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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring Compare and Contrast Structure in Expository Texts

Students build their understanding of the terms compare and contrast by participating in class discussions, using Internet resources, working collaboratively, and by visually representing information in a Venn diagram.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

My Family Traditions: A Class Book and a Potluck Lunch

After analyzing Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza, students create a class book with artwork and information about their ancestry, traditions, and recipes, followed by a potluck lunch.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Inclusive Stories: Teaching About Disabilities With Picture Books

Students explore disabilities in order to think critically and sensitively about them. They choose a disability to research and then create a picture book about the disability.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Playing with Prepositions through Poetry

Students play with and explore prepositions during a whole group reading of Ruth Heller's Behind the Mask, and then by composing and publishing prepositional poems based on the book's style.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Modeling Reading and Analysis Processes with the Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Explore reading strategies using Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" and other works. Students read Poe's works in both large- and small-group readings then conclude with a variety of projects.

 

Grades   8 – 11  |  Lesson Plan

"Three Stones Back": Using Informational Text to Enhance Understanding of Ball Don't Lie

Students engage in a close reading of a passage from Matt de la Pena's novel Ball Don't Lie before researching important background information to assess the accuracy of the claims made by a character.