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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 3a: Japanese-American Relations during World War II

For Teachers 8th Standards
Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption serves as the central text of a three-unit module that examines Japanese-American relations during World war II. In Unit 1, middle schoolers build...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 2: Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the second unit of Module 3A, eighth-graders continue their study of forced invisibility by reading a case study of the American soldier, Louie Zamperini, imprisoned by the Japanese and Mine Okubo, a Japanese-American interned in the...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA Module 4: How Do Authors Use Craft and Structure to Develop Characters and Ideas?

For Teachers 10th Standards
Nonfiction and dramatic text take center stage in a three-unit module that focuses on how authors convey and develop central ideas. In Unit 1, E. B. White’s “Death of a Pig” provides sophomores with an opportunity to analyze the...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 4, Unit 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
The first unit in this three-unit module uses E. B. White’s “Death of a Pig” as the central text. Sophomores analyze the structure of his narrative essay and examine how he develops and conveys his central ideas.
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 2: Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the second unit of Module 3A eighth-graders continue their study of forced invisibility by reading a case study of American soldier Louie Zamperini imprisoned by the Japanese and of Mine Okubo, a Japanese-American interned in the US...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2b: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Comedy of Control

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the anchor text in a three-unit module that has eighth graders examine how Shakespeare develops the theme of control. Young scholars look at why and how the characters seek control and the results of...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 3b: The Civil Rights Movement and The Little Rock Nine

For Teachers 8th Standards
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States takes center stage in a three-unit module that focuses particularly on The Little Rock Nine. Carlotta Walls LaNier’s, A Mighty Long Way, and Shelley Tougas’ photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 4b: Reading and Research: Water is Life

For Teachers 7th Standards
Water may be everywhere but supplies of freshwater are dwindling. An eight-week, three-unit module takes up the topic of water sustainability and freshwater management. In Unit 1, seventh graders read Barbara Kingsolver’s article, “Water...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 4a: Reading and Research: Screen Time and the Developing Brain

For Teachers 7th Standards
Module 4A examines the effects of entertainment screen time has on the adolescent brain. In Unit 1, seventh-graders build background knowledge by reading texts about brain development, centering around the prefrontal cortex, the limbic...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 3: Understanding Perspectives: Slavery—The People Could Fly

For Teachers 7th Standards
What makes stories powerful? That’s the question seventh-graders consider in a three-unit, eight-week module. Scholars analyze how Frederick Douglas, in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, uses figurative language and word...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2a: Working with Evidence: Working Conditions Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
The three units in Module 2A present seventh-graders with literary and informational texts—Katherine Paterson’s novel Lyddie and a speech by Cesar Chavez—that examine historical and present-day working conditions. Pupils learn how to...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2b: Working with Evidence Identity and Transformation: Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
Grade 7 ELA Module 2B examines how society attempts to define individuals and how they try to define themselves. In Unit 1, seventh graders read narratives to gain background knowledge of the concept of personal identity. They learn how...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 4b, Unit 3: Performance Task: Water Management Position Paper

For Teachers 7th Standards
Module 4B of Unit 3 concludes the study of water sustainability and water management begun in Unit 1. Using research developed in the previous modules of Unit 3, seventh graders draft, revise, edit, and publish a position paper on water...
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"EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 4b, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Management and Sustainability of Water"

For Teachers 7th Standards
Water may be everywhere but there is less of it to drink. The 10 resources in the Module 4b, unit 1 collection focus on fresh water management and water sustainability. Seventh graders continue to develop their reading and research...
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"EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 4a, Unit 2: Research Study: The Effects of Screen Time on the Developing Brain"

For Teachers 7th Standards
 In the 19 lessons that make up the Module 4A, Unit 2 collection, seventh graders continue their research into the affects of screen time on the adolescent brain. They conduct independent research, analyze the credibility of sources,...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 4a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Development of the Adolescent Brain

For Teachers 7th Standards
The positive and negative effect of screen time on the adolescent brain are the focus of the 10 lessons in the Module 4A Unit 1 collection. Learners continue to analyze informational text, identifying the main idea and supporting details...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 3, Unit 2: Case Study: Analyzing Author Craft and Purpose in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th Standards
The 16 lessons in the Module 3, Unit 2 collection continue the study of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and the language Douglass uses to develop his purpose in writing. Both the mid-unit and final assessments require...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 3

For Teachers 7th Standards
The final unit in the 2b Module has seventh graders  researching how media and advertising perpetuate gender stereotypes. To begin, class members examine the role of gender in Pygmalion, look at advertising in the 1890s, and read the...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2a, Unit 2: Case Study: How Working Conditions Change - Chávez and the UFW

For Teachers 7th Standards
Unit 2 of Module 2A shifts the focus from the working conditions in the American factories of  the industrial era to the plight of  migrant agricultural workers. The eight lessons in the collection ask learners to examine two speeches by...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3b, Unit 3: Bringing the Journey to Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
The final unit in the 3B Module asks eight graders to plan a film, with a sound track, about The Little Rock Nine using Carlotta Walls La Nier's memoir A Mighty Long Way, as a jumping off point. The eight lessons in the collection...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3b, Unit 2: Case Study: The Media as Storytellers in Carlotta’s Journey

For Teachers 8th Standards
The 20 lessons in the second unit of Module 3b make up a collection that provides eighth-graders with background knowledge of the Little Rock Nine by using the case study, A Mighty Long Way, and the photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 3: Becoming Visible Again: Finding Freedom and Recovering Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
In this eight-lesson collection, eighth-graders finish reading Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and write a narrative about Mine Okubo's life after internment. After assessing the...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Varying Perspectives on World War II

