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Comparing Portrayals of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Photography and Literature

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Comparing Portrayals of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Photography and Literature

Grades 6 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Kottaras

Pasadena, California


National Council of Teachers of English


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Literary Scrapbooks Online: An Electronic Reader-Response Project

Students capture scraps of information from a variety of Web resources and use them to create an electronic scrapbook. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and citing resources.


Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies

Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.


Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Tale of Despereaux: Fact or Fiction?

Using the book The Tale of Despereaux, students look a closer look at medieval times to see if the novel accurately portrays this time in history. Looking at key sections of the book, students will use the Compare and Contrast Guide and Map to help them decipher between fact and fiction.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Comparison and Contrast Guide

The Comparison and Contrast Guide outlines the characteristics of the genre and provides direct instruction on the methods of organizing, gathering ideas, and writing comparison and contrast essays.


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.


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Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 5

Annual fence-painting contests take place in Hannibal, Missouri.

A scene from one of Twain's works is chosen and students map the story setting using the Story Map. Setting is then discussed as a class.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3

Frederick Douglass began publication of The North Star today in 1847.

Students read and discuss an editorial written by Frederick Douglass and then write the opening editorial for a contemporary publication devoted to a social cause important to them.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

Students use this graphic organizer to describe similarities and differences between three objects or ideas.


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Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Finding the Thread: Character, Setting, and Theme

An annotated bibliography of books that exemplify the plot elements, character, setting, and theme. Includes guidelines on how to do a book talk.


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