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What's the Purpose?: Examining a Cold Manipulation of Language

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What's the Purpose?: Examining a Cold Manipulation of Language

Grades 11 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

National Council of Teachers of English


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Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh’s and Patrick Henry’s Language of Resistance

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

Writing for Audience: The Revision Process in The Diary of Anne Frank

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   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Audience & Purpose: Evaluating Disney's Changes to the Hercules Myth

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

Brochures: Writing for Audience and Purpose

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.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 19

Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863.

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.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement

NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing

With full recognition that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, we offer several principles that should guide effective teaching practice.


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