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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Females in the Spotlight: Strong Characters in Picture Books

What makes a character strong? Students will gain a new perspective on that question as they read and discuss the picture books recommended for this lesson. Students make the acquaintance of several strong female protagonists as they create and share Character Trading Cards based on these titles.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Inferring How and Why Characters Change

Students will really get into character when they read short stories and analyze the how’s and why’s of characters’ behaviors.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Behind the Masks: Exploring Culture Through Art and Poetry

Students research mask-making from various cultures, highlight the masks’ connections to cultural practices, compose poetry to reveal their understanding, analyze their own culture, and create personal masks and poetry.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

“Roused by the Change of Scene”: Analyzing a Film Adaptation of Jane Eyre

As part of their study of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, students read selected sections of the novel closely and compare their representation in the text to representations in the 2007 Masterpiece adaptation of Jane Eyre. They use the concepts of time/pacing, character, and theme to focus their analysis and to plan an adaptation of a scene of their choice.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan

Polishing Preposition Skills through Poetry and Publication

Students deepen and refine their understanding of prepositions by reading Ruth Heller's Behind the Mask. They write preposition poetry and create a study guide using an online tool.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

There Are No Small Parts: Minor Characters in David Copperfield

This lesson capitalizes on students’ interest in social networking by asking students to build an online profile for a minor character in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield.