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Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers

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Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Marcea K. Seible

Marcea K. Seible

Waterloo, Iowa


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative

The old cliche, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is put to the test when students write their own narrative interpretations of events shown in an image.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Introducing Each Other: Interviews, Memoirs, Photos, and Internet Research

Students use their communication and writing skills as they interview a partner, write an article about them, and create a multimodal presentation to introduce their partner to the class.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 15

In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.

Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage "The Last Spikes." Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practices

Through teacher-friendly language and classroom examples, Deborah Dean takes a close look at effective, research-based practices for writing instruction.


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Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World

After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be “amazing”—either someone they’ve heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Design a Travel Brochure

Invite children and teens to create a travel brochure to share information about a special place with others.


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