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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    3-2-1 Vocabulary: Learning Filmmaking Vocabulary by Making Films
    Bring the vocabulary of film to life through the processes of filmmaking. Students learn terminology and techniques simultaneously as they plan, film, and edit a short video.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    3 Strategies for Reaching Language Learners in Literacy Workshops
    Ideas will be explored and explained that you can use tomorrow to strengthen your instruction of language learners in your classroom.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative
    The old cliche, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is put to the test when students write their own narrative interpretations of events shown in an image.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Assessing Student Interests and Strengths
    In this Strategy Guide, you’ll learn about a number of specific methods that can help you to gain a fuller picture of the interests of your students as well as what your students understand, know, and can demonstrate by doing.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Boars and Baseball: Making Connections
    In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Brainstorming and Reviewing Using the Carousel Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces Carousel Brainstorming, also known as Rotating Review, and offers suggestions to implement this technique in your classroom for brainstorming about new topics or reviewing learned information.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cut up, Cover up, and Come Away with Ideas for Writing!
    Students rework their forgotten/abandoned drafts by cutting and covering up selected words. By creatively manipulating text, they explore portal writing, a strategy for envisioning a new story or story direction.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Examining Island of the Blue Dolphins through a Literary Lens
    After a discussion about courage and adversity and reading Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, students examine Karana's character development and look for examples of courage in their community.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exchanging Ideas by Sharing Journals: Interactive Response in the Classroom
    Pairs of students respond to literature alternately in shared journals. Mini-lessons are presented on responding to prompts, creating dialogue, adding drawings, and asking and answering questions.

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