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Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

Guided Comprehension: Making Connections Using a Double-Entry Journal

Based on the Guided Comprehension Model by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson helps students learn three types of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world) using a double-entry journal.

 

Grades   K – 1  |  Lesson Plan

Learning Vocabulary Down By the Bay

Students sing a popular children's song, follow along with a picture book that contains the lyrics and illustrations, and then participate in activities to reinforce learning of the vocabulary words.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Q is for Duck: Using Alphabet Books With Struggling Writers

A is for zoo? Q is for duck? The alphabet as students know it is transformed when students create a class book that contains clever associations for each letter of the alphabet.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Book Report Alternative: Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical Fiction

Students write resumes for historical fiction characters. They first explore help wanted ads to see what employers want, and then draft resumes for the characters they've chosen.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Powerful Writing: Description in Creating Monster Trading Cards

Students create their own monster trading cards using "powerful," vivid language to describe their creatures.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting

This twist on readers theater has students prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading, as they explore standard literary elements of character, conflict, resolution, and setting.