For Teachers 8th Standards
The three units in Module 3A focus on Japanese-American relations during World War II and use Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand as the central text. The lessons in the Unit 1...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Understanding Shakespeare and Launching A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night's Dream takes center stage in a collection of 18 resources that explore not only William Shakespeare's appeal but also the question of authorship of the plays attributed to him. Eighth graders participate in read aloud...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2b, Unit 1: Working with Evidence: Identity and Transformation - Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
To prepare for a study of George Bernard Shaws' play, Pygmalion, students examine informational texts that explore the concept of personal identity. Pupils perform a close reading focusing on text-dependent questions, make inferences,...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 1, Unit 2: "Letters to a Young Poet"

For Teachers 9th Standards
Through a close reading of excerpts from fiction (Black Swan Green) and nonfiction (Letters to a Young Poet), class members analyze how authors use specific words and figurative language to develop their central ideas. All eleven lessons...
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EngageNY Grade 9 ELA: Module 2, Unit 3

For Teachers 9th Standards
Freshman take a stab at analyzing information texts in a unit that focuses on readers' fascination with true-crime stories and murder mysteries. Using Walter Mosely's Newsweek essay, "True Crime: The Roots of an American Obsession" as an...
22 Items in Collection
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Reading Informational Text: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Develop informational reading skills that your students can bring to every academic textbook, newspaper article, or political speech they encounter. With lesson plans, projects, and reading passages, a collection featuring resources that...
35 Items in Collection
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Reading Literature: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Seventh grade is a great opportunity to take your literature unit to the next cognitive level. Challenge middle schoolers with a collection of Common Core aligned projects, lessons, and activities, all designed to enhance the learning...
35 Items in Collection
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Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Transform drafting into crafting with a collection of materials designed to enrich your seventh grade writing unit. Each resource addresses one or more Common Core standards for persuasive writing, informational writing, and narrative...
47 Items in Collection
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Reading Informational Text: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Readers of informational text must be able to determine the central idea of a text and and analyze how writers develop these ideas. The resources in this collection are designed to help readers develop these skills. Take a look at the...
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W.9-10.2 Expository Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Expository writing aims to explain, describe, define, instruct and/or inform. Here are some resources that will inspire your writers, encourage them to think critically, and help them formulate their own ideas. Take a look at the...
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EngageNY Grade 9 ELA: Module 3, Unit 1

For Teachers 9th Standards
Temple Grandin describes how autism allows her to have a unique perspective into the world of animal behavior with her book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior. Ninth graders take notes and...
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Read-Aloud Lesson: Officer Buckle and Gloria

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
The children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a great story for teaching young learners about teamwork and the importance of following rules. In a detailed, read-aloud instructional activity, children learn to use...
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A Visit to the Mint

For Teachers 3rd
Emerging consumers recognize the types and denominations of U.S. currency. They listen to a guest speaker (if possible) and view a video.  They create their own money using styrofoam and a toothpick for engraving. Consider creating a...
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Elements of Narration

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Through this three-day lesson plan, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using...
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8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet

For Students 8th
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil...
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A Walk in the Tundra

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Discuss the environment of the Arctic tundra using this resource. The focus of this lesson is the story A Walk in the Tundra by Rebecca L. Johnson. The appealing illustrations are bound to captivate your class! After reading the story,...
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Secrets of the Mummies

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
How did the ancient people of Egypt preserve their dead so well that their bodies are still recognizable today? Learn the painstakingly complex process they used for preservation. Young scholars read and summarize a narrative detailing...
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Intermediate Guided Reading Lesson: Remarkable Rocks

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Investigate rocks and non-fiction reading strategies. The class observes and sorts rocks, and then identifies non-fiction text features in Remarkable Rocks. Given strips of paper labeled with headings from the table of contents, pupils...
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Summary

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Upper graders recognize and hone the skills needed to complete a valuable summary. They complete a group summary, and then reread their summaries to find the main idea and supporting details. They put practice to the test as they...
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Rave Reviews

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A fun lesson that utilizes toys and persuasion! After reading the article, which was written in 2005, pull some advertisements for toys currently being sold. These will be more relevant to your middle and high schoolers. What toy is a...
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What a Relief!

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How are disasters addressed by the Federal Government? This New York Times lesson plan, based on the article "Disaster Aid: The Mix of Mercy and Politics," prompts middle schoolers to discuss the idea of using a disaster declaration as a...
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Elena by Diane Stanley

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This story is bound to motivate your class. Learners read a story called Elena by Diane Stanley. The story is about a young woman who marries for love but is soon widowed during the Mexican Revolution. She takes her children to...
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"The Most Dangerous Game" Study Guide Packet

For Students 9th
The comprehensive study guide packet for Richard Connell’s "The Most Dangerous Game" challenges young readers to reflect on hunting as a sport and what it means to be civilized. Using various graphic organizers, including a Cornell Notes...
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Introduce: Comprehension Monitoring using About Trees

For Teachers K - 3rd
As scholars begin reading more difficult text, they need to acquire an arsenal of comprehension strategies. Here are few helpful ones to guide new readers through the informational text About Trees, which is linked here for printing....
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Early English Exploration and Settlement of the Colony of Virginia

For Teachers 5th - 6th
With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw...
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Can the World be a Fair and Just Place?

