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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts
    Students will identify how Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of nonviolent conflict-resolution is reinterpreted in modern texts. Homework is differentiated to prompt discussion on how nonviolence is portrayed through characterization and conflict. Students will be formally assessed on a thesis essay that addresses the Six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In Literature, Interpretation is the Thing
    Students consider Shakespearean literature to be or not to be useful in a modern context when they analyze the relationship between text and reader interpretation.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In the Style of Ernie Pyle: Reporting on World War II
    Students will think this lesson should make the headlines when they finish researching Ernie Pyle's work in preparation for writing their own news articles.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    I've Got the Literacy Blues
    Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from "The Gift of the Magi" and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.
    Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Judging a Book by its Cover: The Art and Imagery of The Great Gatsby
    Students explore The Great Gatsby's allusion to art and its use of visual imagery and conclude their study by designing their own cover for the novel.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Langston Hughes in the Classroom: "Do Nothin' till You Hear from Me"
    Carmaletta M. Williams provides high school teachers with background on Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance as well as help in teaching Hughes's poetry, short stories, novels, and autobiography.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion
    In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Let's Go On A Poetry Walk!
    The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you're surrounded by brilliant shades of green! Observe and collect sensory images from nature and use the sights, sounds, smells, and textures to create original nature poetry.

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