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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes

Students analyze a photograph, brainstorm words to describe the characters' senses and feelings, work in pairs to describe a character's experience, and create a poem using their ideas and similes.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Using Technology to Analyze and Illustrate Symbolism in Night

Images have power—they can trigger memories or symbolize abstract ideas. Students put the power of images to the test as they analyze symbolism in Night and create symbolic photomontages.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring World Cultures Through Folk Tales

Journey around the world with students as they read a Japanese, African, or Welsh folk tale, create a visual depiction of the tale, research the tale's culture, and present findings.

 

Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan

A Recipe for Writing: Fairy Tale Feasts

After examining recipes written based on students' favorite fairy tales, students research a recipe related to their favorite story, book, or fairy tale and include it in a classroom recipe book.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres

In this activity, students read short stories and create presentations in multiple media to share in a Short Story Fair. At the fair, students explore and respond to the displays.

 

Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

What's the Purpose?: Examining a Cold Manipulation of Language

With a crafty pen, Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood to create a new genre and shock his audience. This lesson will help students examine Capote's manipulation of language as he forces his audience to take a different look at murderers and consider a different definition of nonfiction. His unique purpose leaves students an interesting text to consider.