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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1
    Author Tim O'Brien was born on this day.
    After reading O'Brien's story "A True War Story" from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Creating Psychological Profiles of Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird
    Students explore the motivation behind characters' actions in To Kill A Mockingbird by creating psychological profiles for characters from the novel.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Critical Literacies and Graphic Novels for English-Language Learners: Teaching Maus
    Particularly for English-language learners, graphic novels can be used in the secondary classroom as part of a multiliteracies approach.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath: A Multigenre Project
    Using The Grapes of Wrath as a backdrop, students conduct research on issues that the novel addresses, publishing their findings in a multigenre museum exhibit.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Setting: Constructing Character, Point of View, Atmosphere, and Theme
    Students read texts by Dybek, Dickens, Poe, and Morrison to explore how authors use language to create setting and, in turn, how setting constructs other elements in a literary work.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers
    Students analyze scary stories to 'break the code" of horror writing and use what they learn to write scary stories of their own.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres
    In this activity, students read short stories and create presentations in multiple media to share in a Short Story Fair. At the fair, students explore and respond to the displays.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives
    This book is designed to help teachers develop their own version of YA pedagogy and a vision for teaching YA lit in the middle and secondary classroom.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Teaching the Epic through Ghost Stories
    In this lesson, students connect to the oral tradition of epic storytellers by sharing their own oral tales of ghosts and goblins and monsters.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"
    As part of the NCTE High School Literature Series, Tim O'Brien in the Classroom focuses on opportunities for classroom discussion and writing assignments, including lessons, open-ended prompts, and student writing samples.

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