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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   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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4
    Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.
    Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31
    J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.
    Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
  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
    Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature
    Students create a persuasive case calling for the adoption of a particular young adult literature title into their school's language arts curriculum by writing letters or speeches.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World
    Students work in small groups to examine Margaret Atwood's use of and observations about language in The Handmaid's Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.
  10. 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.

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