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Lesson Plans

 

Crit Lit for Kids: From Critical Consciousness to Service Learning

Students take their ideas from the classroom page to the community pavement when they participate in a service-learning project based on their multimedia presentations.

 

Student Interactives

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

 

Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction

In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.

 

 

Trading Card Creator

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.

 
 

 

Alliteration in Headline Poems

Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Found Poems/Parallel Poems

Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Recentering the Middle School Classroom as a Vibrant Learning Community: Students, Literacy, and Technology Intersect

Recentering the Middle School Classroom as a Vibrant Learning Community: Students, Literacy, and Technology Intersect

Examine the ways in which community can be constructed in the middle school classroom using online electronic discussions of literature.

 

Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)

Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)

Argues that regular homophone practice enhances vocabulary knowledge, spelling skills, pronunciation ability, and overall reading proficiency. Describes how card games played with decks of homophones helped to accomplish these things. Notes particular benefits of homophone games to ESL students, and outlines key advantages of using the games.

 

 

Community Stories  

Jennifer Smith

Reaching All Students with ReadWriteThink.org

Jennifer Smith | 8th grade science, grammar, literature teacher | Monticello, IL

Last year I had the opportunity to coteach an eighth-grade language arts/literature class with a special education teacher in my building