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Echoes & Reflections: Teaching the Holocaust, Inspiring the Classroom

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection includes 11 units designed to help instructors consider the complexities of teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. The lessons provide students with accurate information and sensitive instruction as they examine...
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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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Hamlet: Resources, resources, resources

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
To curate or not to curate: That is the question: Whether 'tis nobler to suffer through the process of collecting materials for Hamlet yourself or to take advantage of this collection of lesson plans, activities, apps, videos, and...
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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA Module 1: How Do Authors Develop and Relate Elements of a Text?

For Teachers 11th Standards
In this three-unit module, juniors examine literary and nonfiction text, observing how authors develop their central ideas. In Units 1 and 2, scholars practice close reading, annotating text, and evidence-based discussions and writing....
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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Reading and Writing Personal Narratives

For Teachers 12th Standards
The first unit in Module 1 uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as the core text. Scholars practice close reading, evidence-based writing and discussion, critical analysis of narrative texts, and narrative writing techniques. Marmon...
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What Makes Democracy Work?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Eight lessons make up a collection designed to help high schoolers make sense of an election year. Class members learn about voting rights, the importance of a free press, and civic participation. The focus is on the 2020 presidential...
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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 2

For Teachers 11th Standards
A continuation of Unit 1, the 25 lessons in this unit require learners to continue to practice the skills they will need in the English Language Arts Classroom: close reading, annotating text, collaborative discussions, and...
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Reading Literature: 11-12th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Looking for resources that model how to address specific Common Core Standards for reading literature in grades 11 and 12? Then check out this collection. Take a look at the attached notes for each resource to find the aligned Common...
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Reading Informational Text: 11-12th ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Science, social studies, and language arts resources that address 11th and 12th grade standards for reading informational text can be found in this collection. Take a look at the attached notes for each resource to find the grade 11...
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Language: 11-12th Grade ELA Common Core:

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The Common Core Language Standards address conventions of grammar and usage, spelling and punctuation, syntax and diction, academic vocabulary, and figurative language. Resources that address these standards may be found in this...
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Macbeth: A Collection Full of Sound and Fury

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Something wonderful this way comes with a collection of worksheets, lessons, activities, videos, apps, and PowerPoints for Macbeth. Double your resources and save yourself the trouble of curating materials for the Scottish play.
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Reading Literature: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
The materials in this collect of resources are designed to address all the Common Core reading literature standards for 9th and 10th graders.  Take a look at the attached notes for each resource to find the specific standard addressed.
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The Concept of Identity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the factors that shape identity? A Separate Peace is the anchor text for a nine-lesson unit, designed for a Gifted and Talented English language arts program, that uses a variety of approaches to literary criticism to identify...
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King Lear Teacher Pack 2013

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The King Lear Teacher Pack 2013 is designed to prepare pupils for watching the Royal Shakespeare Company's film version of King Lear. The eight activities in the pack help learners unpack the themes, events, and language of Shakespeare's...
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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Good discussion questions, quizzes, and tests teach as well as assess. Readers of The Great Gatsby will learn much from the materials in a 36-page packet designed to help students prepare for the AP Literature exam. Included in the...
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Character vs. Society in The Invisible Man

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is difficult to read and difficult to teach. The novel is so highly regarded that it is one of most often listed as an option for the AP Literature and Composition exam. The materials in this packet from PBS...
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The "Final Solution"

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Nazi policies shifted from deportation and imprisonment to extermination of the Jewish people in death camps in the "Final Solution." Learners examine photos of artifacts, read poetry written by survivors, analyze testimony from...
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Survivors and Liberators

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The end was just the beginning. The period immediately after the end of World War II and the Holocaust is often called "The Return to Life" as survivors looked to reunite and recreate broken families and shattered lives. A two-lesson...
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Socratic Seminar Format Overview

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Whether new to the Socratic seminar format or an experienced veteran of the popular discussion technique, you'll find much to like in a five-page, richly detailed packet that not only details the prep necessary, the process, and the...
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Twelfth Night

