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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Making Memories: An End-of-Year Digital Scrapbook

Students reflect on their school year, creating a digital scrapbook consisting of images and text to present to their school community.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers

Students will develop their summarizing skills while learning about local history. They will learn to consider audience while selecting topics, conducting research and interviews, and writing historical markers for their town.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing


Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.


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Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 25

Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.

Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.


Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was born today.

Students examine the painting that inspired Sondheim's Pulitzer-prize winning musical and then create a story of their own based on image they choose.


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Motivating Writing in Middle School

This volume offers a variety of ways to stimulate student writing: through the use of artifacts, through exploration of the students' own experiences, memories, and aspirations, and through real-world writing tasks.


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project

A Trip to the Museum: From Picture to Story

Visit a museum or art gallery (either online or in person) with children and teens, helping them find inspiration for a story based on a piece of art that they particularly enjoy or relate to.


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