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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  

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Second-Language Literacy Instruction

Grades   7 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry

Students explore the idea of "crossing boundaries" through bilingual, spoken-word poetry, culminating in a poetry slam at school or in the community.

Based on Second-Language Literacy Instruction

 

 

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring Audience and Purpose with a Single Issue

Students explore the concepts of audience and purpose by focusing on an issue that divided Americans in 1925, the debate of evolution versus creationism raised by the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Based on Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing