ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.
Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.
Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
A Significant Influence: Describing an Important Teacher in Your Life
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute sessions|
Yankton, South Dakota
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom or a similar book or movie about a significant teacher
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.
- Life Lessons from Tuesdays with Morrie
- Dear Teachers by Sonya Sones
- Sones’ Stanza Form
- Excerpt from “From sanctuary, to the Teachers” by Paul Zindel
- Teacher Tribute Rubric
- Books about Inspirational Teachers
- Commentary: Tribute to My Sixth-Grade Teacher
- Commentary: Ms. Patel, 3rd Grade Teacher Extraordinaire
- Gather copies of Tuesdays with Morrie or another book or movie that includes an inspirational teacher. For purposes of the lesson, the teacher does not have to be a teacher in the classroom. A book in which a family or community elder shares a life lesson with other characters (e.g., A Lesson Before Dying) will also work. Note also that the teacher-student relationship does not need to be the primary focus of the story (e.g., Mrs. Crowley in The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things).
- Students should have read or viewed the work that you’ve chosen before this project begins. Students might read the book as a class, work in literature circles reading different books in each group, or read novels independently. If you have chosen a film for this activity, show the film in class and discuss basic literary elements and film analysis.
- Familiarize yourself with these additional resources on writing television news scripts so that you can provide hints and minilessons as students need more information: Picking Up the Pieces and Putting Them Back Together, Ten Techniques for Energizing Your Classroom Discussions, Broadcasting style tips, and Television Newscasts.
- Make copies of handouts: “Dear Teachers” by Sonya Sones, Excerpt from “From sanctuary, to the Teachers,” by Paul Zindel, and Teacher Tribute Rubric.
- If desired, make an overhead transparency of Sones’ form.
- Test the ReadWriteThink Printing Press on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.