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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Is a Sentence a Poem?
    Students use their own poetry to analyze syntax, imagery, and meaning in a one-sentence poem by a canonical author to decide what makes it a poem.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 6
    James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, was born in 1861.
    Students look at Naismith's original 13 rules for basketball and write about the rules and how they have changed in small groups.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 30
    Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667.
    Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Judith Ortiz Cofer in the Classroom: A Woman in Front of the Sun
    Carol Jago offers ways to teach the works of Judith Ortiz Cofer in the high school English classroom.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 9
    Kristallnacht occurred in 1938.
    To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Let's Build a Snowman
    In this lesson, students use both fiction and nonfiction texts, the Internet, and a K-W-L chart to learn about how animals survive the winter.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Let's Go to the Movies: Rethinking the Role of Film in the Elementary Classroom
    Argues that elementary language-arts teachers should expand their definition of "text" to include film, a valuable instructional material. Notes that today's elementary students come to class with a great deal of knowledge about films--prior experiences which teachers can tap into. Discusses the application to film of reader-response theories.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace
    Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Literary Terms: A Practical Glossary
    Literary Terms: A Practical Glossary provides up-to-date definitions, drawing on recent developments in literary theory and emphasizing the role of reading practices in the reproduction of literary meanings. Unlike other glossaries, it includes brief activities to help students develop a working knowledge of the concepts.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Looking for the Byronic Hero Using Twilight's Edward Cullen
    Using the character of Edward Cullen from the Twilight series, this lesson introduces the Byronic hero and asks students to compare the Byronic hero to the traditional hero and villain.

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