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  1. Professional Development | November 21–24, 2013
    2013 NCTE Annual Convention
    Join NCTE in Boston this November for the 103rd NCTE Annual Convention.
  2. 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.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History
    The article includes recommendations for teachers interested in integrating literature, drama, and history.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read!
    The teacher shouts, "Drop Everything and Read!" and students settle into their seats to read books they've selected. This independent reading program helps students build a lifelong reading habit.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart"
    What’s that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA) using "The Tell-Tale Heart," make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Advice as an Introduction to Shakespeare
    Popular culture provides an introduction to Shakespeare's poetic devices in this lesson, which asks students to explore an excerpt from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    An Exploration of Text Sets: Supporting All Readers
    Students create text sets on a high interest topic and use the texts to practice three strategies for reading for information.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 5
    Annual fence-painting contests take place in Hannibal, Missouri.
    A scene from one of Twain's works is chosen and students map the story setting using the Story Map. Setting is then discussed as a class.

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