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Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis

Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis.

 

Student Interactives

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 

 

I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation

Curl up with a good book again—or not. In this lesson, students brainstorm why they reread some books, while passing up others, and write their reflections in an essay.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

A Poem of Possibilities: Thinking about the Future

After reading John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player," students write poems describing themselves five years in the future. The teacher takes the poems and mails them to students in five years.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems

This lesson uses concrete poems to explore the connection between a poem's layout and its meaning. While appropriate any time of year, the lesson is especially topical near Columbus Day.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

In this article, the author explains what paraphrasing is and how it can increase student's comprehension.

 

Ideas Plus: Book 14

Ideas Plus: Book 14

This volume offers 30 fresh ideas for prewriting, writing, literature, and exploration.

 

 

Community Stories  

Melissa Comer

Thinking for Themselves: Using the Hints about Print Interactive to Evaluate Sources

Melissa Comer | Associate Professor | LaFollette, TN

As a university professor, I want students to get excited about making new discoveries, to think critically and creatively, and to apply their learning in a classroom setting