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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Rooting Out Meaning: Morpheme Match-Ups in the Primary Grades

In this lesson, students use morphemes—English words that have been formed by combining common word parts—to explore word meanings.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

What's that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA) using "The Tell-Tale Heart," make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Word Maps: Developing Critical and Analytical Thinking About Literary Characters

Students read "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry, use a word map to identify characters' qualities or traits, discuss the characters' feelings and actions, and reflect upon these in journals.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Mapping Characters Across Book Series

Students work on a guided characterization project, using a graphic map to illustrate the ways a character from a book series grows and evolves over the course of the story.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Preparing a Character for a New Job: Character Analysis through Job Placement

Working as career counselors for a literary character, students find a job for the character, prepare a resume, and design questions and answers to prepare them for a job interview.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Tracking the Ways Writers Develop Heroes and Villains

Everyone knows that Star Wars character Darth Vader is a villain. This lesson asks students to explore how they know such things about heroes and villains they encounter in texts.