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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
    Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 6
    Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day.
    Students take place in a collaborative creative writing activity to begin to understand the hallmarks of the literary style known as magical realism.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 19
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 5
    French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850.
    Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations
    Students create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
    Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is used as a primer to teach students how to analyze a literary work using plot, theme, characterization, and psychoanalytical criticism.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In the Style of Ernie Pyle: Reporting on World War II
    Students will think this lesson should make the headlines when they finish researching Ernie Pyle's work in preparation for writing their own news articles.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   10 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts
    After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions to challenge their ability to analyze literature using film.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain
    Following the model of N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain, students write three-voice narratives based on Kiowa folktales, an interview with an Elder, and personal connections to theme.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 21
    Novelist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.
    Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.

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