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Grades   K – 4  |  Lesson Plan

Digging Deeper: Developing Comprehension Using Thank You, Mr. Falker

A read-aloud of Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker helps promote deeper comprehension through questioning to achieve personal connections and discussions of character and theme.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Using Songwriting to Build Awareness of Beginning Letter Sounds

"Bessie bird lives in a barn" in this lesson in which students create alliterative animal songs to help them learn letter names and consonant sounds and build phonemic awareness.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Flying to Freedom: Tar Beach and The People Could Fly

Students look to the past and use historical context to compare and contrast two characters from folktales.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative

The old cliche, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is put to the test when students write their own narrative interpretations of events shown in an image.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads

Students investigate how and why copyright law has changed over time, and apply this information to recent copyright issues, creating persuasive arguments based on the perspective of a particular group.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool"

Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" and then write about how the character's pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.