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Alphabiography Project: Totally You
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Totally Joe by James Howe
- Writing materials, such as a writer’s notebook, pens, pencils, etc.
- Writer’s notebook (optional)
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.
Grades K – 5 | Mobile App | Organizing & Summarizing
The Alphabet Organizer lets users create a calendar-style ABC chart or letter pages for an alphabet book.
- 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.