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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan
    Exploring Satire with Shrek
    The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Setting: Constructing Character, Point of View, Atmosphere, and Theme
    Students read texts by Dybek, Dickens, Poe, and Morrison to explore how authors use language to create setting and, in turn, how setting constructs other elements in a literary work.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Exploring the Disability Experience
    Books about teens who are living with disability highlight the courage and emotional strength that disabled people can summon. They also challenge us to reflect on how we treat disabled people in our own lives. Tune in to hear about young people who are coping with birth defects and cerebral palsy; autism, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder; speech impediments and traumatic war injuries.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Fairy Tale Retellings
    A growing number of young adult authors are using fairy tales as seeds for their stories. Tune in to hear about an assortment of the newest fairy tale retellings: books that include middle grade humor, satire, coming of age stories, and graphic novels.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Feminist Books for Teens
    In this episode, you'll hear about a variety of feminist books for teens—including works of realistic fiction as well as fantasy, biography, historical fiction, and satire.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose
    Fractured Fairy Tales
    The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance
    This lesson has students explore freedom of speech by examining the Pledge of Allegiance from a historical and personal perspective and in relationship to fictional situations in novels.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Dr. Seuss to Jonathan Swift: Exploring the History behind the Satire
    Use Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book as an accessible introduction to satire. Reading, discussing, and researching this picture book paves the way for a deeper understanding of Gulliver's Travels.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers
    Students analyze scary stories to 'break the code" of horror writing and use what they learn to write scary stories of their own.
  10. 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.

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