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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick: Using Illustrations to Guide Writing
    Students use illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as a guide to write mysteries
    and then present their stories to the class for students to discuss to which illustration each
    story corresponds.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Thrills! Chills! Using Scary Stories to Motivate Students to Read
    Students examine story elements through teacher read-alouds and independent reading and then use reader-response journals and graphic organizers to prepare for the creation of their own scary stories.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction
    In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing
    This lesson sets poetry in motion when students experiment with poetic styles to improve their writing skills and enhance their understanding of poetry.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Using Story Innovation to Teach Fluency, Vocabulary, and Structure
    An instructional strategy called story innovation teaches students fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and story structure. This unique strategy can be adapted for many purposes.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
    Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Utilizing Visual Images for Creating and Conveying Setting in Written Text
    This lesson supports third-through-sixth grade students as they communicate story setting to their readers through the use of visual image prompts. Activities include individual and cooperative learning group work, as well as whole class discussion.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    What is Poetry? Contrasting Poetry and Prose
    Students often find poetry frustrating and meaningless. By helping students think critically about the differences between poetry and prose, this introduction sets the stage for different strategies for comprehending poetic texts.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Writing a Flashback and Flash-Forward Story Using Movies and Texts as Models
    Using the film The Sandlot, students are introduced to the literary devices of flashbacks and flash-forwards. They then write their own stories using those devices.

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