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- Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades 6 – 12 | Activity & Project
Afterschool and Summer Reading with LGBTQ Content
Motivate your middle school reader with books that include LGBTQ characters.
- Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
A Guide to Teen Book Awards
This episode will introduce you to the newest winning titles as well as to ways of thinking about book awards as tools for navigating the world of books for teens.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 7 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Aim for the Heart: Using Haiku to Identify Theme
Using haiku, students focus on themes in literature and demonstrate their understanding of an author’s message. Writing haiku to accompany an analytical paper hones analytical skills and fosters creative expression.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  August 11
Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.
- Professional Development | Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Alice Walker in the Classroom: "Living by the Word"
Carol Jago offers readers a handy guide for bringing this celebrated author’s work into the classroom, including biographical information, ideas for literature circles using Walker’s short stories, sample writing lessons using Walker’s poems, suggestions for teaching The Color Purple, and a wealth of resources for further investigation of Alice Walker and her work.
- Professional Development | Grades 6 – 12 | Online Professional Development | Web Seminar
Aligning the Strategies Identified in Writing Next with the Common Core State Standards
In this Web seminar, work together to see how collaboration, inquiry, and the study of models can improve your students' writing in a variety of genres that meet the narratives, informative, and argument standards of the CCSS.
- 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.
- Classroom Resources | Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.
- Classroom Resources | Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Alphabiography Project: Totally You
The traditional autobiography writing project is given a twist as students write alphabiographiesrecording an event, person, object, or feeling associated with each letter of the alphabet.
- Professional Development | Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
Alternative Book Reports
This article describes different ways that students can report on books they have read other than the traditional “book report.”