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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Manipulating Sentences to Reinforce Grammar Skills

Students manipulate sentences from books or magazines to examine changes in meaning and parts of speech.

 

Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan

Creating a Persuasive Podcast

Students learn how to get their voice out on the web when they research issues important to them and compose a persuasive podcast to post online.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study

Students track the elements of mystery stories through Directed Learning–Thinking Activities, story maps, and puzzles. Then they offer clues for other readers as they plan and write original mystery stories.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Using Microblogging and Social Networking to Explore Characterization and Style

Students use social networking sites to trace the development of characters by assuming the persona of a character on the class Ning and sending a set number of tweets, or status updates.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Characters in Because of Winn-Dixie: Making Lists of Ten

The list of ten things about Opal's absent mother that her father shares in Because of Winn-Dixie serves as inspiration for students to create their own lists describing literary characters.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Graffiti Wall: Discussing and Responding to Literature Using Graphics

Tap students' desires to doodle and draw by having them create a Graffiti Wall, using graphics to discuss a piece of literature that has been read by the whole class.