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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    3-2-1 Vocabulary: Learning Filmmaking Vocabulary by Making Films
    Bring the vocabulary of film to life through the processes of filmmaking. Students learn terminology and techniques simultaneously as they plan, film, and edit a short video.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    American Folklore: A Jigsaw Character Study
    Groups of students read and discuss American folklore stories, each group reading a different story. Using a jigsaw strategy, the groups compare character traits and main plot points of the stories. A diverse selection of American folk tales is used for this lesson, which is adaptable to any text set.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative
    The old cliche, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is put to the test when students write their own narrative interpretations of events shown in an image.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Boars and Baseball: Making Connections
    In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cut up, Cover up, and Come Away with Ideas for Writing!
    Students rework their forgotten/abandoned drafts by cutting and covering up selected words. By creatively manipulating text, they explore portal writing, a strategy for envisioning a new story or story direction.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Compare and Contrast Structure in Expository Texts
    Students build their understanding of the terms compare and contrast by participating in class discussions, using Internet resources, working collaboratively, and by visually representing information in a Venn diagram.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    I've Got It Covered! Creating Magazine Covers to Summarize Texts
    Start the presses! Catchy titles, eye-popping graphics, and attractive fonts are all on students' agendas in this lesson as they create magazine covers to summarize a topic.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Literacy Remix: Bridging Adolescents' In and Out of School Literacies
    This resources promotes the use new literacies to help students connect to school texts.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus
    Spark the engagement of English-language learners or reluctant readers with the graphic novel Maus. The visual information provided by the genre serves as a support for reading and critical engagement.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.

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