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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1: "I'm for truth, no matter who tells it."

For Teachers 12th Standards
Engaging narratives blend the forms of expository writing with the tropes of creative writing. Introduce class members to narrative writing techniques with a 28-lesson unit that not only uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as a model of...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 1, Unit 2: Myths: Not Just Long Ago

For Teachers 6th Standards
The 20 lessons in Unit 2, Module 1 collection, continue the study of mythology using The Lightning Thief as the anchor text. Six graders also read multiple myths, as well as informational text about the elements and themes found in...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2a: Working With Evidence: Taking a Stand

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the three units in Grade 8, ELA Module 2A, eighth-graders continue their study of the theme of taking a stand. In Unit 1, scholars develop their close reading skills as they examine speeches of real people taking a stand. They...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 1: Myths: Not Just Long Ago

For Teachers 6th Standards
Rick Riordan’s, The Lightning Thief is the anchor text in a three-unit module that explores the archetypal storyline of the hero’s journey. Sixth graders examine the many mythical illusions in Riordan’s tale. Additionally, they read...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 3, Unit 3: Writing a Narrative Based on an Event from the Life of Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th Standards
Unit 3 of Module 3 collection of eleven lessons has seventh graders crafting their own children’s picture book. Patterned after Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery, the illustrated children's book they read in Unit 2, writers...
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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Reading and Writing Personal Narratives

For Teachers 12th Standards
The first unit in Module 1 uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as the core text. Scholars practice close reading, evidence-based writing and discussion, critical analysis of narrative texts, and narrative writing techniques. Marmon...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 3: Becoming Visible Again: Finding Freedom and Recovering Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
In this eight-lesson collection, eighth-graders finish reading Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and write a narrative about Mine Okubo's life after internment. After assessing the...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2a: Working with Evidence: Working Conditions Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
The three units in Module 2A present seventh-graders with literary and informational texts—Katherine Paterson’s novel Lyddie and a speech by Cesar Chavez—that examine historical and present-day working conditions. Pupils learn how to...
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W.7.3 - Narrative Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Even for creative scholars, writing effective narrative pieces requires practice, thoughtful reflection on other narrative pieces, and technique. These resources are all aligned to the W.7.3 common core standards and will have your...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Social justice is the theme of a 12-lesson unit that uses photographs to focus students' attention on and expand their understanding of current social issues facing society. Class members learn how to closely examine an image, and to...
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2020 Election Lesson Plans

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
With all the hyperbole of an election year, it can be difficult to find the facts, just the facts about candidates, issues, and ballot measures. Young political scientists, with the help of 21 resources from a nonpartisan, information...
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Literary Techniques

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Need to review literary terms/techniques with your class? The slides in this presentation define and give examples of 22 common literary terms. The PowerPoint could be used for AP test prep.
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American Literary Humor: Mark Twain, George Harris, and Nathaniel Hawthorne

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Nathaniel Hawthorne as a humorist? Really? The three lessons in this series focus on the the storytelling style, conventions, and literary techniques employed by Hawthorne, George Washington Harris, and Mark Twain. 
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Who wants to be a Millionaire: Literary Terms

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Simulate a "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" game with this interactive PowerPoint. Players must answer fifteen multiple choice questions regarding literary terms, in order to earn the most money! Tip: Play this game in pairs.
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Literary Devices, Techniques, and Elements

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What's the difference between a speaker and an author? What's an example of anthropomorphism? Clarify the meanings of literary devices, elements, and techniques with a comprehensive glossary of terms.
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Irony, Conflict, and Symbolism in Literary Text

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze interactions between characters in a literary text to study the how the interactions affect the plot. They read a short story to study conflict, irony, and symbolism and create a chart depicting contradictions...
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Persuasive Techniques

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Want to safeguard your students against peer pressure? Teach them all about rhetorical appeals, common attack methods, and various argument tones with a reference sheet on persuasive techniques.
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Film Critique: The Story and the Techniques

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why just show your class a movie when you could teach them how to critique film the same way they do literature? While this lesson uses Battlestar Galactica as its visual text of choice, this plan could be used with any film selection....
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High School Literary Paragraph Development

For Teachers 10th
You can cover literary elements, writing organization, and proofreading skills in this SMART board instructional activity. Using student paragraphs from a previous assignment, the class reviews the best examples of writing. A SMART board...
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Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique: Raymond Carver

For Teachers 12th Standards
Your class explores one of the most complex human emotions when they read Carver's "What we talk about when we talk about love." Using the seventh installment in a 10-part series, scholars learn how to construct an evidence-based claim...
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Five Themes of Geography Research Activity

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Here is an activity worksheet that will prompt your young geographers to choose a country anywhere in the world to research and study, and to then apply it to the five themes of geography.
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Literary Elements

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Address the literary elements in a piece of writing using these materials. The packet includes plenty of resources, and focuses mainly on theme, character, and point of view, with some materials for setting, symbolism, and author's...
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How Does the Author Convey Themes in Bud, Not Buddy?

For Teachers 6th Standards
After reading up to chapter 12 of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, scholars read chapter 13 and take part in a grand conversation about the author's writing techniques. Pupils discuss how his writing conveyed literary themes...
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A Glossary of Literary Terms

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
If you're tired of defining allusion, onomatopoeia, and satire for your language arts students, hand out a complete list of literary devices to keep the terms straight. Each term includes a definition that is easy to understand and...

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