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Literature as a Jumping Off Point for Nonfiction Inquiry

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Literature as a Jumping Off Point for Nonfiction Inquiry

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Tuck Everlasting (ideally a class set)

  • Books about Water

  • Completed text set to use as a model

  • Text sets compiled using topics brainstormed by the students

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Multigenre Mapper

Grades   3 – 10  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Multigenre Mapper

This interactive invites students to create original multigenre, multimodal works--one drawing and three written texts--making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities.

 

Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

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.

 

Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.

 

Stapleless Book

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Students should have read the book Tuck Everlasting, or the book that you've chosen, before this lesson is completed. They can read the novel in reading groups, literature circles, independently, or a read-aloud.

  • Before Session One, compile a text set that can be used as an example.

  • Prior to Session Two, compile text sets based on the topics brainstormed by the students. Refer to the booklist and the Websites listed in the Resources section if needed.

  • Make appropriate copies of the rubric for the students.

  • Test the Story Map, Flip Book, Stapleless Book and Multigenre Mapper on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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