Published Lessons

Lessons in this area of the site have been vetted and approved as model lessons. These lessons have been subjected to intense review, editing, revision and discussion. If you have an idea on how to improve, expand, or adapt a Published Lesson, you can still join the lesson group to share your ideas.

From Behind the Fence


Students often have a difficult time connecting to non-fiction texts simply because they cannot identify with the subject matter. In this lesson, students will be challenged to step inside the mind of someone halfway around the world (a child during the Holocaust or the crisis in Darfur), analyze details of visual media, identify and summarize important information, and compare and contrast two major events in the history of our civilization. This lesson will stretch students’ perspectives on global issues and challenge them to form their own opinions on topics such as racial discrimination, social injustice, and genocide.

“Watch Your Tone”: Tone Analysis through Music & Nonfiction


Students will use close reading strategies to analyze an author’s tone within nonfiction texts. The class will begin with modern music lyrics and then shift into famous passages of nonfiction writers. Through collaborative exercises, students will scaffold knowledge of word choice and structure to analyze tone within several messages. Expansion of knowledge will develop through an analysis of the I Have a Dream Speech by Martin Luther King Jr , which will be assessed through writing.

Comparing Key Scenes in Different Media – “True Love”

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Everyone has a favorite movie. However, when you read a great book and then see the movie, it often is disappointing because two hours is not enough time to put in all the details from the novel. Nonetheless, there are times when a movie does the novel justice. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the written version with the movie version of The Princess Bride sword fight and true love scenes. Students will also watch an interview with Mandy Patinkin, who states all the characters in the movie are searching for true love. Students will discuss whether Patinkin’s point of view (that the most important thing in life is true love) is reasoned using evidence and logic. Finally, students will choose a novel or movie with a similar theme – true love – and write a compare and contrast essay of the two citing evidence.

Genetics – “Innocent at Birth?”

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Students will explore the concept of genetically modified organisms (GMO) such as agricultural crops and animals. Students will research the pros and cons of GMOs and discuss the ethics involved in creating a GMO. Students will utilize the information to define a GMO and conduct a mock trial to debate the ethics of GMO’s.

Comparing Characters Within Classic Plays – “Who’s Your Daddy??”

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Popular youth literature frequently has themes and characters that resonate with teenagers. Young audiences identify with characters such as Percy Jackson, the protagonist in The Lightening Thief movie, and Bella, the protagonist in Twilight, because they can see parts of themselves or others in these characters. For example, Percy struggles with belonging and Bella longs to be accepted as she is; both are common struggles for teens. In this lesson, students will analyze the father figure experiences in Shakespeare’s King Lear, Sophocles’ Oedipus, and Miller’s Death of a Salesman peering through the theme lens of acceptance.

Oklahoma C3/CCSS Recommended Resources

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In this download you will find links to resources for information regarding OK C3 standards and CCSS. These resources include detailed information about CCSS as well as practical resources for Authentic Implementation of OK C3 standards and CCSS.

A Modest Proposal

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Students will discover history in new context. By reading “A Modest Proposal” students will think about the unthinkable as they discover some of the truths behind the Irish potato famine. At the same time they will explore figurative language and connotation and culminate with using these literary devices in their own writing. Students will read “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift and analyze/ break down words and phrases to determine true meaning. Students will use an analytical reading tool to monitor themselves while reading and work in pairs to analyze/ break down the literature. Students will then share out their “true meaning” of the text. The unit will end with the students incorporating figurative language and connotation in their own satirical writing.

Street Cred

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From street credit to citing researched information, our students must know the best sources of information and how to cite that information in their writing. This lesson covers all of this and more and is tied to CCSS. Students will identify and rate evidence in order to create a research project that cites credible sources in the correct format. Prior knowledge on writing genres and textual evidence is necessary.


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Through cooperative learning students explore and analyze documents containing information about the lives of Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Tubman.

Writing Wrongs

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The purpose of this lesson is to highlight strategies and processes for writing. In this lesson students analyze peer writing and create a list of common writing mistakes. The checklist will then serve as a writing aid for future classroom writing activities.

Get to the Point…of View

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Students explore different points of view in writing.

Shy to Sharing

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The purpose of this lesson is to highlight strategies to get students sharing ideas through writing and substantive conversation. The subject matter and articles can be modified, but the process is the same. Students are presented with a polarizing topic and challenged to choose sides and argue their points with facts, citations, and, depending on the age-group, counterclaims.

Love is in the Air PSA

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This lesson is designed to be used as a school-wide thematic unit or by individual content areas. Students engage in a specific topic related to love and create a poster or other Public Service Announcement (PSA) to tell the story of love within that topic

Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?


This lesson is a great tool for educating students in the proper way to use Wikipedia as a legitimate research tool. As a result of this lesson, students will learn some invaluable strategies for evaluating the integrity and quality of information that they find while researching.

The Logic of Legos®: Constructing an Argument


In this lesson students will interact with basic building blocks and will develop a concrete understanding of the elements of a logical argument. Students will practice the art of defending a claim and anticipating rebuttals, and through various activities, will be prepared to engage in future lessons in which they are asked to develop in-depth arguments to defend their opinions and beliefs.

A Stretch of the Imagination


A Stretch of the Imagination is not a lesson in the true sense of the word. Instead, it is a resource or strategy for assisting students in writing paragraphs and essays, whether persuasive, narrative, or expository.

War of the Words


A debate over the four main parts of speech.
Using Disciplined Inquiry to Engage Students
Of all of the amazing skills that students possess, perhaps there is none greater than their ability to argue! Throw a grammar lesson in front of them, and most will tune out immediately. The subject matter simply does not get them excited. […]

Here’s How I Heard It


This lesson will use Folklore to take students through a study of story analysis. Students will learn to infer meaning, identify genre-specific characteristics, and will attempt to connect works of literature to similar works from other cultures.

Who I Am

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In this lesson, students develop a personal 2-D timeline, free write about who they are, develop a haiku based on their future, and then do data gathering and organizing in order to prepare their own infographic.

In Other Words


This lesson serves as a review of figurative language and sound devices.

The Anatomy of a Story


This lesson lays out a very simple approach to dissecting the structure of a story. The end result will give students not only a means for understanding literature, but a means for understanding their own “story”. This lesson stresses the idea that exploring literature helps us to better understand the human experience.

Genocide? You Decide.


This lesson challenges students to take a stance on a very controversial issue at the heart of the crisis in Darfur. Students will be challenged to gather information about the conflict, and using the United Nations definition of genocide, determine for themselves whether or not the conflict in Darfur should be recognized as genocide of the Sudanese people. This research unit will help students become more efficient seekers of information, and will equip them with the tools necessary for constructing a thesis and defending their position.

What’s the Scoop?


Student comprehension is a main focus of assessment testing, and comprehension is often measured through a variety of question types including: recall, comprehension, analysis, application, synthesis, and evaluation. Through this lesson, students will explore these types of questions and develop their own questions in correlation to a news article they choose.

The Way I See It


This lesson, using a familiar children’s story, will examine two points of view that students should consider when reading a text, and will challenge students to view the world from a perspective other than their own.

True Lies


In this discussion students will take a critical look at both sides of the energy debate in the United States through an evaluation of current media.

A Novel Idea


While basic summary and recall should never be completely overlooked, these skills should not be the ultimate goal when assessing a student’s success while reading a novel. The Systematic Symbols note taking process allows students to still demonstrate basic summary and generalization skills, but gives them an avenue through which they can combine note taking with rich discussions and personal reflection. This method will challenge students to engage with the text at a deeper level, while still giving them practice in the skills necessary to be successful on the EOI.

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