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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Dynamic Duo Text Talks: Examining the Content of Internet Sites

An Observation and Inquiry Sheet guides students as they analyze and compare their reactions to the value, engagement, and credibility of three websites related to Anne Frank and the Holocaust.


Grades   3 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Scaffolding Comprehension Strategies Using Graphic Organizers

Students learn collaborative strategic reading (CSR). During and after reading, students apply four reading strategies—preview, click and clunk, get the gist, and wrap-up—and use graphic organizers for scaffolding.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Reciprocal Revision: Making Peer Feedback Meaningful

Interpreting art is a subjective process. In this lesson, students write written responses analyzing a work of art and use feedback from their peers to revise or confirm their initial responses.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Weather Detectives: Questioning the Fact and Folklore of Weather Sayings

Students adopt a skeptical stance and become weather detectives who ask "Why?" and "Why not?" as they investigate the history and validity of some common weather sayings.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

The Ten-Minute Play: Encouraging Original Response to Challenging Texts

Students use both analytical and creative skills to adapt passages from a novel with significant internal dialogue and conflict, such as Toni Morrison's Beloved, into a ten-minute play.


Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Narrative Structure and Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved

Using Beloved as a model of a work with multiple narrative perspectives, students use a visualizing activity and close reading to consider ways in which subjective values shape contradictory representations.