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"The Lady, or the Tiger?" Which Do You Choose?

Internal & External Conflict

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This lesson is based on the short story "The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton. Students will summarize the story and analyze each character's personality and internal conflict. Students will also identify the external conflict through the plot and setting. The author does not provide an ending... Read more »

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"The Lady, or the Tiger?" Which Do You Choose?

Internal & External Conflict

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#Summarize

Summarizing

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In this lesson, students will connect to the essential question, "What do the effects of life events look like?" through the skill of summarizing. To answer that question, students will summarize a slam poem, a short story, and a recent Presidential speech. To make a personal connection to the skill... Read more »

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#Summarize

Summarizing

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Shakespearean Sonnets and Iambic Pentameter

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In this lesson, students explore the patterns of rhyme and syllables in Shakespearean sonnets in order to understand iambic pentameter. Students compose their own original sonnets. Read more »

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Shakespearean Sonnets and Iambic Pentameter

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(Mis)Reported and (Mis)Remembered

The Vietnam War

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This lesson provides an overview of the key events and concepts of the Vietnam War. Using hands-on activities and discussions, students are able to explore the vocabulary and multiple perspectives of the war. This lesson is meant to be taught after this era and subject have been introduced to students.... Read more »

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(Not Quite) Breaking All the Rules

Poetry and Grammar

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It has been said that poetry is a place to break all the rules. In this lesson, students will not quite be rule-breakers, but rather work with rules of grammar to find how to integrate more structure and variety in verse. Using Shel Silverstein's poetry, students will initially analyze pieces for elements... Read more »

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3x - 2x Doesn't Equal 1?

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

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Students will physically model the concept of simplifying algebraic expressions as a class then apply this knowledge to written expressions. This is a great lesson for both introducing the concept as well as remediating like terms, if needed. Read more »

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3x - 2x Doesn't Equal 1?

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

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A Multimodal Approach to Edgar Allan Poe

Using drawing to understand an author's style

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In this lesson, students use drawing to help them understand key events and analyze the mood and style of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." Read more »

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A Multimodal Approach to Edgar Allan Poe

Using drawing to understand an author's style

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A Peace Built On Quicksand

Causes of WWII

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This lesson is meant to be taught after WWI content and introduces your students to WWII. Students will learn how economic and political issues after WWI lit a fuse that exploded into WWII. Using hands-on activities and discussions, students will explore the vocabulary and multiple causes of WWII. Following... Read more »

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A Peace of the Pie

Causes and Effects of the Congress of Vienna

This lesson introduces students to the impact of the Congress of Vienna. This lesson is meant to be taught after the French Revolution and Napoleon content has been introduced to students. Using hands-on activities, discussions, and research, students explore the individuals who helped shape the Congress... Read more »

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A Peace of the Pie

Causes and Effects of the Congress of Vienna

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A Perfect Match

Congruent Polygons

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Students will explore the properties of congruent polygons and analyze how to apply those properties to solve problems. Read more »

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A Perfect Match

Congruent Polygons

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A Stone's Throw Away: The Dangers of Tradition

The Lottery

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In this lesson, students explore the theme of tradition by reading Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” and an accompanying article, “The Dangers of Tradition.” As students develop their own beliefs concerning the value and possible dangers of tradition, they share their opinions with their... Read more »

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Students will conduct a data-driven lab using common human phenotypes and present their findings to their peers in a Gallery Walk. Common genetic vocabulary will be researched by students and they will present their findings to the class. Students will connect common genetic themes with their earlier... Read more »

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Time Frame 4-5 class period(s)