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Resources for Grades 11 - 12


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I've Got the Literacy Blues

Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from "The Gift of the Magi" and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.

 

Student Interactives

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 

 

Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis

Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis.

 

 

Persuasion Map

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 
 

 

A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future

After reading John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player," students write poems describing themselves five years in the future. The teacher takes the poems and mails them to students in five years.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems

This lesson uses concrete poems to explore the connection between a poem's layout and its meaning. While appropriate any time of year, the lesson is especially topical near Columbus Day.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

This word-game strategy builds vocabulary and comprehension while motivating students.

 

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Supporting English Language Learners

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Supporting English Language Learners

Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on supporting English language learners.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

How Think-Pair-Share Enlivened My Classroom

Kristin Sample | Educator | Austin, TX

I’ve long been a fan of “wait time” in the classroom