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Blogtopia: Blogging about Your Own Utopia
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After studying utopian literature, students design their own utopian society, publishing the explanation of their ideal world on a blog. As they blog about their utopia, students establish the habits, practices, and organizing social structures that citizens will follow in their utopian societies. They begin by brainstorming ideas about what a perfect society would be like and then, in groups, begin to plan their project. Next, they become familiar with the blogging process, including legal guidelines and the specific site they will be using. Over several class sessions, students work on their blogs comparing their work to a rubric. Finally, after students visit one another's blogs and provide constructive and supportive feedback, they reflect on their own work. The lesson plan includes alternative handouts for classrooms where computer or blog access is limited. In this alternative, students complete the same basic activities, but publish their work using a Flip Book.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
11/12/2015
Censorship in the Classroom: Understanding Controversial Issues
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The lesson and activities teach students to recognize and explore bias and media stereotyping and be able to identify and analyze propaganda techniques in magazine and//or TV advertising.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Information and Technology Literacy
Social Studies
Material Type:
Curriculum Map
Diagram/Illustration
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Reference Material
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
12/28/2015
The Dangers, Values of Teen Literature
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"The Dangers, Values of Dark Teen Lit" is the title of a debate hosted by NPR's "Tell Me More" podcast host, Michel Martin. The discussion features Meghan Cox Gurdon (Wall Street Journal writer), Christopher John Farley (a Wall Street Journal writer and children's author), Patricia McCormick (young adult author), and Candice Mack (young adult librarian). The participants debate the appropriateness of the content in today's young adult literature and the darkness of the stories our nation's teens are reading as they seek to answer the question "Is young adult literature too dark?" This resource also links to a provocative Wall Street Journal article by Meghan Cox Gurdon and to the several responses to Cox Gurdon's thought-provoking work, including an article by Sherman Alexie. Please note: the mature content in young adult literature is discussed.

This resource will enable students to read multiple perspectives on a single topic, to seek out each author's opinion and the evidence used to support that opinion, and to evaluate the different arguments presented. Please note: This is a primary text resource. Guidelines for implementation in the classroom can be found in the "Guidance for Teachers in Using this Resource" section.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Provider:
NPR
Date Added:
12/28/2015
Fishbowl Discussion Project; Into the Wild
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A fishbowl discussion is made up of a group that carries on a thoughtful discussion in front of an audience. We will have a group of chairs in the middle of the room for your group to sit on. We will start the discussion by asking one question. Your group must discuss and answer this particular question thoroughly. After that, your group should choose other topics to discuss—consider discussing themes, characters, foreshadowing, setting, connections, etc that connect to your given question. One chair will be open with your group to allow any audience member to join in at any time to ask a question, challenge, or comment. As an individual, you will be required to provide textual support to back up your answers. Following the discussions, you will reflect on your experience.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Assessment Item
Formative Assessment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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Provider:
Jennifer Young
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers
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What is scary, and why does it fascinate us? How do writers and storytellers scare us? This lesson plan invites students to answer these questions by exploring their own scary stories and scary short stories and books. The lesson culminates in a Fright Fair, where students share scary projects that they have created, including posters, multimedia projects, and creative writing.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Alternate Assessment
Formative Assessment
Interactive
Interim/Summative Assessment
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Reading
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Global Studies Course Proposal (Standards Mapped)
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Use this resource to review a possible curriculum for a high school level Global Studies course aligned to the English-Language Arts Common Core State Standards and Wisconsin Social Studies Standards. The goal of this course is to ensure that students are purposeful, motivated readers who make meaning from what they read to be democratic citizens now and in the future. Throughout this course, students will become independent learners that understand the value of reading and writing in today’s global community. This course will foster the 21st Century skills of creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, productivity, and innovation within a context that uses standards from both the Wisconsin Social Studies Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English-language Arts (CCSS ELA). Moving throughout the year, students will focus on the five strands of social studies aligned by the Wisconsin Standards:

Geography: People, Places, and Environment

History: Time, Continuity, and Change

Political Science and Citizenship: Power, Authority, Governance, and Responsibility

