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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Comics and Graphic Novels
    Instead of creating traditional book reports or writing summaries, get “graphic” by creating a comic book or cartoon adaptation of the major scenes from the books.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Careers Using the Internet
    Doctors, astrophysicists, and daycare providers are only some of the careers that will be explored in this lesson in which students research careers and publish occupational summaries about them.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension in Action: Teaching Summarizing With the Bio-Cube
    Students learn the ins and outs of writing biographies by researching a contemporary or historical figure and writing a summary.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Postmodern Picture Books in Middle School
    Students analyze the structure of a postmodern picture book, Black and White, to uncover how authors create unexpected plots and connections and form relationships between words and illustrations.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    What’s My Subject? A Subject-Verb Agreement Minilesson
    Students explore subject–verb agreement using real-life examples and then talk about the difference between formal and informal language and how to use this important grammatical rule.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping
    Students work in pairs and groups as they complete fishbone maps that highlight main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text and then write summaries of content area texts.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: The Elements of Fiction
    Students identify the elements of fiction in a book they have read and share summaries of them by writing and illustrating their own mini-book.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Descriptive Video: Using Media Technology to Enhance Writing
    Students will have a roaring good time when they watch a scene from The Lion King as a way to compare standard and described programming media.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”
    Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

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