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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Poetry: Sound and Sense

Students' groans about studying poetry may disappear with this lesson in which students read poetry from various writers and use these poems to examine the sounds and sense of language.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring How Section Headings Support Understanding of Expository Texts

Nonfiction may be dull for some students, but this lesson helps them focus on the main ideas. Through awareness of section headings, students learn to sort and categorize main concepts.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

This is My Story: Encouraging Students to Use a Unique Voice

What did the wolf think of Red Riding Hood? Once Upon a Fairy Tale offers his side of the story and more, providing vivid examples of how voice enlivens narrative. After comparing versions of the story, students apply the concept of voice to Fractured Fairy Tales and other writing activities.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Characterization in Raymond Carver's "A Small, Good Thing"

Students read Raymond Carver's story "A Small, Good Thing," focusing on characterization in order to develop one of the static characters—the hit-and-run driver who causes Scotty's death—more fully.

 

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Book Report Alternative: Glog That Book!

In this alternative book report, students identify the elements of fiction in books they have read by creating glogs, interactive multimedia posters, and then share their glogs.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter

Students write persuasive letters to their librarian requesting that specific texts be added to the school library. As they work, students plan their arguments and outline their reasons and examples.