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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11
    Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
    Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Aligning the Strategies Identified in Writing Next with the Common Core State Standards
    In this Web seminar, work together to see how collaboration, inquiry, and the study of models can improve your students' writing in a variety of genres that meet the narratives, informative, and argument standards of the CCSS.
  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   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 23
    America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.
    After reading the book Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, students read the letter Hale sent to Lincoln and brainstorm a list of ways to make their community better.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
    By analyzing Dear Abby's "rant" about bad grammar usage, students become aware that attitudes about race, social class, moral and ethical character, and "proper" language use are intertwined.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Analyzing How Narrative Structure Generates Empathy in Wonder
    This lesson builds students' understanding of empathy by defining key terms and comparing responses to characters when they are introduced by someone else, and then when they narrate the story themselves.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    And in Conclusion: Inquiring into Strategies for Writing Effective Conclusions
    While drafting a literary analysis essay (or another type of argument) of their own, students work in pairs to investigate advice for writing conclusions and to analyze conclusions of sample essays. They then draft two conclusions for their essay, select one, and reflect on what they have learned through the process.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    And the Question Is... Writing Good Survey Questions
    There's no question that students will be able to compose good survey questions by the end of this lesson.
  10. 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.

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