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  1. Classroom Resources | 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A “Cay”ribbean Island Study
    As a pre-reading activity for The Cay, groups of students choose and study a Caribbean island, create a final product in the format of their choice, and finally, do an oral presentation to share information learned.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz
    This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate “quiz” questions that their peers will answer.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20
    Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.
    Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken–such as age, race, and gender–that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools
    Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11
    Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
    Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 27
    America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.
    After reading the book Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, students read the letter Hale sent to Lincoln and brainstorm a list of ways to make their community better.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
    Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
    By analyzing Dear Abby’s “rant” about bad grammar usage, students become aware that attitudes about race, social class, moral and ethical character, and “proper” language use are intertwined.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    And the Question Is... Writing Good Survey Questions
    There’s no question that students will be able to compose good survey questions by the end of this lesson.

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