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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 19
    Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863.
    Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    An Exploration of The Crucible through Seventeenth-Century Portraits
    In this lesson, students incorporate analyses of characters from The Crucible with examinations of original seventeenth-century portraits of Puritans to create a visual portrait of the character. The project culminates in a "Portrait Gallery Walk" where students present and defend their artwork.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 1
    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in May!
    Students consider the portrayal of Asians in popular culture by exploring images from classic and contemporary films and comparing them to historical and cultural reference materials.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Tale of a Few Text Messages: A Character Study of A Tale of Two Cities
    Students use A Tale of Two Cities to explore relationships, plot points, character traits, and background by writing text messages between characters within the novel.
  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   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 6
    Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day.
    Students take place in a collaborative creative writing activity to begin to understand the hallmarks of the literary style known as magical realism.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 28
    Author of Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt, was born in 1932.
    Students research the concept of immortality from beliefs around the world and compose a short story, myth, or poem that addresses immortality.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 15
    Beware the Ides of March!
    Students discuss and categorize superstitions, define a superstition, and compare the similarities and difference between proverbs and superstitions.
  10. 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.

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