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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Lesson Plans

 

Writing Free Verse in the "Voice" of Cesar Chavez

Poetry and politics combine in this lesson where students write a free verse poem in the voice of Cesar Chavez.

 

Student Interactives

 

Flip-a-Chip

Flip-a-Chip

The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.

 

 

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.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

This word-game strategy builds vocabulary and comprehension while motivating students.

 

Literature, Literacy, and Comprehension Strategies in the Elementary School

Literature, Literacy, and Comprehension Strategies in the Elementary School

Joy F. Moss focuses on literature units structured around read-aloud/think-aloud group sessions in which students collaborate to construct meaning.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kathy Wickline

Empowering Students and Teachers with RWT

Kathy Wickline | Media Specialist/Librarian | Tolono, IL

After nineteen years of teaching high school English and German, I switched to position of media specialist at a middle school