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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

Exploring Author's Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books

History has many faces in this lesson in which students read Jane Addams Award-winning books to learn about peace, social justice, world community, and equality.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Author Study: Improving Reading Comprehension Using Inference and Comparison

"Reading between the lines" can be as crucial to comprehension as understanding the words on the page. Through guided author studies, students experience the benefits and the limitations of inference.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Reading and Writing Workshop: Freak the Mighty

Students use a variety of reading and writing strategies as they read Rodman Philbrick’s Freak the Mighty.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Book Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension to Categorize Books

Students utilize their reading and writing skills as they think critically in order to sort books in multiple ways.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages

Students explore using electronic messaging and Internet abbreviations for specific purposes and examine the importance of using a more formal style of writing based on their audience.