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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Artistic Elements: Exploring Art Through Descriptive Writing

Paint a vivid picture in your reader's mind with good descriptive writing! Artwork provides the perfect starting point for practicing descriptive writing that conveys color, shape, line, and mood.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Poetry: A Feast to Form Fluent Readers

Students improve their reading fluency by selecting a poem online to perform in class.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Getting to Know You: Developing Short Biographies to Build Community

How well do your students know their peers? Students transform into investigative reporters as they interview a classmate, compile the biographical data into graphic form, and introduce the student to the class.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Alter Egos and More with Avi’s "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?"

After reading Avi’s novel "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?", students create an alter ego for themselves and use it to write their own radio show, modeled after the book.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Write Right Back: Recognizing Readers’ Needs and Expectations for E-mail Replies

Students who know how to compose and send simple e-mail messages learn to use the reply function with audience needs and expectations in mind.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Comparing and Contrasting: Picturing an Organizational Pattern

Using picture books as mentor texts, students learn effective strategies for organizing information that compares and contrasts. Students can then apply appropriate organizational strategies to their own papers.