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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Confidence in Community Literacies: Bilingual Writers Reading the World
    In this Web seminar, join Steven Alvarez in considering how the strengths of after-school community programsóconnecting with language-minoritized communities in ways that build relationships of trust, or confianza, between parents, extended families, and caring adults in neighborhoodsócan inform our practices as teachers of English language learners.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Examining Island of the Blue Dolphins through a Literary Lens
    After a discussion about courage and adversity and reading Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, students examine Karana's character development and look for examples of courage in their community.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Family Message Journals Teach Many Purposes for Writing
    This lesson encourages children to explore authentic reasons for writing by writing messages to their family in a family message journal.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Literature Response in Primary Classrooms
    This step-by-step literature response template for use with read-alouds asks students to use drawing and writing to respond to increasingly-complex prompts which address literary elements as well as personal connections.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Note Writing in the Primary Classroom
    This lesson provides a wealth of ideas for using notes in the classroom to promote authentic writing among children.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    On Demand Web Seminar Package: Supporting English Language Learners
    Take the guesswork out of choosing the best on demand Web seminars while building your professional library on supporting English language learners.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?
    This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
  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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