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Does Science Fiction Predict the Future? Inquiry Bases Media Literacy Unit
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Students will learn the potential costs and benefits of social media, digital consumption, and our relationship with technology as a society in the three-week lesson. This inquiry based unit of study will answer the following questions:

Essential Question: How can we use science fiction’s ability to predict the future to help humanity?

Supportive Questions 1: What predictions of future development has science fiction accurately made in the past? This can include technology, privacy, medicine, social justice, political, environmental, education, and economic.

Supportive Question 2: What predictions for future development in contemporary science fiction are positive for the future of humanity? What factors need to begin in your lifetime to make these predictions reality?

Supportive Question 3: What predictions for future development in contemporary science fiction are negative for the future of humanity? What factors need to begin in your lifetime to stop these negative outcomes?

Subject:
Information Science
Electronic Technology
Educational Technology
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
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Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Morgen Larsen
Date Added:
07/13/2020
ESU 10 RCCD ELA Grade 12 Unit 1
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Overview of Unit: This unit will focus on the characteristics of the epic hero and students’ comprehension of complex texts. Students will explore theme and main idea within texts which focus on the epic hero through discussions, as well as generating a writing product.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Jason Everett
Date Added:
11/16/2018
From Fiction to Facts of Life
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Fiction is untrue, but it can be an honest reflection of real life. In this seminar, you will make clear connections between the lives of characters in fiction to the lives of people in the real world. This will require a skill called abstracting in which you find patterns in one area and apply them to a new situation. It will also give you the opportunity to reflect on how fake worlds of literature can help resolve your own personal issues that you face currently and in the future.StandardsCC.1.3.9-10.C - Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.CC.1.3.9-10.E - Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it and manipulate time create an effect.CC.1.3.9-10.H - Analyze how an author draws on and transforms themes, topics, character types, and/or other text elements from source material in a specific work.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Tracy Rains
Deanna Mayers
Date Added:
10/14/2017
Identifying Theme
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This Learning Plan was created by Mae Clausen. Educators worked with coaches to create Learning Plans.Brief Overview: Students will analyze and evaluate theme and the purpose it serve to readers as they deepen their understanding/comprehension. Students will read short passages and watch Pixar shorts to determine theme.Grade Level: 3rd gradeLexile Level: 420-820     NDE Standards: LA 3.1.6.d  Summarize a literary text and/or media using key details to identify the theme.  Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify theme and explain its importance to a reader.Duration:  90-120 minutes to complete.

Subject:
Reading Foundation Skills
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Reading
Author:
Mae Clausen
Date Added:
07/26/2020
Identifying Themes and Supporting Details in Writing
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This lesson can be used by adult learners to gain experience in identifying the strength of themes in writing passages. Upon conclusion of the lesson students will be able to not only identify the theme of an piece of writing but also key details used to support the author’s argument.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
J Weingart
Date Added:
06/30/2016
Identifying the Theme: Salt in His Shoes
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 Are you looking for an enticing way to introduce identifying the theme of a story to your students? This lesson on identifying the theme of a text was created by Jennifer Bauer as an introductory lesson to understanding and analyzing a text to identify a common theme within the text. This lesson engages students by using the read aloud "Salt in His Shoes", a storybook on Michael Jordan's struggles as an adolescent, as a way to gain an understanding of the literary element of theme. This English Language Arts lesson is designed for Grades 3-5, but could also be adapted for middle school students as well. This lesson plan addresses the following NDE Standards: LA 3.1.6.d Summarize a literary text and/or media, using key details to identify the theme. LA 4.1.6.d Summarize a literary text and/or media, using key details to identify the theme. LA 5.1.6.d Summarize and analyze a literary text and/or media, using key details to explain the theme.It is expected that this lesson will take students 60 minutes to complete.

Subject:
Literature
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Jennifer Bauer
Date Added:
07/24/2020
It Takes Two to Tangle
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Students explore the theme of conflict in literature. They learn the difference between internal and external conflict and various types of conflicts, including self against self, self against other, and self against nature or machine. Stories are used to discuss methods of managing and resolving conflict and interpersonal friction. Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world — concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension.

Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Jane Evenson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Key Word Summary
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The attached Lesson Plan is designed for Third Grade English Language Arts students. Students will determine story elements and use the elements to write a summary. This Lesson Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 3.1.6.b and NE LA 3.1.6.dIt is expected that this Lesson Plan will take students 90 minutes to complete.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Michelle Helt
Date Added:
07/24/2020
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Literary
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In this resource, students will be asked to use a graphic organizer in order to identify and track the development of theme and character in a literary text. Students will use evidence from the text to construct an evidence based response.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
08/08/2019
Literary Analysis Tool: Character and Theme
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In this resource, students will be asked to use a graphic organizer in order to identify and track the development of theme and character in a literary text. Students will use evidence from the text to construct an evidence based response.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Erin Dorso
Brendan Johnson
Ambra Bryant
Sarah Reser
Bob Young
Date Added:
02/18/2016
Pre-K Apple Name Letter Review
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This is a small group lesson plan that gives students practice with name letter recognition and fine motor skills. It would fit great into an apple thematic unit. Enjoy!

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Tayma Sebek
Date Added:
07/24/2020
Quiz RL.2: The Road Not Taken
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A short quiz on CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2, featuring Robert Frost's poem, "The Road not Taken". The poem has a Dale-Chall difficulty level of 7-8, and a Flesch-Kincaid level of 12.8.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Terrence Reilly Jr.
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Random Shakespearean Insult Generator Lesson
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This lesson integrates coding and computer science into English Language Arts for the purpose of fostering appreciation of Shakespearean wit and language and to provide students exposure to coding. Students first choose words that carry insulting connotations from a Shakespearean play and then create a program that randomly generates insults based upon those found words. Swift Playgrounds, Scratch, or Raspberry Pi are recommended resources for creating this project, and links to projects are provided for each of these platforms. Sample code and directions are provided. Students who are beginning to learn coding may complete the code while more advanced individuals may modify the program or create their own.

Subject:
Computer Science
Literature
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Barnabei
Date Added:
12/06/2018
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Random Shakespearean Insult Generator Lesson
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This lesson integrates coding and computer science into English Language Arts for the purpose of fostering appreciation of Shakespearean wit and language and to provide students exposure to coding. Students first choose words that carry insulting connotations from a Shakespearean play and then create a program that randomly generates insults based upon those found words. Swift Playgrounds, Scratch, or Raspberry Pi are recommended resources for creating this project, and links to projects are provided for each of these platforms. Sample code and directions are provided. Students who are beginning to learn coding may complete the code while more advanced individuals may modify the program or create their own.

Subject:
Computer Science
Literature
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
STEMToolkit Administrator
Date Added:
06/14/2021
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Sentence- Phrase-Word- Understanding Theme & Big Ideas
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This is an activity that includes student's own ideas and beliefs about the central ideas and important parts of the text. Students will also do a bit of writing to support their opinions. This activity gets at the heart of a text. I see this as introductory to deeper dives into theme. This lesson could be structured to be online or face to face. This is written as a class activity but an online discussion could easily be created after students had followed the protocol a few times and seen the discussion that results. This could easily work in many classrooms through high school.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Julia Hatcher
Date Added:
03/23/2020
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Sentence- Phrase-Word- Understanding Theme & Big Ideas
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This is an activity that includes student's own ideas and beliefs about the central ideas and important parts of the text. Students will also do a bit of writing to support their opinions. This activity gets at the heart of a text. I see this as introductory to deeper dives into theme. This lesson could be structured to be online or face to face. This is written as a class activity but an online discussion could easily be created after students had followed the protocol a few times and seen the discussion that results. This could easily work in many classrooms through high school.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Beth Einspahr
Date Added:
07/23/2020