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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Lights, Camera, Action: Interviewing a Book Character
    Students get the inside scoop on a story when they create interview questions and answers for characters in the books they read.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Setting the Stage for Creative Writing: Plot Scaffolds for Beginning and Intermediate Writers
    Want to foster creativity and originality in student writing? This practical guide shows how plot scaffolds can be used to help beginning and intermediate writers.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool
    Persuasion Rubric
    Use this rubric to assess the effectiveness of a student’s essay, speech, poster, or any type of assignment that incorporates persuasion.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool
    Essay Rubric
    This rubric delineates specific expectations about an essay assignment to students and provides a means of assessing completed student essays.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool
    Compare and Contrast Rubric
    Students and teachers can use this rubric when doing writing that compares and contrasts two things, as well as when assessing the writing.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Biography Study: Using Role-Play to Explore Authors' Lives
    Students read biographies and explore websites of selected American authors and then role-play as the authors.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Word Maps: Developing Critical and Analytical Thinking About Literary Characters
    Students read "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry, use a word map to identify characters' qualities or traits, discuss the characters' feelings and actions, and reflect upon these in journals.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches
    This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis
    Students stage a mock trial for a literary character, with groups of students acting as the prosecution, defense, and jury.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Literature Response in Primary Classrooms
    This step-by-step literature response template for use with read-alouds asks students to use drawing and writing to respond to increasingly-complex prompts which address literary elements as well as personal connections.

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