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Resources for Grades 7 - 8

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Lesson Plans

 

Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy

Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."

 

Student Interactives

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

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

 
 

 

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.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Developing Critical Awareness at the Middle Level: Using Texts as Tools for Critique and Pleasure

Developing Critical Awareness at the Middle Level: Using Texts as Tools for Critique and Pleasure

This unique instructional approach enables students to read literature they enjoy while developing critical consciousness and addressing issues of social justice.

 

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Differentiated Instruction of Literature

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Differentiated Instruction of Literature

Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on differentiated instruction of literature to meet the learning needs of all students.

 

 

Community Stories  

Lauren Boulden

Using Think-Alouds to Get Inside Langston Hughes' Head

Lauren Boulden | Language Arts Teacher | Camden-Wyoming, DE

Over my past few years of teaching, there have been multiple occasions where I have been stumped on how to present a particular concept to my students