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Resources for Grades 11 - 12

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Lesson Plans

 

Discovering a Passion for Poetry With Langston Hughes

Through a study of Langston Hughes’ poetry, students connect his writing to his place in history.

 

Student Interactives

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 

 

Hoax or No Hoax? Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation

Are your students easily fooled? You’ll find out in this lesson in which students carefully and critically examine hoax websites to determine their validity.

 

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 
 

 

The ABCs of Poetry

Students examine a letter of the alphabet from all angles, creating image pools of original metaphors that they then turn into poems.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool”

Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “We Real Cool” and then write about how the character’s pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Rereadings and Literacy: How Students' Second Readings Might Open Third Spaces

Rereadings and Literacy: How Students' Second Readings Might Open Third Spaces

How can we reclaim the joy of reading? In this study, students reflect on and discuss their experiences as readers.

 

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Supporting Secondary Writers

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Supporting Secondary Writers

Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on writing instruction at the secondary level.

 

 

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McCale Ashenbrener | Secondary Spanish and Language Arts Teacher | Boise, ID

I teach in a small rural district where every day I get to prepare six classes, Junior and Freshman English and Spanish 1, 2, 3 and Elementary Spanish