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Resources for Grades 9 - 10

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Lesson Plans


Playlist for Holden: Character Analysis With Music and Lyrics

Students compile a playlist of 10 songs representing a literary character and explain their choices based on the book's dialogue, plot, conflict, and resolution.


Student Interactives




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



Semicolons and Swift: Analyzing Punctuation and Meaning

This lesson will help punctuation make a mark on students as they read Jonathan Swift's work and analyze his use of punctuation.



Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.



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.



Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

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



Discovering Traditional Sonnet Forms

Students read sonnets, charting the poems' characteristics and using their observations to deduce traditional sonnet forms. They then write original sonnets, using a poem they have analyzed as a model.



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.



Professional Development  

The ELA Common Core State Standards-And You

The ELA Common Core State Standards-And You

IRA's first CCSS webinar gives you an opportunity to discuss the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with one of the leaders in the field, Tim Shanahan, who participated on the team that drafted the CCSS and has been an outspoken voice as states begin implementing CCSS in schools.


Building Academic Language to Deepen Comprehension and Learning

Join NCTE for the web seminar "Learning Words Inside and Out" hosted by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.



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