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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. Professional Development | Grades   K – 11  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Building Academic Language to Deepen Comprehension and Learning
    Join NCTE for the web seminar "Learning Words Inside and Out" hosted by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits
    Students find examples of adjectives in a shared reading. Then students "become" major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using powerful adjectives.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Composing Cinquain Poems with Basic Parts of Speech
    Reinforce student understanding of parts of speech through the analysis of sample cinquain poems followed by the creation of original cinquains.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Delicious, Tasty, Yummy: Enriching Writing with Adjectives and Synonyms
    Students thoroughly explore identifying synonyms and adjectives before using them to add variety and interest to their own writing.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Dynamite Diamante Poetry
    Introduce gerunds and review nouns, adjectives, and verbs through engaging read-alouds; then apply these concepts through collaborative word-sorting and poetry-writing activities.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language
    Eye on Idioms
    The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Grammar Alive!: A Guide for Teachers
    NCTE’s Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar provides this much-needed resource for teachers who wonder what to do about grammar—how to teach it, how to apply it, how to learn what they themselves were never taught.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions
    Weaver examines the connection between a teacher's knowledge of grammar and students' growth in language skills as she provides specific examples of how teachers can put their knowledge of grammar to use without intimidating or overwhelming students.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    How-To Writing: Motivating Students to Write for a Real Purpose
    It’s not easy surviving fourth grade (or third or fifth)! In this lesson, students brainstorm survival tips for future fourth graders and incorporate those tips into an essay.

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