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Use this creative character-analysis activity to help students develop understanding of and empathy for a literary or historical figure.
Help students track a story’s main ideas and supporting details by having them illustrate important scenes.
Use this strategy to improve students’ reading skills and help them connect ideas in a text to their own lives, current events, and history.
Facilitate thoughtful group discussions by having students first share their ideas in writing and with a partner.
Students mimic a town hall meeting as they share their perspectives on a topic.
Use this teaching strategy to help students learn how to take notes by identifying "key ideas" in one column and their "responses" in another column.
Students interview classmates to gather evidence and ideas about a topic as they practice being active listeners.
Support students’ tracking of new or important vocabulary by displaying these words in a shared space in the classroom.
Encourage all students to share their quick reactions to a question, topic, or text.
Analyze the lyrics of two 1960s era songs about respect, by Otis Redding and The Staple Singers.
Read the speech Susan B. Anthony delivered after being arrested for voting in a presidential election before women had gained the right to vote.
Consider quotes from South Africans about the nature of democracy and what makes it work.