Students imagine that they went on a date with a celebrity, and write down some of the things their date told them. They convert it all to reported speech, and then practice over and over telling every other student.
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Propaganda: What’s the Message?
As class members progress through eight fully prepared learning stations, they will identify how bias is present in persuasive media, as well as differentiate among types of propaganda techniques like bandwagon propaganda and the use of...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"As you grow, you'll realize the definition of success changes." After reading the commencement address provided by American comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at Tulane University in 2009, learners summarize the main points and...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"The Battle For Congress: Midterm Elections 2010"
Don't let the date deter you from looking at this resource. Although the subject matter is the 2010 midterm elections, class members study the rhetoric candidates used and the predictions the press made about the influence of the Tea...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Great Depression Era Movies: What do the Endings Tell Us?
In the best of times and the worst of times the ticket lines for movies are long. Why? Why do people go to the movies? What can films and their endings tell us about the era in which they are made? These questions guide class members as...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Keep Your English Up to Date: Wannabe
Language is a fluid and ever-changing entity! Take a week to cover the changing English expressions and slang as related to the word "wannabe." Go through vocabulary, spelling, worksheets, and quizzes on the topics with your class.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Individuals as Instruments of Change
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Joining the Debate Club: Presidential Debate Tactics
This New York Times article-based resource dates from Al Gore's bid for the US presidency in 2000, but the article details important ways that candidates work to sway public opinion. You can enhance relevance with up-to-date content...
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Shakespearean Dating Tips
Want to get the attention of that special someone? Try out some metaphors! This colorfully animated video first points out the positives of Shakespeare’s works, before comparing complex metaphors about love to modern pick-up lines. The...
2 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts
Decision Point: Understanding the U.S.’s Dilemma Over North Korea
Simulate the Situation Room and analyze the US's relationship with North Korea. The plan starts off with a quick review and an examination of a online timeline that updates as the situation continues. Next, the class reads an article and...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed