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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Lesson Plans

 

Get the GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Any Content Area

GIST is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area. Students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories.

 

Student Interactives

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

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

 

 

Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography

Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make text–self–world connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry

Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.

 

 

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.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading

Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading

This landmark reference offers in-depth exploration of contemporary reading and literacy research.

 

Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning

Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning

Using texts that first meet the reading "levels" of middle school students, then offering increasingly challenging books, teachers can group students at all levels using multiple texts. Strategy logs and conferences are two of the successful tools teachers use to increase comprehension as well as critical reading skills.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

The Pitfalls of Reader Response

Kristin Sample | English Faculty | Austin, TX

I was doing some volunteer work recently with Women’s Storybook Project and found myself in the midst of retired and currently working educators