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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Letters and Learning Genre
    Using their prior knowledge of books containing letters, students show their understanding of genre by rewriting a story and reflecting on how traditional stories differs from stories told in letters.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Literature Circle Roles Reframed: Reading as a Film Crew
    Capture students' enthusiasm for film and transfer it to reading and literature by substituting film production roles for the traditional literature circle roles.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster
    Struggling to survive is one of the many themes explored in A Girl Named Disaster. As students read, they look for connections between themselves and the main character, Nhamo.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Media Literacy: Examining the World of Television Teens
    Pop culture and the classroom collide in this lesson when students go behind the scenes to analyze a television series for characterization to use in an original television show proposal.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Mind Pictures: Strategies That Enhance Mental Imagery While Reading
    Students create mental images while reading using a three-pronged approach: developing schemata and visual awareness; Watch-Read-Watch-Read (W-R-W-R), using video clips; and a strategy similar to the think-aloud approach.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Myth and Truth: The "First Thanksgiving"
    By exploring myths surrounding the Wampanoag, the pilgrims, and the "First Thanksgiving," this lesson asks students to think critically about commonly believed myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in colonial America.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Nature Study Outdoor Treasure Hunts (with Spanish language option)
    Students take a walk on the wild side when they research an animal and create a scavenger hunt activity for their classmates.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack
    Students create a soundtrack for a novel that they have read, as they engage in such traditional reading strategies as predicting, visualizing, and questioning.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy
    Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action
    Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.

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