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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Writers’ Workshop: The Biographical Sketch

Students use the faces and places they learn about in their research to write a biography about a contemporary or historical figure.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Blogging With Photovoice: Sharing Pictures in an Integrated Classroom

Make the most of your students' diverse ability levels and experience with a prewriting activity in which they describe an abstract idea using blogging and photographs that they have taken.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

What's in a Mystery? Exploring and Identifying Mystery Elements

Students identify the characteristics of mystery writing, outline a mystery story using a graphic organizer, write and revise their own mystery story, edit each other's work, and share their mysteries.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Book Report Alternative: Getting Acquainted with Farcebook

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices using Facebook-like pages.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts

Students will identify how Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of nonviolent conflict-resolution is reinterpreted in modern texts. Homework is differentiated to prompt discussion on how nonviolence is portrayed through characterization and conflict. Students will be formally assessed on a thesis essay that addresses the Six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy

By exploring the decisions points in a tragedy, students consider how the plot of the story can change if the key characters make a different choice at the turning point.