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Resources for Grades 9 - 10


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Analyzing the Purpose and Meaning of Political Cartoons

It is important for students to know how to evaluate messages conveyed by the news media. Exploration of the artistic techniques used in political cartoons leads to critical questioning.

 

Student Interactives

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance

Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem "Those Winter Sundays."

 

 

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.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

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

 
 

 

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.

 

Go Public!: Encouraging Student Writers to Publish

Go Public!: Encouraging Student Writers to Publish

Intended for middle and high school teachers, Go Public! offers specific writing ideas and classroom activities to help students develop the confidence and ability to publish in a wide market.

 

 

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