M/J Literacy through Philosophy   (#1010020)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

This course is intended to create opportunities for students to read, write, and speak beyond the Reading and Language Arts classroom settings.  Students will read independently and examine complex texts to increase critical thinking and critical reading skills.  The content of Literacy through Philosophy will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Exploring major philosophical ideas.
  • Extensive reading of, writing in response to, and discussing writings of great philosophers.
  • Analyzing the effects that philosophers have had on their cultures and on our modern culture.
  • Extensive readings of modern literature, and through discussion and writing, identifying and analyzing philosophical themes.
  • Evaluating how major philosophical ideas have affected their lives.
  • Critically think about and discuss how major philosophical ideas may affect their lives in the future.

English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.   For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SI.pdf.

General Information

Course Number: 1010020
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J LITERACY PHILOS
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Terminated
Grade Level(s): 8

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Gerunds -- Part One: Identifying Gerunds and Gerund Phrases as Subjects:

Learn about gerunds and gerund phrases in this two-part tutorial. By the end of Part One, you should be able to identify a gerund or gerund phrase as the subject of a sentence.

Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to launch "Gerunds -- Part Two: Identifying Gerunds and Gerund Phrases as Subject Complements."

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Gerunds -- Part Two: Identifying Gerunds and Gerund Phrases as Subject Complements:

Learn about gerunds and gerund phrases in Part Two of this two-part series. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to identify a gerund or gerund phrase as a subject complement. 

Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch "Gerunds -- Part One: Identifying Gerunds and Gerund Phrases as Subjects."

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The Importance of Seeing in Tangerine: Part Two:

Continue to explore references to sight in the first chapter of Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine and how they convey different meanings and reveal information about characters. 

This interactive tutorial is part 2 of 2. Click HERE to launch Part One.

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The Importance of Seeing in Tangerine: Part One:

Explore the difference between vision and perception and how words related to sight convey different meanings and reveal information about characters in the first chapter of Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine.

This interactive tutorial is part 1 of 2. Click HERE to launch Part Two.

In Part Two, you'll continue to examine references to sight in the first chapter of Tangerine. You'll examine how these references convey different meanings and reveal information about characters.

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How Dialogue, Thoughts, and Events Reveal Character in Ender’s Game -- Part Two:

Learn more about how dialogue, a character’s thoughts, and key events can reveal aspects of a character as you read excerpts from the exciting science fiction novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. As you learn more about Ender, the main character, you’ll piece together information about the world in which he lives and his unique situation given the demands of his environment.

This interactive tutorial is Part Two of a two-part series. Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to launch Part One.

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How Dialogue, Thoughts, and Events Reveal Character in Ender’s Game -- Part One:

Learn how dialogue, a character’s thoughts, and key events can reveal aspects of a character as you read excerpts from the exciting science fiction novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. As you learn more about Ender, the main character, you’ll piece together information about the world in which he lives and his unique situation given the demands of his environment.

This interactive tutorial is Part One of a two-part series. Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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Government Takes Many Forms:

Learn about the forms governments take, including monarchy, democracy, autocracy, and oligarchy, with this interactive tutorial.

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Comparing Economic Ideologies:

Learn about three economic ideologies--capitalism, socialism, and communism--as well as economic systems with this interactive tutorial.

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Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Four:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is the final part of a four-part series. In this tutorial, you’ll read two more passages from the book about Washington’s spies. You’ll also determine the central ideas of the passages, identify key details, and practice writing a summary of a text. 

You should complete the previous tutorials in this series before beginning Part Four. 

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

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Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Three:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is Part Three of a four-part series. In this tutorial, you'll read another passage from the book, identify the topic, and determine the central idea. Then, you'll review the central ideas from all the passages you've read throughout this series and examine how each central idea helps develop an overarching central idea of all the passages. 

Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series.

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Two:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America with this interactive tutorial. In this four-part series, you'll analyze several passages from the book and learn how to extract key information along the way. In Part Two, you'll read another passage from the book, identify the topic, determine the central idea, and examine how key details help develop the central idea.

Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series.

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War – Part One:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America with this interactive tutorial. In this four-part series, you'll analyze several passages from the book and learn how to extract key information along the way. By the end of Part One, you should be able to distinguish topics from central ideas and identify central ideas and key details in the text. 

Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series.

