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Opening the Door for Reading: Sharing Favorite Texts to Build Community

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Opening the Door for Reading: Sharing Favorite Texts to Build Community

Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Classroom library selection

  • Posterboard, paper, markers, other art materials

  • Teacher-decorated classroom door

  • Writing journals

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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.


Comic Creator

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

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).


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  • Select a favorite novel, picture book, genre, or author to introduce yourself to the class. Alternately, the choice can relate to books, genres, or authors that will be studied that year. The text that you choose will be the focus of the classroom door decoration and class discussion. Consult this list of Children's Book Awards for a comprehensive list of award-winning children's literature.

  • Choose a scene from the book, parts of the cover, representative symbols from a genre, or notable titles/covers from an author, and decorate the entrance door of the classroom with the selection.

  • Depending upon your goals, you can includ the name of book, author/illustrator, or genre on the door.

  • Assemble posterboard, paper, and art materials.

  • Make appropriate number of copies of requirements list and rubric.

  • Test the Comic Creator and the 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.

  • View the examples of decorated classroom doors.

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