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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Genre Study of Letters With The Jolly Postman
    Students read The Jolly Postman, in which a postman delivers letters to storybook characters. They explore different types of mail and categorize letters from the book and their own mail.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    American Folklore: A Jigsaw Character Study
    Groups of students read and discuss American folklore stories, each group reading a different story. Using a jigsaw strategy, the groups compare character traits and main plot points of the stories. A diverse selection of American folk tales is used for this lesson, which is adaptable to any text set.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan
    Beyond History Books: Researching With Twin Texts and Technology
    Students in grades 48 activate prior knowledge and research information about a historic event through fiction and nonfiction literature and exploration of relevant websites.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Blurring Genre: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Diary of a Worm
    After reading several examples of how a published author incorporates facts in fiction writing, students research a topic of their choice and write fictional diary entries that incorporate factual information.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Creating a Childhood for a Character
    Students explore familiar literary characters, usually first encountered as adults, but whose childhood stories are only told later. Students then create childhoods for adult characters from books of their choice.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Creating Postcards for Fictional Settings
    In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices that feature journeys by creating postcards one of the settings featured in their books.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Glog That Book!
    In this alternative book report, students identify the elements of fiction in books they have read by creating glogs, interactive multimedia posters, and then share their glogs.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical Fiction
    Students write resumes for historical fiction characters. They first explore help wanted ads to see what employers want, and then draft resumes for the characters they've chosen.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Boys Read: Considering Courage in Novels
    In this lesson designed especially for boys, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know courageous male characters through writing, Internet activities, and discussion.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia
    This lesson is sure to sizzle, not fizzle, as students use comic strips to find onomatopoetic words, develop a vocabulary list from the words, and discuss why writers use onomatopoeia.

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