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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Connect With Low-Literate Families: A Three-Tiered Approach

Parents and caregivers take a page from the teacher's book when they listen to students' take-home poems or stories and discuss the ideas within.

 

Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

Guided Comprehension: Visualizing Using the Sketch-to-Stretch Strategy

Guided comprehension moves your middle-grade students beyond decoding to become successful, independent readers. The sketch-to-stretch strategy encourages students to use "brain TV" to help them understand a text through visualization.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Give Them a Hand: Promoting Positive Interaction in Literature Circles

Students circle their desks as they analyze their own participation within a small group discussion.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

After listening to haiku poetry, students use seasonal descriptive words to write their own haiku, following the traditional format. They then publish their poems by mounting them on illustrated backgrounds.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Writing a Flashback and Flash-Forward Story Using Movies and Texts as Models

Using the film The Sandlot, students are introduced to the literary devices of flashbacks and flash-forwards. They then write their own stories using those devices.

 

Grades   K – 1  |  Lesson Plan

From Stop Signs to the Golden Arches: Environmental Print

Students bring the print-rich environment of the community into the classroom through the use of environmental print, enabling emergent readers to delight in the realization that they are indeed readers.