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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2b: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Comedy of Control

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the anchor text in a three-unit module that has eighth graders examine how Shakespeare develops the theme of control. Young scholars look at why and how the characters seek control and the results of...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2a: Working with Evidence: Working Conditions Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
The three units in Module 2A present seventh-graders with literary and informational texts—Katherine Paterson’s novel Lyddie and a speech by Cesar Chavez—that examine historical and present-day working conditions. Pupils learn how to...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: What Are Working Conditions, and How Do They Affect Workers?

For Teachers 7th Standards
The 20 lessons that make up the Module 2a Unit 1 collection focus on building background knowledge of working conditions in American factories during the industrial era. Using their knowledge of these conditions, Class members read...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Understanding Shakespeare and Launching A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night's Dream takes center stage in a collection of 18 resources that explore not only William Shakespeare's appeal but also the question of authorship of the plays attributed to him. Eighth graders participate in read aloud...
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W.6.3 - Narrative Writing: 6th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th Standards
Cultivating a deep love of narrative writing in your young writers can set them on a path that will have them writing and reading for the rest of their lives. These common core aligned resources (W.6.3) will give you some great starting...
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A Raisin in the Sun, Harlem, and the American Dream

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Or does it explode? Study the dream deferred with a collection based on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Complete with lessons, activities, and writing prompts, the collection provides ways to expand your unit on the American...
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Celebrate Read Across America Day or Dr. Seuss's birthday with a collection of reading comprehension materials. Versatile for any Dr. Seuss book, the worksheets and activities promote both foundational reading skills and critical thining...
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Reading Literature: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Align your curriculum to the rigorous Common Core standards with a collection of reading lessons, activities, worksheets, and projects. From literary themes to annotation skills, the resources fold into any reading curriculum to ensure...
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W.7.3 - Narrative Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Even for creative scholars, writing effective narrative pieces requires practice, thoughtful reflection on other narrative pieces, and technique. These resources are all aligned to the W.7.3 common core standards and will have your...
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A Christmas Carol - The Story

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Thirty-six pages familiarize scholars with the story and vocabulary of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. After reading and listening to an abbreviated version of the holiday tale learners show what they know about the sequence of...
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Character Builder

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Characters in a story are more than a name to remember. Use a character builder activity to write out a character's appearance, background, personality, attributes, and story relevance, including whether they are a main or minor...
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Short Story Planning Guide

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
A short story is only as strong as its characters, development, and conflicts. Encourage the young authors in your class to plan their stories based on the elements of narrative writing, all provided in brainstorming graphic organizers.
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We’re a Family: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 3)

For Teachers K Standards
Teach your English language learners how to talk about their families with three weeks of lessons. Over the course of the thematic unit, learners pick up new vocabulary so that they can talk about families and relationships, clothing,...
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Instructions for Honors English I Students

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Don't let the summer go to waste! Send your secondary students off to break with a summer reading requirement. This requirement is particularly well thought out and includes a few steps. To prepare for the next year of instruction,...
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Independent Reading Logs

For Students 3rd - 8th
Get a different response each day of the week with five unique reading log pages. Learners will engage fully in their free reading by filling out a nightly entry on these worksheets. The log requires learners to comment on everything...
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Greek Mythology Activities

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Find all you'll need for a comprehensive, engaging unit on Greek mythology here! This resource is packed with worksheets and activities on everything from how to write a myth and the roles and symbols of the major Greek gods to oracles,...
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Greek Mythology Version 2.0: To Be or Not to Be an Epic Hero?

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Using The Odyssey in your classroom? Then this resource is for you. After listening to a reading of a portion of Book 9 of The Odyssey and watching a PowerPoint about Greek heroes, partners complete a "Think Pair Share" chart...
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Elements of Fiction

For Teachers 1st - 8th
The metaphor of a pot of soup and a series of colorful templates remind young writers of the elements that make for a rich story. Pepper the plot with carrot/character, potato/point of view, corn/conflict, tomato/theme, and season with...
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My Ántonia: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do the main characters of Willa Cather's My Ántonia develop and change throughout the course of the novel? Explore Jim Burden, Ántonia Shimerda, and Lena Lingard toward the end of the novel, comparing their goals and expectations in...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Study character development with a lesson from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. After listening to the audio guide from earlier in the unit, kids track Janie's development and changes throughout the novel, noting how...
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If At First You Don't Succeed