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Introduce various perspectives of the civil rights movement to your middle schoolers by having them take on roles in groups. They read a projected excerpt describing a house (linked) from either the perspective of a real estate agent or...
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Summing Up

For Students 3rd - 5th
The first verse of A.A. Milne’s poem, Beetle, is the basis for a model of how to summarize a text. The two-page worksheet also includes a short story for guided practice, as well as summarizing questions, a story sharing activity, and an...
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Cultural Connections: The Tapestry of Life

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars use a variety of media to explore culture as the accumulation of beliefs, learned patterns of behavior, institutions, and values. They examine how to identify, compare, and appreciate the traits of various regions and...
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th
To gain a better understanding of Hispanic heritage and culture, as well as to build informational comprehension skill, learners explore facets of Hispanic American History. They engage in a class discussion, research three facts, and...
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Using a Title to Determine the Main Idea

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Use the title of a book to determine the main idea. Readers will view the cover of The Wedding and predict what the story will be about. Graphic organizers help chart important information and build new vocabulary. Other stories are used...
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Holes Match 'Em Up Challenge

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Upper graders read the book Holes as a class or by themselves. In groups, they identify symbols and discuss how they are connected  among the many plots in the story. They create a timeline in which they sequence the main events to end...
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Explorers in Kansas

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read cards about the explorers: Coronado, Lewis, and Clark, Pike, and Long. In this influential expeditions lesson, 4th graders describe and observe explorers who came to Kansas. Students locate main reasons and details as...
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Analyzing a Model Position Paper: “Changing Our Water Ways”

For Teachers 7th Standards
Follow the leader for better writing! Scholars analyze a model position paper, "Changing Our Water Ways." During the first pass, they listen as the teacher reads the paper aloud. They then do a second read of the paper and complete a...
2 In 2 Collections
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Introducing Module 4B: “Water Is Life”

For Teachers 7th Standards
Learners take a gallery walk around the classroom to view various images and quotes. As they walk, they write down what they notice and wonder about what they see. After discussing their notice and wonder notes, they read the...
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Logic and Argument: Evaluating the Argument in “Beyond the Brain”

For Teachers 7th Standards
The brain is not the mind. Scholars explore the claim by reading an informational article about neuroscience research, "Beyond the Brain." As they read, they answer text-dependent questions and complete an anchor chart to evaluate...
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Analyzing the Central Claim in The Big Thirst

For Teachers 7th Standards
Quench the class's thirst for knowledge while building analytical skills. Scholars listen as the teacher reads excerpt from the book The Big Thirst. They then complete a close read and answer text-dependent questions from pages one...
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Analyzing Main Ideas and Details: Why Care about Water?

For Teachers 7th Standards
Pay attention to details! After completing text-dependent questions about paragraphs 10-12 of "Water is Life," scholars view the video "Why Care about Water. "They view the video three times and use a Main Idea and Details note-catcher...
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Close Reading: Paragraphs 1–5 of “Water Is Life”

For Teachers 7th Standards
Be more specific. Scholars take a look at domain-specific vocabulary by discussing an anchor chart. They then look at vocabulary words recorded from paragraphs one through five in Water of Life. After analyzing the vocabulary used in the...
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Analyzing a Model Position Paper: “Facebook: Not for Kids”

For Teachers 7th Standards
It's time to take a position! Scholars learn to write a position paper by analyzing a model paper titled Facebook: Not for Kids. After studying the model paper, learners think about their own papers using the Position Paper Planner. They...
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Reflecting on Douglass’s Narrative

For Teachers 7th Standards
The conclusion of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass comes to life in a reader's theater. The class discusses the use of quotation marks in the text and then divides parts among the groups. After the performances, groups...
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Introducing the Narrative Arc: The Last Day of Slavery

For Teachers 7th Standards
Fix your mistakes. Scholars look over their end-of-unit assessments while the teacher focuses on common mistakes made among the class. Learners then make predictions about their next text, Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery, by...
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End of Unit Assessment: Analyzing an Informational Text

For Teachers 7th Standards
Scholars wrap up the unit by taking an assessment and reading the informational text "You Trouble" by Justin O'Neill. As they read, they answer multiple-choice questions and complete charts to analyze the main idea and supporting details...
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Analyzing Main Ideas and Supporting Details: “Growing Up Digital”

For Teachers 7th Standards
Young scholars continue their exploration of adolescent brain development by reading an informational text, "Growing Up Digital," by Matt Richtel. Then, with partners, they complete note-catcher worksheets to capture the article's main...
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Identifying Main Ideas and Supporting Details: What’s Going On in the Teenage Brain?

For Teachers 7th Standards
What's going on in the teen brain? Pupils consider the question as they continue reading an informational article about the topic. While reading, they use a Thinking Log worksheet and an anchor chart to track their understanding of...
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Introducing Module 4A: This Is Your Brain—Plugged In

For Teachers 7th Standards
What does brain science reveal about teens and decision making? Scholars watch a short video and participate in a gallery walk to pique their interest and curiosity about the topic. Next, they begin reading an informational article about...
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Determining Central Ideas: Media Literacy

For Teachers 7th Standards
Can I persuade you? Learners discuss the things they might say when trying to persuade someone under various circumstances. Groups of pupils first receive Basic Persuasion Techniques cards to sort into categories. They end the lesson by...
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End of Unit Assessment: Analyzing the Structure of Chávez’s Wrath of Grapes Speech

For Teachers 7th Standards
César Chávez gave his 1986 "Wrath of Grapes" speech to educate consumers about pesticide use. Scholars complete an end of unit 2 assessment, applying what they learned throughout the unit to a new text. They then analyze the structure of...
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Synthesizing Chávez’s Central Claim

For Teachers 7th Standards
Class members play an interactive game, matching strips of paper containing rhetorical devices with examples from César Chávez use rhetoric in his 1984 speech, "Address to the Commonwealth Club of California." Next, partners discuss...
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Reading Closely: Introducing Chávez’s Commonwealth Club Address and Considering the Plight of the Farmworker

For Teachers 7th Standards
How can a persuasive speech help inspire social change? Scholars read along as they listen to the first half of César Chávez's 1984 speech, "Commonwealth Club Address." Next, pupils use graphic organizers to analyze one of Chávez's...
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Drawing Inferences: “My Own True Name”sl.7.1

For Teachers 7th Standards
How much are you worth? Scholars read text dependent questions, and discuss how the text relates to self worth. They then work with partners by having written conversation to make inferences about the text. For homework, pupils correct...
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Introducing the Concept of Theme: Survival in A Long Walk to Water (Chapters 1–5)

For Teachers 7th Standards
Teach the class how to survive! Scholars work together to learn the meaning of theme and determine the message  in A Long Walk to Water. After the class discusses possible ideas, they work to identify one central theme for the text. The...
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Analyzing Text Structure: “Generation Z Stereotyped”

For Teachers 7th Standards
Breaking the stereotype. Readers use the Generation Z Stereotyped Structure anchor chart and find the central idea of the text. They then read Generation Z with partners and discuss the text using guiding questions. Finally, they answer...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Evidence, Ideas, and Interactions in “Why Couldn’t Snow White Be Chinese?”

