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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Astronomy Poetry: Combining Poetry With the Content Areas
    Students' responses to this lesson will be out of this world after they've researched astronomy to write poetry and compile a poetry book.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Creative Communication Frames: Discovering Similarities between Writing and Art
    Graphic organizers assist the development of comparative vocabulary and generate discussions of analogy and metaphor in art as students go on a real or virtual tour of an art gallery.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Expository Escapade—Detective's Handbook
    Students create a Detective's Handbook based on a detective mystery they have read. The handbooks include expository and descriptive writing, as well as a letter.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Found Poems/Parallel Poems
    Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Introducing Each Other: Interviews, Memoirs, Photos, and Internet Research
    Students use their communication and writing skills as they interview a partner, write an article about them, and create a multimodal presentation to introduce their partner to the class.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs
    Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students' own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Reading and Writing Workshop: Freak the Mighty
    Students use a variety of reading and writing strategies as they read Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology
    Students read a poem by a Native American, explore Native American culture and then create a Website that explains words and phrases from the poem.

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