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Grammatically Correct

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

An ELA strategy that uses movement to enhance students' memory of grammatical concepts. This can be used as review, introduction of key terms, or formative assessment. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Moved by Punctuation

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

An ELA strategy that has students connect punctuation to different movements to aid in memory retention. This can be used for reviewing or exploring a new concept. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Engage

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Active Engagement, Conversation Starter, Critical Thinking, Physical Movement, Punctuation, Recognize, Review, Student Choice

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Food Fight: Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Speaking and Listening

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Participating in difficult conversations in a classroom setting gives students a chance to learn how to express ideas and opinions safely. In this lesson, students build trust and respect for each other, building their confidence to speak on difficult topics without fear. Students will engage with complex... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.1.R.1, 9.1.R.2, 9.1.W.2
More 4-5
Time Frame 200
Move, Flip, and Slide!

Building Relationships & Community in the Classroom

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Be ready to move! Classroom practices that engage and maintain student interest while promoting student-centered learning and real-world connections are highlighted in this lesson. Students use Flipgrid technology to gain opportunities to communicate in a new and exciting manner. Students experience... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Move, Flip, and Slide!

Building Relationships & Community in the Classroom

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.1.L.1, 9.1.L.2, 9.1.S.2
More 1 period
Time Frame 60 minutes
Hall of Injustice, Part 2

Guided Inquiry Research

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 9th

This lesson builds on the inquiry questions that students developed in the lesson "Hall of Injustice, Part 1." Students will use their inquiry questions based on the Tulsa Race Massacre to write an informative research paper that focuses on how remembering history impacts the present. Students will... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Hall of Injustice, Part 2

Guided Inquiry Research

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts, Social Studies

Course Course

  • Composition, Oklahoma History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 9th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • OKH.5.2, OKH.5.2E, OKH.5.2F, 8.6.R.1, 8.6.W.3, 8.6.W.4, 8.7.W
More 4-5 class periods
Time Frame 200 minutes
Hall of Injustice, Part 1

Guided Inquiry Research

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 9th

This lesson focuses on comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction, writing a researchable inquiry question, and developing justice-based research questions. Students will familiarize themselves with the Tulsa Race Massacre and then read an excerpt from the novel "Dreamland Burning," followed by... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Hall of Injustice, Part 1

Guided Inquiry Research

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts, Social Studies

Course Course

  • Oklahoma History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 9th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.3.R.1, 9.3.R.7, 9.6.W.2, OKH.5.2, OKH.5.2E, OKH.5.2F
More 4-5 class periods
Time Frame 200 minutes
The Interlopers: Are You Ready to Rumble?

Conflict, Motivation, and Setting

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 11th

Students will read and analyze the short story "The Interlopers." They will determine multiple themes throughout the story, compare character motivation, and evaluate the effects of setting on the story. Using a similar format, students will research a popular “feud” in contemporary culture or history... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Interlopers: Are You Ready to Rumble?

Conflict, Motivation, and Setting

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 11th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • A.P. Literature and Composition, British Literature, World Literature

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.3.R.3, 9.3.W.3
More 3-4
Time Frame 180-200 minutes
Equally Unequal: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

Equality, Fairness, and the Amendments

Students will read and analyze the short story, "Harrison Bergeron," by American writer Kurt Vonnegut. Students will consider how the amendments to the constitution promote equality. They will discuss different claims, which support the amendments, and discuss evidence or lack of evidence to explain... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Equally Unequal: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

Equality, Fairness, and the Amendments

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.3.R.5, 9.7.W.1, 9.7.W.2
More 4
Time Frame 200