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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns
    Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Become a Character: Adjectives, Character Traits, and Perspective
    Students "become" one of the major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using lists of accurate, powerful adjectives.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Brave New Words: Novice Lexicography and the Oxford English Dictionary
    Students become novice lexicographers as they explore recent new entries to the dictionary, learn the process of writing entries for the Oxford English Dictionary, and write a new entry themselves.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring a Teen's World: Learning SAT Vocabulary Through Drama
    Students use SAT vocabulary to create and film a screenplay. They perform all roles, from writing through filming, resulting in a resource for their classmates.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Cross-Age Tutoring Activities With Lewis and Clark
    Interaction and adventure draws high school and elementary school students together as they analyze stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry
    Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Highlighting Out-of-School Language Expertise with Pop Culture Dictionaries
    Students compose dictionary entries for words and phrases from pop culture texts (e.g., television shows, movies, lyrics, YouTube videos), connecting their definitions to their personal use of the terms.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World
    Students work in small groups to examine Margaret Atwood's use of and observations about language in The Handmaid's Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis
    Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis.

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