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Rhythm in Poetry: You Can Scan, Man

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
A detailed lesson written for budding poets challenges them to scan poems to discover stressed and unstressed syllables. Dashes and slashes highlight the syllables to count the feet, which makes the rhythm of the poem. Questions test...
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Comparing Hemingway to Young Adult Literature

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Challenge groups to create a recommended reading list of contemporary young adult fiction that explores the same themes found in Ernest Hemingway's short stories and novels. After examining a list Hemingway created and a list put...
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Exploring Hemingway’s Style

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
The man, the myth, and the reality. Three clips from the documentary Hemingway by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick introduce viewers to the unique features of Ernest Hemingway's writing style and the events in Hemingway's life that influenced...
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Teach This Poem: "Violin" by Nikki Wallschlaeger

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Nikki Wallschlaeger's Violin is the featured poem in a lesson that uses music and multiple readings to delve deep into its analysis. After a writing warm-up, learners watch and listen to a video that showcases Regina Carter Quintet's...
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And Then There Were None

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Justice and murder are the heart of the best mysteries. The writers interviewed for this episode of the Great American Read try to convince viewers that the best of this genre is Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. 
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Structure Forming Meaning

For Teachers 7th Standards
Teach literary lovers how to form opinions about form. Scholars read informational text about the form used in villanelles. After analyzing the structure used in the poetry with graphic organizers and gallery walks, writers create...
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Figurative Language and Foreshadowing in The Outsiders

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders is still relatable to teenagers today, even though it was written more than 50 years ago. Explore how the figurative language of the story works to establish characterization, and how foreshadowing lays out...
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An Educator's Guide to Matched by Ally Condie

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Even supposed Utopian societies have their flaws. Using an educator's guide, individuals explore the society Ally Condie creates in Matched. Reflective writing prompts double as discussion questions and cover key themes in the novel, as...
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The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Young Readers Edition

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. A useful set of lesson plans encourage young readers to take a second look at their eating habits. Pre- and post-reading questions bring in reflective writing and discussion while extension...
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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Children in foster care face a lot of uncertainty in their lives. A guide for the novel One for the Murphys introduces a main character, Carley, who is thrust into the foster care system. Chapter-by-chapter questions cover key details in...
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The Beauty of the Short Story

For Teachers 6th Standards
Put scholars in charge of their learning! Individuals read information, discuss what they learned, and put their new knowledge into practice—all in a complete and detailed resource. Activities include creating a literary terms handbook...
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Henry V: Study Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare did more than write timeless literary works—he coined words such as moonbeam, fortune-teller, and even eyeball! A study guide for Henry V introduces key words the Bard first used with a fun vocabulary activity, part of a...
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The Man and the Serpent

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Using a cause/effect graphic organizer, learners analyze the conflict in Aesop's "The Man and the Serpent" after reading the fable. Differentiated for all pupils, the passage has an audio recording that helps bring the fable to life.
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Poetry: Writers on Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Poets bring images to life with poetic forms, style and word choice, and figurative language.  A comprehensive poetry unit focuses on key reading skills, literary skills, and writing skills. In addition, every poem within the unit...
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The Serpent and the File

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Teach readers about elements of a plot through Aesop's 70-word fable "The Serpent and the File." Scholars learn about useless attacking while reading the passage that tells how a serpent decides to engage in a conflict with a file. The...
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The Mole and His Mother

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Mother knows best, according to Aesop and his fable "The Mole and his Mother." An audio retelling of the story comes with an activity that asks readers to research and describe a mole before outlining the plot structure of the fable. 
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The Man and the Lion

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
The plot diagramming activity that accompanies Aesop's "The Man and the Lion" asks readers to investigate the relationship between parts of the plot and the moral of the story. The resource comes with an audiobook recording of the fable...
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The Flies and the Honeypot

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Is temporary pleasure worth a lifetime of pain? A group of flies learns their unfortunate—and sticky—lesson with Aesop's fable "The Flies and the Honeypot." After listening to an audio version of the tale, class members map the plot...
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The Father and His Sons

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What do a family and a bundle of sticks have in common? They can't be broken. After reading Aesop's "The Father and His Sons," pupils complete a graphic organizer that explores the cause/effect structure and theme of the story.
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Cogheart and Moonlocket

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Peter Bunzi takes readers to the Victorian era with two stories, Coghaert and Moonlocket. Accompany the literary time warp with a companion packet that offers a plethora of exercises. Learning opportunities include activities for before,...
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The Fox and the Stork

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Forget the Golden Rule! Aesop's fable "The Fox and the Stork" explores what happens when a stork, treated poorly at the fox's meal, hosts his own dinner. Learners listen to an audio version of the story before examining the causes and...
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The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf'

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Aesop's "The Boy Who Cried 'Wolf'" features a boy whose small mistake gets him into big trouble. What could have done differently? Learners make a concept map to depict the events from the fable after listening to an engaging audio...
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The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Would a charcoal-burner make a good roommate? Read about the drawbacks of living with someone in the opposite profession with Aesop's "The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller." A graphic organizer prompts learners to identify the beginning,...
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The Bats, the Birds, and the Beasts

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Allegiance is about more than being on the winning side. Aesop's "The Bats, the Birds, and the Beasts" presents the conundrum that occurs when a bat seeks to join the side of the victors, and learns the consequences of his inaction....