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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Females in the Spotlight: Strong Characters in Picture Books

What makes a character strong? Students will gain a new perspective on that question as they read and discuss the picture books recommended for this lesson. Students make the acquaintance of several strong female protagonists as they create and share Character Trading Cards based on these titles.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Get the GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Any Content Area

GIST is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area. Students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories.


Grades   7 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions

Students form literature circles, read Esperanza Rising or Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Book Report Alternative: A Character’s Letter to the Editor

Students write a persuasive letter to the editor of a newspaper from a selected fictional character’s perspective, focusing on a specific issue or situation explored in the novel.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain

Following the model of N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain, students write three-voice narratives based on Kiowa folktales, an interview with an Elder, and personal connections to theme.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

She Did What? Revising for Connotation

Did she walk, skip, amble, dance? In this minilesson, students explore connotation by acting out and revising the simple sentence "She walked into the room."