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Writing Prompts for High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here’s a great teacher resource - thirty-five writing prompts designed for high school writers. Categories include cause and effect, definition, expository/informative, persuasive, how to, descriptive, narrative, biographical narrative,...
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Writing Prompts for High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Are you teaching a high school language arts class and stumped for writing topics? Five pages of writing prompts for all kinds of writing should help you out. Many of these prompts refer to texts that are not included in this resource,...
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Literature Study Guide - Moby Dick

For Students 7th - 9th
Complete with a reading schedule, literature question page, and supplementary list of literary activities, this book report form on Moby Dick would be an good resource for your junior high or high school class. The guide includes...
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English Literature - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Everything you wanted to know about the history of English literature and language but were afraid to ask. From Beowulf to Canterbury Tales, the Knights of the Round Table to Robin Hood, Addison, Fielding, Shakespeare, Swift, and many...
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Is There Any Truth to the King Arthur Legends?

For Students 9th - 12th
Was he or wasn’t he? We may never know for sure about the origins of King Arthur. But a video that leads middle school and high school viewers through the facts and fictions that have kept King Arthur alive in peoples’ imaginations for...
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"One Evening in the Rainy Season" Shi Zhecun

For Teachers 12th
Did you know that modern Chinese literature “grew from the psychoanalytical theory of Sigmund Freud”? Designed for a world literature class, seniors are introduced to “One Evening in the Rainy Season,” Shi Zhecun’s stream of...
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Spanish Literature: Teaching the Course for the First Time

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Are you a first year AP Spanish teacher? Will you be teaching literature this year? Read this article for some professional development; what can you do to ensure your Spanish learners build their skills and master Spanish literature?
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'Me Fail English? That's Unpossible' : Studying Literature with "The Simpsons"

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Does your class love The Simpsons? It might seem dated, but with reruns constantly popping up on television, this show still holds the attention of most of your learners. Play the opening sequence of an episode, and brainstorm any...
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Early American English Lit Writing Assignment (Senior, Literature)

For Teachers 10th - 12th
To better understand early American literature, which was usually written by Puritans coming to the new world, learners pretend they have just landed on Mars. They compose a letter home describing their experiences, the new landscape,...
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Common Core Teaching and Learning Strategies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here's a resource that deserves a place in your curriculum library, whether or not your school has adopted the Common Core. Designed for middle and high school language arts classes, the packet is packed with teaching tips, materials,...
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Writing About Literature: Exploring Themes About Conformity

For Students 7th Standards
Feeling the pressure to confirm is something any adolescent can relate to. Explore an essential theme with a response to literature assessment that prompts learners to identify main ideas with evidence and supporting details.
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Dystopian Literature: from Fiction to Fact

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Imagine an entire course devoted to dystopian literature. If that concept appeals to you, check out this course that uses 1984 as the anchor text and includes classic short stories as well.
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The Awakening

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Kate Chopin's classic American tale, The Awakening, is the focus of a review learning exercise. High school readers read the clues about the novel's characters, plot, and important quotes to fill in a crossword puzzle.
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Integrating Printmaking and Literature: A high school art curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students integrate techniques in printmaking with readings in poetry and literature. They read various pieces of student literature and poetry, and create prints using various printmaking techniques.
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#2902. 21st Century: Make Literature Relevant!

For Teachers 11th - 12th
J-Peezy to hang? Would John Proctor by any other name be as brave? High school scholars update scenes from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and perform them before the class. After viewing and enjoying the modern trappings of their scenes,...
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Novel Ideas: History of the American Novel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the history of the American novel in the contexts of literature and US history. How does a novel or piece of writing from a particular time showcase the mood during that historical period? After conducting research and discussing...
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High School Literary Paragraph Development

For Teachers 10th
You can cover literary elements, writing organization, and proofreading skills in this SMART board lesson. Using student paragraphs from a previous assignment, the class reviews the best examples of writing. A SMART board activity guides...
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Art and Literature: What's the Point?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze the social/political purpose(s) of art and literature. They create written and visual texts that bring attention to a social/political concern. Presentation and discussion of art and literature in connection with...
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Writing Children's Literature

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the common themes and characteristics of children's literature. They develop a list of characteristics, read and discuss examples of children's literature, and create an original children's book.
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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Through Literature

For Teachers K - 6th
Students can learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. through these literature selections.
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Defining Love

For Teachers 11th - 12th
After reading and discussing Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, pupils compare/contrast the concept/theme of love within several multiple pieces of literature. They must support their claims with textual evidence. In addition, they analyze...
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Looking at Portraits: Literary Monuments

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Examine artwork, research literature, and create art pieces for a monument to a literary figure. Young scholars analyze the sculpture Model for a Monument to Alexandre Dumas père and compare it to other well-known monuments. They...
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Anna Karenina

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do you feel like the lives of middle and high school adolescents revolve around drama? If so, they easily relate to Anna Karenina. Drama fills the eight-part, 25+ character novel where something dramatic happens one every page: one...
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Brave New World Quiz

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
After reading Brave New World, assess your high school class's ability to recall basic information from the novel. Since only multiple choice questions are presented here, consider adding some short answer questions of your own to dig...