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  1. Professional Development | November 20–23, 2014
    2014 NCTE Annual Convention
    The 2014 NCTE Annual Convention is an opportunity to take back the right to tell our stories, to create our own landscapes, and to “talk story” with each other.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups
    Students learn how to effectively deal with bullying by participating in literature response groups and writing about when they experienced a similar situation or emotion as a fictional character.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A “Cay”ribbean Island Study
    As a pre-reading activity for The Cay, groups of students choose and study a Caribbean island, create a final product in the format of their choice, and finally, do an oral presentation to share information learned.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups
    This lesson employs direct instruction and small-group discussion to help students learn new vocabulary skills while reading Patricia Polacco’s Pink and Say.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives
    Students must "become" a character in a novel in order to describe themselves and other characters using powerful adjectives.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz
    This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate “quiz” questions that their peers will answer.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Addressing Common Core Standards (Without Letting Them Take Over Your Curriculum)
    Join NCTE for the web seminar "Addressing Common Core Standards (Without Letting Them Take Over Your Curriculum)" hosted by Scott Filkins.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Alter Egos and More with Avi’s "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?"
    After reading Avi’s novel "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?", students create an alter ego for themselves and use it to write their own radio show, modeled after the book.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 11
    Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.
    Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    American Folklore: A Jigsaw Character Study
    Groups of students read and discuss American folklore stories, each group reading a different story. Using a jigsaw strategy, the groups compare character traits and main plot points of the stories. A diverse selection of American folk tales is used for this lesson, which is adaptable to any text set.

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