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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Investigating Essential and Nonessential Elements: Part Two:

Investigate essential and nonessential elements in a sentence. In Part Two of this two-part series, you'll learn about essential and nonessential phrases and clauses and how to use commas with nonessential phrases and clauses in a sentence.

Please complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part One. 

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Investigating Essential and Nonessential Elements: Part One:

Investigate essential and nonessential elements in a sentence in this two-part, interactive tutorial series. In Part One, you'll learn about appositives and how to use commas with appositives when they provide nonessential information in a sentence.

When you're done, make sure to complete Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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Mysterious Punctuation: The Dash -- Part Two:

Investigate a mysterious punctuation mark--the dash--in this interactive, two-part tutorial. In this series, you'll learn about two types of dashes and their different uses. In Part Two, you'll learn about the em dash and practice using it correctly.

We recommend that you complete Part One first! Click HERE to launch Part One.

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Mysterious Punctuation: The Dash -- Part One :

Investigate a mysterious punctuation mark--the dash--in this interactive, two-part tutorial. In this series, you'll learn about two types of dashes and their different uses. In Part One, you'll learn about the en dash and practice using it correctly. In Part Two, you'll learn about the em dash and practice using it correctly. We hope by the end of this series that the dash will no longer be quite so mysterious!

Make sure to complete Part Two! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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Mysterious Punctuation Marks: The Ellipsis:

Check out a mysterious punctuation mark . . . the ellipsis . . . in this interactive, English Language Arts tutorial. You'll learn a number of different uses for the ellipsis and apply what you learn to practice using the ellipsis correctly.

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How Events Shape Ideas in a Text -- Part Three:

Explore excerpts from astronaut Scott Kelly’s autobiography, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, in this interactive tutorial. Using these excerpts, you’ll identify several important experiences in Scott Kelly’s young life that had a crucial impact on his later success. You’ll also determine how these events shaped important ideas or life lessons that Scott learned along the way. Finally, you’ll examine the connection between these important life events and the ideas or lessons Scott learned to determine how he discovered what it takes to achieve the nearly impossible.

This tutorial is Part Three of a three-part series. Make sure to complete Part One and Part Two before beginning Part Three. 

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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How Events Shape Ideas in a Text -- Part Two:

Explore excerpts from astronaut Scott Kelly’s autobiography, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, in this interactive tutorial. Using these excerpts, you’ll identify several important experiences in Scott Kelly’s young life that had a crucial impact on his later success. You’ll also determine how these events shaped important ideas that Scott learned along the way. 

This tutorial is Part Two of a three-part series. Make sure to complete all three parts!

Click HERE to launch Part One.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

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Mysterious Punctuation Marks: Commas:

Don't be mystified by commas! This interactive tutorial will help you better understand how to correctly use this often mysterious punctuation mark. You'll learn several ways commas are commonly misused to help make sure you don't make these same mistakes in your own writing. Then, you'll learn several ways to correctly use a comma. 

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How Events Shape Ideas in a Text – Part One:

Explore excerpts from astronaut Scott Kelly’s autobiography, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, in this interactive tutorial. Using these excerpts, you’ll identify several important experiences in Scott Kelly’s young life that had a crucial impact on his later success. You’ll also determine how these events shaped important ideas or life lessons that Scott learned along the way. Finally, you’ll examine the connection between these important life events and the ideas or lessons Scott learned to determine how he discovered what it takes to achieve the nearly impossible.

This tutorial is Part One of a three-part series. Make sure to complete all three parts!

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

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How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part Four:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and learn about how she immigrated to America from Russia in the early 1900s. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze the comparisons she makes between her dream of life in America with the reality of her experience as an immigrant in America. 

This tutorial is Part Four of a four-part series. Make sure to complete the previous tutorials before beginning Part Four.

Click HERE to launch Part One.

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

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How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part Two:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and learn about how she immigrated to America from Russia in the early 1900s. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze the comparison she makes between being in America but not being seen as American. Analyzing this comparison will help you better understand how her vision of life in America was different from the reality she experienced after arriving. 

This is the second tutorial of a 4-part series. Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part One.

Then, make sure to complete the rest of the tutorials in this series: 

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Mysterious Punctuation Marks: Apostrophes:

Check out a mysterious punctuation mark--the apostrophe--in this interactive tutorial. You'll learn several important rules and guidelines to help you demystify this punctuation mark so you can use it correctly in your own writing. 

