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Inform your teaching with the latest research, find practical teaching tips, or get inspired. This selection of books, journals, and position statements comes to you from the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

 

Lesson Plans Related to the Professional Library  

Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Writing Acrostic Poems with Thematically Related Texts in the Content Areas

Students read thematically related texts, scaffolded from simple to complex, to help them gather necessary concept vocabulary and background knowledge in a content area. They then write acrostic poems to organize and present their learning in a creative way.

Based on Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

 

 

Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Making Memories: An End-of-Year Digital Scrapbook

Students reflect on their school year, creating a digital scrapbook consisting of images and text to present to their school community.

Based on Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

 

 

Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

Grades   K – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Designing Elements of Story in Little Blue and Little Yellow

In this series of four lessons, students will explore key elements of design in Little Blue and
Little Yellow
to learn about setting, character relationships, and plot.

Based on Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

 

 

Close reading in elementary schools

Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Amelia Bedelia Up Close! Closely Reading a Classic Story

Through a close reading of Amelia Bedelia, students reread the material to discuss text-dependent questions, promoting deep thinking about the text and its characters.

Based on Close reading in elementary schools

 

 

Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Digitally Telling the Story of Greek Figures

In this lesson students research Greek gods, heroes, and creatures and then share their findings through digital storytelling.

Based on Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration

 

 

Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia

This lesson is sure to sizzle, not fizzle, as students use comic strips to find onomatopoetic words, develop a vocabulary list from the words, and discuss why writers use onomatopoeia.

Based on Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries

 

 

Ethics as a Form of Critical and Rhetorical Inquiry in the Writing Classroom

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis

Students analyze rhetorical strategies in online editorials, building knowledge of strategies and awareness of local and national issues. This lesson teaches students connections between subject, writer, and audience and how rhetorical strategies are used in everyday writing.

Based on Ethics as a Form of Critical and Rhetorical Inquiry in the Writing Classroom

 

 

Phonemic Awareness and the Teaching of Reading

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Building Phonemic Awareness With Phoneme Isolation

Students improve phonemic awareness through games and chants that help them isolate beginning and ending sounds and connect them with their written symbols (graphemes).

Based on Phonemic Awareness and the Teaching of Reading

 

 

Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

And in Conclusion: Inquiring into Strategies for Writing Effective Conclusions

While drafting a literary analysis essay (or another type of argument) of their own, students work in pairs to investigate advice for writing conclusions and to analyze conclusions of sample essays. They then draft two conclusions for their essay, select one, and reflect on what they have learned through the process.

Based on Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing