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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

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.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

In the Style of Ernie Pyle: Reporting on World War II

Students will think this lesson should make the headlines when they finish researching Ernie Pyle’s work in preparation for writing their own news articles.

 

Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Loaded Words: Vocabulary That Packs a Punch in Persuasive Writing

In this minilesson, students practice identifying and purposefully using vocabulary in persuasive writing that is intended to have an emotional impact on the reader.

 

Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”

Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Expository Escapade—Detective’s Handbook

Students create a Detective's Handbook based on a detective mystery they have read. The handbooks include expository and descriptive writing, as well as a letter.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Discovering Traditional Sonnet Forms

Students read sonnets, charting the poems’ characteristics and using their observations to deduce traditional sonnet forms. They then write original sonnets, using a poem they have analyzed as a model.