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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Poetry: A Feast to Form Fluent Readers

Students improve their reading fluency by selecting a poem online to perform in class.


Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

Guided Comprehension: Monitoring Using the INSERT Technique

Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of monitoring.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Dancing Minds and Shouting Smiles: Teaching Personification Through Poetry

Students learn about personification by reading and discussing poems and then brainstorm nouns and verbs to create personification in their own poems.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Proverbs: At Home and around the World

In this lesson, students work with proverbs from home and from around the world, exploring how these maxims are tied to a culture’s values and everyday experience.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Breaking the Rules with Sentence Fragments

Though teachers usually caution students against using sentence fragments, Edgar Schuster’s work demonstrates that professional writers often use fragments effectively. This lesson helps students understand that there are reasons that they can and should use sentence fragments to become effective writers.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

What Did George Post Today? Learning About People of the American Revolution Through Facebook

After researching famous people of the American Revolution, students create Facebook-like PowerPoint presentations to share their knowledge with classmates.