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Resources for Grades 5 - 6

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Lesson Plans

 

Girls Read: Online Literature Circles

In this lesson designed especially for girls, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know strong female protagonists through online literary circles and writing activities.

 

Student Interactives

 

Essay Map

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

 

 

Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

How can we convince others to agree with us on important issues? In this lesson, students explore relevant environmental issues and gather information to write persuasive essays.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

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

 
 

 

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry

Students read an example of allegory, review literary concepts, complete literary elements maps and plot diagrams, create a pictorial allegory, and write diamante poems related to the theme of change.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Alliteration in Headline Poems

Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.

 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Building Arab Americans' Cultural Identity and Acceptance With Children's Literature

Building Arab Americans' Cultural Identity and Acceptance With Children's Literature

Introducing multicultural children's literature into the elementary classroom is a first step toward eliminating stereotyping and prejudice and helping students develop cultural identity.

 

Addressing Common Core Standards (Without Letting Them Take Over Your Curriculum)

Join NCTE for the web seminar "Addressing Common Core Standards (Without Letting Them Take Over Your Curriculum)" hosted by Scott Filkins.

 

 

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