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"We lived in the gaps between the stories." - Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid's Tale"
 
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Adichie's TED Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story) is a fabulous resource and introduction to World Literature. I love pairing her lens as a prelude to Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" however it has
Subjects:
Study Skills, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th
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I enjoy using Reading for Meaning exercises to encourage close reading, original thought, and discussion in the classroom. After students read Allende's short story, they decide whether the statements are true or false (the statements for this
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Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities
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You could modify this dialectic journal exercise for any of O'Brien's stories in "The Things They Carried." This asks students to closely read O'Brien and find other connections to previous texts and their lives - a great springboard for class
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Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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To extend and apply student knowledge of poetic devices, as well as the importance of hearing a poem, students are asked to watch three out of five slam poem performances. For their selected pieces, students can identify poetic devices used to make
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Activities
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Students use George Ella Lyon's poem, "Where I'm From" as model for writing about their own lives. After Lyon's poem, there is a brainstorming exercise, which follows, Lyon's concrete imagery. Students can answer the the questions and use that
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Rubrics
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*This exercise uses the Robert Fagles' translation of "Antigone." Before students encounter the play, have them close read passages to determine the themes they annotate for analysis.
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Activities
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This resource helps students who are learning how to annotate. After reading "The Youngest Doll," students are asked to analyze given passages for literary devices (conflict, theme, setting, characterization, magical realism imagery, and
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Short Stories, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
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When teaching William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," I have used the film, "Shakespeare Behind Bars" to extend Shakespeare's argument of imprisonment and the repercussions of a society which refuses to forgive. Students follow the prisoner/actors and
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Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Activities
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This exercise requires that students are familiar with Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero. Using the Robert Fagles' translation of "Antigone," students are able to determine if Creon is a tragic hero, using prescribed passage analysis, as well
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Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
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After reading Act II, sc iii of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," have students analyze Walter's context through the voices of Langston Hughes and Solange to prepare them for contextual understanding of Walter's speech about the "takers
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Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
10th, 11th
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Activities
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After reading Act I, sc i in "A Raisin in the Sun," have students examine the relationship between Walter and Mama using a close reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Mother to Son" ("Mother to Son" was the original title choice for Hansberry's work,
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
10th, 11th
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This is a post-reading activity for Langston Hughes' poem, "I, Too." Students can compose their own work using Hughes' poem as a model (mad-libs style). Given our current political climate, this exercise can allow students to think from a
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th
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This discussion activity can be facilitated using three small group stations. The second sheet includes descriptions and prompts for Antigone, Creon, and Sophocles' intent for group discussion. Example: Station: Creon and Leadership Discuss the
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Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
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9th, 10th
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What honest conversations students can have when they are prepared for them! This pre-reading activity has worked well for me, using timed mini-modified Fishbowl Conversations and the backchannel, "Todays Meet" to encourage more participation from
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Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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After reading Robert Fagles' "Antigone, students analyze a series of statements based upon literary critiques of Sophocles’ Antigone. As "Antigone" experts, they decide if the statement is True (T) or False (F). Students use textual support (cited
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
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This activity works best as an introduction to the relationship between Antigone and Ismene in Robert Fagles' translation of "Antigone." By juxtaposing Fagles and Heaney's translations, students can discern what is gained and lost in translating a
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Activities
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Using close reading passages from Robert Fagles' "Antigone," students can infer the repercussions of Antigone's cross cultural decision to bury her brother. This is a way to scaffold and help students with character analysis.
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts
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Defining tone is so challenging! - This reference uses words which appear on the ACT and SAT - to give students a guide when looking for an author's attitude. Words are in alphabetical order and numbered (students are intimidated when they see a
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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This is a way to incorporate art into the English classroom! Using paintings, which focus on the individual, students can make captioned inferences for each piece. As a quick 10 minute entrance ticket, students can pair/group up to share their
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EFL - ESL - ELD, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
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I use this exercise as an introduction to our Poetry Unit. Students have a week to complete two of the three interviews (I often let them complete all three for extra credit). I think the value of this exercise is for students to realize that
Subjects:
Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
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Activities
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I am an high school literature teacher, working in urban schools for twelve years.

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I find that the most rewarding moments are the ones where students can direct their own learning. I try to provide them tools to encourage deep critical thinking and real world connections. It's important to me that each student knows that he/she has a voice and that his/her voice deserves to be heard.

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John Carroll University, 2003: Communications and English Major Loyola University Chicago, 2007: Med in Secondary Education, English

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