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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Fishing for Readers: Identifying and Writing Effective Opening "Hooks"
    Good writers "hook" their readers in the very first sentences. In this lesson, students learn how to cast an attention-grabbing hook in their writing to effectively draw in readers' attention.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Investigating Junk Mail: Negotiating Critical Literacy at the Mailbox
    Students increase their media literacy skills by critically examining and revising junk mail.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Looking at Landmarks: Using a Picture Book to Guide Research
    This lesson uses Ben's Dream by Chris Van Allsburg to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. Students research the landmarks and present their findings to the class.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 19
    Malcolm X was born in Nebraska in 1925.
    Students write about the origin of their name and explore the names that Malcolm X used during this life.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 1
    May is Get Caught Reading Month!
    Students celebrate Get Caught Reading Month by doing a reading-related service project such as planning an intergenerational reading day or organizing a book drive.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.
    Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Menu Magic!
    This article helps eighth graders review the power of adjectives. Students eat up this project that promises to deliver the opportunity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate while giving students the chance to work in cooperative groups. All in all, it's an appetizing way to get kids focused on descriptive writing.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning
    Using texts that first meet the reading "levels" of middle school students, then offering increasingly challenging books, teachers can group students at all levels using multiple texts. Strategy logs and conferences are two of the successful tools teachers use to increase comprehension as well as critical reading skills.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 10
    Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis was born in 1953.
    Students brainstorm a list of civil rights-related issues and use the Acrostic Poems interactive to create poems.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies
    IRA's position on recognizing an expanded conception of literacy and supporting learners as they use and interact with information and communication technologies.

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