English & Language Arts

Lesson Plan: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a work of literature

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Students will study Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and discuss the literary influences on King’s speech. Continue reading

What news stories do students want to see in 2019?

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Middle and high school students across the U.S. recently shared what issues they would like to see the news media cover in 2019. Check out what they had to say! Continue reading

Lesson plan: What 2018 news stories mattered most to your students?

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For a fun end-of-year activity, students will create an online magazine of their top 10 news stories from 2018 to share with classmates and family members. Continue reading

How the news, Netflix and social media influence how schools talk about suicide

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Over the last decade, the suicide rate among teenagers in the U.S. has increased. Use this lesson to discuss the role the media plays in discussions on suicide prevention and awareness. Continue reading

Elevate student voice by teaching the power of listening

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This Thanksgiving, teach students the importance of storytelling, and most of all, listening. Based on StoryCorp’s The Great Thanksgiving Listen, students will record an interview with an elder relative, hone interview and listening skills and become part of America’s great oral history project. Continue reading

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