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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Is Superman Really All That Super? Critically Exploring Superheroes

What makes a superhero super? By comparing popular culture superheroes with heroic characters in children's literature, students learn to think critically about character traits, and consider how cultural perspectives influence the kinds of heroes we choose.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Viewing Vocabulary: Building Word Knowledge Through Informational Websites

Students read a text to identify important words, discuss them with peers, summarize the text, and read related texts to identify how those words are used in other contexts.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency

Creepy crawlers, hoppers, and fliers are the focus of this lesson in which students chorally read poems about insects and use the Internet to locate facts about their assigned insects.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Comparing Portrayals of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Photography and Literature

In this lesson, students analyze similarities and differences among depictions of slavery in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frederick Douglass' Narrative, and nineteenth century photographs of slaves. Students formulate their analysis of the role of art and fiction, as they attempt to reliably reflect social ills, in a final essay.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

She Did What? Revising for Connotation

Did she walk, skip, amble, dance? In this minilesson, students explore connotation by acting out and revising the simple sentence "She walked into the room."

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Greetings from the Biomes of the World

To share their research on biomes, students use iPads to create postcards from all over the world.