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Inform your teaching with the latest research, find practical teaching tips, or get inspired. This selection of books, journals, and position statements comes to you from the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

 

Lesson Plans Related to the Professional Library  

Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Writing Acrostic Poems with Thematically Related Texts in the Content Areas

Students read thematically related texts, scaffolded from simple to complex, to help them gather necessary concept vocabulary and background knowledge in a content area. They then write acrostic poems to organize and present their learning in a creative way.

Based on Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

 

 

Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography

Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make text–self–world connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.

Based on Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

 

 

Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

Color My World: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

Using different writing/drawing materials (e.g., markers, color pencils, pastels, etc.), students learn how to communicate different moods and/or feelings to support their written ideas and how authors do the same through their work.

Based on Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

 

 

Close reading in elementary schools

Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Amelia Bedelia Up Close! Closely Reading a Classic Story

Through a close reading of Amelia Bedelia, students reread the material to discuss text-dependent questions, promoting deep thinking about the text and its characters.

Based on Close reading in elementary schools

 

 

Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Digitally Telling the Story of Greek Figures

In this lesson students research Greek gods, heroes, and creatures and then share their findings through digital storytelling.

Based on Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration

 

 

Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

The Comic Book Show and Tell

Students craft comic scripts using clear, descriptive, and detailed writing that shows (illustrates) and tells (directs). After peers create an artistic interpretation of the script, students revise their original scripts.

Based on Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

 

 

Ethics as a Form of Critical and Rhetorical Inquiry in the Writing Classroom

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies

In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.

Based on Ethics as a Form of Critical and Rhetorical Inquiry in the Writing Classroom

 

 

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

e-Book Reading and Response: Innovative Ways to Engage with Texts

Students in grades 5 through 12 read and respond to electronic books by using e-book tools and features, including digital note-taking capabilities.

Based on New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

 

 

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

What's the Purpose?: Examining a Cold Manipulation of Language

With a crafty pen, Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood to create a new genre and shock his audience. This lesson will help students examine Capote's manipulation of language as he forces his audience to take a different look at murderers and consider a different definition of nonfiction. His unique purpose leaves students an interesting text to consider.

Based on Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing