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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1: "I'm for truth, no matter who tells it."

For Teachers 12th Standards
Engaging narratives blend the forms of expository writing with the tropes of creative writing. Introduce class members to narrative writing techniques with a 28-lesson unit that not only uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as a model of...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Social justice is the theme of a 12-lesson unit that uses photographs to focus students' attention on and expand their understanding of current social issues facing society. Class members learn how to closely examine an image, and to...
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W.7.3 - Narrative Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Even for creative scholars, writing effective narrative pieces requires practice, thoughtful reflection on other narrative pieces, and technique. These resources are all aligned to the W.7.3 common core standards and will have your...
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Literary Techniques

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Need to review literary terms/techniques with your class? The slides in this presentation define and give examples of 22 common literary terms. The PowerPoint could be used for AP test prep.
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Irony, Conflict, and Symbolism in Literary Text

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze interactions between characters in a literary text to study the how the interactions affect the plot. They read a short story to study conflict, irony, and symbolism and create a chart depicting contradictions...
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Literary Devices, Techniques, and Elements

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What's the difference between a speaker and an author? What's an example of anthropomorphism? Clarify the meanings of literary devices, elements, and techniques with a comprehensive glossary of terms.
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Persuasive Techniques

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Want to safeguard your students against peer pressure? Teach them all about rhetorical appeals, common attack methods, and various argument tones with a reference sheet on persuasive techniques.
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Film Critique: The Story and the Techniques

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why just show your class a movie when you could teach them how to critique film the same way they do literature? While this lesson uses Battlestar Galactica as its visual text of choice, this plan could be used with any film selection....
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Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique: Raymond Carver

For Teachers 12th Standards
Your class explores one of the most complex human emotions when they read Carver's "What we talk about when we talk about love." Using the seventh installment in a 10-part series, scholars learn how to construct an evidence-based claim...
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Five Themes of Geography Research Activity

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Here is an activity instructional activity that will prompt your young geographers to choose a country anywhere in the world to research and study, and to then apply it to the five themes of geography.
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Literary Elements

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Address the literary elements in a piece of writing using these materials. The packet includes plenty of resources, and focuses mainly on theme, character, and point of view, with some materials for setting, symbolism, and author's...
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How Does the Author Convey Themes in Bud, Not Buddy?

For Teachers 6th Standards
After reading up to chapter 12 of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, scholars read chapter 13 and take part in a grand conversation about the author's writing techniques. Pupils discuss how his writing conveyed literary themes...
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A Glossary of Literary Terms

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
If you're tired of defining allusion, onomatopoeia, and satire for your language arts students, hand out a complete list of literary devices to keep the terms straight. Each term includes a definition that is easy to understand and...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Themes of the Novel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What does Bless Me, Ultima have to say about innocence and knowledge? About our relation to the natural world? About language and identity? Session nine, of a 10-lesson unit study asks readers to consider the thematic levels of Rudolfo...
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Varied Beginnings: Research Process / Narrative Writing Techniques

For Teachers 5th - 8th
What's the best way to start a story? Learners write a memoir using effective openings. They research the process and work through a list of hooks to use in their writing. They use at least two hooks to begin their personal memoir. A...
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American Literary Humor: Mark Twain, George Harris, and Nathaniel Hawthorne

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Nathaniel Hawthorne as a humorist? Really? The three lessons in this series focus on the the storytelling style, conventions, and literary techniques employed by Hawthorne, George Washington Harris, and Mark Twain. 
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Who wants to be a Millionaire: Literary Terms

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Simulate a "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" game with this interactive PowerPoint. Players must answer fifteen multiple choice questions regarding literary terms, in order to earn the most money! Tip: Play this game in pairs.
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The Study of Theme and Figurative Language in Poetry and/or Prose

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Identify and analyze the use of figurative language used in select pieces of writing. These pieces of literature will represent at least two pieces by one writer and at least two pieces by different writers. This lesson would be a great...
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Identifying Descriptive Writing Techniques

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How do authors make stories so great? With figures of speech and descriptive language, of course. Young readers identify the techniques that specific authors use to enhance their written descriptions. The site Writesville is used to...
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Smart Solutions: Challenge Activities (Theme 6)

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Smart Solutions is the theme of unit comprised of activities designed to challenge minds and stretch writing muscles. Enthusiastic writers create their own comic strip, write a problem-solution essay, an opinion letter, a funny story, a...
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Creating Civic Awareness Through Artistic and Literary Forms

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Interpret current events using editorial cartoons and other print media. Middle schoolers explore the meanings of literary and artistic terms such as satire, irony, and caricature. They visit internet sites to develop an understanding of...
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The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 2: Key Themes - The Second Coming

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
How does the cultural context of Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, connect to the context of William Bulter Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming" from which Achebe drew his title? Class members use the Syncon (synergistic convergence)...
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Setting the Story: Techniques for Creating a Realistic Setting

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
“It was a dark and stormy night.” Thus begins the 1830's novel Paul Clifford and, of course, all of Snoopy’s novels! Encourage young writers to craft settings for their stories that go beyond Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s often-mocked phrase...
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Interpreting The Story: Flashback Technique

For Teachers 10th
Who is Drake and why is he hiding under a car? The flashback technique used to open Drake Bennett’s short story, “Coward,” is sure to hook readers into a tale about a four year old who fears getting a shot at the doctor’s office. Class...

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