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  1. Professional Development | Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History
    This article describes a successful teacher-professor collaboration to plan interdisciplinary curriculum and team-teach it in a first-grade classroom.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Strategy Guide
    Choral Reading
    During choral reading, students read together orally. Repeated, supported reading helps students read with greater expression and read unfamiliar words with greater ease.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   2 – 7  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Creating Lifelong Readers Through Independent Reading
    This book provides information on the benefits of independent reading, how to set up a classroom library, and ways to actively engage students in independent reading.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text
    What is it like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Students find out in this lesson in which they “become” the characters in Judith Viorst’s book.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    History Comes Alive: Developing Fluency and Comprehension Using Social Studies
    Let the power of imagination and inference serve as a “time machine” to bring Benjamin Franklin into the classroom! History and science come to life in a dialogue with Franklin the inventor, developed through lesson activities that incorporate research, imagination, writing, visual arts, and drama.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Improving Fluency through Group Literary Performance
    Students participate in shared reading, choral reading, and readers theater, using books by Bill Martin, Jr. Repeated readings and literary performances help students with their reading accuracy, expression, and rate.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 23
    In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.
    Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5
    In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.
    Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 11
    Jane Yolen was born in 1939.
    Students read one of Jane Yolen's books, retell the story in the form of a puppet show, research animals in the book, and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Strategy Guide
    Performing Poetry
    Performing poetry incorporates oral reading, literature, and the performing arts. This strategy can benefit content area readers, English language learners, or learners with special needs.

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