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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies
    Students compare and analyze novels and the movies adapted from them. They design new DVD covers and a related insert for the movies, reflecting their response to the movie version.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Developing Story Structure With Paper-Bag Skits
    Lights, camera, action, and a bit of mystery! In this lesson, students use mystery props in a skit bag to create and perform in short, impromptu skits.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Differentiated Assessment and Grading: Fair Isn't Always Equal
    Being sensitive to students' readiness levels, learning preferences, and designations while holding them accountable for the same standards can be a challenge what's fair and leads to real student learning? Join us for a candid look at the the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading in a differentiated classroom.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Empowered Fiction Writers: Generating and Organizing Ideas for Story Writing
    Do their minds go blank when they confront a blank piece of paper? Speedwriting can help students get started on writing and come up with topics to write about. They can then incorporate their key ideas and phrases into a narrative with the help of a graphic story organizer.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises
    Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries
    This article examines the rise in popularity of graphic novels, the sales of which have steadily increased as their influence expands into adolescent culture.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension in Action: Teaching Summarizing With the Bio-Cube
    Students learn the ins and outs of writing biographies by researching a contemporary or historical figure and writing a summary.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8
    In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.
    Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 6
    James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, was born in 1861.
    Students look at Naismith's original 13 rules for basketball and write about the rules and how they have changed in small groups.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Let's Go to the Movies: Rethinking the Role of Film in the Elementary Classroom
    Argues that elementary language-arts teachers should expand their definition of "text" to include film, a valuable instructional material. Notes that today's elementary students come to class with a great deal of knowledge about films--prior experiences which teachers can tap into. Discusses the application to film of reader-response theories.

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