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Marie Kelly Cowgill

Marie Kelly Cowgill




Newark, DE
First Grade Teacher

"I was so pleased with the level of excitement and engagement that I observed in my students during these lessons. Iím looking forward to using ReadWriteThink even more in the future."

Marie Kelly Cowgill's Story
A Color of Her Own: Enhancing Language Arts With Leo Lionni

ReadWriteThink is a great resource and has played a direct role in my classroom. When I was planning an author study unit on Leo Lionni, I located a lesson plan on the site that included an interactive Venn diagram, a literature response sheet and directions for building a matrix that would analyze four of his stories. As a class, we read Inch by Inch, Swimmy, Frederick, and A Color of His Own. I was amazed with how well my students were able to identify the characters, setting, problem, solution, and ending in each of the four stories thanks to the tools I found. Since the lesson on Leo Lionni was so successful, I decided to use it again when we did an author study on Kevin Henkes. The students needed very little teacher support since they had already completed the matrix of the Leo Lionni books. We then added each groupís note cards to the large matrix on the wall. They were so proud of what they had accomplished! The effects of these lessons were far reaching at my Newark, Delaware charter school. My students began asking our librarian for books by these authors. The other first grade teachers and I began talking about similar projects we could do in the next year. Iíve since moved on to teaching kindergarten, but the site has served as a catalyst for enhancing our entire language arts program in both grades.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study

In this author study, students listen to and discuss four books by Leo Lionni. They identify similarities and differences in the stories and then compare two stories of their choice.