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Whether you choose to include Twelfth Night in your course or whether Shakespeare's comedy has been thrust upon you, be not afraid to incorporate an interactive resource into your study of Shakespeare's tale of loss, love, and identity....
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Rhythms in Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Rhyme, rhythm, free verse, imagery: Do these words describe poetry, or jazz music? The answer is both! A resource explores these similarities as scholars watch a video, engage in discussion, read author biographies, write poetry and...
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My Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Curriculum Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
No one knows the whole story surrounding Julius Caesar's death, but William Shakespeare's version of the event is certainly entertaining. A curriculum guide designed to accompany Julius Caesar makes the text even more engaging by...
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Getting to the Core: Early American Poets

For Teachers 11th Standards
How do poets convey emotion and represent their views of life? Pupils learn more about Whitman and Dickinson through the unit and analyze their bold reinvention of craft and style for poets to come. Looking at classic pieces such as...
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In the Skin of a Monster

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Kathryn Barker's In the Skin of A Monster explores how a school massacre impacts a community. Unfortunately, the events depicted are all too familiar to many. This teacher's guide for Barker's novel offers activities that enable readers...
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What Did I Do to Be so Black and Blue: How Did Jazz Influence Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
How did jazz influence Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man? Class members read some of Ellison's non-fiction writings about blues and jazz, listen to records, watch videos, and engage in student-centered discussions. They then produce podcasts...
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Dream in Color - High School

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Whether focusing on African American poets, Black History Month, or the poetic experience, an amazing toolkit that encourages learners to develop unique poetic voices deserves a place in your curriculum. 
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Unit: Hamlet

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Encourage readers to determine if Hamlet's madness is actually divinest sense. Class members analyze the words of the play before studying related texts, including T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," scenes from...
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Reel to Real: Adapting Macbeth Throne of Blood

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
It's a tale of life, retold by a genius, full of sound and fury. Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood takes center stage in a resource that spotlights how the director adapted the characters and themes in Shakespeare's Macbeth to Japanese...
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A Christmas Carol Study Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Bah! No need to make amends for an opportunity missed if you take advantage of a resource packet designed to accompany a viewing of the musical version of A Christmas Carol. Stuffed with goodies, with activities, exercises, worksheets,...
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 20

For Teachers 12th Standards
The March on Washington takes center stage in the discussion of chapter 15 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X; however, class members are presented with an entirely different view of the march from ones they have previously studied....
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Writing a Narrative Essay

For Teachers 11th Standards
Imagine using narrative essays to encourage change. This multi-week unit plan does just that. After reading a series of articles from Tyson Miller's Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America, class members examine the...
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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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Close Reading Passages of Literature

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Encourage kids to think deeply about what they are reading with five thought-provoking questions about one passage. After choosing a passage that is intriguing or confusing to them, learners write a summary, explain what they like or...
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Why Shakespeare Loved Iambic Pentameter

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Spice up your traditional approach to teaching poetic structure with a wonderful animated video, which not only covers such terms as foot, meter, verse, but also stresses Shakespeare's unique use of iambic pentameter to convey emotion...
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Graphic Organizers for Reading Strategies

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Help your pupils grow the reading strategies they need to succeed by supporting them with various graphic organizers. This packet includes a wealth of attractively formatted graphic organizers for predicting, keeping track of plot,...
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My Ántonia: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do the main characters of Willa Cather's My Ántonia develop and change throughout the course of the novel? Explore Jim Burden, Ántonia Shimerda, and Lena Lingard toward the end of the novel, comparing their goals and expectations in...
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My Ántonia: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding point of view is imperative when reading Willa Cather's My Ántonia. Divide your class into group and assign each group one discussion question about the points of view of various characters, as well as narrative and...
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My Ántonia: Biography

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Begin your unit on Willa Cather's My Ántonia with a stellar combination of interviews, essays, and discussion activities designed to develop context around the novel. After listening to the first track of the (attached) audio guide,...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can a novel have an omniscient narrator and still show character point of view? Explore text structure with a lesson about Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Several discussion questions encourage kids to examine the way...
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The Joy Luck Club: The Plot Unfolds

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Map the most important events and turning points from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. After a group discussion from the previous lesson plan's homework assignment, kids create a timeline to chart the important events from the novel with...
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Rhythm and Meter

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If you're introducing rhythm and meter into your poetry lesson, consider these activities based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Focusing on "Because I could not stop for Death," kids discuss accents, breves, and how they measure the...
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A Lesson Before Dying: The Plot Unfolds

