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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Examining History with Maya Angelou's Poetry
    To understand the historical background that influenced Maya Angelou's poems, students research events to produce trading cards using the ReadWriteThink Trading Card App or Trading Card Student Interactive. Through the sharing of these trading cards, students understand the historical background as they analyze Angelou's poetry.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Examining the Legacy of the American Civil Rights Era
    As part of their study of Richard Wright's Black Boy, students research and reflect on the current black-white racial divide in America. By examining the work of literature in the context of contemporary events, students will deepen their understanding of the work and of what it means to be an American today.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Audience and Purpose with a Single Issue
    Students explore the concepts of audience and purpose by focusing on an issue that divided Americans in 1925, the debate of evolution versus creationism raised by the Scopes Monkey Trial.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth
    Students read Avi's Nothing But the Truth and examine the First Amendment and student rights, and then decide whether the rights of the novel's protagonist, Philip, are violated.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Irony in the Conclusion of All Quiet on the Western Front
    After reading All Quiet on the Western Front, students discuss the novel's ironic ending, then compose alternate titles and endings for the book, and design new book covers.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry
    Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
  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
    From Friedan Forward—Considering a Feminist Perspective
    Students write letters expressing personal views on issues like equal pay, equal education/employment opportunity, and gender roles—and receive these letters six years later.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations
    Students create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation.

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