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As You Like It by William Shakespeare

For Teachers 7th
Jacque's soliloquy from Act II, scene ii of As You Like It sets the stage for a close reading exercise that models how to approach difficult, dense text and enables readers to practice reading comprehension and analysis skills. Learners...
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The Joy Luck Club: Biography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Share the lessons of love, loss, and family bonds with the first of ten lessons on The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Before beginning the novel, readers listen to a 28 minute podcast narrated by Dana Gioia, which addresses the historical...
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The Grapes of Wrath: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Judy Garland. Jack Benny, The Lone Ranger, Edward R. Murrow. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman. The second lesson in a unit devoted to The Grapes of Wrath establishes for readers the cultural and...
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The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma: Part I

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Jonathan Edwards' "Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God" and Anne Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House" provide learners with an opportunity to develop their close reading skills. Groups identify the figurative language and appeals...
2 In 2 Collections
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Comparative Close Reading Poetry Analysis: "All that lives must die..." - Shakespeare

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death . . ." are the focus of a series of close reading exercises that help learners develop their skill reading challenging text....
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"Lonesome for a Change": Close Reading an excerpt from Their Eyes Were Watching God

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Whether or not Zora Neale Hurston's classic novel is a part of your course, this packet deserves a place in your curriculum library. Designed as a close reading exercise, the series of activities begins with the instructor modeling, with...
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Shakespearean Soliloquy Fluency: A Close Reading and Analysis of "To be or not to be"

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Hamlet's famous soliloquy (Act III, scene i) gets the close reading treatment in a group of skill building exercises. Assuming the role of a WWE wrestler, a kindergarten teacher, ninja assassin, and others, learners deliver a line from...
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A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part II

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading...
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Kindergarten Worksheet

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Give a kindergarten resource sheet to the parents in your classroom to help them track their kids' progress. Activities that kindergartners should master include identifying letters of the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and parts of...
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Analyzing a Poem’s Context

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Show your learners that a poem's context is important when trying to understand its meaning. First, they discuss "Now I knew I lost her--" and the literal references within the poem, as well as the symbolic references. They then read...
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Poetry and Ideas

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Delve deep into Emily Dickinson's poetry and philosophy with the ninth of ten lessons in a poetry unit. Once they have read an (attached) essay about Dickinson's beliefs and worldview, readers discuss how her ideas inform their...
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Best Friends MiniBook

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Share this printable book with young readers and teach them what it means to be best friends with someone. This short, lighthearted story is perfect for primary-aged students still developing their foundational reading skills. 
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Imagery and Personification

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagery is the focus of this lesson, featuring "The Moon is distant from the Sea" by Emily Dickinson. Readers discuss the lunar cycle and its connection to the speaker's desires, and then choose an image from the poem to compare to their...
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Biographical Criticism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Analyze "Fame is the one that does not stay" by Emily Dickinson with the second of ten lessons in a poetry unit. After a discussion about fame and success, learners write about several paradoxes from "Success is counted sweetest." Then...
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The first lesson of ten in a set of Emily Dickinson poetry lessons introduces the unit with a discussion about word choice. Each lesson in the unit is divided into sections featuring vocabulary words, discussion activities, writing...
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Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 2

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Complex text can be a challenge for even good readers. Encourage your class members to develop the skills needed to tackle big reads with a series of activities based on a passage from "The Offshore Pirate." The second in a three-part...