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Chasing the Dream: Researching the Meaning of the American Dream

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Chasing the Dream: Researching the Meaning of the American Dream

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Susanne Rubenstein

Susanne Rubenstein

Princeton, Massachusetts

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Introducing Each Other: Interviews, Memoirs, Photos, and Internet Research

Students use their communication and writing skills as they interview a partner, write an article about them, and create a multimodal presentation to introduce their partner to the class.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Connecting Past and Present: A Local Research Project

In this unit, students become active archivists, gathering photos, artifacts, and stories for a museum exhibit that highlights one decade in their school’s history.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 27

In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.

Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 24

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was born in 1896.

After reading The Great Gatsby, students work in pairs, select a chapter from the novel, and rewrite it from the point of view of a different character.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Professional Library  |  Book

Genre Theory: Teaching, Writing, and Being

Dean synthesizes theory and research about genres and provides secondary-level teachers with practical classroom applications.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

The Great Gatsby in the Classroom: Searching for the American Dream

Veteran high school English teacher David Dowling demonstrates how teachers can help students connect The Great Gatsby to the value systems of the twenty-first century, offering active reading and thinking strategies designed to enhance higher-level thinking and personal responses to fiction.

 

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