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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

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.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Empowered Fiction Writers: Generating and Organizing Ideas for Story Writing

Do their minds go blank when they confront a blank piece of paper? Speedwriting can help students get started on writing and come up with topics to write about. They can then incorporate their key ideas and phrases into a narrative with the help of a graphic story organizer.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why

Where did the stars come from? What makes lightning and thunder? Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Family Memoir: Getting Acquainted With Generations Before Us

Creating a memoir of an older family member allows students both to learn more about their own backgrounds and to learn the power of storytellers.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

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.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

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.