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Inform your teaching with the latest research, find practical teaching tips, or get inspired. This selection of books, journals, and position statements comes to you from the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

 

Lesson Plans Related to the Professional Library  

Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Writing Acrostic Poems with Thematically Related Texts in the Content Areas

Students read thematically related texts, scaffolded from simple to complex, to help them gather necessary concept vocabulary and background knowledge in a content area. They then write acrostic poems to organize and present their learning in a creative way.

Based on Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

 

 

Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography

Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make text–self–world connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.

Based on Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

 

 

Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

Grades   K – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Designing Elements of Story in Little Blue and Little Yellow

In this series of four lessons, students will explore key elements of design in Little Blue and
Little Yellow
to learn about setting, character relationships, and plot.

Based on Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

 

 

Close reading in elementary schools

Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Amelia Bedelia Up Close! Closely Reading a Classic Story

Through a close reading of Amelia Bedelia, students reread the material to discuss text-dependent questions, promoting deep thinking about the text and its characters.

Based on Close reading in elementary schools

 

 

Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Digitally Telling the Story of Greek Figures

In this lesson students research Greek gods, heroes, and creatures and then share their findings through digital storytelling.

Based on Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration

 

 

Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia

This lesson is sure to sizzle, not fizzle, as students use comic strips to find onomatopoetic words, develop a vocabulary list from the words, and discuss why writers use onomatopoeia.

Based on Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

 

 

Ethics as a Form of Critical and Rhetorical Inquiry in the Writing Classroom

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Persuade Me in Five Slides! Creating Persuasive Digital Stories

After students write persuasive essays, use this lesson to challenge them to summarize their essays concisely by creating five-slide presentations.

Based on Ethics as a Form of Critical and Rhetorical Inquiry in the Writing Classroom

 

 

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

e-Book Reading and Response: Innovative Ways to Engage with Texts

Students in grades 5 through 12 read and respond to electronic books by using e-book tools and features, including digital note-taking capabilities.

Based on New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

 

 

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Literature Response in Primary Classrooms

This step-by-step literature response template for use with read-alouds asks students to use drawing and writing to respond to increasingly-complex prompts which address literary elements as well as personal connections.

Based on Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing