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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Writing Workshop: Helping Writers Choose and Focus on a Topic

Students engage in writing workshop, using a timeline to focus in on and write about a specific event.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map

Students practice with words and develop both definitional and contextual knowledge through two agents—purposeful sequencing of steps and collaboration with peers.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies

The Internet is often the first stop for student researchers, but few know how to vet sources effectively. In this lesson, students learn about Internet research through an interactive PowerPoint presentation.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Family Message Journals Teach Many Purposes for Writing

This lesson encourages children to explore authentic reasons for writing by writing messages to their family in a family message journal.


Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan

Story Writing from an Object's Perspective

Students explore writing from non-human perspectives through a picture book read aloud, mini-lesson, collaborative writing, and the writing process. Students create “A Day in the Life of…” story about an inanimate object.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Connecting Past and Present: A Local Research Project

In this unit, students become active archivists, gathering photos, artifacts, and stories for a museum exhibit that highlights one decade in their school’s history.