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Stress Less: Understanding How Your Mind and Body Respond to Anxiety

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What could be more relevant to teens and preteens than experiencing stress? Use an article from the New York Times website to practice valuable Common Core skills for informational text reading, and also get a discussion going in your...
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Narrative Writing

For Teachers 8th Standards
Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory...
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Comparing Hemingway to Young Adult Literature

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
New ReviewChallenge groups to create a recommended reading list of contemporary young adult fiction that explores the same themes found in Ernest Hemingway's short stories and novels. After examining a list Hemingway created and a list put...
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The Old Man and the Sea: Critical Interpretations

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
New ReviewHemingway's The Old Man and the Sea won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; however, the critical interpretations of the novel have called it everything from "ordinary" and "schoolboy writing" to a "masterpiece." Readers are allowed to...
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Teach This Poem: “As I Walk These Broad Majestic Days” by Walt Whitman

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Walt Whitman's poem "As I Walk These Broad Majestic Days" offers scholars an opportunity to practice their noticing skills. They first examine a postcard of the Newport News Shipyard listing things they notice about the image and how...
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Teach This Poem: "Violin" by Nikki Wallschlaeger

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Nikki Wallschlaeger's Violin is the featured poem in a lesson that uses music and multiple readings to delve deep into its analysis. After a writing warm-up, learners watch and listen to a video that showcases Regina Carter Quintet's...
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Where We Stand

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Academics learn strategies to share their opinions and agree or disagree with others in a respectful manner. The resource provides scenarios to help individuals form opinions and share them with...
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Seedfolks and Our Own Community Garden

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Paul Fleischman's short children's novel Seedfolks reveals the ways a community garden benefited the ethnically diverse people of Gibb Street. After reading the story, class members research their favorite plant, create an image of it,...
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The Giver and the Importance of Nostalgia

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Narrative writing gains its power from the sensory language writers use to draw readers into their stories. That's the big idea in a lesson plan that asks readers of The Giver to draft a journal entry about an emotional memory from their...
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Touching Spirit Bear

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Sharing comprehension strategies with learners makes them better readers. As they begin a unit on Ben Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear, middle schoolers examine the title, cover, and the Japanese proverb that opens the novel. They...
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The Symbolism of Castle's Bedroom in Ghost

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
To conclude a unit study of Jason Reynold's Ghost, class members examine how Castle's feeling about his bedroom change over the course of the novel. Groups use the provided graphic organizer to identify the plot of the novel and then use...
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The Symbolism of Sneakers in Ghost

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
As part of a study of Jason Reynold's Ghost, readers take a close look at sneaker culture and how Reynold uses sneakers as a symbol in his award-winning young adult novel. Groups explore links to "Sneakerology 101", a Carnegie Mellon...
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Chosen Family and Ghost

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
There's something powerful about a book that speaks your language and experiences or introduces you to the language and experiences of others. A National Book Award winner, Jason Reynolds' novel, Ghost, is such a book. Find out more...
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Looking for Alaska

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Looking for Alaska is the subject of a short PBS video that encourages viewers to read John Green's award-winning young adult novel about first love. 
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Relatable Characters in Dark Tales and The Book Thief

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is another novel high on the list of must-reads from The Great American Read collection. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George  W. Bush, and John Green of Crash Course series fame share why...
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Falling in Love with Reading and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
At first glance, it doesn't seem like Betty Smith's story of 11-year old Francie Nolan, a poor Irish girl living in the 1920's Brooklyn, should remain a best-seller for almost 100 years. But A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has remained a...
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A Hero's Journey

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Readers of The Odyssey look for events in Homer's saga that parallel Joseph Campbell's elements of The Hero's Journey. Scholars reflect on how these elements apply to their own lives.
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Pride and Prejudice

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Published in 1813 and considered by many to be the first romance novel, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice still tops the chart as a favorite read. Literary experts share why the tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy continues to win the...
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Final Performance Task: Character Confessional Narrative

For Teachers 8th Standards
You wrote it, now what? Learners take their writing to the next level when they perform it for classmates. They then engage in a self-reflection and assessment of their work to determine how well they hit targets such as identifying...
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End of Unit Assessment: Commentary on Confessional

For Teachers 8th Standards
What does commentary have to do with narrative? Before scholars explain the narrative choices in their Character Confessionals, they review provided commentary to explain the score they received on previous assessments. They review...
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Grade 8 Module 2B: Unit 2, Lesson 16

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars unpack the word confession as they prepare to write confessionals based on characters from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Next, they read their narratives to a small group of peers as part of a final performance task. 
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Grade 8 Module 2B: Unit 2, Lesson 10

For Teachers 8th Standards
Annoyed or bewitched. What effect does an author's word choice have on a text? Scholars begin the lesson by analyzing word choice in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Next, learners take a closer look at the narrative structure...
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Frankenstein | The Great American Read

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A top vote-getter for the Great American Read program is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Find out why the classic tale, adapted into over 50 films and numerous TV shows, has earned its spot on the favorites list.
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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Rather than windmills, Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces, battles against modernity. Find out why Professor Walter Isaacson thinks Toole's novel should get viewers' votes...