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Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time

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Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time

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

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Professional Library



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

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.


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Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 7

Write letters that make things happen!

In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.


Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 15

Bill of Rights Day is observed.

Students identify a students' rights issue and explore the ways in which the Bill of Rights does protect and does not protect students.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 31

César Chávez was born on this day in 1927.

Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group.


Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 18

Celebrate Mandela Day today.

After reading Kadir Nelson's Nelson Mandela, students explore the Mandela Day website before using an online tool to start working on a service project of their own.


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Grades   2 – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Literary Discussion in the Elementary School

This book offers a rich resource for preservice and practicing teachers who want to build, extend, or enliven a program in which students explore the expanding world of children’s literature.


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