Conflicts Among People
High schoolers study three different short stories and observe the conflicts among the characters. The three different stories they read are, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "The Flesh and the Spirit," and "Somnambulism."
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Asking the Right Questions
It can be difficult to find the theme of a book or story if you don't know the questions to ask. Teach your kids to discern the universal theme in works of literature with a set of activities that promote critical thinking and active...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Anne Frank: Facing Hatred, Daring to Dream
The stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White illustrate the power of children to make a difference. The three lesson in this must-have resource are designed to inspire young people to make a difference in their world....
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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Learners focus on the work of writers, photographers, and artists who document events and people that are unnoticed by others. After examining a photo essay by a New York Times journalist, a suite of images by Dorothea Lange, and the...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools
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9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Investigating the Swissair Flight 111 Tragedy
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6th - 12th English Language Arts
How can word choice affect a political speech? Middle and high schoolers examine the text of the 1999 State of the Union Address, and then determine how newspaper articles and television reports describe and analyze the event. Use this...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable