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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why

Where did the stars come from? What makes lightning and thunder? Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Using Writing and Role-Play to Engage the Reluctant Writer

What does the world look like through a javelina’s eyes? Students become javelinas in this lesson when they analyze a character and write from his or her perspective.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Write-Talks: Students Discovering Real Writers, Real Audiences, Real Purposes

There’s a world of writers out there, and in this lesson students discover them as they listen to presentations from local writers and learn about what, why, and how they write in their day-to-day lives..

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

The Tale of Despereaux: Fact or Fiction?

Using the book The Tale of Despereaux, students look a closer look at medieval times to see if the novel accurately portrays this time in history. Looking at key sections of the book, students will use the Compare and Contrast Guide and Map to help them decipher between fact and fiction.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Literature Circles: Getting Started

Students practice different ways of collaborating to read a work of literature. They work in different roles as they compose and answer questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine literary elements.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Building Vocabulary: Making Multigenre Glossaries Based on Student Inquiry

Students choose unfamiliar words from their reading and create a multigenre, multimodal glossary of terms.