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Grades   7 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions

Students form literature circles, read Esperanza Rising or Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster

Struggling to survive is one of the many themes explored in A Girl Named Disaster. As students read, they look for connections between themselves and the main character, Nhamo.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts

Students compare the traits fact and fiction by using a Venn diagram to compare fiction and nonfiction books about Native Americans.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture

Using excerpts from the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, comics, and songs from different musical genres, students examine the characteristics of transcendentalism.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies

Students compare and analyze novels and the movies adapted from them. They design new DVD covers and a related insert for the movies, reflecting their response to the movie version.