Economics: Production, Distribution, Exchange, and Consumption

The Behavior Sciences: Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Curriculum Map
Author:
Meghan Retallick
Date Added:
08/02/2019
Grade 10 ELA Module 1
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In Module 10.1, students engage with literature and nonfiction texts and explore how complex characters develop through their interactions with each other, and how these interactions develop central ideas such as parental and communal expectations, self-perception and performance, and competition and learning from mistakes.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
02/04/2014
Grade 9 ELA Module 1
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In this module, students will read, discuss, and analyze contemporary and classic texts, focusing on how complex characters develop through interactions with one another and how authors structure text to accomplish that development. There will be a strong emphasis on reading closely and responding to text dependent questions, annotating text, and developing academic vocabulary in context.

Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
09/02/2013
Grade 9 ELA Module 2
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In this module, students engage with literature and nonfiction texts that develop central ideas of guilt, obsession, and madness, among others. Building on work with evidence-based analysis and debate in Module 1, students will produce evidence-based claims to analyze the development of central ideas and text structure. Students will develop and strengthen their writing by revising and editing, and refine their speaking and listening skills through discussion-based assessments.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
04/01/2013
Investigate Africa
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This webfolio is a follow-up assignment to an Honors English unit on Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achiebe. In this webfolio, students will take on the role of social scientists interested in learning more about the life of Africans in different parts of the continent. They will each have different aspects of African culture and life to research.The webfolio format emphasizes the power of teamwork and the Internet to learn all about an area of Africa. Each team will learn about one region of the continent, and then they will come together to get a better understanding of Africa as a whole by participating in and observing classroom presentations. The culminating project combines individual research and informational genre format into a first-person travel diary, imagining an actual trip through each region of Africa.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Learning Task
Reading
Rubric/Scoring Guide
Unit of Study
Provider:
Weebly
Date Added:
01/18/2017
Letter from Jackie Robinson on Civil Rights
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ReadWorks provides a large, high quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Most importantly, everything ReadWorks does is based on proven cognitive science research, not unproven academic theory.
This resource is set for a lesson on Civil Rights, connecting Jackie Robinson's letter about civil rights to MLK's letter from the Birmingham Jail.  It includes the texts for each, text dependent comprehension questions, and higher level questioning comparing and contrasting the two texts, as well as vocabulary handouts and a student worksheet.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Formative Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
ReadWorks.org
Date Added:
12/01/2016
Remix
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Remix this template to upload your WISELearn Grant lesson and unit plans into WISELearn

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Stephanie Rau
Date Added:
08/21/2019
Newsela: Building Reading Comprehension through Leveled Nonfiction Text
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Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction. Daily news articles are grouped by topics such as Arts, Sports, War and Peace. Teachers search by topic, grade level, standards, and available quizzes, and they can also create a class and assign articles to read. Each article has five available lexiles to help differentiate for students. Students can practice targeted reading skills through typed written responses.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Business and Information Technology
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Provider:
Newsela
Date Added:
03/20/2018
Real-Life Romeo and Juliet
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a rich text full of difficult language and complex themes. It is still a common text for high school students to read because of the connections to real life. Through this activity, students will be reading informational texts, watching video clips, and discussing how the theme of forbidden love is prominent in the 21st century. Students will become familiar with a Romeo and Juliet story from the 1990s, but also make connections to life today. This resource is available for free on Teacherspayteachers.com with registration. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Teachers Pay Teachers
Date Added:
03/20/2018
Salem Witch Trials / Japanese Internment / Josephy McCarthy
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Students will learn about 3 examples of scapegoating throughout history. They will compare and contrast the three separate events, and then write an essay detailing a modern day scapegoating.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Britannica
Date Added:
04/28/2016
Shakespeare Globe Theatre Virtual Tour
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This interactive website leads students through various sections of an animated replica of the Globe Theatre. Students are prompted to click on highlighted cartoon characters stationed in different areas of the theatre; a written section with background information is then provided in which students will read about the time period, performances, and other aspects of life during Shakespeare's time.

Subject:
Theatre
Material Type:
Interactive
Learning Task
Reading
Reference Material
Provider:
University of Cambridge
Date Added:
11/03/2015