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Resources for Grades 9 - 10


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Lesson Plans

 

The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.

 

Student Interactives

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 

 

That's Not Fair! Examining Civil Liberties With the U.S. Supreme Court

Students have the right to have fun in this lesson in which they create a PowerPoint presentation about civil rights and the Supreme Court.

 

 

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!

 
 

 

Put That on the List: Collaboratively Writing a Catalog Poem

Using the structure of a list poem, students combine creative expression with poetic techniques and language exploration in order to write group poems about what really matters in their lives.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs

What do the words we write really have to say about us? In this lesson, students examine the power of word choice as they write six-word memoirs of their lives.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

This series of strategy guides considers the ways that reading instruction in various contexts works together to help students develop independence as readers. Each strategy guide presents a strategy or instructional context in isolation, but this series of strategy guides is designed to support teachers as they explore the ways reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading all work together.

 

Spelling: From Invention to Strategies

Spelling: From Invention to Strategies

Veteran educator Howard Miller shares a set of strategies that can propel middle school writers (and "inventive" spellers) into the role of being responsible and strategic in this Voices from the Middle article.

 

 

Community Stories  

Tisha Ortega

Finding the "Write" on ReadWriteThink

Tisha Ortega | Teacher | Hartsburg, IL

I have been a Spanish teacher for almost 20 years, and I had always taught at large, urban schools