Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Advice Column

Write anonymous questions for "Dear Know-It-All," an imaginary advice columnist. Then respond to one question in the form of a letter.

Bridge to Terabithia

See the setting through visualization and drawing. Hear the dialogue by playing "Who am I?"

Current Events

Learn about current events, develop opinions about them, and then express and support those opinions in writing.

Envisionment-Building in the Literature Classroom

Adapt any literary text to this generic lesson which reflects the key tenets of the envisionment-building approach.

Facilitating Discussion

Literature and extension activities are connected thematically as students examine issues related to government limits and individual rights.

Flowers for Algernon

Construct a maze and conduct time trials. Introduce the Rorcshach tests and make samples. Create a visual representation or “Body Biography” of one of the characters.

The Giver

Record personal responses to independently chosen reading material to develop understanding. Enrich this understanding with class discussion, visual transmediation and various other activities.

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

Encourage students to find the voice in the novel and to experience it through various projects.

Life's Not Fair

Read two books on the same theme, record questions and responses and meet with others reading the same book.

Persuasive Writing

Use discussions of rap music to encourage the class to develop and articulate their opinions in persuasive writing pieces.

Reading Workshop

The class works on individual goals, preparing literature log entries in writer's notebooks and developing a literary poster and a presentation based on a novel.

Small Literature Groups

Small book groups select their own book, read them aloud, discuss them, write letters to a "Book Buddy" and produce a culminating project.

Tableaux With a Twist

A variety of classroom experiences are designed to help students access the novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, and interact with it in meaningful ways. 

Teaching Multigenre Writing: Laurie Swistak's Lesson

Gather facts on a topic, formulate questions and decide which writing genre or format to use to answer the questions.

Teaching Multigenre Writing: Mary Cathryn Ricker's Multigenre Unit

Produce an autobiographical booklet that includes at least 15 different genres—from poems, memoirs, letters and personal narratives to maps, photographs and drawings.

Teaching Persuasive Writing: Jenny Beasley's Editorial Unit

Choose an issue confronting the community and use persuasive strategies and techniques to write editorials.

Teaching Poetry: Jack Wilde, Distinguishing Poetry and Prose

Discover the differences between poetry and prose using the poem "The Truth About Why I Love Potatoes" by Mekeel McBride.

Teaching Poetry: Vivian Johnson's Lesson on Line Breaks

Read, discuss, write and share poems that exemplify the use of line breaks in poetry. 

Whole-Class Literature Discussion

Thought-provoking questions are required for class, during which there are critical literature discussions, focusing on the conflict and characters’ actions in the novel.

Whole-Group Seminar Discussion

As the class discusses Langston Hughes’ short story, "Passing," in a seminar, they react and respond to the unique perspectives on equality and oppression.

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