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Create a graphic autobiography integrating images and text. Working within the structure of the programs Comic Life and Photoshop, pupils integrate the Principles of Design. They focus on balance, rhythm, proportion, and text structure. The lesson provides assessment, differentiated instruction, and enrichment options.
Steinbeck’s witty memoir, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America,” inspires kids to investigate their neighborhoods as local travel journalists.
In this online interactive literature learning exercise, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Frank McCourt's Angela's AshesStudents may check some of their answers online.
Students explore authenticity in written works and the responsibilities of the media. They read two Holocaust accounts, one that is factual and one that was fabricated. They further examine, the importance of authenticity in the media.
Eighth graders explore Civil War campaigns. In this Civil War lesson, 8th graders collaborate and conduct research to create presentations that focus on specific Union or Confederate generals and battles. Students take on the roles of photographers, reporters, and biographers.
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Elie Wiesel's NightStudents may check some of their answers online.
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students read Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche and then respond to 12 short answer questions regarding the work. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman WarriorStudents may check some of their answers online.
Learners explore terrorist interrogation issues. In this human rights lesson plan, students read articles and documents related to torture in terrorist investigations. Learners respond to discussion questions regarding the articles. Students write position papers on the topic.
Students read and comprehend a piece of fictional writing, analyze how setting, characterization, and plot affect the theme of a story and work in a group to create a new writing assignment. This 5-day plan culminates in students writing a short story.
Students examine waves of Jewish immigration during three time periods and analyze a variety of primary sources, including letters, memoirs, and laws, to gain insight into both the American immigrant experience and American society throughout history.
Students comprehend how the past affects individuals and society. They comprehend how to perceive past events with historical empathy. Students produce written work that makes connections to related topics or information. They recognize a range of literary elements and techniques and use these elements to interpret the work.
Learners investigate why the Treaty of Versailles took the form that it did. They read an interactive memoir of a soldier after he returned home after WWI, conduct research on the Treaty of Versailles, and write the front page of a German newspaper the day that the peace treaty was announced.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 13 multiple choice questions based on The Things They Carried. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students study the history of railroads and depots in Arkansas using websites and memoirs. They complete activities that explain how and why the railroads were built, and the different ways people used them.
Middle schoolers read excerpts from memoirs written by Gary Paulsen as examples of how to write a narrative piece. They identify figurative language used and then they write a memoir of their own that contains imagery and figurative language.
Students research a not-so-famous person and write a report about that person. They conduct interviews in order to find out information about their chosen person. Students share what they learned about the person with the class.
What's the best way to start a story? Learners write a memoir using effective openings. They research the process and work through a list of hooks to use in their writing. They use at least two hooks to begin their personal memoir. A great way to convey narrative writing techniques. 
Students investigate various reports from the great Chicago fire of 1871 to evaluate the reliability of primary sources. They create their own eyewitness account of a modern disaster based on primary accounts.
Middle schoolers discuss how writing is an important historical tool. They read writings from individuals and note how they have preserved history. They describe what those stories say about the communites they came from.

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