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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Charting Characters for a More Complete Understanding of the Story

Character Perspective Charting allows students to compare multiple characters and their points of view to better understand a story.


Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan

All About Our Town: Using Brochures to Teach Informational Writing

Students explore their towns' landmarks, symbols, and people; look at brochures and other informational tools; practice writing for a specific audience and revising; and work collaboratively to create a brochure.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Independent Book Selection

This lesson will be turning heads and pages as students learn how to choose appropriate books for independent reading exercises and later evaluate their choices.


Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Writing Acrostic Poems with Thematically Related Texts in the Content Areas

Students read thematically related texts, scaffolded from simple to complex, to help them gather necessary concept vocabulary and background knowledge in a content area. They then write acrostic poems to organize and present their learning in a creative way.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Love of War in Tim O'Brien's "How to Tell a True War Story"

Students explore the theme of love of war through texts on camaraderie among soldiers. They then compose a visual collage depicting their beliefs about the relationship between love and war.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Writing Technical Instructions

Students walk through the process of creating technical instructions by analyzing existing instructions, choosing an audience, writing their own instructions, receiving user feedback, and then revising and publishing their instructions.