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Track the plot of Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying with a class discussion and timeline. Readers examine the ways the story has developed for Jefferson and for Grant, as well as how their stories have come together. Next, they...
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The Great Gatsby: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Thanks to Nick Carraway, readers of The Great Gatsby are simultaneously "within and without. . . enchanted and repelled" by his first person narration of the events in F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the American Dream/Nightmare. After...
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John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath": The Inner Chapters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here’s a must-have resource for anyone using The Grapes of Wrath. Everything from guiding questions to background information, from photographs to documentary films, from activities to assessments is included in a richly detailed packet...
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War and Leadership in Shakespeare’s Henry V

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.” “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” These two views of war, embodied in George Patton’s statement and Lorraine Schneider‘s famous 1966...
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What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives...
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"The Beaches of Agnes": Planning a Video Self Portrait

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Agnes Varda’s autobiographical “The Beaches of Agnes,” models for young filmmakers the cinematic self-portrait. Far from “old and plump,” Varda is a giant of filmmaking and will inspire your pupils. After watching a clip of this famous...
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Shakespearean Comedy on Film

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close...
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Conflict and Plot

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Analyze conflict and plot in literature. To begin, review the terms conflict, plot, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution with the class. Working in groups and using TI-83 Plus (because the activity is...
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Teach This Poem: "Violin" by Nikki Wallschlaeger

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
New ReviewNikki Wallschlaeger's Violin is the featured poem in a instructional activity 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...
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Beloved by Toni Morrison

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewAny classroom study of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved requires careful planning and scaffolding. A primary source set that includes a video, illustrations, photos of artifacts, and a broadside of the Fugitive Slave...
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King Lear Teacher Pack 2010

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Every production of Shakespeare's plays is different—the director and designer must decide upon a theme. For his 2010 production, David Farr and his team decided to emphasize the conflicts that follow a regime change. The materials in a...
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King Lear Teacher Pack 2016

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Disguises, deceptions, destruction. Thankless children, wise fools, aging rulers, and knaves. The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2016 King Lear Teacher Pack provides instructors with a wealth of resources for a study of Shakespeare's famous...
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Literature and Imagination Make Democracy Work

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The final lesson in the "What Makes Democracy Work?" series examines the connections between imagination, literature, and democracy. Class members listen to a podcast, read an excerpt from Azar Nafisi's, The Republic of Imagination, and...
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Expository Writing: The Compare/Contrast Essay

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The heart of the compare/contrast essay is establishing the criteria against which texts can be assessed. Teach writers how to establish these criteria with a hands-on activity that also models how criteria can be manipulated.
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Why Pride and Prejudice Is Relevant Today

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Believe it or not, there is a group of Jane Austen fans who call themselves Janeites and gather each year to celebrate all things Austen, dancing, and dressing in period-authentic clothing. In this video, one devoted fan shares her...
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Exploring the Drive to Create in Frankenstein

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Is it hubris that drives the creative process? Is it the desire to be remembered long past death? An interactive asks readers of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and Percy Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" to consider what this wife and...
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One Hundred Years of Solitude | The Great American Read

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
One Hundred Years of Solitude introduces readers to magic realism. Told in a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Nobel Prize-winning novel is a candidate for The Great American Read program and aficionados...
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Allison Williams Explains Her Love for Frankenstein's Monster

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ah, but who is the real monster in Frankenstein? Actress Allison Williams shares her reasoning for why Mary Shelly's horror story should be included in The Great American Read series. 
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The Dystopia of The Handmaid's Tale | The Great American Read

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Margaret Atwood calls her novel The Handmaid's Tale "speculative fiction" because she claims everything in the story has happened, is continuing to happen, and could happen again. With an interactive resource, learners examine three...
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Symbolism and the Use of “New Language” in The Handmaid’s Tale

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Words matter. Words frame thought. Words are symbolic. Readers of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale examine how the words In Gilead's "New Language" reinforce the power of the government and provided insight into the symbolic level...
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Margaret Atwood Explains the Dystopia of The Handmaid's Tale

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Talk about a teaser! A short video from the PBS series, The Great American Read, offers just enough information about Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to fascinate viewers and have them reaching for the book. The author asserts she...
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The Color Purple

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A clip from the documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth features Walker discussing her writing process and why she chose to write The Color Purple as an epistolary novel. The resource is part of PBS' American Masters series.
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Gabrielle Union Discusses The Color Purple

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Gabrielle Union discusses the role Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, plays in her life. She stresses the importance of readers being able to find reflections of themselves in literature.
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Resurrecting Zora Neale Hurston | American Masters: Alice Walker

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Zora Neale Hurston, her life, her work as an anthropologist recording the customs and speech of southern Black people, and her novels would have remained largely ignored if not for the efforts of Alice Walker. An American Masters video...
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Satire, Parody, and Humor in Catch-22

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Laughter is the heart of dark comedy. It makes the unbearable bearable. Joseph Heller crafted his dark comedy Catch-22 to enable readers to laugh at the painful realities and underscore the absurdities of a war where people you don't...
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Catch-22: Satirize This!

