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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Building Classroom Community Through the Exploration of Acrostic Poetry

What do your students think about each other? Find out as you teach them the concepts of acrostic poems and challenge them to write an uplifting acrostic about a classmate.


Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.


Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text

What is it like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Students find out in this lesson in which they “become” the characters in Judith Viorst’s book.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Book Report Alternative: Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips

Comic frames are traditionally used to illustrate a story in a short, concise format. In this lesson, students use a six-paneled comic strip frame to create a story map, summarizing a book or story that they've read. Each panel retells a particular detail or explains a literary element (such as setting or character) from the story.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star” to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.


Grades   6 – 9  |  Lesson Plan

Sharing Information about Careers with Infographics

Students research careers of their own choosing. Then using Piktochart, students create their own infographics to illustrate their research.