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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Lesson Plans

 

Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You

Students will find their inner poet laureate in this lesson that involves writing a poem in the style of Robert Frost.

 

Student Interactives

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 

 

E-pals Around the World

With e-pals, students develop real-life writing and social experiences, learn the format of a friendly letter and parts of an e-mail message, and discover other cultures, languages, and geographic areas.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry

Students read an example of allegory, review literary concepts, complete literary elements maps and plot diagrams, create a pictorial allegory, and write diamante poems related to the theme of change.

 

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

In this article, the author explains what paraphrasing is and how it can increase student's comprehension.

 

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Laminack and Wood describe, in accessible and lively prose, both the theoretical foundations and the practical details of whole language classrooms.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

The Pitfalls of Reader Response

Kristin Sample | English Faculty | Austin, TX

I was doing some volunteer work recently with Women’s Storybook Project and found myself in the midst of retired and currently working educators