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Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations
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In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) to discuss and deconstruct complex text. The new core standards emphasize the importance of developing students' speaking and listening skills as well as helping them access complex text through reading, re-reading, re-thinking, and re-examining.The purpose of this lesson is to get the students to focus and stay on topic while they talk. As a result, students are required to think more extensively about a topic by repeatedly reading and discussing with others.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Amelia Bedelia Up Close! Closely Reading a Classic Story
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Through a close reading of "Amelia Bedelia", students reread the material to discuss text-dependent questions, promoting deep thinking about the text and its characters.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
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Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
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By analyzing Dear AbbyŐs ŇrantÓ about bad grammar usage, students become aware that attitudes about race, social class, moral and ethical character, and ŇproperÓ language use are intertwined.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Analyzing Symbolism, Plot, and Theme in Death and the Miser
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Students apply the analytical skills that they use when reading literature to an exploration of the underlying meaning and symbolism in Hieronymous BoschŐs early Renaissance painting "Death and the Miser".

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
Literature
Visual Arts
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Analyzing Visual Text
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In this lesson Students individually consider a visual text and draw conclusions based on what they see. They write about their conclusions and explain the evidence used to make that determination. Students will be able to analyze a visual text. Students will be able to develop and support a claim about the visual text based on evidence found in the text.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Analyzing the Stylistic Choices of Political Cartoonists
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Students explore and analyze the techniques that political (or editorial) cartoonists use and draw conclusions about why the cartoonists choose those techniques to communicate their messages.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink
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Argument of Policy
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Students will discover a policy within their school or district that is important to them and that they'd like to change. They will conduct an investigation of the policy in question and write a letter with their claim, results, and recommendation to the appropriate audience.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Audience & Purpose: Evaluating Disney's Changes to the Hercules Myth
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What drives changes to classic myths and fables? In this lesson students evaluate the changes Disney made to the myth of "Hercules" in order to achieve their audience and purpose.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Boxing and Analysis
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In this set of lessons which extend over several days, students read excerpts from "The Death of Benny Paret" by Norman Mailer and "The Fight" by William Hazlitt. Students annotate the text, specifically looking for metaphor and simile, tone, and syntax. Working with a partner, students write three paragraphs, analyzing metaphor or simile, tone, and syntax in "The Death of Benny Paret." Working independently, students write one paragraph, choosing to analyze metaphor or simile, tone, or syntax in "The Fight."

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Utah Education Network
A "Brief, Urgent Message": Theme in Slaughterhouse-Five
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As a culminating activity for "Slaughterhouse-Five", students make a compilation album (a CD with 6-8 tracks) that reflects their analysis, understanding, and reaction to the ideas in the novel "Slaughterhouse-Five".

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink
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Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction
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Students work as a class to explore a character in a book they have read by identifying traits and finding textual references to support their choices.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink
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CCIU: Literature Assessment Anchors for Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content eBook to assist educators in preparing student for the Keystone Exams.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
CCIU: Teaching and Learning Division
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Author:
Ann M. Appolloni
CCIU
Ed.D.
Ph.D.
Rose M. Marsh
Teaching & Learning Division
Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry
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Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost's "Choose Something Like a Star" to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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ReadWriteThink
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Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's "Sick"
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Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
Claims in "The Crisis, No. 1"
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This set of lessons extends over several days and focuses on "The Crisis, No. 1" by Thomas Paine. Students closely read and annotate the text. Students identify and evaluate claims and evidence in the text. Students present their findings to the class. Finally, students collaboratively write short arguments identifying claims and evidence in "The Crisis, No. 1." Students present their arguments to the class, and the class discusses and assesses the arguments.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Classical Appeals and War Speeches
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This set of lessons extends over several days. Students watch a Prezi and take notes about the classical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos). Students then read and annotate (focusing on the classical appeals) Winston Churchill's "Be Ye Men of Valour" and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation." Students work in groups to complete a graphic organizer which helps them analyze the classical appeals in the speeches. Finally, students write an analysis of ethos, pathos, and logos in one of the speeches.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Utah Education Network