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After students learn how jobs are selected in The Giver, they will critically analyze if they would like that process from themselves. Then they will observe classmates to determine an appropriate job for them. Once students receive their jobs for their classmates, they will reflect on the process.  

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For this lesson, students will learn through a video and powerpoint presentation how to cite in-text in APA format. Students will have an opportunity to practice citing in-text before citing in their own APA research paper.

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Students will learn why it is important to cite when writing. They will watch a video and look through a Prezi to learn how to cite their sources in APA. After they know the correct way to format their citations, they will work through a worksheets to identify sources that are formatted correctly. They will end the lesson by writing their own reference page for their research paper.

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After students have read Out of the Dust, they will create a Glogster. They will write about the theme, use their vocabulary words in writing, write using similes, metaphors, and personification in poetry, compare and contrast Billie Jo’s experience to someone else in history, and be able to pick an option from a list.

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Before students read Out of the Dust or another novel that takes place during the Dust Bowl, students will gain background information on the Dust Bowl, Dust Bowl Migration, Mass Exodus, and Black Sunday. They will experience the Dust Bowl through a short video and pictures.  

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For these lessons, students will be taken through a variety of activities to learn about plagiarism. They will learn what plagiarism is, the consequence for it, how to paraphrase writing, when to use direct quotes, and how to cite. This is a wonderful webquest for students to go through.  

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For this lesson, students will learn how to write a mystery. They will be given a list of Nursery Rhymes and asked to create a mystery from the Nursery Rhyme. For example, Did Humpty Dumpty really fall off the wall or was he pushed? They will create a comic from their mystery.

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There is often a lot of confusion on when to use good vs well. This lesson will clear up the confusion! Students will watch a youtube video on this, play a game, and end the lesson with a writing assignment where they will show their mastery of the concept.

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This is the first Unit in a Life Science study designed for Middle School students.  It explores concepts such as What is Science, Technology in Science, Scientific Inquiry, What is Life, and an Introduction into Cells: Structure and Reproduction.

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Middle school students will examine the key features of civilization using Google Earth to examine ancient Egypt, China, or Mesopotamia. 

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