 

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How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part One:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and learn about how she immigrated to America from Russia in the early 1900s. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze the comparison she makes between the reality of living in Russia and her vision of what life will be like in America. You'll also identify her use of vivid contrasts to better understand what motivated her to go to America. 

This tutorial is Part One. Make sure to complete the other tutorials in this series! 

Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Click HERE to launch Part Three.

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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Vocabulary Unleashed:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial! You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.

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How a Character Is Developed in a Diary:

Explore excerpts from the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn about how a character is developed through a novel written as a diary. 

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Mysterious Punctuation: Investigating Commas :

Learn a number of important rules that will help you master the mysterious comma. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how commas are used to separate three or more items in a series and to “set off” certain aspects of a sentence.

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Personification in "The Railway Train":

Explore the poem “The Railway Train” by Emily Dickinson in this interactive tutorial. Learn about personification and vivid descriptions and determine how they contribute to the meaning of a poem. 

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Fixing Run-on Sentences:

Learn to recognize and fix one of the most common grammar errors—the run-on sentence—as you complete this interactive tutorial.

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Capitalization: A Crash Course:

Learn the rules of capitalization in this interactive tutorial!  By the end, you'll have undergone a "crash course" in correct capitalization. 

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The Truth About Sugar?:

Analyze multiple texts in which authors disagree about the harmfulness of sugar in this interactive tutorial.

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Its all about Mood: Bradbury's "Zero Hour":

Learn how authors create mood in a story through this interactive tutorial. You'll read a science fiction short story by author Ray Bradbury and analyze how he uses images, sound, dialogue, setting, and characters' actions to create different moods. This tutorial is the first in a two-part series. In part two, you'll use Bradbury's story to help you create a Found Poem that conveys multiple moods.

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Vocabulary Mastery:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

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It's all about Mood: Creating a Found Poem:

Learn how to create a Found Poem with changing moods in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is part two of a two-part series. In part one, students read “Zero Hour,” a science fiction short story by author Ray Bradbury and examined how he used various literary devices to create changing moods. In part two, students will use words and phrases from “Zero Hour” to create a Found Poem with two of the same moods from Bradbury's story.

Click to view Part One: It's all about Mood: Bradbury's "Zero Hour."

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Happy Halloween! Textual Evidence and Inferences:

Cite text evidence and make inferences in this tutorial that will teach you all about the "real" history of Halloween! 

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Vocabulary in Action:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Vocabulary Power:

Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Differing Democracies: Parliamentary and Presidential Systems :

Learn about 2 different types of democracies. You'll compare and contrast presidential and parliamentary systems of government using the examples of the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Abraham the Amazing:

Learn about point of view and dramatic irony as you follow a circus elephant named Abraham on an eventful and surprising journey in this interactive tutorial.

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The Magic of Allusion and Themes:

Learn to define and explain the term allusion in this interactive tutorial. You will also be able to identify allusions in stories and myths. Finally, you’ll be able to explain how modern stories draw on recurring themes from well-known myths.

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Read Between the Lines: Understanding Analogies and Allusions:

Explore allusions and analogies and how authors use figurative language in their writing throughout this interactive tutorial.

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To Change a Heart: The Transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge:

Analyze how specific events and particular lines of dialogue help reveal aspects of a character, a character named Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also analyze how conversations and events help provoke Scrooge to make a decision about the way he lives his life. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to use specific evidence from the story to explain how Scrooge's character changed, as well as what caused him to change.

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Cyberwar! Citing Evidence and Making Inferences:

Practice citing evidence and drawing inferences using an informational text about hacking and cyberwarfare in this interactive tutorial.

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Go For the Gold: Writing Evidence & Using Claims:

Learn how to define and identify claims being made within a text. To accomplish this interactive tutorial profiles a number of famous Olympians and their incredible achievements. The tutorial will also show you how evidence can be used effectively to support the claim being made. Finally, this tutorial will help you write strong, convincing claims of your own.

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Alien Invasion! Or Not?:

Learn about puns--a type of figurative language--in Philip K. Dick's science fiction short story "The Eyes Have It." In this interactive tutorial, you'll identify puns, interpret their various meanings, and explain how the author’s use of puns adds humor to the story.

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Structures and Skeletons:

Read about dinosaurs like Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex to learn about the text structures of different paragraphs in this interactive tutorial.  

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Make a Wish: Theme in "The Monkey's Paw":

Explore foreshadowing and theme through the suspenseful story The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs in this interactive tutorial.

