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Resources for Grades 11 - 12

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Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry

Students explore the idea of “crossing boundaries” through bilingual, spoken-word poetry, culminating in a poetry slam at school or in the community.

 

Student Interactives

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

 

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.

 

 

Hero’s Journey

Hero’s Journey

Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.

 
 

 

Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star” to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Shared Writing

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.

 

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Vocabulary Instruction

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Vocabulary Instruction

Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on teaching vocabulary.

 

 

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