For Teachers 7th Standards
The class is halfway there! Pupils complete a mid-unit assessment by answering questions in Evidence, Ideas, and Interactions in Why Couldn’t Snow White Be Chinese? Readers then work with partners to analyze the 2010 Census: United...
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Analyzing the Central Ideas, Part 2: “The Border”

For Teachers 7th Standards
Writers use the Short Response Graphic Organizer: The Border to learn how to answer short response questions. After completing the organizer, they rotate among classmates conducting peer critiques of their work.
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Analyzing the Central Ideas, Part 1: “The Border”

For Teachers 7th Standards
What is your strategy? Scholars read "The Border" and work with a partner to practice reading strategies to use while independent reading. They identify difficult parts where they practiced rereading by marking them with sticky notes,...
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Defining Key Terms: Gender and Internal Identity

For Teachers 7th Standards
Be a team player! Learners examine the article Team Players and discuss how the title might relate to identity. They then analyze the article using the sheets Reader’s Notes: Team Players and Text-Dependent Questions: Team Players....
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Launching the Module: Identity and Transformation, Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
Identify yourself! Learners listen to Nadia’s Hands read aloud before working in their identity journals to answer prompts relating to the story. They then look at identity using two recording forms Who Am I on the Outside? and Who Am I...
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Introducing Essay Prompt: Factors for Survival in A Long Walk to Water

For Teachers 7th Standards
An important part of any essay writing is to fully understand the prompt. Readers spend time stating the prompt for A Long Walk to Water essay in their own words, making a list of points to put in their essays, and discussing what the...
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Inferring about Character: Analyzing and Discussing Points of View (Chapter 2)

For Teachers 7th Standards
Readers engage in discussion with partners to answer questions about A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Next, they complete exit tickets, writing about how the author creates different points of view for her characters.
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Establishing Structures for Reading: Getting the Gist (Chapter 1)

For Teachers 7th Standards
Class members review expectations for successful discussions before reading chapter one of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. They engage in a think-pair-share to discuss the gist of the text and add their thoughts to their Readers'...
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Reading for the Gist and Answering Text Dependent Questions: Hunter-Gatherer Food Chain

For Teachers 8th Standards
Readers use sticky notes and a close reading guide to identify the gist of "My Pig" on pages 240–245 of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. After reviewing their thoughts with a peer, they answer text-dependent questions about the section.
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Reading for Gist and Answering Text-Dependent Questions: Local Sustainable Food Chain

For Teachers 8th Standards
Readers use sticky notes and a Reading Closely: Guiding Questions handout to record the gist of a different section (pages 161-166) in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. They then pair up and share their ideas. To end the lesson, readers complete...
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Analyzing an Author’s Craft: Carlotta’s Journey to Justice

For Teachers 8th Standards
Find your voice. Readers look at a passage from A Mighty Long Way and discuss what it means for Carlotta to find her own voice. After discussing figurative language and idioms, learners listen to the the song "This Little Light of Mine"...
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Analyzing an Author’s Craft: Carlotta’s Journey to Justice

For Teachers 8th Standards
What's an appropriate response? Scholars open the text A Mighty Long Way to see how Carlotta responded to racism, discrimination, and abuse. They work in pairs to answer questions regarding her responses. To finish, they use a Dignity...
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Analyzing Author’s Craft: “I Have a Dream”

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's time to make some connections! Scholars complete a close reading of the speech I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. They use a I Have a Dream Speech Gist Note-catcher and I Have a Dream text-dependent questions to guide their...
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Analyzing the Power of Different Mediums: Little Rock Girl 1957

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars begin the lesson watching a video of the history of media and discussing it in a Turn and Talk. They then look at the text A Mighty Long Way and Little Rock Girl 1957 to make a connection to the role of the press in an event....
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Close Reading: Brown v. Board of Education

For Teachers 8th Standards
What's the connection? Scholars complete a close reading of Brown v. Board of Education and identify connections to Carlotta in A Mighty Long Way. Classmates learn new vocabulary, answer text-dependent questions, and complete a...
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Building Background Knowledge: The Desegregation of Schools and Brown v. Board of Education

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars gain interest in the case of Brown v. Board of Education by watching a video clip and completing a quick write. They then independently read excerpts from Brown v. Board of Education and work through a Steps for Getting the Gist...
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Analyzing Theme: The Invisibility of Captives during WWII

For Teachers 8th Standards
Can you see me now? Scholars discuss two definitions of invisibility, and then connect the definitions to text evidence related to Louie's invisibility in Unbroken. Readers turn their attention to The Life of Miné Okubo and record text...
3 In 3 Collections
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Introducing a Thematic Concept: Becoming Visible Again after Captivity

For Teachers 8th Standards
Share your thoughts. Scholars use Think-Pair-Share to answer questions related to Louie in Unbroken. The whole class works to complete the Becoming Visible Again anchor chart to better understand the theme of the text. They write an...
3 In 3 Collections
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Character Analysis: Resilience

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Three Threes in a Row note catcher enables class members to dig deeper into the theme in Unbroken. They work with partners for 10 minutes and then rotate around the room to work with others. After regrouping and class discussion,...
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Gathering Textual Evidence: “Invisibility” of Those Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
Add another layer to the class's understanding. Scholars deepen their knowledge of the primary sources in their Japanese-American Internment during World War II packet and determine how the sources relate to the theme of invisibility....
3 In 3 Collections
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Understanding Perspective: Japanese Society’s Impact on Japanese Guards

