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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   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 19
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts
    Students will identify how Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of nonviolent conflict-resolution is reinterpreted in modern texts. Homework is differentiated to prompt discussion on how nonviolence is portrayed through characterization and conflict. Students will be formally assessed on a thesis essay that addresses the Six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 15
    In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.
    Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    On Demand Web Seminar Package: Literacy Across the Disciplines
    Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on teaching literacy across all content areas.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Great Service-Learning Debate & Research Project
    Students debate about incorporating service-learning into their school's curriculum.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom
    What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Using the RAFT Writing Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.