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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Student Contracting

Students develop learning contracts that focus on language arts education. This lesson includes a basic student contract format, sustained silent reading (SSR) extension activities, and literature response activities.


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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

What’s that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA) using "The Tell-Tale Heart," make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Style: Defining and Exploring an Author’s Stylistic Choices

Students find examples of specific stylistic devices in sample literary passages then search for additional examples and explore the reasons for the stylistic choices that the author has made.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time

After reading the book ¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A., students learn about labor unions, strikes, and organizing for change. Students interview staff members in their school to learn about their daily work life, and write persuasive advocacy letters.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns

Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.