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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Demonstrating Comprehension Through Journal Writing

Students demonstrate comprehension by responding to open-ended questions based on the Newbery Honor book Mr. Popper's Penguins, and then draw from the text and their personal experiences to create journals.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Gabbing About Garfield: Conversing About Texts With Comic Creator

Students will definitely get animated as they discuss comics' features and designs, and they're sure to enjoy the lesson's punch line assignment: creating a comic strip of their own.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories

Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Family Message Journals Teach Many Purposes for Writing

This lesson encourages children to explore authentic reasons for writing by writing messages to their family in a family message journal.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Blurring Genre: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Diary of a Worm

After reading several examples of how a published author incorporates facts in fiction writing, students research a topic of their choice and write fictional diary entries that incorporate factual information.

 

Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Creative Writing in the Natural World: A Framing

Students practice writing detailed, sensory-rich descriptions by framing a small piece of nature and freewriting about it. From this minilesson, students can develop a variety of types of writing.