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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Charting Characters for a More Complete Understanding of the Story
    Character Perspective Charting allows students to compare multiple characters and their points of view to better understand a story.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Choosing, Chatting, and Collecting: Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy
    Students identify interesting words from Shakespeare's plays and add them to a classroom vocabulary collection.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Close reading in elementary schools
    Close reading is a recommended instructional approach to meet the challenges of teaching complex texts. But close readings are more common in high school and college than in elementary schools. In this article, we identify the components of close reading that were developed after a group of elementary school teachers observed their colleges in high school. In addition, we focus on the modifications necessary to implement close reading in elementary schools.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Close Reading of Literary Texts
    This guide provides strategies for choosing text that is appropriate for close reading and to plan for instruction.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection
    This interactive Web seminar will consider ways that thoughtful formative assessment can ensure that students are adequately supported in close reading, without removing the productive struggle of working with challenging texts.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Collaborating, Writing, Linking: Using Wikis to Tell Stories Online
    Students become online authors in this lesson in which they write and post a short story using wiki technology.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Color of Silence: Sensory Imagery in Pat Mora's Poem "Echoes"
    Pat Mora's poem "Echoes" demonstrates that our senses are powerful tools for literary analysis and comprehension as students use their senses to discover new ways to read and write.

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