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Lesson Plans

 

What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple

Y'all set down a spell and learn ‘bout dialects!" In other words, your students will use The Color Purple to explore dialect and how it reveals information about the characters.

 

Student Interactives

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 

 

I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation

Curl up with a good book again—or not. In this lesson, students brainstorm why they reread some books, while passing up others, and write their reflections in an essay.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 
 

 

Finding Poetry in Prose: Reading and Writing Love Poems

After reading several poems that expand the definition of love poetry, students compose found poems based on a personal memoir—either their own or a love story of another writer.

 

 

Mystery Cube

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 
 

 

Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance

Using their voices as interpretive instruments, students gain a deeper appreciation of the art of poetry as they prepare a recitation of the frequently anthologized poem "Those Winter Sundays."

 

 

Persuasion Map

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Shared Writing

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.

 

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Vocabulary Instruction

On Demand Web Seminar Package: Vocabulary Instruction

Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on teaching vocabulary.

 

 

Community Stories  

Kristin Sample

The Pitfalls of Reader Response

Kristin Sample | English Faculty | Austin, TX

I was doing some volunteer work recently with Women’s Storybook Project and found myself in the midst of retired and currently working educators