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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Lesson Plans

 

Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

How can we convince others to agree with us on important issues? In this lesson, students explore relevant environmental issues and gather information to write persuasive essays.

 

Student Interactives

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

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

 

 

Get the GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Any Content Area

GIST is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area. Students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories.

 

 

Hero's Journey

Hero's Journey

Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Cold Plums and the Old Men in the Water: Let Children Read and Write "Great" Poetry

Cold Plums and the Old Men in the Water: Let Children Read and Write "Great" Poetry

The author of this article advocates using "great" poetry with children, and providing the link between the reading and writing of poetry.

 

Reading with Purpose in the Content Areas

Reading with Purpose in the Content Areas

In this strategy guide, you'll learn how to organize students and instruction to establish a sense of purpose for reading authentic texts in the content areas.

 

 

Community Stories  

Lauren Boulden

Using Think-Alouds to Get Inside Langston Hughes' Head

Lauren Boulden | Language Arts Teacher | Camden-Wyoming, DE

Over my past few years of teaching, there have been multiple occasions where I have been stumped on how to present a particular concept to my students