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Food Allergies: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Over two lessons, scholars use articles and discussions to define what a food allergy is and identify the most common food allergens. Small groups prepare a skit showcasing how the body exhibits an allergic reaction. Learners examine...
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Suicide Prevention: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Suicide prevention—a heavy topic but an important one. Over two lessons, pupils gain knowledge about suicide, particularly in teens, and how to advocate for a friend who feels suicidal or depressed. After researching the topic, scholars...
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Stress: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Two lessons take a close look at stress. In activity one, scholars identify common stressors and examine stress management strategies. Lesson two challenges pupils to keep a stress log for four weeks to aid in their personal journey of...
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Depression: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Over two lessons, scholars examine depression—what it is, signs of it, and ways to cope. Through discussion, reading articles, writing a resource, and completing worksheets, participants make their way through the learning process,...
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Cyberbulling: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Cyberbullying is the focus of two lessons. First, scholars discuss what cyberbullying is, and examine a problem-solving approach to handling cyberbullying, then create brochures on the topic. Second, pupils discuss the effects...
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Bullying: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Two lessons promote social awareness and build relationship skills. In activity one, scholars define bullying and role-play coping strategies. Lesson two challenges learners to diffuse a bullying situation using their knowledge of...
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Launching the Module: Quotes about the Middle Ages

For Teachers 6th Standards
Pick a corner. Scholars receive a quote about the Middle Ages and then participate in a four corners activity by choosing a corner pertaining to their quotes. They then work in groups of three to discuss the bold words in their quotes....
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Mid-Unit 3 Assessments, Part 2: Summarizing, Analyzing and Discussing Research

For Teachers 6th Standards
Why is reading important? As part of the mid-unit assessment, scholars read, summarize, and analyze an article about the importance of reading. Additionally, they continue their discussion about whether their rules to live by should be a...
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Analyzing and Discussing: Modern Voices

For Teachers 6th Standards
This is the way we go to school. Scholars take a look at two poems about different ways to get to school, TyrannosaurBus Rex and Point A to Point B. Pupils work in triads to analyze the poem images and determine the theme. 
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Launching Modern Voices: Concrete Poetry

For Teachers 6th Standards
Challenges are different for today's kids. Learners begin to think about their own challenges by examining the adversities faced by children in medieval villages. They complete a graphic organizer as they watch the video Hackschooling...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Small Group Discussion: How Do Modern Poems Portray Modern Adversities?

For Teachers 6th Standards
How is a poem similar to and different from a news article? Pupils use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the two genres. Also, as part of a mid-unit assessment, scholars participate in small-group discussions based on poetry...
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Seeing, Hearing, and Comparing Genres: A Poem and a Letter

For Teachers 6th Standards
One can never be too prepared. Pupils prepare for their upcoming mid-unit assessment by writing their group norms for small group discussions. Additionally, scholars read and listen to a poem, comparing the two experiences using a Venn...
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Analyzing, Comparing, Sharing: Modern Voices

For Teachers 6th Standards
What do modern voices sound like? Scholars explore the topic, reading two concrete poems from John Grandit's Blue Lipstick and analyzing them using a graphic organizer. Next, they read a third poem and work with partners to look for...
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Mid-Unit 3 Assessments, Part 1: Summarizing, Analyzing and Discussing Research

For Teachers 6th Standards
Speak up and listen up. Scholars participate in a speaking and listening mid-unit oral assessment. They discuss whether their rules to live by should be a personal choice or made into a law, and then they complete an exit ticket to...
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Researching Part 2: Reading for Gist and Gathering Evidence Using the Researcher’s Notebook

For Teachers 6th Standards
The gist should be short and sweet! Pupils practice finding the gist of an informational text and then write a summary of the text. Next, they gather with their research teams to discuss a focus question based on the novel Bud, Not Buddy...
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Researching Part 1: Reading for Gist and Gathering Evidence Using the Research Guide

For Teachers 6th Standards
If only life came with an owner's manual. Pupils assemble with their research teams to discuss which of Steve Jobs' rules to live by most resonates with them. Scholars also read informational texts in pursuit of finding the gist and...
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“The Hero’s Journey”: Analyzing a Model Narrative and Continuing to Plan a New Hero’s Journey Narrative

For Teachers 6th Standards
Many elements go into an engaging narrative story. Using a helpful resource, scholars analyze a model narrative and deconstruct it using a graphic organizer. Next, they apply their learning from the model to update their plans for their...
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“The Hero’s Journey”: Using a Graphic Organizer to Deconstruct Percy Jackson’s Hero’s Journey and Plan a New Hero’s Journey Narrative

For Teachers 6th Standards
Time to go on a journey! Using a graphic organizer, scholars deconstruct Percy Jackson's hero's journey from the Rick Riordan novel, The Lightning Thief. Next, they begin planning their own hero's journey narrative, creating a profile of...
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Discover Your Great Full Self

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Reflecting on character strengths can bring a little sunshine as the gray days of winter approach. Tweens and teens view a PowerPoint presentation, watch a short video about character strengths, and take a survey that helps them identify...
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Building Background Knowledge About the Hero’s Journey, Part 2: Acts 2 and 3 Plus Focusing on Key Vocabulary in “The Hero’s Journey”

For Teachers 6th Standards
It's all in the details. Scholars read acts two and three of The Hero's Journey and collect important details from the text. They share their notes with their peers and listen for key words from the story. They then turn their attention...
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Inferring about Character: Getting to Know Percy (Chapters 1 and 2)

For Teachers 6th Standards
What a character! Scholars look at two chapters in The Lightning Thief to make inferences about the character Percy. They record both the character's challenges and responses. Learners then work in their triads to discuss the gist of...
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Meeting the Main Character: Launching The Lightning Thief (Chapter 1)

For Teachers 6th Standards
Three is company! Scholars work in groups of three to discuss quotes from the first pages of The Lightning Thief. Each group records their thinking on the paper of the quotes before talking about Percy's character using the Making...
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Building Background Knowledge: Close Reading Part 2 of “Shrouded in Myth”

For Teachers 6th Standards
That was a good talk. Scholars learn about how to conduct a good discussion. They use chart paper and markers to record and discuss  expectations for members when working in a group. They then take a look at vocabulary in Shrouded in...
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Engaging the Reader: Close Reading Part 1 of “Shrouded in Myth”

For Teachers 6th Standards
Read and reread for better understanding. Scholars listen to a read aloud of Shrouded in Myth. They talk with a partner about the things they noticed and wondered about the text. They then listen to the text a second time to focus on the...