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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts

Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Thundering Tall Tales: Using Read-Aloud as a Springboard to Writing

Imagination and application are key to this tall tale lesson in which students take what they know about tall tales to spin a yarn of their own.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan

Casting Shadows Across Literacy and Science

Shadows, shadows, everywhere! In this lesson, students read fiction, informational text, and poetry about shadows to extend their knowledge of the concept before casting their own shadow poetry.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads

Students investigate how and why copyright law has changed over time, and apply this information to recent copyright issues, creating persuasive arguments based on the perspective of a particular group.


Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan

"Licensed" to Drive: Old West Figures

This lesson invites students to create a "Driver's License" for characters that have made a contribution to western expansion in the United States.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Writing about Writing: An Extended Metaphor Assignment

After discussing the poem "The Writer" by Richard Wilbur, students analyze their own writing habits and create an extended metaphor describing themselves as writers.