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Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan

All About Our Town: Using Brochures to Teach Informational Writing

Students explore their towns' landmarks, symbols, and people; look at brochures and other informational tools; practice writing for a specific audience and revising; and work collaboratively to create a brochure.

 

Grades   K – 3  |  Lesson Plan

Word Study with Henry and Mudge

Henry and Mudge is used in this lesson to build students' word recognition through rereading, high-frequency word banks, word studies, and writing.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Is Superman Really All That Super? Critically Exploring Superheroes

What makes a superhero super? By comparing popular culture superheroes with heroic characters in children’s literature, students learn to think critically about character traits, and consider how cultural perspectives influence the kinds of heroes we choose.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Who’s Got Mail? Using Literature to Promote Authentic Letter Writing

Students discuss and chart letter elements and write their own letters to adults at school, reinforcing letter-writing skills beyond the classroom lesson.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Literature Circles with Primary Students Using Self-Selected Reading

Students respond to self-selected books in journals, and talk about their books daily in small groups. The teacher guides students by offering suggestions and writing with them in dialogue journals.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus

Students explore the menu genre by analyzing existing menus from local restaurants. They review adjectives and descriptive writing and then work in groups to create their own custom menus.