Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Elie Wiesel (1928) Was Born

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel is a writer, professor, political activist, Peace Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of 57 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: Using Student-Centered Comprehension Strategies with Elie Wiesel’s Night
Objectives: Students will:
- read and discuss a memoir.
- use reciprocal teaching strategies.
- work collaboratively to explore and discuss readings.
- present and discuss information orally.
Grade Level: 9-12
Subject: Literature / Language
Materials: Class set of the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel.
- Reciprocal Teaching Guidelines,
- Discussion Question Guidelines for Night
- Reciprocal Teaching Notes
- Self-Reflection: Taking Part in a Group (PDF)
Time Needed: three 50-minute class periods or more
Provided by: ReadWriteThink

Monday, September 28, 2009

World Rabies Day 2009

World Rabies Day, observed on September 28th each year, is a global initiative to raise awareness about the continuing burden of rabies and how the disease can be prevented.
Despite being 100% preventable, one person dies from rabies every ten minutes. It is estimated that 52,560 people die worldwide from rabies each year. Children are particularly at risk, with almost half of all rabies deaths occurring in children under 15 years. The main source of human exposure to rabies, especially in children, is from dogs. Rabies can be transmitted from dogs not vaccinated against the disease. Unfortunately, vaccination is neglected in many parts of the world.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: World Rabies Day 2009
Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will:
- the impact of rabies
- how to avoid contracting rabies
- how to avoid dog bites
- how rabies can be eliminated
Grade Level: K-4
Subject: Rabies prevention
Materials: Computers with access to the Internet.
Handouts: Make Rabies History! (PowerPoint pesentation)
Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
Provided by: Alliance for Rabies Control
Link: http://www.worldrabiesday.org_Lesson%_Plan.doc

Friday, September 25, 2009

William Faulkner (1897 – 1962) Was Born

William Faulkner was an American author, Nobel Prize-winner in Literature (1949), one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.
Most of Faulkner's works are set in his native state of Mississippi and he is considered one of the most important Southern writers along with Mark Twain, Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams.
His most celebrated novels are: The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), Light in August (1932), and Absalom, Absalom! (1936).

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: A Vast and Enduring Monument: William Faulkner’s Literary lesson plan
Objectives: Students will:
describe the characteristics of William Faulkner’s writing,
explain William Faulkner’s significance in the literary world,
analyze a primary source,
analyze a William Faulkner short story.
Grade Level: 7-12
Subject: Mississippi Studies / Literature
Materials:Copies of William Faulkner’s short stories: A Rose for Emily, Two Soldiers, The Bear; access to the Internet.
Handouts: Sample Analysis Sheet (PDF Format)
Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
Provided by: Mississippi Historical Society (Author: Karla Smith, Biloxi, Mississippi)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The End of Lewis and Clark Daring Expedition - September 23, 1806

On September 23, 1986, the Lewis and Clark expedition (Corps of Discovery) arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, ending their journey after two years, four months, and ten days.
The expedition, originally intended to determine exactly what was obtained in the Louisiana Purchase, laid much of the groundwork for the Westward Expansion of the United States.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: Analyzing the Lewis and Clark Journals
Objectives: Interpret Corps of Discovery journal entries as primary documents.
Grade Level: 6-12
Subject: US history
A copy of Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Internet access
A television and VCR or DVD player
Handouts: Journal entries (web); Student Activity Sheet (PDF file).
Time Needed: Three class periods
Provided by: PBS

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sir William Golding (1911 - 1993) Was Born

Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate (1983), best known for his novel Lord of the Flies (1954).

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: Lord of the Flies
Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will understand:
  • What happens to a group of boys stranded on an island with no adult supervision.
  • What happens to civilized people when the structures of civilization disappear.
    Grade Level: 6-8
    Subject: Literature
    Materials: The novel Lord of the Flies.
    Time Needed: Two class periods.
    Provided by: Discovery Education (Credit: Summer Productions, Inc.)
  • Friday, September 18, 2009

    Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784) Was Born

    Best renowned for his A Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1755, which is regarded as among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language.

    - Wikipedia

    Lesson Plan Information
    Title: Dictionary Skills
    Objectives: Word location in a dictionary by using guide words.
    Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8
    Subject: Language Arts
    Materials: Spelling list, dictionary.
    Handouts: Dictionary Skills Worksheet - Guide Words.
    Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
    Provided by: A to Z Teacher Stuff, L.L.C (By Upsadaisy)