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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Skimming and Scanning: Using Riddles to Practice Fact Finding Online

Students will learn to skim and scan to make sure they don’t flounder when they’re surfing the Internet for facts to help them complete riddles about the United States.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Once They’re Hooked, Reel Them In: Writing Good Endings

It’s important to “hook” readers at a story’s beginning, but it’s equally important to keep them interested. In this lesson, students learn to write effective conclusions to their own stories.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Word Maps: Developing Critical and Analytical Thinking About Literary Characters

Students read "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry, use a word map to identify characters' qualities or traits, discuss the characters' feelings and actions, and reflect upon these in journals.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Leading to Great Places in the Middle School Classroom

Students examine leads in existing texts and create alternative leads for them before revising leads in their own writing.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Writing a Flashback and Flash-Forward Story Using Movies and Texts as Models

Using the film The Sandlot, students are introduced to the literary devices of flashbacks and flash-forwards. They then write their own stories using those devices.

 

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.