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Lesson Addition: Exploring Class Stereotypes through Satire

The Unit: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” an English 12 Building Evidence-Based Argument unit that asks students to form an evidence-based perspective on the problem of poverty. The Issue: Students unfamiliar with the concept … Continue reading

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Lesson Idea: Active Modeling & Organizing Evidence-Based Claims

Before students start writing their essays, they need to see what an organized essay looks like; they also need practice in organizing claims as well as individualized feedback. I’ve struggled with this aspect of writing-teaching because 1) It’s often unclear … Continue reading

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Debate: “Black Swan Green” & Censorship

“What is ‘appropriate’ for high school students? What is the value reading texts that contain violence or inappropriate language? Why do schools, teachers and parents censor? To what extent should they censor information?” These are some of the questions that … Continue reading

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EngageNY: Building Critical Thinkers

I’m all for student-centered learning environments in which students are asked to think deeply about texts. The CC didn’t invent student-questioning, close reading, text-centered discussions, collaboration, using evidence to back up ideas — these standards are in place to ensure … Continue reading

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Lesson Addition: Analyzing a “St. Lucy’s” Film Adaptation

I added this film analysis lesson to the end of Unit 1 in the first 9-12 ELA module from engageny. What I liked about this lesson is that it: 1) Got students moving around the classroom, 2) Asked students to … Continue reading

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“Brain Gain”: Teaching & Building on a Common Core Unit

Something that I loved about “Brain Gain,” a unit by Odell Education that is designed to help build students’ close reading, annotating, and text-based discussion skills, is that it asked students to think critically about the value of education. A … Continue reading

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