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Some assignments are great, some can become great, and some have greatness thrust upon them. This one is great. After completing Joseph Heller's classic satire, Catch-22, groups craft and present their own political satire.
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Shifting Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
An interactive provides readers with an opportunity to record their reactions to Beloved, Toni Morrison's powerful narrative based on the life of Margaret Garner. Prompts ask them to consider how the shifting point of view contributes to...
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The Pain of History and Beloved

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Readers of Toni Morrison's Beloved share their reasons for why the painful and powerful narrative should be on the list of books for the Great American Read program.
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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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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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1984 by George Orwell

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Reverend Katrina Foster offers her rationale for why Winston Smith, the tragic hero of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, is her favorite literary character.
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 19

For Teachers 11th Standards
Scholars look at paragraphs two and three in the "Atlanta Compromise" speech. They analyze how Washington uses a story about a ship lost at sea and rhetorical devices to develop his point of view. After class discussion and the...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 2

For Teachers 11th Standards
Scholars read paragraphs one and two of the chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" and search for ideas. Readers analyze how Du Bois introduces an idea and develops it throughout the text. They complete the Idea Tracking Tool and discuss...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 5

For Teachers 11th Standards
Elizabeth Cady Stanton compares sins to monsters, using a metaphor to make a point about morality. Using the fifth of 14 lessons from the Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2 series, learners analyze paragraphs 8-10 of "An Address by Elizabeth...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 23

For Teachers 11th Standards
All's well that ends well does not apply to Shakespeare's Hamlet. Using the resource, scholars read Act 5.2, discovering the play's tragic resolution. Pupils complete a Quick Write analyzing how Hamlet's downfall contributes to the...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 22

For Teachers 11th Standards
Scholars explore Act 5.2 from Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which Hamlet and Laertes injure each other with a poisoned blade. Pupils also write about two central ideas from the play to finish the lesson plan.
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 1

For Teachers 11th Standards
How can an author's decisions impact a text? Using an insightful resource, scholars begin their study of Hamlet by reading Act 1.1. They explore the language, characters, and setting in small groups. Upon finishing group work, pupils...
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In Pursuit of Happiness

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
What ideas and philosophies guided the Transcendentalist movement in America? Scholars explore the topic, reading texts by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Additionally, they write essays comparing the authors' structural...
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Les Miserables Classroom Activities

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Modern readers apply classic themes to Victor Hugo's masterpiece, Les Miserables. After they discuss tricky vocabulary and plot elements from the novel, class members compare Hugo's written work to a stage or film adaptation of the musical.
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Tragoidia and Catharsis: A Retelling of Classical Tragedies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What a tragedy! Scholars take a close look at Greek tragedy in the form of plays. After analyzing plays, learners think about a play that relates to their own personal anxiety and recreate or reinterpret a scene from that play.
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Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discussion questions for Walt Whitman's "Son of Myself" ask class members to reflect on the beauty that can be found in labor, the sense of identity that transcends divisions, and on the many riddles in Whitman's poem. ...
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Walt Whitman Packet

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Walt Whitman's Song of Myself is the anchor text for a series of worksheets that model for young scholars how to become active readers. Questions require text-based as well as analytical responses.
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Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Looking for a resource that models how to read and analyze a poem? Check out this packet that uses sections of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" to demonstrate how to paraphrase, note literary elements, and identify the poet's inferences.
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Whitman and the American ‘Romantic’ Nature

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils read a short biography of Walt Whitman and a portion of Whitman's epic poem "Song of Myself." Readers then respond to a series of comprehension questions.
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An Educator’s Guide to the Works of John Green

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The novels of John Green cover the gamut of teenager emotions. A guide to his works provides classroom lesson plans for the novels Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns. Each...
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An Educator’s Guide to Chraisma by Jeanne Ryan