For Teachers 8th Standards
The focus is on written communication as class members respond to questions about the text Unbroken in their Written Conversation note catchers. They trade note catchers with a partner every two minutes, and then share out ideas from...
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Analyzing a Central Idea: Carlotta’s Journey to Justice

For Teachers 8th Standards
Verbs are deceptive and like to disguise themselves. Young linguists identify verbals, specifically gerunds, infinitives, and participles in the context of analyzing the third stage of Carlotta's journey in the novel A Mighty Long Way....
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Launching The Performance Task: Building Background Knowledge: “War in the Pacific,” Part 1

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's all about a little give and take. Scholars silently read War in the Pacific and circle any unfamiliar words. They write each word on a strip of paper along with the inferred definition using context clues. After looking the word up...
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Launching the Performance Task: Thematic Statement and Narrative Prompt

For Students 8th Standards
Scholars think about what message Laura Hillenbrand is trying to convey to readers in Unbroken. They begin by sharing their thoughts as thematic statements. After sharing, learners work on explaining their ideas in an Unbroken Thematic...
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Performance Task: Readers Theater Performance

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's show time! Scholars finalize their learning by performing their Reader's Theater script of To Kill A Mockingbird. As groups of actors perform, the remaining pupils give feedback using a rubric. After all groups finish, each person...
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Analyzing Language, Character, and Theme: World Café Discussion

For Teachers 8th Standards
As part of their study of A Midsummer Night's Dream, class members meet in a drama circle where they discuss and role play scenes from the play. They then engage in an activity called World Cafe, analyzing the characters' actions from...
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Four Corners: Taking a Stand in To Kill a Mockingbird (Chapters 24-26 Plus Synthesis of Scenes in Previous Chapters)

For Teachers 8th Standards
Think outside the box! Scholars work on the Frayer Model, completing boxes for the word integrity. They turn and talk with partners to discuss real-life examples and some from To Kill A Mockingbird. Readers then discuss integrity, taking...
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Launching A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Universal Appeal of Shakespeare, Part 2

For Teachers 8th Standards
As scholars prepare to read Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, they first read the article "Shakespeare's Universal Appeal Examined" and analyze its central idea. Next, pupils complete Frayer Model worksheets to develop a deeper...
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Analyzing the Central Claim and Supporting Claims: “The Shakespeare Shakedown”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars continue to analyze Simon Schama's article "The Shakespeare Shakedown." They participate in a jigsaw discussion to identify the author's argument and supporting claims. Pupils also write objective summaries of the text. 
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Launching the Readers Theater Groups: Allocating Key Quotes and Scenes

For Teachers 8th Standards
There's no i in collaborate! Scholars work in small groups to write a readers theater script for a scene from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Next, within their small groups, pupils discuss how their scenes communicate the main idea...
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Secret Garden

For Teachers 4th Standards
An assessment examines scholars' comprehension of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Pupils read an excerpt from the novel, tag key details then complete a two-column notes page. Peers discuss their findings and reflect on...
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Building Background Knowledge: Vietnam as a “Battleground in a Larger Struggle”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Read. Stop. Think. Scholars use a reading strategy to process the challenging text, "The Vietnam Wars." They first read a paragraph and then stop to think about the text and what it says. Readers then go on to work with partners and make...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing Excerpts from Lyndon Johnson’s Speech “The Great Society”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Time for intermission! Scholars take an intermission break from learning in the unit to independently work on a mid-unit assessment. Readers answer questions about  Lyndon Johnson’s Speech "The Great Society" to demonstrate the knowledge...
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World Cafe: Analyzing Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?”

For Teachers 8th Standards
May I take your order? Scholars read "Ain’t I a Woman" and participate in a World Cafe. They work in small groups to discuss various text related questions, and then complete a Note-Catcher sheet to organize their thoughts. For homework,...
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Central Idea and Supporting Details: “Equal Rights for Women”

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's my right, not a privilege! Scholars review the details of the claims in the speech "Equal Rights for Women." They meet with one of their discussion appointments from a previous lesson to locate evidence to support Chisholm's claim...
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Analyzing Text Structure & Summarizing Text: “Equal Rights for Women” by Shirley Chisholm

For Teachers 8th Standards
Let me check my schedule! Scholars set up discussion appointments with five classmates to talk about Shirley Chisholm’s speech "Equal Rights for Women." Readers then use their Note Catcher guides to more closely analyze the text of the...
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Building Background Knowledge: The Impending Fall of Saigon

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars read "Doc-Lap at Last" and participate in a Three Threes in a Row activity in which they answer three questions about the text in their rows. They then discuss the central idea of the text. Readers finish the lesson with a quick...
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Building Background Knowledge: Small-Group Work to Learn More about the History of Wars in Vietnam

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars take a close read of "The Vietnam Wars." They answer questions and discuss in groups to arrive at the conclusion that the author respects the Vietnamese. They take part in a modified jigsaw discussion and end the exercise with a...
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Building Background Knowledge: Guided Practice to Learn about the History of Wars in Vietnam

For Teachers 8th Standards
Find me on a map! Scholars use a map of Asia to help them better understand the article "The Vietnam Wars," focusing on word meaning in the title and subtitle. Learners then use guided notes while reading the article and discuss their...
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Introducing Final Performance Task and Analyzing Statistics

For Teachers 8th Standards
How do statistics help people understand the universal refugee experience? Using the resource, scholars engage in an activity called a Chalk Talk, working in teams to analyze statistics from informational texts about refugees. Also, they...
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Close Reading: Paragraph 4 of “Refugee and Immigrant Children: A Comparison”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Why is reading a text closely a useful skill? Using the 13th of 20 lessons from the Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2 series, scholars continue reading the informational text "Refugee and Immigrant Children: A Comparison." They work with...
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Collecting Details: The Challenges Ha Faces and Ha as a Dynamic Character

