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Alphabiography Project: Totally You

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Alphabiography Project: Totally You

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Totally Joe by James Howe

  • Writing materials, such as a writer’s notebook, pens, pencils, etc.

  • Writer’s notebook (optional)

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 

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MOBILE APPS

Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 5  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

The Alphabet Organizer lets users create a calendar-style ABC chart or letter pages for an alphabet book.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Review the book Totally Joe by James Howe, about a boy named Joe who deals with many adolescent issues—friendships, school, and coming to terms about his homosexuality. The book is a follow-up to Howe’s book The Misfits.

  • Decide whether the students will be reading this novel independently, as a read aloud, or in literature circles. This lesson can easily be implemented using one copy of the text as a read aloud. Adjust the lesson plan as needed to match with how the text is shared with the students.

  • Make appropriate copies of the Sample Alphabiography Entry and Alphabiography Self-Assessment.

  • Test the online Alphabet Organizer on your computers or download the Alphabet Organizer mobile app to familiarize yourself with the tools. For this activity, Option 2 on the Alphabet Organizer is the best choice.

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