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Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

No Teachers Allowed: Student-Led Book Clubs Using QAR

Students are introduced to the Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) strategy through a read-aloud and question sort. Students then use the strategy to develop questions for a peer-led book discussion.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Talking About Books to Improve Comprehension

This lesson is a conversation-starter! In this lesson, students learn about striking up deep-thought conversations and staying on topic in the form of a book talk.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Students' Critical Thinking Skills Through Whole-Class Dialogue

"That's my position and I'm sticking to it!" After reading about the Korean War, students will take a position in response to an open-ended question, support their position, and evaluate that support.

 

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.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Reading and Writing Workshop: Freak the Mighty

Students use a variety of reading and writing strategies as they read Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty.