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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Summarization in any Subject
    Focusing on practical applications, this web seminar by Rick Wormelli presents the specific steps of summarization, its impact on learning, and dozens of summarization techniques for all subject areas, not just English.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives
    This book is designed to help teachers develop their own version of YA pedagogy and a vision for teaching YA lit in the middle and secondary classroom.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Teaching Synthesis with Interactive Read-Alouds of Informational Texts
    In this Web seminar, we will discuss how to explicitly introduce synthesis of nonfiction texts as well as how to plan for reading aloud a text so as to promote understanding of the author's central ideas.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Technology That Powers Up Learning
    By designing lessons to activate prior knowledge and linking these activities to reading and writing, teachers found that students were more engaged, that they learned more material more quickly, and that they more willingly incorporated reading into their lives.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    The Big, Bad Wolf...Is This a Fact?
    Reading is revamped in this lesson in which students use a multimedia approach to study the books by Seymour Simon.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 10
    The New York Times used the slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print."
    After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor's point of view.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 11  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    "Three Stones Back": Using Informational Text to Enhance Understanding of Ball Don't Lie
    Students engage in a close reading of a passage from Matt de la Pena's novel Ball Don't Lie before researching important background information to assess the accuracy of the claims made by a character.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1
    Today is Census Day!
    Learn more about Census Day which happens every 10 years.

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