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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups
    Students learn how to effectively deal with bullying by participating in literature response groups and writing about when they experienced a similar situation or emotion as a fictional character.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions
    Students form literature circles, read Esperanza Rising or Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Collaboration of Sites and Sounds: Using Wikis to Catalog Protest Songs
    This lesson makes a connection to popular culture by asking students to research and analyze contemporary and historic protest songs and to catalogue them in a class wiki.
  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   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 16
    African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.
    Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing the Stylistic Choices of Political Cartoonists
    Students explore and analyze the techniques that political (or editorial) cartoonists use and draw conclusions about why the cartoonists choose those techniques to communicate their messages.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    A Portrait of Our World: Making Connections and Developing Comprehension
    Students engage in carousel walks, character analyses, global explorations, and genre studies while using valuable language arts strategies to build higher-level comprehension skills.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns
    Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 15
    Bill of Rights Day is observed.
    Students identify a students' rights issue and explore the ways in which the Bill of Rights does protect and does not protect students.

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