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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
What's the Purpose?: Examining a Cold Manipulation of Language
|Grades||11 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Eight 50-minute sessions|
Grades 5 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
What drives changes to classic myths and fables? In this lesson students evaluate the changes Disney made to the myth of "Hercules" in order to achieve their audience and purpose.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students create brochures on the same topic as another piece of writing they have done, highlighting how shifting purposes and audiences creates changes in their strategies as writers.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students study Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech and the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric and action.
Grades 6 – 9 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After reading or viewing The Diary of Anne Frank, students will make connections between audience and purpose and revise a journal entry with an outside audience in mind.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  November 19
Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.
Grades K – 12 | Professional Library | Position Statement
With full recognition that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, we offer several principles that should guide effective teaching practice.