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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Using Tiered Companion Texts to Comprehend Complex Nonfiction Texts

Students progress through increasingly difficult tiered texts to gain the necessary background knowledge and problem-solving skills to comprehend complex nonfiction texts.

 

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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing

This lesson sets poetry in motion when students experiment with poetic styles to improve their writing skills and enhance their understanding of poetry.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

More than One Way to Create Vivid Verbs

This lesson teaches students how to use old verbs in a new way, thus creating new and fresh descriptive phrases.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Tracking the Ways Writers Develop Heroes and Villains

Everyone knows that Star Wars character Darth Vader is a villain. This lesson asks students to explore how they know such things about heroes and villains they encounter in texts.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Myth and Truth: The Gettysburg Address

By exploring myths and truths surrounding Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding this famous speech from the Civil War era.