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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Media Literacy: Examining the World of Television Teens
    Pop culture and the classroom collide in this lesson when students go behind the scenes to analyze a television series for characterization to use in an original television show proposal.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs
    Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students' own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Mind Pictures: Strategies That Enhance Mental Imagery While Reading
    Students create mental images while reading using a three-pronged approach: developing schemata and visual awareness; Watch-Read-Watch-Read (W-R-W-R), using video clips; and a strategy similar to the think-aloud approach.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    More than One Way to Create Vivid Verbs
    This lesson teaches students how to use old verbs in a new way, thus creating new and fresh descriptive phrases.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    My Life/Your Life: A Look at Your Parents' Past
    Past and present come together when students interview their parents and create a skit that compares their parents' experiences as middle schoolers with the students' own lives.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Myth and Truth: The "First Thanksgiving"
    By exploring myths surrounding the Wampanoag, the pilgrims, and the "First Thanksgiving," this lesson asks students to think critically about commonly believed myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in colonial America.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Nature Study Outdoor Treasure Hunts (with Spanish language option)
    Students take a walk on the wild side when they research an animal and create a scavenger hunt activity for their classmates.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers
    Students will develop their summarizing skills while learning about local history. They will learn to consider audience while selecting topics, conducting research and interviews, and writing historical markers for their town.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack
    Students create a soundtrack for a novel that they have read, as they engage in such traditional reading strategies as predicting, visualizing, and questioning.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Teaching Revision as a Concept
    Students use fractured fairy tales to practice revision and editing as separate activities when they write their own versions of fairy tales.

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