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When faced with a challenge, how do your pupils respond? Starting with character analyses, learners participate in a lesson about appearances and perseverance. They watch a short film, talk about common English expressions, and write a...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can a novel have an omniscient narrator and still show character point of view? Explore text structure with a lesson about Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Several discussion questions encourage kids to examine the way...
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The Joy Luck Club: The Plot Unfolds

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Map the most important events and turning points from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. After a group discussion from the previous lesson plan's homework assignment, kids create a timeline to chart the important events from the novel with...
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The Joy Luck Club: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pair your readers into mother-daughter pairs with an activity from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Each person discusses his or her assigned character's motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and changes. They then examine how the adult...
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The Joy Luck Club: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young readers delve into The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan with a discussion and writing activity about characterization. After reading the first four chapters of the book, they discuss the various obstacles that the characters face, such as...
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The Joy Luck Club: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Discuss point of view when a novel has multiple narrators. Using the first section of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, learners analyze the characters of June Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair. They write about one...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"It seemed the more I knew about people the more I knew about the strange magic hidden in their hearts." Ultima's strange magic and the hidden hearts of Narciso, Tenorior, and the other foils in Bless Me, Ultima, are examined in the...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What characteristics would your class attribute to a hero? Have them explore heroic acts and character development with a lesson from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After discussing a handout, readers decide if small acts can...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce protagonists, antagonists, antiheros, and foils to your unit on Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After reading the first 13 chapters from the book, learners discuss Grant's behavior and reactions to different events,...
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Readers of To Kill A Mockingbird are asked to select one child character and one adult character and examine how their views change over the course of the novel. In addition, groups search for evidence of how the events in the story...
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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer...
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The 3 A's of Awesome

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
"I was trying to remind myself of those simple, universal little pleasures, that we all love but we just don't talk about enough." Neil Pasricha reveals three secrets to leading a fruitful life that led him to write a best-selling novel...
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What Adults Can Learn From Kids

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
"For better or worse, we kids aren't hampered as much when it comes to thinking about reasons why not to do things." Watch and be inspired by Adira Svitak, an amazing young girl who challenges her adult audience to learn from kids....
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Fantastic Fairy Tale

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Learning about literature can be so much fun; it can also be made more accessible through projects and dramatic play. As they explore theme, character, and setting, the class gets creative and makes a dramatic recreation of a classic...
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Literary Analysis Essays: Analyzing Character

For Teachers 7th - 12th
After an overview of the format of the literary analysis essay, viewers examine paragraphs that model “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D” level work. Each graded paragraph is followed with an analysis which explains the score. A real strength of the...
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Lord of the Flies Reading Guide

For Students 7th - 8th
Study characterization, plot, setting, and symbols in William Golding's Lord of the Flies with a thorough reading guide. It provides reading comprehension questions for each chapter, as well literary devices, symbols, and character...
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Character Analysis and The Crucible

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Readers of The Crucible use a SATDO chart to collect evidence they will use to craft interpretive statements and an analysis of one of Miller’s characters. Background information on the play and about Miller, links to handouts,...
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Elements of Literature: Characterization

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Looks, says, does. Show your writers how to bring characters to life. Color-coded slides highlight various methods of characterization and how to spot clues to a character’s motivation. A great addition to your curriculum library! 
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What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives...
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The Hobbit

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Here’s a series of exercises designed to be used after readers have finished reading The Hobbit. Pairs identify the speaker of a series of quotes, match characters with qualities, and provide evidence from the story to support their...
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Comic Book Characters

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explore gender stereotypes by analyzing how male and female characters are depicted in comic books. Using the provided Comic Book Analysis sheet, students record the attributes of male and female comic book characters. Then the whole...
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Literature Land Theme Park!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after...
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Literature Study Guide: Slaughterhouse-Five

For Students 6th - 9th
Equipped with all the necessary components of a literary response, including a summary page, vocabulary list, a space for questions and answers, a story flow chart, and a character map, this resource is a superior way for students to...
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Marking Time

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Two narrative excerpts tell the same story from different points of view. In the first excerpt (first person), sequencing words and phrases are bolded and learners write down what the bold type does. The second excerpt is in third...
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Character Traits in Fables

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this lesson is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the...
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Fairy Tale Variations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Here are two great lessons that work together and are inspired by the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Young writers and actors will retell the story of "The Frog Prince" through games, improvisational script writing, and song....
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Twisted Tales

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Experience how a story can drastically change when the point of view is altered. Young scholars first read a review of Disney's film Tarzan, focusing on how the point of view in the classic story is important. They then select another...
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Hamilton and Burr : Compare and Contrast

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who were Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton? High schoolers examine the character traits of these historical figures and watch the video, The Duel. Hamilton vs. Burr: An Event that Changed History (available from PBS), to gain an...
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What Makes a Novel a Novel?

