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Lesson Plan

The Pros and Cons of Discussion

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Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Approximately seven 60- to 90-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Karen Luchner

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Reflection journals

  • Overhead projector and transparency paper

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Literary Graffiti

Grades   9 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Literary Graffiti

Literary Graffiti, a high school version of the Doodle Splash student interactive, also aims to teach students to visualize what they are reading to help them develop as readers.


Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.


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1. Decide which students will work together in groups of four. Students will remain in the same groups for the entire lesson.

2. Make copies for each student of "Harrison Bergeron", the Discussion Web (these should be two-sided with the web printed on both sides of the page), the Concept of Definition Map, and each of the materials listed under "Checklist and rubrics" in the Resources section.

3. Create transparencies of the Discussion Web and Concept of Definition Map.

4. To learn more about discussion webs and concept of definition webs, visit the websites listed in the Teacher resources section. You might also refer to for background information on the author and his books.

5. Bookmark the Literary Graffiti and Literary Elements Map interactive tools on your classroom computers and take a few moments to learn how the tools operate. (If you experience difficulty, make sure that computers have the most recent version of the Shockwave and Flash plug-ins, which can be downloaded for free from the ReadWriteThink Site Tools page.)

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