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Often, science fiction makes a lot of connections to real life. An educator's guide for the novel Charisma by Jeanne Ryan, has readers discuss many of the real-life issues that come in the text. A brief summary helps garner interest in...
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The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There is more going on under the surface of Ernest Hemingway's work than one can glean in an initial reading. A literature resource compares the themes and structures of several of Hemingway's works before prompting class members to use...
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Fahrenheit 451—Activity Pack

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
The burning questions is at what point do readers of Fahrenheit 451 recognize the many literary devices Ray Bradbury employs in his dystopian classic that warns of  a society that uses media to indoctrinate the public and denigrates...
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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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King Lear: Study Guide

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Characters who slowly descend into madness make great material for tragedies. A study guide from the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival introduces theater goers to Shakespeare's tragic play King Lear. Along with an extensive summary of...
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Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath: A Multigenre Project

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge readers of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to create a museum exhibit that uses artifacts to focus on one issue raised by the award winning story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Joads.
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Gulliver’s Travels

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Gulliver's Travels tells the story of a man who goes on voyages and encounters strange people. A unit plan introduces readers to the classic text, as well as excerpts from other examples of sarcasm and satire, such as "A Modest Proposal"...
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Form and Structure of Poetry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If anyone suffers from metrophobia—the fear of poetry—the PowerPoint on the elements of poetry may help alleviate their worries. The presentation introduces learners to poetic elements, including simile, metaphor, and personification....
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Comedies, Romances, and Shakespeare's Heroines: Crash Course Theater #16

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
As a writer, Shakespeare took the genre of comedy to a new level. An informational video outlines the characteristics of Shakespeare's comedies and romances and explains how the plays differed from others during the period. Additionally,...
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Discovering Genre: Poetry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Work on literal and figurative meanings with a lesson focused on Robert Frost's "After Apple-Picking" and "The Road Not Taken." Readers identify the literary devices used by the poet to set the poems' themes, settings, and narrative...
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Kate Chopin's "The Awakening": No Choice But Under?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The first in a series of three resources designed to accompany a reading of Kate Chopin's The Awakening provides readers with background information about Chopin, Creole culture, literary realism, and women's suffrage.
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Comprehensive English Examination: June 2016

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Those in positions of authority don't always have the best interest of their people in mind. As part of a sample assessment question, readers must consider how works of literature they read apply to a quote from Edmund Burke—"The greater...
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English Language Arts Examination: June 2018

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is graffiti art? Writers explore that question as part of a source-based argument within a set of questions from the NY Regents examination. The assessment from June 2018, part of a larger set of standardized tests, consists of three...
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War Is Kind

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ponder the complexities of war, peace, and country with Stephen Crane's "War is Kind." After reading the poem, learners answer six questions in a class discussion or as an individual assessment.
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Comprehensive English Examination: June 2015

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Heroes rise from adversity. That theme forms the focus of the critical lens essay in a sample comprehensive English examination. The exam, which is part of a larger series of sample standardized tests, also includes two short response...
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English Language Arts Examination: January 2018

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Excerpts from classic novels make great material for standardized tests. A sample English language arts examination, part of a larger set of assessments, mixes excerpts from classic novels and more modern texts. The test includes three...
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Free Verse

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Free verse poetry is often regarded as poetry without structure, but in reality, it is a poetic form that adheres to its own poet's thought and breath patterns. Delve into the rules and famous examples of free-verse poetry with a short...
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A Teacher's Guide to Julius Caesar

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are the lessons of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar still applicable today? Explore themes, characterization, and plot structure with a thorough teacher's guide to the play. The resource covers the entire text and offers rigorous activities...
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Annotating a Text

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
If you have a favorite author, you probably recognize his or her style. Conduct a close read of the text, marking it up as they go. Collaborative sharing time and a short summary writing prompt follow the main activity.
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Julius Caesar Novel Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Cowards die many times before their deaths." A unit on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar introduces readers to some of the play's infamous cowards as they answer questions and complete analysis activities related to the text. In...
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The Importance of Flashbacks

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides is a powerful and disturbing novel, due in large part to how the author chooses to structure his text and how he uses flashbacks to reveal more about the Lisbon sisters. As part of their study of...
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A Poetic Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Whitman and Dickinson are poet rebels responsible for the birth of Modernism. The resource comes complete with a selection of poetry from each, such as "Song of Myself" (Whitman) and "Because I could not Stop for Death" (Dickinson), as...
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Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" and Whitman's "Song of Myself"