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What's Law Got to Do with It?:

Explore the sources and types of laws in the American legal system as you complete this interactive tutorial.

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VSI: Vocabulary Scene Investigation:

Help solve a case by figuring out the meanings of "mystery words" using several different vocabulary strategies with this mystery-themed, interactive tutorial.  

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Changing the Driving Age?:

Learn how to evaluate the soundness of several speakers' arguments as they debate whether or not the driving age should be raised from 16 years old to 18 or even higher with this interactive tutorial.

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Metaphors: The Ultimate Transformers!:

Learn the difference between metaphors and similes and unpack the meanings of several extended metaphors in poems like Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."

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Punctuation Vacation: Everybody Needs a Break!:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll take a "punctuation vacation" to learn how commas, dashes, and ellipses can be used to indicate breaks or pauses in your writing.  

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Connections and Concussions: Teens and Sports:

Make connections between the key individuals in an informational text about concussions and high school football as you complete this interactive tutorial.  

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All Aboard! The Central Idea Express:

Learn how to find the central ideas of informational texts that are all about train travel! "Ride the rails" and learn about topics, central ideas, supporting details, and summaries.

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Surviving Extreme Conditions:

Read Jack London's short story "To Build a Fire" and gain experience using text evidence in your descriptive writing in this interactive tutorial.

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Exploring Texts:

Learn about text evidence using excerpts from Carl Hiaasen's novel Hoot in this interactive tutorial.  You'll learn how to find explicit and implicit information in the story, as well as how to make inferences.  

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Story Structure: Many Paths:

Explore different kinds of structure a story can have--from linear and nonlinear structures to open and closed endings. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how authors use story structure to bring style to their storytelling.  

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Which Government Is Which?:

Compare and contrast different forms of government, including democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, and autocracy. In this interactive tutorial, you'll begin to develop your own ideas about why different governments exist in certain places.

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Language Wizard: Active & Passive Voice:

Learn to define and explain active and passive voice in this wizard-themed interactive tutorial. You will also learn how to transform passive voice to active voice to make your writing stronger.

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How a Dream Compares to Reality -- Part Three:

Study excerpts from the essay “America and I” by Anzia Yezierska and analyze the comparison she makes between her actual work experience in America and her dream of finding work that would bring out the best in her. Analyzing this comparison in this interactive tutorial will help you understand how Anzia's vision of life in America was different from the reality she experienced after immigrating to America. 

This is the third tutorial in a 4-part series. Make sure to complete Part One and Two first. 

  • Click HERE to launch Part One.
  • Click HERE to launch Part Two.

Then, make sure to complete the final tutorial in this series: 

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Tutorials

Courts in the Classroom:

In this tutorial, you'll take an interactive journey through our legal system! Explore landmark Supreme Court cases, examine some of the amendments of the Constitution, and compare criminal cases to civil cases. This is a one stop tutorial all about Civics, our courts, and the Constitution! Enjoy!

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Criminal vs. Civil Court Cases:

In this tutorial, you will learn all about the legal system and examine the difference between criminal court cases and civil court cases. Put your knowledge to the test and take the Student Challenge at the bottom of each page. Best of luck!

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Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5: Recognizing Irregular Verbs:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice with irregular verbs. In this quiz, you are provided with three underlined verbs in each exercise and you must choose the one that is formed incorrectly. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules for using irregular verbs.

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Grammar Bytes! Exercise 6: Recognizing Irregular Verbs :

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct verb that goes in each sentence. The focus of this practice is understanding the difference between when to use the word "lay" or when to use the word "lie." You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules for using irregular verbs.

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Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Irregular Verbs:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice with irregular verbs. Each item contains three underlined verbs and you must choose the one that is formed incorrectly. You will get feedback after every item and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules for using irregular verbs that you can use to help you with the quiz.

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Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 Recognizing Irregular Verbs :

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct verb that goes in each sentence. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules for using irregular verbs that you can refer to as you take the quiz.

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Grammar Bytes: Exercise 1 Recognizing Irregular Verbs:

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct verb that goes in each sentence. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules for using irregular verbs.

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Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 Recognizing Irregular Verbs :

This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct verb that goes in each sentence. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules for using irregular verbs.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Verbs and Verbals:

This is a comprehensive guide to verbs and verbals. Numerous interactive quizzes are provided.

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Parent Resources

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