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Lesson Plan

Weaving the Multigenre Web

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Weaving the Multigenre Web

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Schulze

Yankton, South Dakota


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • 5 or more copies of several novels for students to choose from

  • Web-authoring software such as FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Netscape Composer, Microsoft Word, etc. or blog sites like LiveJournal, MySpace, Blogger, and Facebook.

  • Internet access for each group

  • Access to a Website on which to upload Web pages or a CD burner and blank CDs

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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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  • Obtain access to computers and other software.

  • Arrange for an LCD projector and computer to project PowerPoint presentations to the class. Alternately, you can show the PowerPoints to small groups of students, huddled around a single computer.

  • Make copies of handouts and rubric. You will need one copy of each for each student except for the Group Discussion Rubric, of which you'll need one copy for each group for each day of discussion.

  • Familiarize yourself with the basic commands of the word processor on the computer that you're using. Also, explore the basics of creating a Website or Web presentation.

  • Test the Literary Elements Map and the interactive Genre Selection Chart on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Explore the sample student multigenre Webs and choose ones which you'd like to show your students. You might make bookmarks on the computer browsers for the Websites available for students.

  • Review the Catcher in the Rye model chart, which is included for the teacher's reference. It can also be shared with students as an example if they are familiar with the novel.

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