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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes

Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.

 

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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts

Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.

 

Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Examining the Legacy of the American Civil Rights Era

As part of their study of Richard Wright’s Black Boy, students research and reflect on the current black-white racial divide in America. By examining the work of literature in the context of contemporary events, students will deepen their understanding of the work and of what it means to be an American today.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Put That on the List: Independently Writing a Catalog Poem

In this follow-up to writing collaborative catalog poems, students write individual catalog poems about what really matters in their lives, based on Carver’s poem “The Car.”

 

Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan

Boars and Baseball: Making Connections

In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.