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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan
    The Magic of Three: Techniques for the Writer's Craft
    Students learn to use tricolons—a writer's technique of putting words and phrases into groups of threes—to add rhythm and power to their writing.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play
    What wonderful ways words work! The parts of speech are the highlight of this lesson in which students identify parts of speech in a nonsensical poem and then create their own wild and wacky rhymes.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    The Passion of Punctuation
    Using published writers' texts and students' own writing, this unit explores emotions that are associated with the artful and deliberate use of commas, semicolons, colons, and exclamation points (end-stop marks of punctuation).
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    To Grammar or Not to Grammar: That Is Not the Question!
    Argues that, taught in the context of writing, grammar can enhance and improve students' writing. Offers classroom examples showing how: good preparation for writing fosters good grammar and detail; students can use grammatical and syntactic constructions used by professional authors as models for their own writing; and how to help students learn revision strategies at the sentence and paragraph level.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones
    The classroom becomes a stage in this interactive lesson in which students sing, act, and design comic strips to learn the meanings and spellings of common homophones.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using a Predictable Text to Teach High-Frequency Words
    After reading an engaging yet predictable text about a child looking for his cat, students use a similar format and high-frequency words to craft tales about their own lost pets.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Walt Whitman as a Model Poet: "I Hear My School Singing"
    Students first analyze Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing," then use Whitman's poem as a model as they create their own list poems.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Weekend News! A Weekly Writing Activity
    On Monday mornings, you're likely to be asked, "What did you do this weekend?" In this lesson, students respond to this question in a self-assessed writing assignment about their weekend adventures.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan
    What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple
    Y'all set down a spell and learn ‘bout dialects!" In other words, your students will use The Color Purple to explore dialect and how it reveals information about the characters.

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