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Resources for Grades 7 - 8

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Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry

Students explore the idea of “crossing boundaries” through bilingual, spoken-word poetry, culminating in a poetry slam at school or in the community.

 

Student Interactives

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

 

Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping

Students work in pairs and groups as they complete fishbone maps that highlight main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text and then write summaries of content area texts.

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

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

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Teacher Read-Aloud That Models Reading for Deep Understanding

Teacher Read-Aloud That Models Reading for Deep Understanding

This guide describes the basic elements for reading aloud to students in ways that demonstrate thoughtful and deep interactions with the text.

 

Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom

Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom

This article shows how to affirm and draw on the dialect diversity of students to foster the learning of Standard English.

 

 

Community Stories  

Melissa Comer

Thinking for Themselves: Using the Hints about Print Interactive to Evaluate Sources

Melissa Comer | Associate Professor | LaFollette, TN

As a university professor, I want students to get excited about making new discoveries, to think critically and creatively, and to apply their learning in a classroom setting