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10 Ways to be Successful at Distance Learning (for Students)
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This is a short and to-the-point video (Students Distance Learning.mp4) from Alex Case in Loudoun County. It can give you ideas for making your own video for your division's students, and even for your teachers!

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Computer Science
Cross-Curricular
CTE
English
ESL
Fine Arts
Health/Physical Education
History/Social Sciences
Mathematics
Science
Special Education
World Languages
Material Type:
Visual Media
Author:
Alex Case
Date Added:
09/25/2020
6th Grade-Unit 1
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This unit functions as an introduction to ELA6. Included are 7 days' worth of activities that get students engaged in the content and set the stage for yearlong processes and procedures. Activities include: a virtual Book Pass; an introduction to the process of Writing Seeds and samples for you to use; a survey that asks students to explore who they are as a reader and a writer; a Personal Reading Timeline mini-project; several options that allow students to track their IR throughout the year; and a Summative Assessment in the form of a Literacy Narrative, with mentor texts and rubric

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English
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Kirsten Corcoran
Date Added:
07/21/2020
6th Grade-Unit 2
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This unit represents Unit 2 for ELA6.  Included are 16 days of activities that get students engaged in the content and continue to build on year-long processes and procedures.  Activities include practice with fiction signposts, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, summary strategies, narrative elements and plot diagrams, reading summative assessment, and writing formative assessment in the form of a narrative essay with mentor texts and rubric.

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Christi Bacon
Date Added:
08/25/2020
7th Grade-Unit 1
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This unit functions as an introduction to ELA7. Included are 7 days' worth of activities that get students engaged in the content and set the stage for yearlong processes and procedures. Activities include: a virtual Book Pass; an introduction to the process of Writing Seeds and samples for you to use; a survey that asks students to explore who they are as a reader and a writer; a Personal Reading Timeline mini-project; several options that allow students to track their IR throughout the year; and a Summative Assessment in the form of a Literacy Narrative, with mentor texts and rubric

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Kirsten Corcoran
Date Added:
07/27/2020
7th Grade-Unit 2
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This unit represents Unit 2 for ELA7.  Included are 16 days of activities that get students engaged in the content and continue to build on year-long processes and procedures.  Activities include practice with fiction signposts, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, summary strategies, narrative elements and plot diagrams, reading summative assessment, and writing formative assessment in the form of a narrative essay with mentor texts and rubric.

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Christi Bacon
Date Added:
08/25/2020
8th Grade-Unit 1
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This unit functions as an introduction to ELA8. Included are 7 days' worth of activities that get students engaged in the content and set the stage for yearlong processes and procedures. Activities include: a virtual Book Pass; an introduction to the process of Writing Seeds and samples for you to use; a survey that asks students to explore who they are as a reader and a writer; a Personal Reading Timeline mini-project; several options that allow students to track their IR throughout the year; and a Summative Assessment in the form of a Literacy Narrative, with mentor texts and rubric

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English
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Kirsten Corcoran
Date Added:
07/27/2020
8th Grade-Unit 2
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This unit represents Unit 2 for ELA8.  Included are 17 days of activities that get students engaged in the content and continue to build on year-long processes and procedures.  Activities include practice with fiction signposts, sentence structure, dialogue and direct quotations, characterization, summary strategies, narrative elements and plot diagrams, reading summative assessment, and writing formative assessment in the form of a character analysis essay with mentor texts and rubric.

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Christi Bacon
Date Added:
08/25/2020
About Writing
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This writer’s reference condenses and covers everything a beginning writing student needs to successfully compose college-level work, including the basics of composition, grammar, and research. It is broken down into easy-to-tackle sections, while not overloading students with more information than they need. Great for any beginning writing students or as reference for advanced students!

