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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Persuading the Principal: Writing Persuasive Letters About School Issues

Students learn that you don't have to raise your voice to raise a point. Writing a persuasive letter to your principal is a great way to get your opinions heard.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Connect With Low-Literate Families: A Three-Tiered Approach

Parents and caregivers take a page from the teacher's book when they listen to students' take-home poems or stories and discuss the ideas within.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring Literacy in Cyberspace

It's not just words on a page (or screen)—reading comprehension involves making sense of the text. When students become aware of the analytical strategies they are using, they can explore the similarities and differences between making sense of print and making sense of a website.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Defining Moments: Charting Character Evolution in Lord of the Flies

Savagery, treachery, lost innocence... Lord of the Flies is rife with character development. Use this lesson to help students chart the character changes of Ralph and Jack, both in groups and individually.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

When Less IS More—Understanding Minimalist Fiction

This lesson pairs Ernest Hemingway's short story "Cat in the Rain' with Raymond Carver's "Little Things" to guide students to an understanding of the characteristics of minimalist fiction.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature

Students create a persuasive case calling for the adoption of a particular young adult literature title into their school's language arts curriculum by writing letters or speeches.