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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play

What wonderful ways words work! The parts of speech are the highlight of this lesson in which students identify parts of speech in a nonsensical poem and then create their own wild and wacky rhymes.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace

Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Story Structure With Paper-Bag Skits

Lights, camera, action, and a bit of mystery! In this lesson, students use mystery props in a skit bag to create and perform in short, impromptu skits.

 

Grades   6 – 9  |  Lesson Plan

Writing for Audience: The Revision Process in The Diary of Anne Frank

After reading or viewing The Diary of Anne Frank, students will make connections between audience and purpose and revise a journal entry with an outside audience in mind.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Writing Alternative Plots for Robert C. O'Brien's Z for Zachariah

Students write new endings for the science fiction novel, Z for Zachariah by exploring alternative plotlines created by making different moral choices than those made by the main character.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Composing Cinquain Poems with Basic Parts of Speech

Reinforce student understanding of parts of speech through the analysis of sample cinquain poems followed by the creation of original cinquains.