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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books
    Students examine books, selected from the American Library Association Challenged/Banned Books list, and write persuasive pieces expressing their views about what should be done with the books at their school.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Assessing Cultural Relevance: Exploring Personal Connections to a Text
    As a class, students evaluate a nonfiction or realistic fiction text for its cultural relevance to themselves personally and as a group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Critical Reading: Two Stories, Two Authors, Same Plot?
    Students make predictions about the stories and analyze story elements, compare and contrast the different stories, distinguish between fact and opinion, and draw conclusions supported by evidence from their readings.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Finding the Thread: Character, Setting, and Theme
    An annotated bibliography of books that exemplify the plot elements, character, setting, and theme. Includes guidelines on how to do a book talk.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance
    This lesson has students explore freedom of speech by examining the Pledge of Allegiance from a historical and personal perspective and in relationship to fictional situations in novels.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 24
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was born in 1896.
    After reading The Great Gatsby, students work in pairs, select a chapter from the novel, and rewrite it from the point of view of a different character.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Graffiti Wall: Discussing and Responding to Literature Using Graphics
    Tap students' desires to doodle and draw by having them create a Graffiti Wall, using graphics to discuss a piece of literature that has been read by the whole class.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    "Help! What Is Wrong With These Literature Circles and How Can We Fix Them?"
    The authors of this article offer some suggestions for how to improve literature circle discussions.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Magazine Redux: An Exercise in Critical Literacy
    Paper and pixels get compared in this lesson in which students compare both printed and online versions of a magazine.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Pairing Fiction With Poetry and Performance
    Make connections across genres and across cultures to engage students in the study of literary voice and themes. Comprehension skills and vocabulary also come into play, especially for English language learners, as students read a novel and related poems, then write and perform original poems related to the novel.

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