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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Boars and Baseball: Making Connections
    In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Exploring and Sharing Family Stories
    Writing gets personal when students interview family members in order to write a personal narrative about that person.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Family Message Journals: Teaching Writing through Family Involvement
    This book follows the development of emergent and beginning writers as they explore the power and joy of written communication.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3
    Gwendolyn Brooks published Bronzeville Boys and Girls in 1956.
    After students have read and discussed several poems from Brooks' collection, they create a poetry anthology for their own family, neighborhood, or classroom.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Printout  |  Writing Starter
    RAFT Writing Template
    Students can utilize this printout to organize their writing as they learn to use the RAFT strategy. This printout enables students to clearly define their role, audience, format, and topic for writing.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories
    Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time
    After reading the book ¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A., students learn about labor unions, strikes, and organizing for change. Students interview staff members in their school to learn about their daily work life, and write persuasive advocacy letters.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Teaching with Zooming Slideshows through Prezi
    Through Prezi, a web application, students create "zooming" presentations for various purposes, such as presenting research, defending an opinion, or sharing a digital story.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing
    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.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Using the RAFT Writing Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.

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