For Students 4th - 8th
As your authors prepare to write a hypothetical novel, they need all the inspiration they can find! Using a book they have already read (and enjoyed), learners complete a literary analysis by filling in eight short-answer questions....
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Literature Study Guide: Siddhartha

For Students 6th - 10th
Though this book report form is labeled Siddhartha, the multiple-page format would work for any novel you are reading in class. Complete with a reading schedule, a summary page, a list of generic literature response questions, and a list...
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Character Traits: Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Lensey Namioka’s Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear provides an opportunity for young readers to observe how writers bring their characters to life. Each class member selects a character to trace through the novel, recording...
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Creating a Heroic Character

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What do Columbus, Aeneas, Scarlet O’Hara, and Frederick Douglass have in common? How can a hero in one age be a villain in another? Does heroism depend on the context of time and place? Are there traits that all heroes share? After a...
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Literature Study Guide: Alice in Wonderland

For Students 7th - 10th
Designed for homeschoolers (but equally as effective for independent learners), this worksheet focuses on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Middle and high school readers summarize, define vocabulary, and answer questions about the...
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Analyzing Folklore: Redwall

For Teachers 8th
Brian Jacques’ novel Redwall provides the focus for a series of lessons involving the analysis of folklore. Adopting the persona of a character, groups write letters in the voice of their character, assemble a collage using Microsoft...
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Create Learning Experiences with The Polar Express

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Center content-integrated lessons around the timeless holiday book, The Polar Express.
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The Color of My Words

For Students 4th - 6th
Leading readers through a discussion of the book The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph, a series of activities provides comprehension questions and other techniques and strategies to enhance understanding. This activity can help learners...
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Map Your Setting

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
How better to get your writers painting a picture with words than to actually have them paint a picture? Well, drawing works just fine in this case, but the idea here is to get budding authors illustrating settings from their novel to...
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Vantage Points: Unit 1 Task 3

For Teachers 7th Standards
This activity spans five days and culminates in a role-play where judges consider the arguments of each learners to determine the top five villains or heroes of all time. Learners discuss characterization of heroes and villains, theme,...
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Create a Villain!

For Students 3rd - 9th
A villain is necessary in any great story! As your creative writers begin brainstorming characters, remind them not to skimp on their antagonist. This worksheet helps guide learners in detailing a villain, and adds some silliness to keep...
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Dear Diary

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Work on narrative writing with this instructional activity, in which middle schoolers analyze the characters from a selected piece of literature and write narrative diary pieces as the character. They work to understand the point of view...
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Teach the Novels: an Educator's Guide to A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Moral choices arise when a character is imbued with great talent or super powers. A study of these choices form the basis of a unit focused on character development in the first two novels of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series. The...
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The "Write" Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Imaginative Writing

For Teachers 6th
A comprehensive and immersive series of lessons that examines various aspects of story development leads learners into writing a narrative of their own. Writers develop an understanding of the writing process as they use the learning...
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Creating Villains

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The villain is sometimes the best character in a book. They are usually troubled, dynamic, and will do anything to stop the main character. Have your class better understand villainous antagonists by creating one in class. They work...
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The Workshop

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Kids take a critical look at each other's work in order to understand the editing process while providing constructive suggestions. This handout really sets learners up to successfully offer constructive critique to their peers. Helpful...
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Settings that Reinforce Characters

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
A vivid setting can bring a story to life. Challenge your writers to dive into this element as they complete worksheets in preparation for their first draft. This packet starts by giving an example of a description that simply tells who...
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Creating Supporting Characters

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Supporting characters need detail and characteristics just like a main character. Keep your budding authors entrenched in detail as they write their novels. This lesson focuses on developing supporting characters using personal...
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A Letter to Sarah, Plain, and Tall

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Patricia MacLachlan's novel Sarah, Plain and Tall serves as an excellent tool for examining point of view. During reading, the class thinks about how characters feel. Just before the climax of the novel, they write friendly letters to...
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Rescue Josh McGuire

For Students 4th - 6th
An excellent, 3-activities-in-one activity goes along with the book, Rescue Josh McGuire. Learners complete short answer, vocabulary, and crossword puzzle activities. A great literary resource!
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A Tale to Tell!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A creative spin occurs when one pupil acts as author Ann M. Martin. Using a Q & A at the back of her book A Dog's Life, other classmates ask the "author" questions. They discuss the reasons why they know the book is from a...
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Cinderella

For Teachers K - 2nd
Explore positive and negative character traits and universal themes in the story of Cinderella with primary learners. Story elements are reviewed and discussion questions are listed. Learners practice retelling the story and begin a...
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AWARD CERTIFICATE FOR A CHARACTER

For Teachers K - 1st
Connect to real-world experiences by having your primary learners create an award certificate based upon literal and inferential information from a story. They present the award to a character from a story and explain the criteria used....
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Noisy Nora, Studious Students: Story Elements

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Alliterative adjective nicknames generate stories inspired by Rosemary Wells' book Noisy Nora (also a thematic complement to any class with children who make a ruckus to get attention). Class members explore basic story elements --...
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Interpreting a Short Story

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Short stories often are a venue through which writers can express their opinions on society. Read Thank You Ma'am with your eighth graders and reflect upon the commentary exhibited. Anticipatory and post-reading questions are included...
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Tuck Everlasting

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders use literary terms while discussing literature with their peers. They explore literature on a deeper level. Students formulate their opinions regarding response to literature, as this lesson helps students practice...
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A Boxful of Character

For Teachers 5th - 12th
I can't wait to try this activity with my class. It's versatile and could be modified to fit any character analysis lesson. To analyze characters thoroughly, learners create life boxes. Each box will pertain to a character from any...
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Wuthering Heights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Review plot, theme, and major characters in the book Wuthering Heights. Working in groups, the class examines themes, the significance of setting, and summarizes the novel. They work to answer a series of critical-thinking questions and...
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Cause Célèbre

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this exercise, learners identify characters from an "Archie" comic and discuss the relevance of "Archie" to today's youth. They create public service advertisements featuring celebrities to address common concerns among teenagers in...
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Call of The Wild

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Prompt your class to interact with Jack London's Call of the Wild. By analyzing the events in the novel, middle schoolers discover how human experiences create who a person becomes. They critique and analyze the reading, focusing on...
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Mystery Lessons

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learn about mysteries with your readers. They will investigate plot, basic elements of mystery, famous characters, and become familiar with genre vocabulary. Bring in props and mystery books to begin and then have learners create story...
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Genre: Short Story

For Teachers 6th Standards
Discover the genre of short stories with sixth graders. They discuss the characteristics of short stories from the book America Street. Then, they compare and contrast movies and television shows and chart story characteristics. Various...
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Respect

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Investigate "respect" with your class. They will participate in a think/share activity in which they complete sentence starters about their personal experience with "respect." Then they view a video clip in which Holocaust survivors...
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Story Telling through Photography

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Use this writing and photography lesson plan in your descriptive writing unit. Elementary and middle schoolers write and create a story line incorporating photos from Inspiration or their own personal photos. They experiment with...
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CREATING A CHARACTER TRAIT MOBILE FROM THE OPERA THE LITTLE PRINCE

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a mobile that includes each of the six planets. They list the character traits of each of the characters from the six planets visited by the Prince. They present their project to the class and teacher.
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The Power of Words in Charlotte's Web

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts...
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Theatrical Economics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story...
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Characterization

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
A 46-slide presentation focuses on ways to describe characters in stories, how to create story characters, and how to show a character's personality in a student-created story. The colorful and engaging slides provide lots of great ideas...
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Exploring Character Traits and Actions

For Teachers 6th
Exploring character traits is a fascinating process. First, read Song of the Trees, by Mildred Taylor, and then utilize technology to determine the character traits of the main characters from the story. The Microsoft Word files needed...
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Drafting Individual Readers Theater Scripts for a Specific Scene: Rephrasing, Narrator Introduction, and Identifying Characters

