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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Inferring How and Why Characters Change
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Students hone their critical thinking skills by learning how to make inferences from textual clues.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
This lesson uses One Green Apple by Eve Bunting to teach how characters change across a text. It will also guide students through writing an epilogue to accompany their independent book.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Lights, camera, action, and a bit of mystery! In this lesson, students use mystery props in a skit bag to create and perform in short, impromptu skits.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  March 25
After examining the characters in one of DiCamillo's stories, students write original short stories featuring animals as central characters.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 1
Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  February 12
Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 27
Students do a book report assignment based on a current or past winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award.
Grades 5 – 10 | Calendar Activity |  June 15
After students have read one of Brian Jacques' Redwall stories, a class newspaper is created based on the story.
Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  October 4
Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.