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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz
    This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate "quiz" questions that their peers will answer.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    A Failure of the Imagination
    This article discusses the imaginative activities and assignments that teachers often assign that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World
    After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be "amazing"—either someone they've heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool
    Anticipation Guide
    Help establish a purpose for reading—and generate post-reading reflection and discussion—with this guide.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Audience & Purpose: Evaluating Disney's Changes to the Hercules Myth
    What drives changes to classic myths and fables? In this lesson students evaluate the changes Disney made to the myth of "Hercules" in order to achieve their audience and purpose.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Authoring an Epilogue That Helps Our Characters Live On
    This lesson uses One Green Apple by Eve Bunting to teach how characters change across a text. It will also guide students through writing an epilogue to accompany their independent book.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Blending the Past with Today's Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction
    To prepare for literature circles featuring historical novels, students research the decades of the 1930s to the 1990s and share their information using Prezi, a web application for creating multimedia presentations.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Glog That Book!
    In this alternative book report, students identify the elements of fiction in books they have read by creating glogs, interactive multimedia posters, and then share their glogs.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Brainstorming and Reviewing Using the Carousel Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces Carousel Brainstorming, also known as Rotating Review, and offers suggestions to implement this technique in your classroom for brainstorming about new topics or reviewing learned information.

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