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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Texting a Response to Lord of the Flies
    Students use Lord of the Flies to explore communication styles and techniques by writing text messages from one of the novel's characters to an imagined audience off the island.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22
    The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.
    After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 10
    The Scopes Trial began today in 1925.
    Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    The (Un)Making of a Reader
    Through looking critically at the underpinnings of "story mapping, a teacher uncovers a contradiction between the author's definition of reading as a constructive process and the reductionist nature of story mapping, which she shows inhibits students' potential to explore a diverse range of personal responses by promoting comprehension over response, uniformity over diversity, and control over freedom.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Traveling the Road to Freedom Through Research and Historical Fiction
    Students learn how to walk a mile in someone else's shoes by reading historical fiction about the Underground Railroad.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Using the Check and Line Method to Enhance Reading Comprehension
    Do your students skim assigned text material without even engaging their brains? The Check and Line method encourages students to think about what they are reading and monitor their own comprehension of the information.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Viewing Vocabulary: Building Word Knowledge Through Informational Websites
    Students read a text to identify important words, discuss them with peers, summarize the text, and read related texts to identify how those words are used in other contexts.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Walking the Talk: Examining Privilege and Race in a Ninth-Grade Classroom
    The authors describe their struggles and eventual success with students in constructing a "counternarrative to colormuteness and colorblindness"—the self-imposed student segregation and silencing of voice.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles
    Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 7
    Write letters that make things happen!
    In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.

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