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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Reading and Writing About Pollution to Understand Cause and Effect

Students get to write a whale of a tale when they complete a graphic organizer sequencing the journey of a mountain fish to a polluted waterway.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Four Simple Steps to Small-Group Guided Writing

Students will go batty about the three writing strategies they learn in this lesson centered on Nicola Davies’ Bat Loves the Night.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Going on a Shape Hunt: Integrating Math and Literacy

Students participate in a scavenger hunt for shapes; reading, writing, and discussion of shapes encourage literacy and math skills.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

When Less IS More—Understanding Minimalist Fiction

This lesson pairs Ernest Hemingway’s short story "Cat in the Rain' with Raymond Carver’s "Little Things" to guide students to an understanding of the characteristics of minimalist fiction.

 

Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan

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.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

There Are No Small Parts: Minor Characters in David Copperfield

This lesson capitalizes on students’ interest in social networking by asking students to build an online profile for a minor character in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield.