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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Seeing Integration From Different Viewpoints

What does the world look like through someone else's eyes? Guide students in using colorful paper glasses to examine a story of school desegregation from multiple perspectives.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon

Using names and high-frequency words from nursery rhymes and the Big Book The Enormous Watermelon, students engage in word recognition activities such as character identification and a word matching game.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Using Songwriting to Build Awareness of Beginning Letter Sounds

"Bessie bird lives in a barn" in this lesson in which students create alliterative animal songs to help them learn letter names and consonant sounds and build phonemic awareness.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

The Ten-Minute Play: Encouraging Original Response to Challenging Texts

Students use both analytical and creative skills to adapt passages from a novel with significant internal dialogue and conflict, such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved, into a ten-minute play.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection

Students use Internet search engines and Web analysis checklists to evaluate online resources then write annotations that explain how and why the resources will be valuable to the class.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Exchanging Ideas by Sharing Journals: Interactive Response in the Classroom

Pairs of students respond to literature alternately in shared journals. Mini-lessons are presented on responding to prompts, creating dialogue, adding drawings, and asking and answering questions.