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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

MyTube: Changing the World With Video Public Service Announcements

This assignment will go viral with students as they think about the meanings of words and images in public service announcements from YouTube before creating a PSA of their own.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Earth Verse: Using Science in Poetry

Students shape up their reading, writing, and listening skills in this lesson by creating original diamante, acrostic, and shape poems about science.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Poetry Plus! Creating 21st Century Poems with Web Tools

This lesson encourages students to immerse themselves in poetry as they share their original poems orally and digitally with published poets and peers nationwide.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Teaching Revision as a Concept

Students use fractured fairy tales to practice revision and editing as separate activities when they write their own versions of fairy tales.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

An Exploration of The Crucible through Seventeenth-Century Portraits

In this lesson, students incorporate analyses of characters from The Crucible with examinations of original seventeenth-century portraits of Puritans to create a visual portrait of the character. The project culminates in a “Portrait Gallery Walk” where students present and defend their artwork.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs

Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students’ own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.