Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Analyzing a Writing Mini-Lesson

Observe a veteran teacher and her fourth-graders in a mini-lesson on adding detail to narrative writing. Consider the purpose and effectiveness of each part of the lesson and compare your observations with those of another teacher.

Assessing Comprehension

Read a fable and listen as two students retell the story in their own words. Assess their comprehension using the Retelling Guide provided.


Learn about the different types of characters in Cinderella, and determine which traits belong to the hero and villain.


Learn about climax and identify the event that signals the climax in the story Cinderella.


Learn about a story's conflict, and then identify the character who is describing the conflict of "Cinderella."

Design a Schedule

Map out a week-long schedule with time allotments so that you have at least 90 minutes of reading and writing each day.

Elements of a Story

Explore different ingredients, or elements, that go into stories and make them so much fun. Read the story, "Cinderella," and look at all the different pieces of the tale to see how they all fit together.

Elements of a Story Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge about setting, characters, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax and resolution. Take this 14-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

Evaluating Web Sites

Practice evaluating Web sites to determine which ones are the most useful. Browse a Web site and evaluate it by answering the basic questions of who, what, when, where, why and how.

Examine Writing Techniques

Identify writing techniques involving the use of detail and dialogue from different children's books. Then compare your response to a sample answer.


Listen to an explanation about the resolution in Cinderella. Identify the story’s ending.


Listen to an explanation about the series of events in Cinderella. Then look at some pictures where the story's events are all mixed up and put them in the correct order.


Listen to an explanation about Cinderella’s setting. Identify the story’s place and time.

Spelling Bee

Contestants in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence.

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