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Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text

What is it like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Students find out in this lesson in which they “become” the characters in Judith Viorst’s book.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

Students apply think-aloud strategies to reading and to composition of artwork and poetry. They research symbols of peace as they prewrite, compose, and publish their poetry.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Analyzing the Purpose and Meaning of Political Cartoons

It is important for students to know how to evaluate messages conveyed by the news media. Exploration of the artistic techniques used in political cartoons leads to critical questioning.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing

Using Snowflake Bentley as a model, students create a working definition of multigenre text and then use that definition to create their own multigenre piece about winter or another theme.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Alliteration in Headline Poems

Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Connecting Past and Present: A Local Research Project

In this unit, students become active archivists, gathering photos, artifacts, and stories for a museum exhibit that highlights one decade in their school’s history.