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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Family Ties: Making Connections to Improve Reading Comprehension

Families are all about connections between people. In this book, students read three books about different families and make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections to those texts.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Writers’ Workshop: The Biographical Sketch

Students use the faces and places they learn about in their research to write a biography about a contemporary or historical figure.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

This is My Story: Encouraging Students to Use a Unique Voice

What did the wolf think of Red Riding Hood? Once Upon a Fairy Tale offers his side of the story and more, providing vivid examples of how voice enlivens narrative. After comparing versions of the story, students apply the concept of voice to Fractured Fairy Tales and other writing activities.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Graphic Life Map

In this autobiographical prewriting activity, students brainstorm important memories, choose graphics to represent these memories, and then rank the events as low or high points in their lives.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Genre Study

Multidimensional, challenging, and popular with students, comics provide an excellent way to introduce the concept of genres.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Literature as a Jumping Off Point for Nonfiction Inquiry

Students use text sets to research a topic inspired by a fiction book they have read. A text set is a collection of multiple text genres with a single focus.