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8th Grade Historical Literacy Unit Plans
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8th Grade Historical Literacy consists of two 43 minute class periods. Writing is one 43 minute block and reading is another. The teacher has picked themes based on social studies standards, and a read-aloud novel based on social studies serves as the mentor text for writing and reading skills. More social studies content is addressed in reading through teaching nonfiction reading skills and discussion.
Standards reflect CCSS ELA, Reading, and Social Studies Standards.

Subject:
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Jennifer Mortensen
Chelsea Kienitz
Date Added:
04/16/2019
Adventure Book Club
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Adventure Book Club - The Boxcar Children
By: Rose Wehrman - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Copyright 2018 by Rose Wehrman under Creative Commons Non-Commercial License. Individuals and organizations may copy, reproduce, distribute, and perform this work and alter or remix this work for non-commercial purposes only.

NEBRASKA HONORS PROGRAM CLC EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY CLUBS INFORMATION SHEET:
Name of Club: Adventure Book Club

Age/Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Number of Attendees: (ideal number) 8 or fewer

Goal of the Club: (learning objectives/outcomes) Jumpstart critical thinking skills, improve literacy, and encourage students to engage with books

Resources: (Information for club provided by) The Boxcar Children, various Pinterest ideas

Content Areas: (check all that apply)

☐ Arts (Visual, Music, Theater &Performance)
☒ Literacy
☐ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering &Math)
☐ Social Studies
☐ Wellness (Physical Education, Health, Nutrition &Character Education)
Outputs or final products: (Does the club have a final product/project to showcase to community?) Building a boxcar diorama/dog toys donated to animal shelter/completion of book

Introducing your Club/Activities: This Adventure Book Club engages students with the community, each other, and reading.

General Directions: Read The Boxcar Children and integrate hands-on activities to help students connect to the story, think critically, and build interdisciplinary skills.

Tips/Tricks: Watch for when students start to become disengaged. Have an intentional activity prepared for when this happens.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
NDE Digital Learning
Date Added:
09/27/2019
Beginning Level Housing Stories for Adult ELLs
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Resources for building literacy and reading fluency with beginning level adult learners. These two short stories were originally created for a beginning level class of adult Somali women. The stories are set in a familiar context and are designed to help the readers learn the names of rooms and features in an apartment or house. Additional activities for language extension are included after both of the stories.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Andrea Echelberger
Date Added:
03/04/2016
BookSpring Weekly Themes: At-Home Learning
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BookSpring, a 45 year old early literacy non-profit in Austin Texas, is providing rich digital content base on its time-tested educator kits online for families through 52 Weekly Themes for ages 3-5 and 6-8. Each week, a new theme related to early childhood curriculum is released with a video prompt to activate prior knowledge from Bibi the Butterfly, followed with a series of curated digital books in browser-based and downloadable pdf form. These resources are followed with reflection questions, suggested follow up activities, and additional resources to extend the learning at home. The materials are offered under a Creative Commons By-Share Alike license and available in both Spanish and English. The themes start in August 2020 and are planned to be completed in August 2021, and will be sustained online indefinitely. Plans for Toddler units (24-36 months) and older children (9-12) are being considered for future development. No log in is required, but donations are welcome and eligible as charitable contributions for the U.S. IRS. Aligned to multiple subjects in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for grades K-3, as well as the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (not currently available on OER for alignment) https://tea.texas.gov/academics/early-childhood-education/texas-prekindergarten-guidelines

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
BookSpring
Date Added:
01/23/2021
Introducing Read Theory
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ReadTheory is a reading comprehension program which enhances reading and reasoning skills. In addition to sharpening these skills, learners become more comfortable using technology skills on various devices.

Learners will learn about Read Theory and its benefits, and then get a chance to use it in class.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Deborah Therrien
Date Added:
05/20/2019
John Lewis' Walking with the Wind
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General Description:This guide teaches academic reading strategies and skills, English vocabulary, dictionary skills, and language competencies in the context of reading John Lewis' Walking with the Wind. The book guide is intended for English language learners to assist them in reading, discussing, and comprehending the text. 

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Ruth Luman
Date Added:
01/29/2021
The Penny: ESOL Intermediate Reading Activity
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The purpose of this lesson is for High Intermediate to Advanced adult ESOL students to learn new vocabulary, practice reading, and hone their conversation skills while learning about the use of the penny in the United States.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Joanna Stratman
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Reading Guide 3.1 Basics of Culture
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This is a reading guide that can be used in conjunction with Open Stax Sociology 2e textbook.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
2018 http://cnx.org/contents/02040312-72c8-441e-a685-20e9333f3e1d@8.1.
Introduction to Sociology 2e. OpenStax CNX. Jan 9
OpenStax
Sarah Hopper
Date Added:
01/30/2018
A Sound of Thunder- Discussion and Project
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After reading the short story, “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury, students will collaborate on a set of questions that ask them to analyze the themes, plot, and characters of the story. Next, students will work on a creative project that will apply the elements of the story to real life skills.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Lindsay Nunan
Date Added:
07/14/2017
Storybird Overview
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A digital resource for creating short stories, picture books, comics, and poetry. This website also has literature available for students to read. There are included lessons and challenges for students to complete.

Subject:
Literature
Electronic Technology
Educational Technology
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Allison Pacheco
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Voter Education Primary Source Set
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The primary sources in this set can
be used for inquiry-based learning exercises
and projects. Each document falls under the
umbrella topic of voter education, and students
are encouraged to annotate in the margins in order
to support the development of document analysis
and critical thinking skills. Suggested projects that
make use of this set’s primary sources are also
included for the educator as a springboard for
research-based projects.

Subject:
Journalism
Criminal Justice
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
U.S. History
Political Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
The Rockefeller Archive Center
Date Added:
09/16/2019