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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

 

 

Close reading in elementary schools

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading

What if students could see the relevance of their school curriculum to real-world, interesting, STEM-related careers? Let's help them create a great future!

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   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies

In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.

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

 

 

Phonemic Awareness and the Teaching of Reading

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Building Phonemic Awareness With Phoneme Isolation

Students improve phonemic awareness through games and chants that help them isolate beginning and ending sounds and connect them with their written symbols (graphemes).

Based on Phonemic Awareness and the Teaching of Reading

 

 

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