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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Peer Edit With Perfection: Effective Strategies

Students take a fresh look at the revision process and help one another polish their written work through a peer-editing strategy that is simple, systematic, and constructive.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Blending Fiction and Nonfiction to Improve Comprehension and Writing Skills

Students use a text set to increase understanding of content area material and demonstrate what they have learned by writing an original piece that blends together narrative and expository elements.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Using the Four-Square Strategy to Define and Identify Poetic Terms

How do poets play with language? Students will explore some answers to this question as they search through poems for examples of alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Searching for Gold: A Collaborative Inquiry Project

Each small group of students researches one aspect of the same big topic, such as the Gold Rush, and teaches what they have learned to the rest of the class.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives

Students must "become" a character in a novel in order to describe themselves and other characters using powerful adjectives.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read!

The teacher shouts, "Drop Everything and Read!" and students settle into their seats to read books they've selected. This independent reading program helps students build a lifelong reading habit.