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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 30
    Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.
    Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Characters in Because of Winn-Dixie: Making Lists of Ten
    The list of ten things about Opal's absent mother that her father shares in Because of Winn-Dixie serves as inspiration for students to create their own lists describing literary characters.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel
    In this graphical mapping project, students assign a value to the events, characters, and themes in a novel and think about how the elements of the story are all interconnected.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Once They're Hooked, Reel Them In: Writing Good Endings
    It's important to "hook" readers at a story's beginning, but it's equally important to keep them interested. In this lesson, students learn to write effective conclusions to their own stories.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 12
    Walter Dean Myers, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Monster, was born in 1937.
    Students discuss how the form of a film script affects the story, why the author may have selected this writing style, and write a story using a similar format.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Writing ABC Books to Enhance Reading Comprehension
    Using the alphabet as an organizing structure, students analyze literary elements in a book they have read and organize their observations in an alphabet book.