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewRead, revise, refine! Scholars refine their readers theater scripts by rephrasing some of the lines. Next, they write drafts of their narrator introductions and share their work with peers to give and receive feedback. 
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Heroes Are Made of This: Studying the Character of Heroes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewWhat makes heroes and villains? A six-part unit plan asks young scholars to explore the concept of heroism and the characteristics they consider heroic and unheroic. Groups create character maps that focus on how characters are shaped by...
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Thank You, Mr. Falker

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Thank You Mister Falker by Patricia Polacco is the focus of a lesson plan that promotes perseverance. Following a reading of the story, scholars discuss story elements, paying special attention to the main characters. A graphic organizer...
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What's Your Point of View?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A read-aloud and whole-class discussion about first and third-person point of view opens a instructional activity that examines fairytales. Pairs or small groups complete a worksheet in which they read a text then fill in an organizer....
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World Café to Analyze the Characters in Lyddie

For Teachers 7th Standards
Order up! Welcome to the World Café, where scholars engage in small-group discussions based on Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie. As pupils circulate around the room, they talk with classmates about the novel's characters, setting, and...
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Generating Reasons: Should Lyddie Sign the Petition?

For Teachers 7th Standards
Scholars synthesize evidence from Katherine Paterson's Lyddie to create a list of the pros and cons of Lyddie signing a petition about working conditions. They use the Lyddie's Decision anchor chart to record their thoughts and ideas...
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Mid-Unit Assessment about Working Conditions in the Mills

For Teachers 7th Standards
Pupils demonstrate their knowledge of how setting impacts character development by completing a mid-unit assessment based on Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie. They answer multiple-choice questions and cite textual evidence to explain...
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Analyzing Textual Evidence: Working Conditions in the Mills

For Teachers 7th Standards
Deafening, dusty, debris. Such were the working conditions in the 1800s textile industry as portrayed in Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie. Scholars watch a short video clip about life and work in the mills. Next, they work with partners...
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Introducing Working Conditions in the Mills

For Teachers 7th Standards
 Scholars discover how working in a textile mill in the nineteenth century affected the title character from Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. Partners analyze quotes from the novel and then add evidence and questions about working...
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Modeling Entry Task, Reading Notes, and Reading Strategies for Lyddie

For Teachers 7th Standards
Readers understand a text better when they discuss it with someone else. Scholars continue reading the novel Lyddie by Katherine Paterson, engaging in text-related discussions with five classmates. Next, they add to their chapter three...
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Launching Lyddie

For Teachers 7th Standards
Pupils engage in a close reading of chapter one of Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. After answering text-dependent questions based on their reading, they complete reader's notes about how the setting, characters, and plot interact.
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Analyzing Word Choice: Understanding Working Conditions in the Mills

For Teachers 7th Standards
Ravenous or hungry, happy or ecstatic—why does word choice matter? Scholars continue to analyze working conditions in the mill and how the conditions affect the protagonist of Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. They engage in a close...
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Close Reading to Learn about Lyddie’s Character

For Teachers 7th Standards
Scholars work in pairs to analyze the characters, plot, and setting of Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. Next, they apply what they learned about the characters' feelings and motivation to perform a mini reader's theater. 
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Sensory Language in Owl Moon

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars share a favorite memory then take part in a read-aloud of the story, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Learners discuss thoughts and experiences the main characters found memorable. Pupils rummage through copies of the book to locate...
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Character Friends

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Over three days, scholars examine characters found in the story, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, with a focus on how they exhibit friendship. Beginning with a discussion about the common character traits of a good friend, learners observe...
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Vote for Grace!

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Boost reading comprehension skills with a lesson designed around the story, Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. A KWL chart introduces the story's topic—running for president—followed by a read-aloud. The class analyzes the main...
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Read with Me

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
A lesson boosts reading comprehension with strategies that focus on using text features to make predictions, inferences, share details, and decipher unknown vocabulary words. Pairs read a story together then discuss their most memorable...
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Folktales from Around the World

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Compare and contrast folktales with a lesson that spotlights three commonalities among those from different cultures. A whole-class discussion about folktales leads the way to a group activity that challenges scholars to read multiple...
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Analyzing Character and Theme: Tracking Control in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Teachers 8th Standards
Pupils first participate in a drama circle as they continue reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream aloud with classmates. Next, scholars move around and discuss text-dependent questions about the play with a Three Threes in a...
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Reading Shakespeare: Analyzing a Theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Teachers 8th Standards
After finishing Act I, scene 1 from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream class members study the theme of control as it relates to the play, and start an Evidence of Control note-catcher worksheet.
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Launching A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Identifying the Characters, Settings, and Conflicts

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars form a drama circle and begin reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They also use a play map to identify the setting, characters, and conflicts from the text.
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Growing up Is Hard to Do

For Teachers 7th Standards
Looking for a fountain of youth? Scholars analyze a group of texts by Gary Soto that pertain to the difficulties of growing up. Activities pertaining to vocabulary, close reading, and shared writing prepare learners for the final task of...
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Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

For Students 1st Standards
A three-part assessment tests scholars' reading and writing capabilities. Young readers listen to and read an excerpt from Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. After drawing pictures of what is memorable, learners discuss their notes...
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Considering a Character’s Relationship with Others: Contrasting Ha and Her Brothers

For Teachers 8th Standards
Who is Ha? Scholars take a close look at the poem Papaya Tree and carefully examine the character Ha. Learners work in groups to create an anchor chart defining Ha's character. They also answer text dependent questions to help with...
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Whom Do We Trust, and Why?

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Is it possible to regain trust? Scholars put much thought into the subject of trust after reading Shakespeare's Macbeth. Readers work together to analyze how the character relationships develop the a message about trust. They then create...
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Tracing Character Development in Miss Awful

For Teachers 6th Standards
Scholars take a close look at Roger in Miss Awful. As the plot develops, readers track Roger's perceptions of his substitute teacher. Learners then discuss how Roger's actions toward the substitute changes as the story progresses before...
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Narrative Text Structure

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Thirteen activities work alongside a narrative text of your choice. With reading comprehension at its focus, readers complete worksheets covering character descriptions, similarities, and differences between characters, the sequence of...
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Peter Pan: Teacher Resource Guide

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Sixteen lessons make up a unit all about the book, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Using plot points and details from the story, scholars examine real versus fantasy, complete character webs, draw settings, compose friendly letters, and...
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Roald Dahl-Inspired Ideas Book

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Inspire young authors to dream big and connect with their inner writer with a 13-page packet that showcases the work of the famous author, Roald Dahl. A focus on the story, The BHG, scholars begin their Idea Book, reflect on their...
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The Jungle Book: Educator Resource Guide

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
A variety of activities boost viewers' comprehension of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book. Discussions, games, writing assignments, and hands-on activities are available for before and after watching the play.  
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The Jungle Book

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Accompany a viewing of Disney's live-action feature film, The Jungle Book, with a packet equipped with several activities focused on story elements. Scholars discuss and complete diagrams and charts about the movie's characters, setting,...
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Romeo and Juliet

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
An engaging video featuring William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is accompanied by six activities designed to reinforce vocabulary, story elements, and comprehension. Scholars match words to pictures, place events in sequential order,...
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Twelfth Night

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Scholars experience Shakespeare's, Twelfth Night, with an engaging interactive. After watching the story, six activities extend the learning experience. Topics include characters, vocabulary, a sequence of events, comprehension, and...
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Well-Known Tale: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" is the focus of a lesson designed to shed light on the importance of keeping promises. As a class, scholars take part in a discussion on the topic of honesty and consequences. Independent readers then take to...
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Developing Theater Literacy

For Students K - 12th Standards
The second instructional activity in a five-instructional activity theatre arts unit focuses on developing a grade level appropriate understanding of dramatic text elements, of theater history, and of the purposes of theater performance.
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Theater Making: Acting

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Theater comes alive for actors of all ages through the activities packed in a dynamic dramatic arts resource. Lessons for early elementary learners focus on creative play and improvisation. Middle school lessons focus on vocal and...
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The Jungle Book Characters

For Students 3rd - 8th
Mowgli can easily find his way through the jungle—but can you find your way through a word search based on The Jungle Book? A series of creative activities keep readers engaged with Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of friendship and...
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Out of the Dust

For Teachers 6th Standards
The Grapes of Wrath may be the most famous novel set during the Dust Bowl, but what other stories cover the same time? The unit focuses on the Karen Hesse novel Out of the Dust. Learners keep a timeline of the Dust Bowl, maintain a...
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The Woodman and the Serpent

