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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
So What Do You Think? Writing a Review
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Grades 11 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Writing professional reviews teaches students to understand audience, content, and publication guidelines. In this lesson, students put these into practice as professional writers critiquing, designing, and publishing reviews on Amazon.com.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.
Grades K – 6 | Calendar Activity |  October 1
Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a "Top Picks" class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 14
Students use the Hero's Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 16
Students make lists of their favorite and least favorite movies and brainstorm qualities that make a film good or bad. Next, students write a movie review for a film they have seen.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 18
Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.
Grades 5 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  October 9
Students are encouraged to read a variety of books and participate in a book club in celebration of Teen Read Week.
Professional Library | Book
Rubenstein offers specific, classroom-tested strategies for teaching Raymond Carver's short stories and poems in the high school English classroom.
ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
Grades 9 – 12 | Activity & Project
This activity gives teens an opportunity to write reviews on the movies, television shows, music, restaurants, and books they love—and hate!