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The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma: Part I

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Jonathan Edwards' "Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God" and Anne Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House" provide learners with an opportunity to develop their close reading skills. Groups identify the figurative language and appeals...
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Comparative Close Reading Poetry Analysis: "All that lives must die..." - Shakespeare

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death . . ." are the focus of a series of close reading exercises that help learners develop their skill reading challenging text....
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"Lonesome for a Change": Close Reading an excerpt from Their Eyes Were Watching God

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Whether or not Zora Neale Hurston's classic novel is a part of your course, this packet deserves a place in your curriculum library. Designed as a close reading exercise, the series of activities begins with the instructor modeling, with...
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The “Supreme” in Supreme Court

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does a public school have the right to restrict what t-shirts students wear? Discover what happened when this question was brought to the Supreme Court, and review other major cases in United States history involving judicial review....
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Shakespearean Soliloquy Fluency: A Close Reading and Analysis of "To be or not to be"

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Hamlet's famous soliloquy (Act III, scene i) gets the close reading treatment in a group of skill building exercises. Assuming the role of a WWE wrestler, a kindergarten teacher, ninja assassin, and others, learners deliver a line from...
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A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part II

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading...
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Pasta Genetics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Four different-shaped and dyed pasta types represent four different alleles. Following a guide sheet, young geneticists practice randomly selecting alleles and discover the traits of the resulting offspring. This is a fun and solid...
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Interpreting the Constitution: What Does That Mean?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a fantastic lesson on the Supreme Court's role as interpreters of the Constitution. Class members review past cases involving the Eighth and Fifth Amendment and evaluate as a group whether they would consider those situations as...
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Mock Election

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is an excellent resource in which class members host a mock election for a candidate and policy that will be implemented into your very own classroom. Progressing from primaries, through the campaign trail, and finally to the mock...
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Taxation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A paycheck stub can offer loads of information on the taxes American citizens pay. This resource not only includes analysis of a stub as an activity, but also provides a wealth of informative reading material on such topics as the...
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Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 2

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Complex text can be a challenge for even good readers. Encourage your class members to develop the skills needed to tackle big reads with a series of activities based on a passage from "The Offshore Pirate." The second in a three-part...
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Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 1

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
A passage from The Great Gatsby is used to launch a series of skill-building activities that can be used to introduce close reading strategies. Groups practice crafting text-dependent questions, theme statements, and conclusions, as...
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The Great Gatsby: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Thanks to Nick Carraway, readers of The Great Gatsby are simultaneously "within and without. . . enchanted and repelled" by his first person narration of the events in F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the American Dream/Nightmare. After...
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Blue Sky

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Use a container full of water as a prism and show that as light is bent, the individual colors from different wavelengths become visible. This explains why the sky appears to be blue midday, and why as the sun nears the horizon, it looks...
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Pool Services

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Especially right before summer, kids may be thinking about swimming pools! Take advantage of this thought and get them calculating surface area of this 3-D figure as if they were going to repaint a pool. 
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Shop Smart

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What is a better deal? Buy one, get one half off Buy three for the cost of two Buy one at 40% off the original price Mathematicians use algebraic expressions to sort through the scenarios and figure out who benefits most: business...