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  1. Professional Development | November 21–24, 2018
    2019 NCTE Annual Convention
    Next fall, when we come together in Baltimore, letís inquire together. Letís dare to wonder, to be bold and creative in our curiosity. Letís reawaken our own spirit of inquiry as teachers, leaders, writers, readers, and thinkers.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    "America the Beautiful": Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary
    Students engage in a rich study of vocabulary words from the song "America the Beautiful," using music and art.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization
    After exploring Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, students create their own audio dramatization of a text they have read.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction
    Students work as a class to explore a character in a book they have read by identifying traits and finding textual references to support their choices.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1
    Celebrate National Family Literacy Day!
    Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to the classroom for a family-school reading day.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's "Sick"
    Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Close reading in elementary schools
    Close reading is a recommended instructional approach to meet the challenges of teaching complex texts. But close readings are more common in high school and college than in elementary schools. In this article, we identify the components of close reading that were developed after a group of elementary school teachers observed their colleges in high school. In addition, we focus on the modifications necessary to implement close reading in elementary schools.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cosmic Oranges: Observation and Inquiry Through Descriptive Writing and Art
    Students will eat up this lesson about oranges as they practice the skills that help them investigate and make detailed observations for descriptive purposes.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies
    Students compare and analyze novels and the movies adapted from them. They design new DVD covers and a related insert for the movies, reflecting their response to the movie version.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Creating a Classroom Newspaper
    Students write authentic newspaper stories, including learning about various aspects of newspapers, such as writing an article, online articles, newspaper reading habits, and layout and design techniques.

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