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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Draft Letters: Improving Student Writing through Critical Thinking
    Draft letters ask students to think critically about their writing on a specific assignment before submitting their work to a reader. This lesson explains and provides models for the strategy.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    e-Reading and e-Responding: New Tools for the Next Generation of Readers
    Contemporary transformations in digital technologies have prompted a reassessment of what literacy means and what is determined a "text." Traditionally, text has been perceived as written messages and symbols in the forms of books, magazines, and newspapers. Today, text is recognized as much more than written words or images.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises
    Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries
    This article examines the rise in popularity of graphic novels, the sales of which have steadily increased as their influence expands into adolescent culture.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8
    In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.
    Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation
    Curl up with a good book again—or not. In this lesson, students brainstorm why they reread some books, while passing up others, and write their reflections in an essay.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Is a Sentence a Poem?
    Students use their own poetry to analyze syntax, imagery, and meaning in a one-sentence poem by a canonical author to decide what makes it a poem.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 30
    Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667.
    Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Judith Ortiz Cofer in the Classroom: A Woman in Front of the Sun
    Carol Jago offers ways to teach the works of Judith Ortiz Cofer in the high school English classroom.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 9
    Kristallnacht occurred in 1938.
    To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help.

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