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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 45-minute sessions|
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Grades 5 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Reporting on an informational book doesn’t have to be boring! Instead of the traditional book report format, students create newspapers using a Printing Press interactive to share what they have learned from reading informational books.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  December 17
Students celebrate the Wright brothers' flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 23
After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  June 23
Students take part in an inquiry-based study that compares typewriters to computers.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 24
Students explore the literary concept of point of view by examining a pair of picture books that highlight the controversies surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge.
Grades 3 – 8 | Printout | Graphic Organizer
After students read an article or other work of nonfiction, they can use the Nonfiction Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details in the text.
Grades 6 – 12 | Strategy Guide
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn a few simple, yet powerful, techniques to encourage students to use peer talk and writing to enhance their understanding of content area texts.