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History Comes Alive: Developing Fluency and Comprehension Using Social Studies

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Grades 2 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Five week-long units, broken up into 30- to 45-minute sessions
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Veronica Montes

Lake Dallas, Texas


International Literacy Association


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Professional Library



Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 28

Poor Richard's Almanack was first published in 1733.

Students explore some of the proverbs taken from Poor Richard's Almanack, give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase.


Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 17

Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.

Students discuss Benjamin Franklin's contributions to postal history, investigate the roles of the Postmaster General, and write letters to their classmates using the Letter Generator.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Write Alouds

This strategy guide explains how to use write-aloud (also known as modeled writing) to teach effective writing strategies and improve students' independent writing ability.


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Grades   3 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History

The article includes recommendations for teachers interested in integrating literature, drama, and history.


Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History

This article describes a successful teacher-professor collaboration to plan interdisciplinary curriculum and team-teach it in a first-grade classroom.


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