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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Artistic Elements: Exploring Art Through Descriptive Writing

Paint a vivid picture in your reader's mind with good descriptive writing! Artwork provides the perfect starting point for practicing descriptive writing that conveys color, shape, line, and mood.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Sharing Favorite Books Using Interactive Character Trading Cards

Using selected characters from a text of their choice, students put their literary analysis skills to work by creating fictional character trading cards.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Students read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, create a problems/solutions/events chart, and create a map with a key, compass, and landmarks surrounding their home and school.

 

Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring Perspectives on Desegregation Using Brown Girl Dreaming

Students read and discuss a selection of poems from Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming to explore varying views on the process of desegregation in America.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Facilitating Student-Led Seminar Discussions with The Piano Lesson

August Wilson's play The Piano Lesson invites students to ask a number of questions—big
and small. Students learn how to create effective discussion questions and then put them to use in student-led discussions.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Weaving the Old into the New: Pairing The Odyssey with Contemporary Works

After exploring The Odyssey and a contemporary epic, students choose paired characters from the texts, complete a graphic organizer, and place their characters in hypothetical contemporary situations.