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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   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 Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading

 

 

Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography

Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make text–self–world connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.

Based on Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies

 

 

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

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

Color My World: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media

Using different writing/drawing materials (e.g., markers, color pencils, pastels, etc.), students learn how to communicate different moods and/or feelings to support their written ideas and how authors do the same through their work.

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

 

 

Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Huge Mistakes that Led to Catastrophe: Learning about Human-made Disasters throughout History

After researching various human-made disasters such as the BP oil spill, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Great Chicago Fire, students share their research in oral presentations. Then students pair up to compare and contrast their disasters using the Venn Diagram Student Interactive or the Venn diagram Mobile App.

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   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies

In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.

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

Exploring Audience and Purpose with a Single Issue

Students explore the concepts of audience and purpose by focusing on an issue that divided Americans in 1925, the debate of evolution versus creationism raised by the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Based on Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing