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Varying Views of America

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Varying Views of America

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

Sharon Webster

Narragansett, Rhode Island

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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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.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31

Today is Walt Whitman's birthday.

Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1

Langston Hughes was born in 1902.

Students examine the poem "Dreams" and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4

In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.

After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 14

June 14 is Flag Day in the U.S.

Students consider how America, Americans, and the flag are represented in different patriotic songs and hypothesize about the reasons for their differences.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 1

Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.

Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning, 4th edition

This popular collection provides literacy skill-building strategies for helping students learn in all curricular areas.

 

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