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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Applying Question-Answer Relationships to Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words as students are guided in viewing wordless picture books and responding to four different types of questions about the images they see.

 

Grades   1 – 3  |  Lesson Plan

Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses

Students write theme poems in a flash using the picture book Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham and the online, interactive Theme Poems tool.

 

Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Whose Shoes? Using Artifacts to Teach Reading and Rhyming Patterns

If the shoe fits… Actually, any shoe will fit this lesson, and the Artifact Analysis Questions provided will help students see it in a whole new way. Several rhyming texts take the shoe theme a step further, and introduce activities to increase students' awareness of rhyming words.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Ekphrasis: Using Art to Inspire Poetry

In this lesson, students explore ekphrasis—writing inspired by art. Students find pieces of art that inspire them and compose a booklet of poems about the pieces they have chosen.

 

Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

An Introduction to Beowulf: Language and Poetics

Students are introduced to Old English and the poetic devices of alliteration, kenning, and compounding in preparation for reading the epic poem Beowulf.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda? Analyzing World War II Posters

Students analyze World War II posters, as a group and then independently, to explore how argument, persuasion and propaganda differ.