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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   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

Color My World: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

Using different writing/drawing materials (e.g., markers, color pencils, pastels, etc.), students learn how to communicate different moods and/or feelings to support their written ideas and how authors do the same through their work.

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   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

The Comic Book Show and Tell

Students craft comic scripts using clear, descriptive, and detailed writing that shows (illustrates) and tells (directs). After peers create an artistic interpretation of the script, students revise their original scripts.

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 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis

Students analyze rhetorical strategies in online editorials, building knowledge of strategies and awareness of local and national issues. This lesson teaches students connections between subject, writer, and audience and how rhetorical strategies are used in everyday writing.

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

 

 

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan

Going Digital: Using e-Book Readers to Enhance the Reading Experience

Students use various tools and features of digital readers to develop vocabulary, support comprehension, respond to text, improve fluency, and enhance the reading experience.

Based on New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

 

 

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Designing Effective Poster Presentations

Students explore the genre of posters, review informational writing and visual design, and then design poster presentations to share in class or at a school-wide fair.

Based on Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing