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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs
    What do the words we write really have to say about us? In this lesson, students examine the power of word choice as they write six-word memoirs of their lives.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Family Ties: Making Connections to Improve Reading Comprehension
    Families are all about connections between people. In this lesson, students read three books about different families and make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections to those texts.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions
    Students investigate the meanings and origins of their names in order to establish their own personal histories and to explore the cultural significance of naming traditions.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Launching Family Message Journals
    This lesson introduces Family Message Journals—a teacher-tested tool for encouraging family involvement and supporting writing to reflect and to learn.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain
    Following the model of N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain, students write three-voice narratives based on Kiowa folktales, an interview with an Elder, and personal connections to theme.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster
    Struggling to survive is one of the many themes explored in A Girl Named Disaster. As students read, they look for connections between themselves and the main character, Nhamo.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    My Life/Your Life: A Look at Your Parents' Past
    Past and present come together when students interview their parents and create a skit that compares their parents' experiences as middle schoolers with the students' own lives.
  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. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories
    Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.