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Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Loaded Words: Vocabulary That Packs a Punch in Persuasive Writing

In this minilesson, students practice identifying and purposefully using vocabulary in persuasive writing that is intended to have an emotional impact on the reader.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Four Simple Steps to Small-Group Guided Writing

Students will go batty about the three writing strategies they learn in this lesson centered on Nicola Davies' Bat Loves the Night.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Critical Reading: Two Stories, Two Authors, Same Plot?

Students make predictions about the stories and analyze story elements, compare and contrast the different stories, distinguish between fact and opinion, and draw conclusions supported by evidence from their readings.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Daily Book Boosts

Book Boosts—one-minute raves at the end of independent reading time—are easy ways to suggest new titles to students, and they act as a way for students to have something to think about as they read.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Examining Plot Conflict through a Comparison/Contrast Essay

Students explore picture books to identify the characteristics of four types of conflict. They then write about a conflict they have experienced and compare it to a conflict from literature.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

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