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Lesson Plan

Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster

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Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions, plus time for students to read the book and respond in their logs
Lesson Author

Kathleen Benson Quinn

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Chart paper

  • Computers with Internet access

  • Farmer, N. (1996). A Girl Named Disaster. New York: Orchard.

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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!


Venn Diagram

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.


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