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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Blurring Genre: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Diary of a Worm
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute Sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Copies of Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm (2003), Diary of a Spider (2005), and Diary of a Fly (2007)
- Websites and print texts for student research of the class-chosen topic
- Computers with Internet access
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.
Grades 3 – 10 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
This interactive invites students to create original multigenre, multimodal works--one drawing and three written texts--making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities.
- K-W-L Chart
- Peer Evaluation Sheet for Diary Entries
- Diary Book Rubric
- Diary Book Reflection Questions
- Obtain a copy of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly.
- Make copies of necessary handouts.
- Gather resources (either print or online texts) for inquiry after students have chosen a class topic. Check ahead to recommend appropriate online sites.
- Depending on your students' familiarity with research skills and processes, you may wish to provide students some instruction adapted from the following ReadWriteThink lessons: Developing Searching, Skimming, and Scanning Skills with Internet Bingo; Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection; Wading through the Web: Teaching Internet Strategies; and the interactive Fact Fragment Frenzy.
- Test the ReadWriteThink interactive Multigenre Mapper and NoteTaker to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure you have the proper Internet plug-ins, available at our Technical Support Page.