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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Using Student-Centered Comprehension Strategies with Elie Wiesel's Night
    Working in small groups, students read and discuss Elie Wiesel's memoir Night and then take turns assuming the "teacher" role, as the class works with four different comprehension strategies.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Technology to Analyze and Illustrate Symbolism in Night
    Images have power—they can trigger memories or symbolize abstract ideas. Students put the power of images to the test as they analyze symbolism in Night and create symbolic photomontages.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes
    Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology
    Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Whose Shoes? Using Artifacts to Teach Reading and Rhyming Patterns
    If the shoe fits… Actually, any shoe will fit this lesson, and the Artifact Analysis Questions provided will help students see it in a whole new way. Several rhyming texts take the shoe theme a step further, and introduce activities to increase students' awareness of rhyming words.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried"
    This lesson uses a letter-writing activity based on Tim O'Brien's story "The Things They Carried" to build empathy as students examine the weight they symbolically carry in their own lives.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Writers' Workshop: The Biographical Sketch
    Students use the faces and places they learn about in their research to write a biography about a contemporary or historical figure.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Writing Acrostic Poems with Thematically Related Texts in the Content Areas
    Students read thematically related texts, scaffolded from simple to complex, to help them gather necessary concept vocabulary and background knowledge in a content area. They then write acrostic poems to organize and present their learning in a creative way.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Writing and Assessing an Autobiographical Incident
    Students build upon their knowledge of biographies to write their own autobiographical incident. After going through a process of revision, they use a rubric to assess their work.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Young Adult Literature about the Middle East: A Cultural Response Perspective
    Adapted from Sheryl L. Finkle and Tamara J. Lilly's Middle Ground: Exploring Selected Literature from and about the Middle East, this variation on traditional literature circles exposes students to a variety of young adult fiction from and about the Middle East. Students read and share research and responses in collaborative groups. At the end of the lesson, they write a letter to welcome an immigrant student to their school and community.

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