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Lesson Plans

 

Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.

 

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.

 

 

Analyzing and Podcasting About Images of Oscar Wilde

Students analyze images of Oscar Wilde used to publicize his 1882 American lecture tour. They then compare a caricature to another researched image, sharing this analysis in a podcast.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines

Written with the Common Core State Standards firmly in mind, this book presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy.

 

Research Matters: What Kinds of Classroom Discussion Promote Reading Comprehension?

Research Matters: What Kinds of Classroom Discussion Promote Reading Comprehension?

“Research Matters” provides teachers with review and application of research that illuminates the daily concerns and activities of English language arts teachers and classrooms.

 

 

Community Stories  

Lisa Rank

Making Writing Meaningful to Middle School Students

Lisa Rank | Language Arts Teacher | Easton, MD

When asked to develop a Writing for Publication course for middle school students, I turned to ReadWriteThink.org for inspiration and advice