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  1. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    A Call to Action: What We Know About Adolescent Literacy and Ways to Support Teachers in Meeting Students' Needs
    This document provides a research-based resource that acknowledges the complexities of reading as a developmental process and addresses the needs of secondary readers and their teachers.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    A Failure of the Imagination
    This article discusses the imaginative activities and assignments that teachers often assign that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction
    Kenneth Lindblom and Patricia A. Dunn teach language awareness and use through published complaints about the teaching of grammar. Students are able to recognize issues of race and class that determine acceptable usage and learn the importance of audience in their own language use.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Character and Author Business Cards
    Students respond to a book they have read by thinking symbolically to create a business card for one of the characters.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Building Community through Poetry: A Role for Imagination in the Classroom
    Methods such as the circle poem, the "poetic interview," the found poem, and the poetic field trip are just some used by the author to create an atmosphere of mutual support and enable students to initiate "imaginative possibilities."
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Building Reading Comprehension Through Think-Alouds
    Students learn components of think-alouds and type-of-text interactions through teacher modeling. In the process, students develop the ability to use think-alouds to aid in reading comprehension tasks.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 8
    Celebrate blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday.
    Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them "the blues." Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 20
    Charles Lindbergh began his transatlantic flight in 1927.
    Students consider what is meant by the phrase "Human Hero," think of people who fit into the category, and read a biography of a selected hero.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus
    Students explore the menu genre by analyzing existing menus from local restaurants. They review adjectives and descriptive writing and then work in groups to create their own custom menus.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning
    This book helps educators unlock Internet and digital media resources to classrooms while respecting the rights of copyright holders.

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