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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Writing Free Verse in the "Voice" of Cesar Chavez
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 40- to 50-minute class sessions|
Grades 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will be motivated to share their poetry through an online tool the features recording and animation.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 5
Marked by parades, picnics, and other celebrations, Labor Day is a time set aside to recognize the achievements of the American labor movement and the dignity in all work.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 31
Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 31
Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.
Grades 5 – 12 | Printout | Writing Starter
Students can utilize this printout to organize their writing as they learn to use the RAFT strategy. This printout enables students to clearly define their role, audience, format, and topic for writing.
Grades 5 – 12 | Strategy Guide
This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.