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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Using Tiered Companion Texts to Comprehend Complex Nonfiction Texts

Students progress through increasingly difficult tiered texts to gain the necessary background knowledge and problem-solving skills to comprehend complex nonfiction texts.


Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Girls Read: Online Literature Circles

In this lesson designed especially for girls, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know strong female protagonists through online literary circles and writing activities.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Reading and Analyzing Multigenre Texts

Students develop a definition of multigenre texts by exploring multigenre picture books. They brainstorm what it takes to read these texts successfully and discuss strategies needed to comprehend the texts.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright

This lesson gives students the tools they need to consider the ethical issues surrounding use and ownership of copyrighted materials.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain

Following the model of N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain, students write three-voice narratives based on Kiowa folktales, an interview with an Elder, and personal connections to theme.