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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Creating Postcards for Fictional Settings
    In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices that feature journeys by creating postcards one of the settings featured in their books.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips
    Comic frames are traditionally used to illustrate a story in a short, concise format. In this lesson, students use a six-paneled comic strip frame to create a story map, summarizing a book or story that they've read. Each panel retells a particular detail or explains a literary element (such as setting or character) from the story.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: The Elements of Fiction
    Students identify the elements of fiction in a book they have read and share summaries of them by writing and illustrating their own mini-book.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical Fiction
    Students write resumes for historical fiction characters. They first explore help wanted ads to see what employers want, and then draft resumes for the characters they've chosen.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia
    This lesson is sure to sizzle, not fizzle, as students use comic strips to find onomatopoetic words, develop a vocabulary list from the words, and discuss why writers use onomatopoeia.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Characters in Because of Winn-Dixie: Making Lists of Ten
    The list of ten things about Opal's absent mother that her father shares in Because of Winn-Dixie serves as inspiration for students to create their own lists describing literary characters.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits
    Students find examples of adjectives in a shared reading. Then students "become" major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using powerful adjectives.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure
    This lesson uses comic strip frames to define plot and reinforce the structure that underlies a narrative. Students finish by writing their own original narratives.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Critical Perspectives: Reading and Writing About Slavery
    Students critically explore the moral issue of slavery through reading fiction and nonfiction children's literature about the Underground Railroad, and they extend their understanding through creative writing projects.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
    Students write persuasive letters to their librarian requesting that specific texts be added to the school library. As they work, students plan their arguments and outline their reasons and examples.

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