For Teachers 8th Standards
What is a dynamic character? Using an interesting resource, scholars set out to answer the question. They create graphic organizers to collect details about character development as they read the novel Inside Out & Back Again. They...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 25

For Teachers 11th Standards
While preparing for the end-of-unit assessment, scholars look at Washington's "Atlanta Compromise" speech and identify the terms he used in the argument. They also identify the relationship of the claims presented in the speech and in Du...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 2

For Teachers 11th Standards
What was life like for William Shakespeare's sister, Judith? Scholars continue reading Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own to find out. They complete a Quick Write to explain how Woolf's comparison of the siblings develops a central...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 26

For Teachers 11th Standards
Add all of the pieces to complete the puzzle. Scholars take all of the knowledge they gained from the past 25 lessons and apply it to an end-of-the-unit writing assignment. Pupils write multi-paragraph essays comparing author's point of...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 24

For Teachers 11th Standards
You can never be too prepared. Scholars begin preparing for the end-of-the-unit assessment over Du Bois’s "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from and Washington’s "Atlanta Compromise" speech. They use peer discussion to talk about the...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 23

For Teachers 11th Standards
Work together for the higher good. Scholars look at paragraph 10 in the "Atlanta Compromise" speech in which Washington pledges African American cooperation. Readers determine the connection between two central ideas and how they build...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 17

For Teachers 11th Standards
Scholars enter the midpoint of the unit and connect all previous 16 lessons about the text "Of Our Spiritual Strivings." They complete a Mid-Unit Assessment that requires a multi-paragraph response to a writing prompt. 
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 16

For Teachers 11th Standards
Take a second look. Scholars take a look at the chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" as a whole and once again work in groups to discuss Du Bois's use of figurative language. They also complete the Mid-Unit Assessment Evidence Collection...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 15

For Teachers 11th Standards
Scholars read paragraphs 13 and 14 of the text "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" and analyze Du Bois's conclusion of the chapter. Writers revisit their quick write assignments from the previous lesson plan and revise or expand them as needed. 
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 14

For Teachers 11th Standards
Leave the past in the past. Scholars read paragraph 12 of the chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" to analyze Du Bois's development of gaining liberty and leaving the ideas of the past. Pupils then carry-out a three to five-minute...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 11

For Teachers 11th Standards
What is the connection? As scholars read paragraph nine of the chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings," they determine how Du Bois connects the ideas he presents in the text. They the carry out class discussions, define words, answer...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 9

For Teachers 11th Standards
Change for the better. Scholars continue their study of the chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" by taking a look at paragraph eight. They study how Du Bois continues to develop his ideas by describing the changes after the passing of...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 7

For Teachers 11th Standards
Give the class some clarification. Scholars determine how Du Bois develops his central ideas in the chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" by refining and clarifying his ideas. They organize their thoughts by annotating the text and...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 5

For Teachers 11th Standards
I have an idea!  Scholars take a close look at how Du Bois develops a central idea in paragraph four of the chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings." They also begin finding significant and relevant evidence to support a topic and complete...
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Grade 12 ELA Literary Criticism Module

For Teachers 12th Standards
Building one idea at a time. Scholars complete a close read and multiple activities related to Toni Morrison’s novel Song of Solomon to build upon their understanding of central ideas and motifs. They take part in meaningful discussion...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 14

For Teachers 11th Standards
It's time to put it all together! Using the resource, scholars complete an end-of-unit assessment. They write a multi-paragraph essay, comparing either Audre Lorde's "From the House of Yemanjá" or "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton"...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 13

For Teachers 11th Standards
Two minds are better than one. Learners engage in an evidence-based discussion to identify central ideas in Audre Lorde's poem "From the House of Yamanjá" and one additional nonfiction text. They complete a Cross-Evidence Collection Tool...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 12

For Teachers 11th Standards
Why is it important to make connections across texts? Scholars discover the answer with instructional activity 12 of 14 from the Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2 series. Pupils analyze the development of ideas in three nonfiction texts,...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 11

For Teachers 11th Standards
The speaker of Audre Lorde's poem "From the House of Yemanjá" describes her mother's two faces, adding a whole new meaning to the phrase two-faced. Pupils first read the final stanza of the contemporary poem. With a Quick Write, they...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 7

For Teachers 11th Standards
How might two completely different texts address similar topics and themes? Using the penultimate lesson from the eight-part Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3 series, scholars review the central ideas they developed in a previous lesson....
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 6

For Teachers 11th Standards
How does Judith Shakespeare's marriage arrangement develop the central idea of gender roles? Pupils consider the question as they continue reading Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Scholars also complete a Quick Write, examining the...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 5

For Teachers 11th Standards
There's a fine line between madness and genius. Using the resource, scholars complete a mid-unit assessment based on their study of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. They write a multi-paragraph response, analyzing how two central...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 1

For Teachers 11th Standards
What was Shakespeare's youth like? Virginia Woolf considers the question in her nonfiction text, A Room of One's Own. Scholars begin reading Woolf's work before analyzing some of the text. Next, they write an objective summary and...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 3, Lesson 4

For Teachers 10th Standards
According to Machiavelli, a good ruler is one who does whatever it takes. Using the resource, scholars work in small groups to analyze quotes from The Prince, and then participate in a whole-class discussion. To finish, pupils select a...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 3, Lesson 3

For Teachers 10th Standards
What's the difference between men and princes? Machiavelli discusses the distinction in chapter 18 of The Prince. First, scholars listen to a masterful reading of the chapter. Then, they write about how the author develops a central idea...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 3, Lesson 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
Is it better to be loved or feared? Using the resource, scholars explore Machiavelli's nonfiction text, The Prince, and examine the author's ideas about the role of leadership. Pupils also complete a Quick Write to analyze a central idea...
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Whom Do We Trust, and Why?

