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Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Scaffolding Comprehension Strategies Using Graphic Organizers

Students learn collaborative strategic reading (CSR). During and after reading, students apply four reading strategies—preview, click and clunk, get the gist, and wrap-up—and use graphic organizers for scaffolding.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

How-To Writing: Motivating Students to Write for a Real Purpose

It's not easy surviving fourth grade (or third or fifth)! In this lesson, students brainstorm survival tips for future fourth graders and incorporate those tips into an essay.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Building Vietnam War Scavenger Hunts through Web-Based Inquiry

Students research the effects of the Vietnam war on a specific group of people who were involved. They then create Internet scavenger hunts to share with the class.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Young Adult Literature about the Middle East: A Cultural Response Perspective

Adapted from Sheryl L. Finkle and Tamara J. Lilly's Middle Ground: Exploring Selected Literature from and about the Middle East, this variation on traditional literature circles exposes students to a variety of young adult fiction from and about the Middle East. Students read and share research and responses in collaborative groups. At the end of the lesson, they write a letter to welcome an immigrant student to their school and community.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz

This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate "quiz" questions that their peers will answer.