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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A "Cay"ribbean Island Study
    As a pre-reading activity for The Cay, groups of students choose and study a Caribbean island, create a final product in the format of their choice, and finally, do an oral presentation to share information learned.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Musical Prompt: Postcards From the Concert
    Students won't miss a beat in this musical lesson that combines listening with personal response on a postcard.
  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  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 1
    Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.
    Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Appreciating Audiobooks
    In this episode, you'll hear about what goes on behind the scenes in audiobook production. You'll also hear samples from an array of distinguished audio titles including YA classics as well as newer works of contemporary realistic fiction, dystopian fiction, historical fiction, and novels written in verse.
  7. 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.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Conducting Inner-Outer Circle Discussions
    This guide shares the steps to take to get more students talking by dividing the group into speaking and non-speaking circles.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography
    Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make text–self–world connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Nikki Giovanni's poem "The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr." is paired with Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.

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