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Although the work Americans do has changed over time, the plight of the American worker has largely remained the same. Facilitate a class discussion aboutAmerican workers using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" and...
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Nostalgia

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
To prepare for crafting their own memoir, class members examine poetry by Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Robert Hayden, and Claude McKay, stories by Richard Rodriquez and Willa Cather, and Barry Levinson's film Avalon. They examine how...
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Dear Evan Hansen: A New Musical

For Parents 6th - 12th Standards
A musical about society anxiety, loneliness, suicide, dysfunctional families, and the spread of posts on social media can open up deep conversations in a high school classroom. The 2017 Tony Award Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, takes an...
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Early American Poets

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The poems of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are the focus of a unit that asks readers to consider how an artist's life and changes in society influences his or her work. After careful study of Whitman's and Dickinson's perspectives on...
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Why Should You Read James Joyce's "Ulysses"?

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
What is Bloomsday? Why would thousands travel to Dublin on this day to visit sites depicted in a novel that is ridiculously hard to read? Why even bother with reading such a book? Find out by viewing a short video that suggests the...
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Analyzing Multiple Interpretations of Literature

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
There is a reason why an Oscar is given each year for the Best Adaptation Screenplay. Adaptations are the focus of an exercise that asks class members to compare a work of literature with a least one adaptation of the work into a...
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The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Accompany a reading of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea with a thorough literature packet. Although the materials are meant to prepare readers for a timed essay, the background information and the activities are sure to engage...
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Born in the U.S.A: Music as Political Protest

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Though often used in shows of patriotism, Bruce Springsteen's 1985 song "Born in the U.S.A." is critical of America's role in the Vietnam war and its treatment of American veterans. High schoolers analyze the song's lyrics in an activity...
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A Streetcar Named Desire Delivery Guide

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Instructors who want to use A Streetcar Named Desire as a core text need not rely of the kindness of other teachers to find engaging activities to support a study of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning drama.
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The Iliad: A Young Reader Adventure

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Is The Iliad part of your curriculum? Check out a resource that offers something for those new to teaching the classic and those with lots of experience using Homer's epic. Plot summaries, discussion questions, activities abound in this...
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Teaching Unit: Invisible Man

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Invisible Man is a core text in high school literature classes and one of the most cited works on the AP Literature and Composition exam. Instructors new to using Ralph Ellison's novel and those who have long included it as part of their...
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Analyzing Social Commentary in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn continues to be one of the most frequently banned books. The satire and social commentary present challenges when using the book as a core text. Direct readers' attention to how Twain uses plot,...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 11

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members take center stage as groups perform scenes from Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. Actors are encouraged to add stage directions to the script, as well as create costumes and props to...
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Analyzing Editing in Film and TV

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Most movies are around two hours long, but that doesn't mean the camera ran for only two hours. Guide high schoolers through the film editing process with a short analysis lesson. After reviewing key terms and strategies focused on film...
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Grade 12 ELA Module 4: Literary Analysis

For Teachers 12th Standards
Does identify come from within, or is it shaped by external forces? Explore the complex concept of identify with a two-unit module designed for 12th grade language arts. The first unit uses A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams...
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The Concept of Identity Lesson 1: Close Reading/Socratic Seminar

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
John Knowles' A Separate Peace provides readers with an opportunity to develop their close reading and analytical skills as they look for what Knowles feels are the factors that shape our identity.
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The Concept of Identity Lesson 5: Motivation - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs provides the lens class members use to analyze and evaluate the motivations of the characters in Sylvia Plath's "Initiation" and scenes from Mean Girls. Readers then select a character from A Separate...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 4

For Teachers 11th Standards
The intricate craft of narrative writing can make a happy story feel exuberant, or it can make a sad story feel devastating. With 42 extensive lessons that include poignant discussion questions, standards-aligned self-reflections,...
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 23

For Teachers 12th Standards
Malcolm X's journey to Cairo, his Hajj, his Letter from Mecca detailing his insights into "true Islam," and his transition to Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, are the focus of the discussion of chapter 17 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 22

For Teachers 12th Standards
Using their annotations and questions developed as homework, class members discuss chapter 16 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the narrative techniques Haley uses to heighten the tension and power of the events at this turning point...
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 21

