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Concepts
Grade: 9-12
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Whole Group:

First, students will review the first page of the Scansion and Iambic Pentameter handout.  Spend time going over how to scan a poem and what it means to write in iambic pentameter.  

Next, students will scan and identify the rhyme scheme for “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare. Scaffold as... VIEW FULL LESSON

Historical Context
Grade: 9-12
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One of the first pieces of information given to students when studying 1984 by George Orwell is the fact that the novel is heavily influenced by the reign of terror during World War II. Using these resources and activity ideas, students will instead discover where Orwell's ideas originated using two invaluable documents: both... VIEW FULL LESSON

Concepts
Grade: 9-12
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This lesson examines whether or not the titular character from Shakespeare's play Othello fits the criteria of a tragic hero as set by Aristotle in his notorious book about dramatic theory, Poetics.
Before reading Othello, students should become familiar with the qualities of a tragic hero as outlined in the document... VIEW FULL LESSON

Characters
Grade: 9-12
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"But what is the correct interpretation?"

English teachers have been plagued by this question since the dawn of time. Well... maybe not that long ago, but many students are stuck on finding the "correct" interpretation of a piece of literature. It is important for teachers to enforce how literature is... VIEW FULL LESSON

Characters
Grade: K-8
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This lesson can act as an excellent formative assessment for Jack London's novel The Call of the Wild while simultaneously connecting with mathematics skills (particularly graphing). The attached worksheets are designed for the lesson to be administered after the whole book is completed, but the sheets can easily adjusted for... VIEW FULL LESSON

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