ELA Instruction 6-8th grade

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The American Abolitionist Movement

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This collection uses primary sources to explore the American Abolitionist Movement. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Material Type: Primary Source

Author: Kerry Dunne

Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands

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Drawing upon the online archives of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, this lesson helps students to put the events described by Anne Frank into historical perspective, and also serves as a broad overview of the Nazi conquest of Europe during World War II. After surveying the experiences of various countries under Nazi occupation, the lesson ends with activities related specifically to the Netherlands and Anne Frank.

Material Type: Lesson Plan


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Sharing Content with Students All users can access the full text of all of our plays, with embedded media, for free. But it’s also possible to share direct links to a piece of our media with students. If a teacher would like to share a specific piece of media with students, they may access these links via our play-specific Google docs: Romeo and Juliet Julius Caesar Macbeth Hamlet The Taming of the Shrew A Midsummer Night's Dream

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Authors: Greg Watkins, Richard Clark

Teaching For Change - Promise of Change

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From Debbie Levy: "Today, Jo Ann will be the first to remind you that she is just one of twelve black students who went through the agonizing experience of desegregating Clinton High School.  She'll make sure you know that because of her parents' decision to leave, she spent only one semester there.  The heroes, she'll say, are Bobby Cain and Gail Ann Epps - the ones who hung in there long enough to graduate despite the danger and discomfort of showing up, day after day, to a place where they knew they were not wanted. I say they are all heroes."

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Laura McShane

100 Documents.pdf

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Students were randomly assigned a document from the list of 100 Milestone Documents compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration. They researched the document and completed several projects based on it including an essay, an oral presentation and a reading project. Based on the document, Executive Order 9066: Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese (1942). students chose a book to read and then share with a project of their own choosing. This student read Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata and then created a scrapbook about the book and its connection to the document. Students were given a checklist/rubric of the required elements for the project.

Material Type: Activity/Lab


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Students use the method of their choice to combine two sentences based on an excerpt from 1984 by George Orwell. Students practice using various types of phrases and clauses to convey meaning and add variety to combined sentences.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive