Improving Literary Understanding Through Classroom Conversation Booklet
Effective literature instruction develops reading, writing, thinking, and other literacy skills -- but that is easier said than done. A new booklet by Judith Langer and Elizabeth Close shares some of the most effective strategies, drawing on the research and including real classroom examples. The booklet is designed for teachers and administrators who wish to improve their students' reading comprehension
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Introduction to Psychology
What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. We will look at how these aspect
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The public policy – action relationship
Much literature on the public policy process focuses narrowly on the policy-making part. This unit widens the focus to examine the implementation phase, and how change happens as a result of new policies: that is, policy – action relationship. It does t
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Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg
Although society's attitude toward mental illness has improved, discrimination and misconceptions surrounding those affected are still prevalent. This unit explores a number of issues relating to mental health practice, including the difference between me
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Literature Games: Find the Authors
Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! Among hundreds of letters, the names of Literature Laureates are hidden. Pick a period and search for the authors mentioned on the list beside the puzzle. The names may be written in all directions. When you've found a name, mark ...
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Letters, Telegrams, and Photographs Illustrating Factors That Affected the Civil War
This site allows students to analyze a variety of documents to identify events, actions, and individuals who contributed to the Civil War's outcome. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Social Sciences. It also has cross-curricular connections with your history, government, and American literature.
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Pioneer Life With Laura
Through literature, both fiction and nonfiction, the learner will develop an understanding of and an appreciation for: Why pioneers left their homes and families to journey west; The hardships pioneers faced on the journey and as they built a new life on the frontier; Family life on the frontier; Building a community; Destruction of the way of life of the Plains Indians and their forced movement to reservations; Effects the pioneers had on the natural environment.
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"Bench to Bedside: Molecularly Targeted Therapies in Blood Disorders and Malignancy, Fall 2009"
" Where do new drugs and treatments come from? This class will take you from the test tubes and mice of the laboratory to the treatment of patients with deadly blood disorders. Students will learn how to think as a scientist through discussion of primary research papers describing the discoveries of several novel treatments. Topics such as gene therapy, the potential of drugs based on RNA interference and the reprogramming of somatic cells into stem cells for regenerative medicine will be discus
Author(s): Flygare, Johan,Wong, Bill

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"When Development Goes Awry: How Cancer Co-opts Mechanisms of Embryogensis, Fall 2009"
" During this course, we will study the similarities between cancer and normal development to understand how tumors co-opt normal developmental processes to facilitate cancer initiation, maintenance and progression. We will examine critical signaling pathways that govern these processes and, importantly, how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. We will discuss how future treatments might be personalized to target cancer cells in specific patients. We w
Author(s): Meylan, Etienne,Oliver, Trudy

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"Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching, Fall 2009"
" The MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory This handbook includes 16 Guidelines on Learning based on the research literature on student learning and accepted good teaching practice, that inform the teaching at MIT. Each Guideline is explained with appropriate quotes and there are links to examples of the guideline in action. The handbook is an adaptation of the "Guidelines on Learning that inform teaching at the University of New South Wales" and it's associated Toolkit. This has now been expand
Author(s): Breslow, Lori

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"Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender, Spring 2009"
" This course is primarily a literature seminar. We will use American literature as a lens through which to examine different passing tropes. It will provide an introduction to queer, gender, and critical race theories for science and math majors. We will read such works as Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom, Incognegro, and Focault's A History of Sexuality, to name just a few."
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Genres in Literature
Students will utilize several handheld applications to gain a better understanding of the term “genre” and how it relates to the various literature selections they experience as readers.
Author(s): Sheila Bolmeier

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Palms and Literature
Students will use a variety of Palm applications to enhance their comprehension and understanding of the Civil War through the literature selection Charley Skedaddle. They will also work on building vocabulary.
Author(s): Rose Campney

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Improving Student Essay Writing
English II teachers are constantly searching for strategies to improve students' analytical responses to literature. This lesson is designed for all types of learners, offering various activities for all learning styles. Individual, small group, and whole class activities on essay writing culminate ...
Author(s): Shawn Parker

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Setting and Symbolism in A Doll's House
This lesson is designed as a follow-up to the reading and discussion of the play "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen. An understanding of the two literary terms setting and symbolism, and their impact on a work of literature, are essential to students' success in following the guidelines outlined in the ...
Author(s): Guy Hill,Crystal Brown

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Marketing "Song of Roland--the Movie"
This enrichment and review lesson ties the French epic poem "Song of Roland" to workforce development marketing skills. It allows students to imagine themselves as entrepreneurs engaged in marketing schemes for "Song of Roland--the Movie" as they read the epic in English world literature class.
Author(s): Betty Eidenier

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"Oedipus the King" Reader's Theatre
Students will rewrite the Greek tragedy in a modern context in order to review and analyze the plot. This assignment is designed as a final project in a Greek Theatre unit. It is expected that the literature has already been read and analyzed as a class. I have found that this project is an innovative way to review for a unit test on the play and Greek Theatre.
Author(s): Gina LaManna

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Teaching "Style"
This exercise works best as a review at the mid-point or end of a literature course. Paired students describe the style of ten authors ranging from "ornate" to "plain," and then compare the authors' styles through a designated series of metaphors.
Author(s): Charlotte Osterman

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The Art of Interpretation: A.C.T.
SPARK goes backstage at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), as Artistic Director Carey Perloff takes on one of the 20th century's most important and challenging plays – Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot." This Educator Guide explores Beckett's work and absurdism in literature.
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Conflict resolution: Working with perceptions
This unit deals with one of the "non-linear" dimensions of cooperative problem solving - perceptions. If we understand that each of us experiences the world differently, then we can use our different perceptions as sources of creativity and understanding, rather than as sources of dissent.
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