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"Framing Texts: New Strategies for Student Writers"

by Deborah Dean

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"Framing Texts: New Strategies for Student Writers"

Grades 5 – 9
Type Journal
Published January 2010
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



Using children's picture books, Deborah Dean provided frameworks for student research papers that avoided the pitfalls leading to voiceless and encyclopedic writing. Research guide sheets; class analysis of text organization, sentence variety, stylistic choices; and peer review all contribute to interesting final papers.


This lesson plan was adapted from: Dean, Deborah. "Framing Texts: New Strategies for Student Writers," Voices from the Middle 11.2 (December 2003): 32-35.


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers

Students use picture books as framing texts for research, freeing them from the language of encyclopedia sources and allowing them to focus their attention on the content of their papers.