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I Used My Own Words! Paraphrasing Informational Texts

Tell me about it in your own words! If students can paraphrase the information they have read, then you—and they—can be confident that they understand it.

 

Student Interactives

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 

 

Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You

Students will find their inner poet laureate in this lesson that involves writing a poem in the style of Robert Frost.

 

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 
 

 

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Looking Inside Classrooms: Reflecting on the "How" as Well as the "What" in Effective Reading Instruction

Looking Inside Classrooms: Reflecting on the "How" as Well as the "What" in Effective Reading Instruction

This article presents the classroom practices that were the most useful for improving students' reading ability.

 

Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises

Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises

Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.

 

 

Community Stories  

Racheal Tighe

Creative ideas for engaging students in real learning

Racheal Tighe | Teacher | Mindarie, Perth, AL

In order to be able to do this I am constantly on the hunt for great teaching ideas and ReadWriteThink is one of my favorite places to search for inspiration