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Is it possible to regain trust? Scholars put much thought into the subject of trust after reading Shakespeare's Macbeth. Readers work together to analyze how the character relationships develop the a message about trust. They then create...
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"The Gettysburg Address" Close Reading Module

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
It's time to think deep and narrow. Scholars focus close reading on one short text but task take their thinking to a deep level. Readers use a Rhetorical Analysis Chart to analyze The Gettysburg Address and determine how Lincoln used...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 25

For Teachers 11th Standards
Revenge, mortality, madness—what are the central ideas from Shakespeare's Hamlet? Scholars answer the question by writing multi-paragraph responses. They also identify and discuss literary devices from the play. 
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 24

For Teachers 11th Standards
How do central ideas build on each other in Shakespeare's Hamlet? Scholars begin the first part of an end-of-unit assessment. They complete a Central Idea Evidence Collection Tool worksheet to prepare for a writing activity to discuss...
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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 21

For Teachers 11th Standards
Rest in peace, Ophelia! Scholars read about Ophelia's burial in Act 5.1 of Shakespeare's Hamlet. They complete a Quick Write to analyze characters' reactions to Ophelia's death. 
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 19

For Teachers 11th Standards
If revenge is a dish best served cold, Hamlet better get some ice. Readers discover Hamlet's plan to seek revenge. Scholars also complete a Quick Write analyzing the central ideas in Act 4.4 of Shakespeare's Hamlet. 
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 12

For Teachers 11th Standards
How does Shakespeare develop the main ideas in Hamlet? Using the resource, scholars continue analyzing the famous soliloquy from the play. They identify a central idea from the passage and write to explain how it relates to other central...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 8

For Teachers 11th Standards
How does Shakespeare employ figurative language to emphasize central ideas in Hamlet? Using an interesting resource, learners complete a Quick Write to answer the question. Additionally, they continue their study of the play by exploring...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 7

For Teachers 11th Standards
Following a ghost's advice may not be in anyone's best interest, but that doesn't stop Hamlet! Using an interesting resource, pupils continue reading Act 1 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which the ghost tries to convince Hamlet to seek...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 5

For Teachers 11th Standards
Scholars analyze words to determine the central idea of the poem My Last Duchess. Pupils begin by discussing homework and then form pairs to work through a list of questions about the poem. Finally, they complete a brief writing prompt...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 17

For Teachers 10th Standards
Madness, violence, despair—the titular character of Shakespeare's Macbeth is spiraling out of control. Pupils first explore the topic with a collaborative jigsaw discussion. At the end of the lesson, they write about how character...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 16

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do complex characters develop over the course of a text? Pupils read Act 5.1 from Shakespeare's Macbeth, which depicts Lady Macbeth's descent into madness. Using discussion and writing exercises, scholars analyze how Shakespeare...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 13

For Teachers 10th Standards
Lady Macduff uses a metaphor to suggest that her husband does not possess the courage of even a small, short-winged bird—ouch! Using the resource, pupils discover Act 4.2 of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Using reading, writing, and discussion,...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 11

For Teachers 10th Standards
How does Shakespeare develop the idea of appearance versus reality in Macbeth? Using the resource, pupils discuss the plot in small groups. Scholars also complete a Quick Write analyzing how the interactions between Macbeth and Lady...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 9

For Teachers 10th Standards
How does Shakespeare develop the central idea of agency versus fate in Macbeth? Using the resource, pupils work in small groups to discuss the plot of Act 3.1. Next, they complete a brief writing assignment to analyze how the main idea...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 7

For Teachers 10th Standards
One sentence, so much meaning. Scholars work together to analyze a quote from Act 2.3 of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Additionally, pupils explore the plot by participating in a jigsaw discussion. 
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
What is the best way to determine the theme of a text? Pupils analyze how central ideas emerge in Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. They work in small groups and engage in a whole-class discussion to discuss the play's plot. Finally,...
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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 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Class members analyze the details of a section of E. B. White’s Death of a Pig to determine a central idea. Learners use turn and talk to discuss the details and ideas they identified. They then work in groups to annotate the text,...
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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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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 15

For Teachers 10th Standards
It's time for the grand finale! Scholars finalize their learning in a two-part end-of-unit assessment. It covers multiple standards as learners demonstrate their understanding of central idea, comprehension, and supporting details. 
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 11

For Teachers 10th Standards
Have you had a change of heart? Scholars consider if their views change after gaining new information about tissue ownership. They read the court hearings of John Moore and respond to a quick write prompt noting if the new information...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
I know exactly how you feel. That may possibly be a statement between Henrietta Lacks and John Moore. Scholars read the story of John Moore and compare his story of cell use to that of Henrietta. Learners record in a vocabulary journal,...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 9

For Teachers 10th Standards
Scholars take a look at an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. They determine how the author took smaller details in the excerpt and built them up to create the larger idea of the main passage. Learners discuss in pairs,...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 8

For Teachers 10th Standards
Sometimes you just need to get to the point. Scholars take a look at an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. They analyze the excerpt and gather details to determine the central idea. Completing the Surfacing Issues Tool...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 4

For Teachers 10th Standards
It's all about the details. Scholars take a look at how specific details contribute to a central idea in an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Learners discuss the details in pairs, share with the group, and respond to...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 19

For Teachers 10th Standards
Great minds think alike. Scholars read two texts and compare how the authors develop the same central idea. Readers analyze "Women" by Alice Walker and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. They discuss word use and new...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
Words stir emotions and bring out feelings. As readers listen to a letter written by Martin Luther King Jr, they stop, think about, and discuss their reactions to the words they hear. They analyze the impact of King's words. A final...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 13

For Teachers 10th Standards
Freedom is not free. Scholars write to a prompt analyzing two pieces of work that develop ideas about freedom. Readers compare “Freedom” by Rabindranath Tagore and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. Learners work...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 6

