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Photographic Memories

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Explore how photographs can represent a whole story to a viewer. Middle schoolers work on narrative writing techniques in this lesson, focusing on photographs from the New York Times to write first-person descriptive narratives....
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Details, Details, Details

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Have you assigned your learners a creative writing project, only to find that their incredible creativity doesn't easily translate to writing? Here's some practice to kick them into sensory overload! Using their five senses, they choose...
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Settings that Reinforce Characters

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
A vivid setting can bring a story to life. Challenge your writers to dive into this element as they complete worksheets in preparation for their first draft. This packet starts by giving an example of a description that simply tells who...
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Using Perspective Shifting to Imagine History

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Imagine what it would have been like to walk from Georgia to Texas! Perspective shifting, a key part of developing social awareness, involves just this sort of imaging. A short mini-lesson asks learners to shift their point of view and...
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Using Perspective Shifting to Understand Others

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Being able to see things from another's perspective is an important part of social awareness. A short activity permits scholars to practice perspective-taking, which in turn helps them develop empathy, appreciate diversity, and promote...
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Create Your Own Fantasy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young writers get an opportunity to create their own characters, world, and fantasy as part of a study of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. After reviewing the tropes of the genre, they let their imaginations carry them away to a land of...
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Key Incidents Reveal Aspects of Character: Survival at Sea

For Teachers 8th Standards
Learn from experience. As part of their study of Unbroken, scholars use a turn-and-talk strategy to discuss Louie's experiences and presence of God while he is lost at sea. They then read quotes from the text and infer what the words...
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Character Confessions: Peer Critique of Narratives

For Teachers 8th Standards
Shake up the writing process with a peer critique. The second of four lessons in the Grade 8 ELA Module 2B, Unit 3 series first has young writers compare their own interpretations of a scene from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Justification for Character and Scene Selection

For Teachers 8th Standards
When it comes to love and midsummer nights, confessions are tricky. Learners place themselves in the shoes of a character from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and explain how a character used manipulation to control...
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Final Performance Task: Becoming Visible Again

For Students 8th Standards
It's task time! Scholars complete the final lesson plan of the unit by completing a performance task. Readers begin in groups working on a task card. Once complete, they then move to an independent task in which they write responses to a...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Single Draft Narrative

For Students 8th Standards
Put it in your own words. Scholars work independently on their mid-unit assessments by responding to a writing prompt. They write about Miné Okubo’s life and the moments of Okubo becoming visible again.
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Readers Theater: Writing a Conclusion

For Teachers 8th Standards
That's all, folks! Scholars work with their group members to create conclusions for their To Kill A Mockingbird reader's theater scripts. They use a criteria list to help guide their conclusion writing and discuss how the conclusions...
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Our Group Readers Theater: Managing the Sequence of Events in Our Script

For Teachers 8th Standards
Go with the flow. Scholars learn how using transition words and phrases helps their scripts flow smoothly. After determining the sequence for their readers' theater manuscripts from To Kill A Mockingbird, readers think about how to...
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Planning the First Draft of the Character Confessional Narrative

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars read and analyze a model character confessional narrative to help guide their own writing. Then, they plan the first draft of a character confessional based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Toni Morrison's Beloved, on Stage

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Beloved is Toni Morrison's powerful and tragic retelling of the life of Margaret Garner.  A short video from PBS details why Toni Morrison and composer Richard Danielpour chose opera, an extreme art form, to mirror the extremes of...
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Peer Critique of “Inside Out” and “Back Again” Poems

For Teachers 8th Standards
Class members take a close look at the use of words in the poems "Inside Out" and "Back Again" to determine if different words would create more powerful poetry. They then carry out peer review of the poems they created and offer...
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Revision: Best Draft of “Inside Out” and “Back Again” Poems (Final Performance Task)

For Teachers 8th Standards
As their final performance task, scholars read their poems to their research teams. The teams listen and give feedback on the flow between the two poems. Writers then take the feedback from their teams and revise their poems before...
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End of Unit Assessment: Writing Best First Draft of “Back Again” Poem

For Teachers 8th Standards
Team up! Scholars begin working with their research teams to review the components of an effective poem. They then move on to independent work by beginning the end-of-unit assessment. Writers complete the draft of their "Back Again"...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Writing Best First Draft of “Inside Out” Poem

For Teachers 8th Standards
As part of a mid-unit assessment, scholars draft their inside out poems and then work on their "Back Again" poems. Learners use a rubric and graphic organizers to guide their writing. 
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Family Stories and the Oral Tradition

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How well do you know stories told in your family? Could you recite them by heart? Middle schoolers study the importance of the oral tradition by telling a partner a story, having the partner recite it back, and then interviewing a family...
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The Departure

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars learn about the Hero's Journey as they read Ray Bradbury's "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh." They analyze the story's structure and narrative techniques. Finally, they write summaries of the text's central idea and use their...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Examine the lives of four women—Blanche Stuart Scott, Madeleine L'Engle, Margaret Evans Price, and Sybil Ludington—in a 23-page activity packet. Each profile comes with a set of vocabulary and reading comprehension questions. Further...
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A Guide to the Works of Jacqueline Woodson

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
The works of Jacqueline Woodson introduce readers to diverse characters and themes. A guide covers many of the author's best-known books such as Brown Girl Dreaming and Locomotion. Dive & Discuss and Explore & Extend activities...
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An Educator’s Guide to Ruta Sepetys

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Historical fiction novels give readers a chance to step into someone else's shoes. An educator's guide from Penguin Common Core Lesson Plans provides resources to accompany three historical fiction novels written by Ruta Sepetys: Between...