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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales

What do cowboy hats have to do with fairy tales? Two traditional fairy tales and their Texas-based counterparts set the stage for five different ways to respond to text.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Independent Book Selection

This lesson will be turning heads and pages as students learn how to choose appropriate books for independent reading exercises and later evaluate their choices.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Magazine Redux: An Exercise in Critical Literacy

Paper and pixels get compared in this lesson in which students compare both printed and online versions of a magazine.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Young Adult Literature about the Middle East: A Cultural Response Perspective

Adapted from Sheryl L. Finkle and Tamara J. Lilly’s Middle Ground: Exploring Selected Literature from and about the Middle East, this variation on traditional literature circles exposes students to a variety of young adult fiction from and about the Middle East. Students read and share research and responses in collaborative groups. At the end of the lesson, they write a letter to welcome an immigrant student to their school and community.

 

Grades   6 – 9  |  Lesson Plan

Writing for Audience: The Revision Process in The Diary of Anne Frank

After reading or viewing The Diary of Anne Frank, students will make connections between audience and purpose and revise a journal entry with an outside audience in mind.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Texting a Response to Lord of the Flies

Students use Lord of the Flies to explore communication styles and techniques by writing text messages from one of the novel’s characters to an imagined audience off the island.