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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Using Personal Connections to Build an Understanding of Emotions

What makes you happy? What makes you sad? Connecting words to feelings enriches vocabulary and helps with concept development.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Using Folk Tales: Vowel Influences on the Letter G

Gentle, gigantic, graceful—do these g words describe the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk? Students will explore the hard and soft g sounds by studying fairy tales and animals.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Make a Splash! Using Dramatic Experience to "Explode the Moment"

Students will have a blast as they use descriptive language to write about an "explosive" and dramatic moment in their lives.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

You Know the Movie is Coming—Now What?

In this lesson, students read a literary text with the eye of a director, selecting scenes from the text and putting a cinematic spin on them.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action

Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Breaking the Rules with Sentence Fragments

Though teachers usually caution students against using sentence fragments, Edgar Schuster's work demonstrates that professional writers often use fragments effectively. This lesson helps students understand that there are reasons that they can and should use sentence fragments to become effective writers.