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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz
    This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate "quiz" questions that their peers will answer.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools
    Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Alice Walker in the Classroom: "Living by the Word"
    Carol Jago offers readers a handy guide for bringing this celebrated author's work into the classroom, including biographical information, ideas for literature circles using Walker's short stories, sample writing lessons using Walker's poems, suggestions for teaching The Color Purple, and a wealth of resources for further investigation of Alice Walker and her work.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Amy Tan in the Classroom: "The art of invisible strength"
    Offers high school teachers an activity-based approach to teaching the works of Amy Tan, especially The Joy Luck Club and The Opposite of Fate.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing and Podcasting About Images of Oscar Wilde
    Students analyze images of Oscar Wilde used to publicize his 1882 American lecture tour. They then compare a caricature to another researched image, sharing this analysis in a podcast.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    And in Conclusion: Inquiring into Strategies for Writing Effective Conclusions
    While drafting a literary analysis essay (or another type of argument) of their own, students work in pairs to investigate advice for writing conclusions and to analyze conclusions of sample essays. They then draft two conclusions for their essay, select one, and reflect on what they have learned through the process.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.
    After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9
    Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.
    Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28
    Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.
    Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.

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