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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Alter Egos and More with Avi's "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?"
    After reading Avi's novel "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?", students create an alter ego for themselves and use it to write their own radio show, modeled after the book.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party
    Students attend a 19th Century Victorian party to celebrate Scrooge's new outlook on life. They research characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and assume those personas for the party.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Blurring Genre: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Diary of a Worm
    After reading several examples of how a published author incorporates facts in fiction writing, students research a topic of their choice and write fictional diary entries that incorporate factual information.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips
    Comic frames are traditionally used to illustrate a story in a short, concise format. In this lesson, students use a six-paneled comic strip frame to create a story map, summarizing a book or story that they've read. Each panel retells a particular detail or explains a literary element (such as setting or character) from the story.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4
    Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.
    Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Fairy Tales from Life
    Picture books provide the basis for an analysis of fairy tale elements before students write their own original tales.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Flying to Freedom: Tar Beach and The People Could Fly
    Students look to the past and use historical context to compare and contrast two characters from folktales.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Leading to Great Places in the Elementary Classroom
    Students examine great leads in children's literature before writing or revising a lead in their own writing.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Leading to Great Places in the Middle School Classroom
    Students examine leads in existing texts and create alternative leads for them before revising leads in their own writing.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Literature Circles: Getting Started
    Students practice different ways of collaborating to read a work of literature. They work in different roles as they compose and answer questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine literary elements.

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