For Teachers 12th Standards
". . .the chickens have come home to roost." Chapter 16 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X is the focus of this instructional activity. Readers use their worksheets to record evidence of character development and Haley's stylistic choices...
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 19

For Teachers 12th Standards
Class members return to a discussion of The Autobiography of Malcolm X with a conversation of how Haley foreshadows the growing distrust and downturns in the influence of the Nation of Islam.
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 14

For Teachers 12th Standards
As a mid-unit assessment, individuals craft an in-class, formal essay response to a prompt that asks them to use textual evidence to identify Haley's purpose; as well as analyze how the structure, style, and content contribute to the...
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 11

For Teachers 12th Standards
Chapter 10 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X introduces readers to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Discussion questions focusing on syntax and diction draw attention to how Malcolm X's point of view of Mr. Muhammad changes.
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 10

For Teachers 12th Standards
Readers examine the rhetorical devices Haley uses in chapter 8 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, paying particular attention to the diction and syntax, and how these choices reveal that changes in Malcolm X's point of view.
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 7

For Teachers 12th Standards
Readers of The Autobiography of Malcolm X examine how Haley's word choice and point of view in chapter 5 reveal Malcolm X's attitude toward his behavior as he travels from Lansing to Harlem.  
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Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 1

For Teachers 12th Standards
Here's a fresh approach to the dreaded college application personal narrative. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is the anchor text for a unit, that through modeling and guided practice exercises, encourages not only the development of...
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Poetry Analysis

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Gain greater insight into poems using a poetry analysis instructional activity. Here, scholars follow steps and answer questions to dissect any poem. Topics include the poem's meaning, theme, technique, and structure, as well as personal...
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The Scarlet Letter

For Teachers 11th Standards
Use Nathanial Hawthorne's immortal text on the influence of religion on the early American settlements, as well as its continued impact on American culture, with a unit that focuses on The Scarlet Letter. In addition to Hawthorne's...
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Performance-Based Assessment Practice Test (Grade 11 ELA/Literacy)

For Students 11th Standards
Support your eleventh graders with a practice assessment for the Common Core tests. The practice test features a series of literary and informational passages and related multiple choice and essay questions. An online version is also...
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End-of-Year Practice Test (Grade 11 ELA/Literacy)

For Teachers 11th Standards
Set up a solid foundation for learners going into Common Core testing by taking some time to complete this practice test. Class members answer questions about both literary and informational texts, with an emphasis on textual evidence....
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In the Time of the Butterflies: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is written from many points of view. Discuss the unique way she reveals the plot as well as the general benefits and downfalls of various points of view. Next, have class members write...
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The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Genre and Tradition

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Make a study of the Gothic style by taking an in-depth look at Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Fall of the House of Usher." Lead a discussion about the Gothic elements in the story and the effect the story has on readers. Next, ask students...
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The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Evaluating a Poem

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Bring together concepts covered in earlier lessons in the ten-part instructional activity series to analyze one of Poe's most famous poems, "The Raven." Class members discuss many different aspects of the poem and take turns reading...
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The Meaning of America: National Identity and Why It Matters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Combining a close reading of a classic American text with the study of history can be a very powerful strategy, and this is most certainly the case with this resource using Edward Everett Hale's The Man without a Country. Consider themes...
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“Outsider” Poet Kay Ryan Goes from Poetry Club Reject to Poet Laureate

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
The cat might have got your tongue, but you can’t avoid the elephant in the room while you wait for the other shoe to drop. After all, the early bird gets the worm and the chickens are circling. After researching Poet Laureate Kay Ryan...
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In on a Secret? That's Dramatic Irony

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Struggling to get your learners to understand irony? Try out this video, which clarifies each type of irony before going into more depth on dramatic irony. The narrator relates this type of irony to both horror and comedy films and...
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The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a...
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Analyze How Structure Contributes to a Poem's Meaning

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
"How does a poem mean?" How do various elements of a poem combine to create its meaning? A series of six videos using Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Sonnet VII” as the anchor text, models for readers how a close reading of a poem can reveal...
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Analyze an Author's Stylistic Choices and How They Contribute to the Meaning of the Text

