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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Authentic Persuasive Writing to Promote Summer Reading
    Turn summer reading lists from a teacher-centered requirement to a student-driven exploration by asking students to create brochures and flyers that suggest books to explore during the summer months.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Communicating on Local Issues: Exploring Audience in Persuasive Letter Writing
    Students will research a local issue, and then write letters to two different audiences, asking readers to take a related action or adopt a specific position on the issue.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs
    What do the words we write really have to say about us? In this lesson, students examine the power of word choice as they write six-word memoirs of their lives.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Style-Shifting: Examining and Using Formal and Informal Language Styles
    Students observe how language features vary when shifting from an informal to a formal style or vice versa. By engaging in style shifting in both speech and writing, students become aware of how we all change language styles depending on the contexts in which we are speaking or writing.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Feature Story—Fifteen Minutes (and 500 Words) of Fame!
    Students learn how to differentiate between a news story and a feature story by writing a profile of a classmate.