ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.
Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.
Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Jazz Up Writing Workshop: Writing Biographies of African American Jazz Musicians
|Grades||2 – 3|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Twenty 20- to 45-minute sessions|
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students create a personalized biography for their reading buddy, and each child is the author, illustrator, and editor.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 6
Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 1
Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.
Grades 6 – 12 | Strategy Guide
Through Voki, a Web 2.0 tool, students create customizable avatars for class presentations for various purposes, such as presenting biographical information, expressing an opinion, or reading a poem.
Grades K – 5 | Podcast Episode
Share your musical heritage with kids this summer and get inspired by four stories about family, jazz, and the relationships that last a lifetime.