For Teachers 10th Standards
Readers determine if this statement applies when comparing the central idea of Ahmad Shamlu's "A Blind Alley" and Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter From Birmingham Jail." Learners analyze the standard related to the central message, listen...
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Instructional Unit Plan

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Maya Angelou's first autobiography,  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, demonstrates both the author's exemplary writing and the themes of gender and racial injustice that perpetuate beyond the limits of the 20th century. Use a thorough...
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Reading—Central Idea and Evidence

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Young readers become experts at finding the central idea in informational text with an educational resource. The resource includes helpful tips to annotating close passages to succeed on the actual SAT exam, as well as strategies to make...
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TASC Transition Curriculum: Workshop 12

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can opinions slant facts? Workshop participants learn how to examine primary and secondary sources and identify the author's point of view. They also examine how visual art impacts the meaning and rhetoric of sources. Full of...
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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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Writing Informative Text: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?

For Students 7th Standards
William Shakespeare penned some of the richest and most fascinating works of literature—or did he? Middle schoolers read three brief informative passages and conduct additional research to evaluate the claim that Shakespeare did not...
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The Road Not Taken

For Students 7th Standards
An effective lesson plan truly can make all the difference. Seventh graders read, analyze, and annotate Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" before writing an essay about what they believe to be the theme of the iconic poem.
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Eleven

For Students 7th Standards
It is difficult to articulate how growing up feels as accurately and beautifully as Sandra Cisneros does in her short story "Eleven." After seventh graders read the story and note the author's use of figurative language, they respond to...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 3, Lesson 4

For Students 9th Standards
Cohesion within and between paragraphs is the focus of the fourth lesson in a unit on crafting a research paper. Class members examine models that lack cohesion and ones that are cohesive and logically developed before using what they...
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Plato’s Best (and worst) Ideas

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
The Noble Lie, the featherless bird, and the womb as a live animal are a few of Plato' less-than-noble ideas explored in a short video about one of the world's greatest philosophers.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 7

For Teachers 9th Standards
After viewing an informational video that introduces Bernard Madoff and the concept of a Ponzi scheme, class members begin reading "How Bernard Madoff Did It," Liaquat Ahamed's New York Times book review that explains Madoff's crime and...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 10

For Teachers 9th Standards
Finish your unit on Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation with a two-part written assessment. As ninth graders refer to their notes, annotations, and discussion guides from the first part of the unit, they prepare for a writing prompt...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 9

For Teachers 9th Standards
There are numerous benefits to keeping animals relaxed and comfortable. Explore Temple Grandin's unique perspective into animal behavior with a lesson that concentrates on a central idea within the text. High schoolers prepare for the...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 1

For Teachers 9th Standards
Clear up the misconceptions about autism and individuals on the autism spectrum with an inquiry-based instructional activity. As ninth graders read the first four pages of Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 7

For Teachers 9th Standards
Sometimes the movie version of a book can fill in additional details about the source material, particularly when the film is thoughtfully directed and well-acted. Ninth graders watch a two minute clip from the movie Temple Grandin and...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 6

For Teachers 9th Standards
Are cattle prods beneficial for herding cattle, or do they cause more harm than good? Investigate Temple Grandin's claim about animal behavior with a lesson that focuses on pages 20-23 of the first chapter of her book, Animals in...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 5

For Teachers 9th Standards
Ninth graders study the study of animals in an informational text lesson that focuses on analyzing text structure. As learners continue reading the first chapter of Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation, they form inquiries and seek...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 4

For Teachers 9th Standards
Can dogs feel shame? Explore the anthropomorphic connection between human emotions and animal behavior—or lack thereof—with a lesson about Temple Grandin's book, Animals in Translation. Ninth graders continue a close reading of chapter...
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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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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 20

For Teachers 9th Standards
Oedipus' lack of literal and figurative vision does not mean he cannot see his own guilt in the terrible fates of Laius, Jocasta, and all the lives touched by prophecy. Conclude a literary analysis unit on Sophocles' Oedipus the King...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 19

For Teachers 9th Standards
Now that readers can see the full scope of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, they can draw connections between the dramatic ending and the textual evidence found throughout the Greek tragedy. As they prepare for the unit assessment writing...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 18

For Teachers 9th Standards
The punishment must fit the crime, even for a king. Sophocles' Oedipus the King meets its grisly end with a lesson that focuses on the conclusion of the play and Oedipus' self-assigned punishment. Learners connect the symbolism of his...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 16

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Was Oedipus' destiny determined by fate or by his own actions? Using details from the text, ninth graders delve into a critical thinking exercise based on Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Now that Oedipus has learned his true identity,...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 17

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As Oedipus the King comes closer to its tragic conclusion, high schoolers discuss Oedipus' reaction to seeing his wife's body, They also examine how Sophocles structures the scene to contribute to the central idea of his play.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 15

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The terrible truth begins to come out in a lesson that focuses on the final act of Sophocles' Oedipus the King. As ninth graders collect evidence that details the origin of Oedipus, and how his birth relates to the prophecy everyone...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 14

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The devil—and the truth—is in the details. As ninth graders get closer to the ending of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, they analyze the words of the Messenger, and apply these details to the central ideas of fate and prophecy.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 13

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Text structure is vitally important when crafting a rise in tension. Explore Sophocles' choice to order his events in a particular sequence with a lesson about Oedipus the King. As the light of realization begins to dawn on the...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 12

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Ninth graders demonstrate their understanding of a central idea in Oedipus the King with a mid-unit writing assessment. Writers formulate a claim about the connection between prophecy and Oedipus's actions, and using evidence gathered...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 11

For Teachers 9th Standards
Close readers and forensic detectives alike deal with collecting strong evidence. Ninth graders become both with a lesson about Sophocles' Oedipus the King, in which they find connections between Oedipus' stated words and the truth of...