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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus
    Students explore the menu genre by analyzing existing menus from local restaurants. They review adjectives and descriptive writing and then work in groups to create their own custom menus.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads
    Students investigate how and why copyright law has changed over time, and apply this information to recent copyright issues, creating persuasive arguments based on the perspective of a particular group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Creative Communication Frames: Discovering Similarities between Writing and Art
    Graphic organizers assist the development of comparative vocabulary and generate discussions of analogy and metaphor in art as students go on a real or virtual tour of an art gallery.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Creative Writing in the Natural World: A Framing
    Students practice writing detailed, sensory-rich descriptions by framing a small piece of nature and freewriting about it. From this minilesson, students can develop a variety of types of writing.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 31
    César Chávez was born on this day in 1927.
    Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cut up, Cover up, and Come Away with Ideas for Writing!
    Students rework their forgotten/abandoned drafts by cutting and covering up selected words. By creatively manipulating text, they explore portal writing, a strategy for envisioning a new story or story direction.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis
    Students analyze rhetorical strategies in online editorials, building knowledge of strategies and awareness of local and national issues. This lesson teaches students connections between subject, writer, and audience and how rhetorical strategies are used in everyday writing.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts
    This strategy guide clarifies the difference between persuasion and argumentation, stressing the connection between close reading of text to gather evidence and formation of a strong argumentative claim about text.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Developing Persuasive Writing Strategies
    This strategy guide describes the techniques used in effective persuasive writing and shares activities you can use to help students understand and use persuasion in their writing and critical thinking.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales
    Students examine three examples of revisionist fairy tales in which female characters act in empowered roles rather than behaving helpless and submissive.

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