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Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Loaded Words: Vocabulary That Packs a Punch in Persuasive Writing

In this minilesson, students practice identifying and purposefully using vocabulary in persuasive writing that is intended to have an emotional impact on the reader.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Empowered Fiction Writers: Generating and Organizing Ideas for Story Writing

Do their minds go blank when they confront a blank piece of paper? Speedwriting can help students get started on writing and come up with topics to write about. They can then incorporate their key ideas and phrases into a narrative with the help of a graphic story organizer.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Solving Word Meanings: Engaging Strategies for Vocabulary Development

Vocabulary gumshoes use context clues and semantics to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Critical Consciousness through Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give

As part of their study of the YA novel The Hate U Give, students learn about the Black Lives Matter movement and in small groups conduct/share research about social issues key to the plot, characters, and themes of the book. They then read and discuss nonfiction excerpts by James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates before synthesizing their understanding of all the texts under study through a communal idea poster and an individual synthesis and reflection project.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

An Exploration of Romanticism Through Art and Poetry

Students use art and poetry to explore and understand major characteristics of the Romantic period.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

You're the Top! Pop Culture Then and Now

Students analyze the lyrics to Cole Porter's "You're the Top!" and then update them to include current "tops" in pop culture.