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Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan

Going Digital: Using e-Book Readers to Enhance the Reading Experience

Students use various tools and features of digital readers to develop vocabulary, support comprehension, respond to text, improve fluency, and enhance the reading experience.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study

Students track the elements of mystery stories through Directed Learning–Thinking Activities, story maps, and puzzles. Then they offer clues for other readers as they plan and write original mystery stories.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Four Simple Steps to Small-Group Guided Writing

Students will go batty about the three writing strategies they learn in this lesson centered on Nicola Davies’ Bat Loves the Night.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring Satire with Shrek

The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Draft Letters: Improving Student Writing through Critical Thinking

Draft letters ask students to think critically about their writing on a specific assignment before submitting their work to a reader. This lesson explains and provides models for the strategy.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Looking for the Byronic Hero Using Twilight's Edward Cullen

Using the character of Edward Cullen from the Twilight series, this lesson introduces the Byronic hero and asks students to compare the Byronic hero to the traditional hero and villain.