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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Beyond "What I Did on Vacation": Exploring the Genre of Travel Writing
    After reading and analyzing short examples of travel writing and discussing conventions of the genre, students write their own travel articles.
  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. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Celebrating the Earth
    Every day is Earth Day! Emily shares her story of children inspired by The Lorax and how they might take action with 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth. Emily also explores science and nature activities with guest Sharon Betty and The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Chapter Book Series Worth Starting
    Emily Manning describes some chapter book series that kids will love and chats with author Nikki Grimes about her writing philosophy.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems
    This lesson uses concrete poems to explore the connection between a poem's layout and its meaning. While appropriate any time of year, the lesson is especially topical near Columbus Day.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Nikki Giovanni's poem "The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr." is paired with Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Let's Go On A Poetry Walk!
    The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you're surrounded by brilliant shades of green! Observe and collect sensory images from nature and use the sights, sounds, smells, and textures to create original nature poetry.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Poetry: Sound and Sense
    Students' groans about studying poetry may disappear with this lesson in which students read poetry from various writers and use these poems to examine the sounds and sense of language.
  9. 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.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    Summer Adventures
    Emily and guests recommend the perfect books to take along on your summer vacation.

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