Subject:
Writing
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Date Added:
05/27/2015
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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This collection uses primary sources to explore The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Subject:
English
Fiction
History/Social Sciences
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Author:
Susan Ketcham
Date Added:
04/11/2016
Accepting Ourselves and Others
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In this unit, students read the core texts The Hundred Dresses and Garvey's Choice as a way of exploring what it means to be accepting and tolerant of themselves and others. The Hundred Dresses challenges students to think about the different roles associated with bullying through the eyes of the narrator, who struggles with her own involvement with a classmate who is bullied. Garvey's Choice illustrates the way others influence the way we see ourselves, both positively and negatively, and the power of accepting ourselves by tracing Garvey's path to self-discovery and acceptance. Both texts are full of moments and messages that are easily relatable for students at this grade level. Therefore, it is our hope that the experiences of the characters in both texts will serve as a neutral launching point for deeper discussions about bullying, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness.

In reading, the main focus of the unit is on identifying and tracing the central message across a longer text. Over the course of the text, students will develop a deep understanding of each character's thoughts, feelings, and motivations, which will help them identify and explain how the central message is developed and conveyed through the characters. Students will also begin to understand how successive parts of a text build on each other to push the plot forward. Particularly with Garvey's Choice, students will analyze the genre features of novels written in verse and how each part helps build and develop the central message. This unit also focused on point of view. Students will begin to notice the point of view in which a story is told and compare that with their own point of view.

Subject:
English
Communication and Multimodal Literacy
Fiction
Reading
Writing
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Match Fishtank
Provider Set:
Fishtank ELA
Date Added:
01/01/2017
The Activity Model for Inquiry: Reflective Writing Prompts
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Reflective writing is be a valuable communication tool between instructor and student that fosters critical thinking. When combined with a better model of the scientific method (the AMI) than the "standard" linear model, learners gain a better understanding of the process of science.

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Amy Ellwein
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Adopting Open Educational Resources in the Classroom
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VCCS's "Pathways" Course provides faculty with an introduction to the laws that influence the use, re-use, and distribution of content they may want to use in a course. Activities include finding openly licensed content for use in a class and publishing openly licensed works created by faculty. At the end of the course, students will have openly licensed content that will be ready for use in a course.

Subject:
Research
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Author:
Linda Williams
Date Added:
06/11/2019
Advanced Phonics Activities
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This page contains sequential and supplemental activities that help teachers teach students to read word families, compound words, contractions, double-letter words, silent-letter words, -ed words and 's words.

Subject:
English
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Wireless Generation
Provider Set:
FreeReading
Date Added:
05/28/2019
Advancing Change through Public Awareness
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As diseases become stronger in nature, currently available antibiotics are no longer strong enough to suppress and cure said diseases. Therefore, what factors contribute to diseases becoming resistant to drugs and what public policies should be developed around them?  In this problem-based learning module, students will work with partners or in groups to first assess the increasing problem of drug-resistant diseases and the toll they are taking on the American public. Additionally, students will work to investigate what hospitals and lawmakers are doing to address this problem. Once students understand and are familiar with the current state of affairs, they will then work to further understand and research exactly why this issue needs to be brought to the attention of the general public, in order to promote change to current hospital procedures and policies. Further, students will determine the current political climate and support (or lack thereof) for policy, and will analyze the interest in keeping, changing or removing said policies altogether. Once the group has a full understanding, students will then work to determine their position on the issues surrounding antibiotic resistant diseases and the policies associated with these diseases. As soon as the group reaches a consensus, students will work to research and determine a professional way in which to present their goals and objectives for curbing the issue of drug-resistant diseases.

Subject:
English
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
10/24/2019
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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This collection uses primary sources to explore The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Subject:
English
Fiction
History/Social Sciences
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Author:
Susan Ketcham
Date Added:
04/11/2016
Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales
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In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. Use the following lessons to introduce students to world folklore and to explore how folktales convey the perspectives of different world cultures.

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
English
Fiction
History/Social Sciences
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
10/22/2019
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African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Author:
Samantha Baranyk
Date Added:
12/17/2019
African American Dreams: Visual and Verbal
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This resource pairs visual and written primary resources. The works of art with have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents.
Combining images with words provides students with multiple learning pathways for explorations of art, history, and language.

Subject:
Reading
Visual Art
American History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Author:
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Date Added:
10/05/2020