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Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan

It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr

All kinds of characters will enjoy this lesson that celebrates diversity by discussing what makes everyone unique and special.


Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan

Using Story Innovation to Teach Fluency, Vocabulary, and Structure

An instructional strategy called story innovation teaches students fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and story structure. This unique strategy can be adapted for many purposes.


Grades   K – 4  |  Lesson Plan

Digging Deeper: Developing Comprehension Using Thank You, Mr. Falker

A read-aloud of Patricia Polacco’s Thank You, Mr. Falker helps promote deeper comprehension through questioning to achieve personal connections and discussions of character and theme.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Creating Better Presentation Slides through Glance Media and Billboard Design

This lesson introduces the concept of “glance media” through an analysis of billboards. Students apply design concepts by creating a slide presentation to accompany an existing historical speech.


Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Examining the Legacy of the American Civil Rights Era

As part of their study of Richard Wright’s Black Boy, students research and reflect on the current black-white racial divide in America. By examining the work of literature in the context of contemporary events, students will deepen their understanding of the work and of what it means to be an American today.


Grades   6 – 9  |  Lesson Plan

Writing for Audience: The Revision Process in The Diary of Anne Frank

After reading or viewing The Diary of Anne Frank, students will make connections between audience and purpose and revise a journal entry with an outside audience in mind.