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Boars and Baseball: Making Connections

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Boars and Baseball: Making Connections

Grades 4 – 7
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance in response to reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nikki Giovanni’s poem “The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.” is paired with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.

 

Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Guided Comprehension: Making Connections Using a Double-Entry Journal

Based on the Guided Comprehension Model by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson helps students learn three types of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world) using a double-entry journal.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events

Students interview family members, and then create graphic family timelines based on important and memorable family events.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 1

Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.

Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31

Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.

Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.

 

Grades   2 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31

The Chinese New Year starts today.

Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 19

Malcolm X was born in Nebraska in 1925.

Students write about the origin of their name and explore the names that Malcolm X used during this life.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Double-Entry Journal

This printout helps students record ideas and situations from texts in one column, and their reactions in the second, thus making a connection between the text and themselves, another text, or the world.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Connection Web

Students use this printout to expand on connections they have made to a text and use those details to write essays or create projects about the text.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Connection Stems

Connection Stems give students the language (and a reminder) to support their understanding by tying new learning to what they know about themselves and their world.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Making Connections

Using this printout, students make personal associations to a text by finding and describing text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Reading with Purpose in the Content Areas

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to organize students and instruction to establish a sense of purpose for reading authentic texts in the content areas.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Strategy Guide

Making Connections

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn to model how students can make three different kinds of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world). Students then use this knowledge to find their own personal connections to a text.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Learning New Skills

Possible Interview Questions

Young adults can use this printout to interview a friend, family member, or acquaintance to learn more about the interviewee’s life.

 

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