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Stagecraft

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The house lights dim, the curtain parts, lights slowly come up, revealing the stage. Before the actors appear, before a word is spoken, the audience is drawn in by the lighting, by the colors, by lines of the set, by the props, and...
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The Metamorphosis

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How can something be true even if it didn't happen? Invite your classes to investigate the truths found in the world of magical realism as they analyze short stories, poems, informational texts, video, and art from this genre.
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"What Good are the Words?" A Close Reading of an Excerpt from The Book Thief

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
A close reading of an excerpt from The Book Thief provides high school readers with an opportunity to examine how Markus Zusak uses syntax, repetition, and figurative language to contribute to the power of the novel, and to help develop...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 1, Unit 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Ethan Canin's short story "The Palace Thief" is the anchor text in a unit that teaches 10th grades close reading skills. Class members gather evidence for an expository essay in which they analyze how how the author uses the interactions...
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EngageNY Grade 9 ELA: Module 3, Unit 3

For Teachers 9th Standards
Introduce freshmen to the writing process with a unit that shows them how to craft an informative, expository paper that addresses a research question. They learn how to develop a central claim, an engaging introduction, how to avoid...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 2, Unit 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Julia Alvarez's autobiographical essay "A Genetics of Justice," describes the impact Rafael Trujillo, the president of the Dominican Republic in the 1930s, had on the her mother. Alvarez's essay is the anchor text in a short unit that...
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Grade 10, ELA, Module 2, Unit 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
Words matter. In a 20-lesson unit, writers use words to stir emotions and bring out feelings. Sophomores examine the words and the rhetorical devices Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses to develop his purpose and claim in his powerful...
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EngageNY Grade10 ELA: Module 4, Unit 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Shakespeare's Macbeth is the anchor text in a unit that asks readers to consider the role the director plays in the presentation of a work. After a close reading of the play, class members compare how the interactions between the main...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 2, Lesson 26

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do directors' choices emphasize different elements of a drama? Scholars participate in a discussion about the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth and Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. Finally, they write an analysis of...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 2, Lesson 25

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do film adaptations differ from their literary counterparts? Scholars watch and analyze the 2011 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Pupils complete a Quick Write analyzing how the RSC production...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 8

For Teachers 10th Standards
Shakespeare's Macbeth has something for everyone. Scholars complete a mid-unit assessment. They craft multi-paragraph essays to analyze how the author's structural choices create tension and suspense in the first two acts of the play. 
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 1, Lesson 7

For Teachers 10th Standards
High school writers take part in peer review of their end-of-unit tasks. They begin by discussing their thought process in pairs and then edit their work. Finally, learners take part in a class discussion on the use of the semicolon and...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 1, Lesson 6

For Teachers 10th Standards
It's time to tie it all together. Scholars reflect on the past five lessons about Death of the Pig in the series. They examine how E.B. White develops a central idea throughout the entire essay before responding to a writing prompt.
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 1, Lesson 5

For Teachers 10th Standards
Learners prepare for the end-of-unit task by evaluating previous homework and writing sentences with parallel structure and various phrases. Scholars do this by taking a close look at E.B. White's Death of a Pig. They examine the...
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Close Reading of Informational/Literary Nonfiction Texts

For Teachers 9th Standards
What does it mean to be Americanized? Pupils read a text excerpt from Edward Bok's "The Americanization of Edward Bok." Next, they engage in the SOAPSTone strategy for analyzing the text. Afterward, scholars write a summary of the...
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Defining Experiences

For Teachers 9th Standards
Scholars read about the brightly colored flower in Eugenia Collier's short story, "Marigolds." They annotate the text and answer comprehension questions. As a concluding activity, pupils write about the author's use of diction, imagery,...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 3, Lesson 7

For Teachers 10th Standards
It's time to show what you know. The final lesson asks scholars to think back across the seven-lesson unit and complete an end-of-the-unit task. Readers consider the claims presented in speeches from both Eleanor Roosevelt and Malala...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
All good things must come to an end! Scholars put all their learning into practice by completing an end-of-unit assessment. They use textual evidence from Julia Alvarez's "A Genetics of Justice" to write essays analyzing how Alvarez...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 5

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do learners use textual evidence from a close reading to write a well-developed essay? Scholars give it a try by completing a mid-unit assessment based on their analysis of the first 15 paragraphs from "A Genetics of Justice" by...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 20

For Teachers 10th Standards
Readers take all the information they gained from the last 19 lessons and complete an essay describing how King develops his purpose and claim in "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Pupils use a rubric and checklist to help guide their...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
Scholars look back over the previous nine lessons of analysis over King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and use their work to create a formal essay to a writing prompt about the purpose of the work. This mid-unit assessment is a quick...
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Creating Suspense Lesson 2: Analyzing Literary Devices in "The Lottery"

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Looking for a complete lesson plan that does not require searching for additional materials? Creating Suspense Lesson 2 offers just that. After reading Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," scholars analyze the literary devices the author...
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Digital Citizenship: Supporting Lessons and Resources

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed Standards
Just what you needed to get started with your classroom of digital citizens—a collection of lesson plans, apps, videos, and activities, curated by a team of teachers and organized by grade level.
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Language: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Looking for materials that will help your students develop mastery of English grammar and usage, of the conventions of punctuation and spelling, of vocabulary acquisition? Then this collection is for you. Take a look at the attached...