All resources in ELA Instruction 6-8th grade

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

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education

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All MCHE materials are appropriate for grades 7th and up only. We encourage you to explore the many options and resources we have available. The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors Isak Federman and Jack Mandelbaum. We teach the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. Located at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, MCHE reaches thousands of youths and adults each year through school and community outreach programs, often offered in cooperation with other not-for-profits. More than 400 individuals are current members of MCHE. An operating endowment totaling over $2 million is prudently invested to ensure the future operations of the organization. Other sources of revenue include annual memberships, grants, tribute donations, and program fees, as well as sales of books and documentary films based on local testimony of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust. We are a 501(c)(3), and donations to MCHE are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. At the invitation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education joined the Federation’s list of partner agencies in June 1996. Within the family of Federation agencies, we are unique in the bridges we build to the non-Jewish community. This priority is reflected in our board of directors, more than one-third of which is not Jewish.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Midwest Center for Holocaust Education

Folger Shakespeare Library

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"Shakespeare has something to say to everyone, and everyone has something to say back to Shakespeare." The Folger Method is a way of teaching complex texts that enables all students to own—and enjoy—the process of reading closely, interrogating texts, discovering language with peers, and contributing to the ongoing human conversation about words and ideas. It is a radical engine for equity that teachers consistently call “transformative.”

Material Type: Lesson


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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

Teacher Sets at Cleveland Public Library

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YRead? Book SetYRead? Book Sets provide multiple copies of quality titles for use by educators in the classroom or community group leaders. The titles selected are for Kindergarten through High School students. Educators are encouraged to read the requested title to determine content and reading level appropriateness for their classroom.Call 216-623-2834 for details Click Here to order a set for pick up at Cleveland Public Library locations

Material Type: Bibliography, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Laura McShane

Universal School Library

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The Universal School Library (USL), is a growing collection of digitized books within the Internet Archive’s larger holdings, made available through controlled digital lending, and curated by a national advisory group of school librarians, librarian educators and researchers. Currently, you can search and find selected books from a selection of school libraries across the country, as well as from nationally recognized book award and recommendation lists. The goal of the USL is to increase equitable access to education through the availability of a set of diverse and inclusive books for all learners. Now in an early phase of development, the project aims to make available a curated collection of 15,000 high-quality books, especially for students in schools who no longer have access to school libraries. The collection is organized around three pillars of literacy: academic literacy, cultural literacy, and college/career literacy. And, in addition, the collection is designed using principles of diversity, equity and inclusion as central to the curatorial approach. ISKME, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, a global education nonprofit, leads the development of USL, together with a team of project advisors and school librarians, in partnership with the Internet Archive. Please contact for more information.

Material Type: Primary Source, Reading

Authors: Internet Archive, ISKME