past with Today's Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction
    To prepare for literature circles featuring historical novels, students research the decades of the 1930s to the 1990s and share their information using Prezi, a web application for creating multimedia presentations.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Choosing, Chatting, and Collecting: Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy
    Students identify interesting words from Shakespeare's plays and add them to a classroom vocabulary collection.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Developing Story Structure With Paper-Bag Skits
    Lights, camera, action, and a bit of mystery! In this lesson, students use mystery props in a skit bag to create and perform in short, impromptu skits.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5
    In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.
    Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 1
    Music in Our Schools Month is in March.
    Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose
    Profile Publisher
    Students use the Profile Publisher to draft online social networking profiles, yearbook profiles, and newspaper or magazine profiles for themselves, other real or fictional characters.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Reading Movies and TV: Learning the "Language" of Moving-Image Texts
    Introduce students to the idea that movies and TV have their own language and grammar, which gives them special ways of telling their stories.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 6
    The Jazz Singer debuted on this day in 1927.
    Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick: Using Illustrations to Guide Writing
    Students use illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as a guide to write mysteries
    and then present their stories to the class for students to discuss to which illustration each
    story corresponds.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.