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Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Loaded Words: Vocabulary That Packs a Punch in Persuasive Writing

In this minilesson, students practice identifying and purposefully using vocabulary in persuasive writing that is intended to have an emotional impact on the reader.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom

People make the past come alive as students research and then share stories about famous Americans who promoted democratic ideals.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

A Biography Study: Using Role-Play to Explore Authors' Lives

Students read biographies and explore websites of selected American authors and then role-play as the authors.

 

Grades   9 – 10  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Aesthetic Criteria: Using Music to Move Beyond Like/Dislike with Poetry

In this lesson, students develop the cognitive tool of criteria development for discussing the aesthetics of poetry and music.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Looking at Landmarks: Using a Picture Book to Guide Research

This lesson uses Ben's Dream by Chris Van Allsburg to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. Students research the landmarks and present their findings to the class.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool"

Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" and then write about how the character's pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.