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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23
    Avi was born in 1937.
    After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh's and Patrick Henry's Language of Resistance
    Students study Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech and the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric and action.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection
    This interactive Web seminar will consider ways that thoughtful formative assessment can ensure that students are adequately supported in close reading, without removing the productive struggle of working with challenging texts.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Engaging the Disengaged: Using Learning Clubs to Motivate Struggling Adolescent Readers and Writers
    This article describes the use of learning clubs to motivate struggling students to engage in literacy events and foster literacy development.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    In the Poet's Shoes: Performing Poetry and Building Meaning
    Students take poetic license when they interpret William Carlos William's poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" to help create a poem of their own.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes
    Students identify similes in poetry and gain experience in using similes as a poetic device in their own work.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Plot Structure: A Literary Elements Mini-Lesson
    Students learn that the plot structure described by Freytag's Pyramid is actually quite familiar as they diagram the plots of a familiar story, a television show, and a narrative poem.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Postmodern Picture Books in Middle School
    Students analyze the structure of a postmodern picture book, Black and White, to uncover how authors create unexpected plots and connections and form relationships between words and illustrations.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Reading Closely and the Common Core: Making Teaching Meaningful Again
    With a specific focus on examining the difference between close reading and reading closely,this web seminar will look at ways we can take close reading tasks and re-frame them as part of a process in meaningful literacy learning.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using the Four-Square Strategy to Define and Identify Poetic Terms
    How do poets play with language? Students will explore some answers to this question as they search through poems for examples of alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme.

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