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Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing

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Using Snowflake Bentley as a Framing Text for Multigenre Writing

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Weaving the Multigenre Web

Students analyze the elements of a novel in many different genres and then hyperlink these pieces together on student-constructed Websites.


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Grades   3 – 10  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Multigenre Mapper

This interactive invites students to create original multigenre, multimodal works--one drawing and three written texts--making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities.


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Grades   K – 4  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 8

Snowflake Bentley illustrator Mary Azarian was born in 1940.

Students catch snowflakes outdoors and sketch some of the structures, or grow their own snow crystals and examine them using magnifying glasses or microscopes.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22

Randolph Caldecott was born on March 22, 1846.

Students explore the history of the Caldecott Medal and create a classroom literary award modeled after the Caldecott.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 2

David Macaulay was born in 1946.

Students use the Multigenre Mapper interactive to explore Macaulay's use of multiple genres by composing original multigenre texts.


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Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Exploring the Past through Multigenre Writing

Research comes alive when students explore a range of alternate genres instead of writing the traditional research report.


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