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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Zines for Kids: Multigenre Texts About Media Icons

Special edition! Students use ReadWriteThink tools to create magazines about prominent figures using a variety of writing genres and styles.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Empowered Fiction Writers: Generating and Organizing Ideas for Story Writing

Do their minds go blank when they confront a blank piece of paper? Speedwriting can help students get started on writing and come up with topics to write about. They can then incorporate their key ideas and phrases into a narrative with the help of a graphic story organizer.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Play Ball! Encouraging Critical Thinking Through Baseball Questions

Cooperation and critical thinking are the name of the game as students use baseball facts they find online to create trivia questions for a class Jeopardy game.

 

Grades   1 – 3  |  Lesson Plan

Seeing Multiple Perspectives: An Introductory Critical Literacy Lesson

Students consider the perspectives of central but silent characters in Stevie (Steptoe, 1968), gaining much deeper understandings of the story and realizing that every story truly gives a partial account.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Alphabiography Project: Totally You

The traditional autobiography writing project is given a twist as students write alphabiographies—recording an event, person, object, or feeling associated with each letter of the alphabet.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

As Slippery as an Eel: An Ocean Unit Exploring Simile and Metaphor

Students play with simile and metaphor as they study the ocean and use figurative language to write a class book about it.