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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

What's that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA) using "The Tell-Tale Heart," make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones

The classroom becomes a stage in this interactive lesson in which students sing, act, and design comic strips to learn the meanings and spellings of common homophones.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Teaching Science Through Picture Books: A Rainforest Lesson

Students read Welcome to the Green House, use note-taking strategies, find patterns in text structure, learn vocabulary in context, and write efferent and affective responses to the text.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World

Students work in small groups to examine Margaret Atwood's use of and observations about language in The Handmaid's Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Communicating on Local Issues: Exploring Audience in Persuasive Letter Writing

Students will research a local issue, and then write letters to two different audiences, asking readers to take a related action or adopt a specific position on the issue.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Choosing Clear and Varied Dialogue Tags: A Minilesson

In this minilesson, students explore the use of dialogue tags such as "he said" or "she answered" in picture books and novels, discussing their purpose, form, and style.