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Pupils can come to understand how the organizational pattern of a text adds to the overall meaning by following a few steps. First, they should reread a paragraph and identify how it's organized. Next, they can highlight words and...
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"Voices from Haiti": Using Poetry to Speak up for a Cause

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore a real world use of poetry with your class! Young language arts pupils consider the concept of advocacy and how journalism, photography, and poetry can raise awareness for a cause. They read several poems about individuals...
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Patti Smith: Dream of Life

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How do artists affect and how are artists affected by the time periods in which they live? Learners examine the life and work of controversial and influential cultural artist Patti Smith as they seek answers to this essential question....
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Characterization and Theme: "A Start"

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Explore with your class how Elizabeth Buhot develops the theme of alienation in the way she depicts the isolation of her characters in “A Start.” The richly detailed plan includes a reading check, discussion questions, vocabulary...
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Shakespeare's Sonnets 29 & 130

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Use the ideas here for a Valentine's Day activity (or anytime you study sonnets) with your 11th graders. Demonstrate how to analyze a love poem by conducting a think aloud about Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. Then small groups analyze Sonnet...
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Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Middle schoolers analyze the speaker's ideas and tone in the Billy Collins poem "The Lanyard." After identifying how each of the five senses is addressed in the poem, they compare images to draw conclusions about the speaker and his...
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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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The Red Badge of Courage: A New Kind of Realism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is it possible to tell a true war story? Tim O’Brien says that fiction is for “getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.” To get at the truth about war, class members examine primary source materials from the...
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Excerpts From “Allegory of the Cave” From Plato’s Republic

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Annotations on a copy of excerpts from Plato’s allegorical dialogue, “The Cave” are used to focus attention on specific passages in the dialogue. Readers are ask to draw the cave as it is described, to recount what happens to the...
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Gulliver's Travels Teacher's Notes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who are "the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth”? Readers of Gulliver’s Travels will learn the answer, as the journey with Lemuel Gulliver to Lilliput,...
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"Indian Camp": Empathy, Ethics, Ethnicity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Class members have an opportunity to develop empathy as they assume the identity of one of the characters in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Indian Camp." They write about one event in the story from the point of view and in the voice...
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Elements of the Short Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What elements make the short story a distinct genre? After generating a list of common elements and a working definition, class members identify the characters, setting, plot, rising action, crisis, climax, and conclusion in “The Three...
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Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Tradition, the importance of rituals, and clearly defined roles for men and women as factors that provide unity in a community come under scrutiny with a reading of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." After a whole-class discussion of...
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Analyze How a Poet's Word Choices Contribute to the Poem's Overall Meaning

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Words carry baggage (denotation and connotation) that influence a reader's perception and response to a text. Analyzing how a poet's diction and syntax contribute to the meaning of a poem is the focus of a short video that examines Edna...
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ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.5

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
What would happen if I structured this review by beginning in the middle of it? Or by flashing back to the dinner I had last night that gave me bad heartburn, and then transitioned into how the lingering burn of acid seeped into my...
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Jamie Ford’s historical novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, explores the relationship between a young Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl set against the backdrop of Seattle during World War II. The teaching...
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Speech in the Virginia Convention

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
“. . .different men often see the same subject in different lights. . .” but the great orator Patrick Henry used all the skills at his command to craft a speech to convince listeners to see things as he did--that liberty was worth dying...
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Romanticism Through the Eyes of Art, Poetry, and Technology

For Teachers 12th Standards
Use this simple collaborative activity to introduce the definition, art, and poetry of romanticism. Educators will have to provide the poetry, images of the art, and the survey for the learners, but by using this resource, they won't...
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Tent City

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Viewing Tent City launches a study of the frame story and how authors use this format to draw attention to their theme. The richly detailed plan from Futurestates Community Classroom includes pre-viewing activities, discussion questions,...
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Introduction To Literary Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the fascinating ways in which authors use specific literary devices to create interesting and realistic texts. Using non-fiction articles with the subject of rogue waves, an excerpt from The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger,...
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Scriptwriting: Characters

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Protagonists, antagonists, stereotypes, and foils. Introduce your scriptwriters to major, minor, round, and flat characters, and how to create them. Rich in examples and activities, the packet includes the directions for an exercise...
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Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fear and Motives of Evil

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Students complete play and vocabulary analysis for William Shakespeare's Macbeth. In this Macbeth analysis lesson, students use an online research engine to locate passages that highlight Macbeth's response to fear and his descent into...