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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Alliteration in Headline Poems
    Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
    By analyzing Dear Abby’s “rant” about bad grammar usage, students become aware that attitudes about race, social class, moral and ethical character, and “proper” language use are intertwined.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    And I Quote: A Punctuation Proofreading Minilesson
    Students review the basic conventions for using quotations from literature or references from a research project, focusing on accurate punctuation and page layout, then apply the conventions to their texts.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Audience, Purpose, and Language Use in Electronic Messages
    Students explore using electronic messaging and Internet abbreviations for specific purposes and examine the importance of using a more formal style of writing based on their audience.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns
    Students engage in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Breaking the Rules with Sentence Fragments
    Though teachers usually caution students against using sentence fragments, Edgar Schuster’s work demonstrates that professional writers often use fragments effectively. This lesson helps students understand that there are reasons that they can and should use sentence fragments to become effective writers.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Character Clash: A Minilesson on Paragraphing and Dialogue
    Students learn about paragraphing conventions in dialogue by revising their own writing.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Choosing the Best Verb: An Active and Passive Voice Minilesson
    Students explore how active and passive voices are appropriate to different audiences. They examine online resources, and then draw conclusions about verb use, which they apply to their own writing.
  10. 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.

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