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Does everyone always appreciate kindness? Part of a comprehensive series, Aesop's 136-word fable "The Woodman and the Serpent" tells the story of a snake that is rescued by a farmer and later tries biting the farmer's daughter. Readers...
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Cogheart and Moonlocket

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Peter Bunzi takes readers to the Victorian era with two stories, Coghaert and Moonlocket. Accompany the literary time warp with a companion packet that offers a plethora of exercises. Learning opportunities include activities for before,...
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Writing About Literature: Comparing and Contrasting Characters in Heidi

For Students 5th Standards
Scholars read excerpts from the story, Heidi, in a three-part assessment that focuses on comparing and contrasting characters. Each part contains three tasks that challenge learners to discuss, answer comprehension questions,...
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Study Guide for A Wrinkle in Time

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which would not be so confused if they had a study guide as great as this. Scholars increase their comprehension of A Wrinkle In Time through many supports such as guided questions, background...
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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

For Students 6th - 12th
Accompany a reading of Gary Paulsen's, Hatchet, with a brief presentation that details the story's characters and setting, and challenges scholars to answer a question about survival. 
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Matilda - Miss Honey and The Trunchbull

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
As the instructor reads aloud several quotes from five chapters of the story Matilda, class members mime their interpretation of the scenes. Then, after reading "Miss Honey" and "The Trenchbull" (chapters seven and eight), the class...
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Fairy Tales

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Once upon a time are four words most children are familiar with when reading a fairy tale. But do they know that fairy tales are a great way to learn the literary elements of reading and writing? Use a thorough fairy tale unit to teach...
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Group Retelling Game

For Students 1st - 6th Standards
Practice the five W's of storytelling with a fun and practical activity. After reading or listening to a story, learners work in groups to finish sentences about characters, plot elements, and their favorite parts of the book.
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A Cold Bear

For Students 1st Standards
Who is the main character and how does this character prepare for winter? As learners read a short passage, they think about how the bear is preparing for hibernation and respond to five questions about what they read.
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Summarizing

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Scholars draft a summary using a graphic organizer featuring a story's characters, setting, main events, conflict, and resolution. 
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March Writing

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
How do you catch a leprechaun? Let your writers decide with a resource that has them thinking about story elements and writing creatively. Learners plan their writing in two graphic organizers—one with setting, characters, problem, and...
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Literacy Dice

For Students K - 4th Standards
Reinforce literacy skills using a six-sided die that focuses on phonics and story starters. Scholars roll, and show what they know about blends, plots, and more! 
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Fiction Graphic Organizers

For Students 4th Standards
Get an in-depth look into a narrative text with a three-page activity that examines a story's character—actions, sayings, thoughts, and appearance—setting, and challenges scholars to write a brief summary about what they've read. 
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Fiction Graphic Organizers

For Students 5th Standards
Accompany fictional reading with a learning exercise that compares a story's characters, setting, and theme. 
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Show, Don't Tell Sentences

For Students 1st - 6th Standards
The written word has a magical way of evoking the most descriptive images in one's mind. Encourage scholars to write descriptively with a worksheet that challenges young writers to show, not tell, what traits make up a character. 
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Personal Narrative: Tell Your Story

For Students K - 6th Standards
Begin the writing process with a versatile graphic organizer. The instructional tool highlights a personal narrative's main event, setting, characters, beginning, details, and end. 
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Personal Narrative: My Small Moment Topic

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Scholars plan out a personal narrative using a graphic organizer. They work on highlighting a story's setting, characters, feelings, details, the beginning, ending, and a hook. 
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Character Profile (Boy)

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Accompany narrative writing or reading with a graphic organizer designed to study a male character. Scholars examine the character traits, actions, sayings, appearance, and development that best describes a male character's personality.
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Character Profile (Girl)

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Accompany the narrative reading or writing process with a female character examination. Scholars look deeply into a specific character's traits including their appearance, sayings, actions, and the way she transforms throughout the story. 
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Make a Plan

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Begin the writing process with a well-though-out plan. Here, scholars document their ideas for a narrative story including characters, the setting, plot, conflict, resolution, and more! 
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Map It Out

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Before writing a narrative paragraph, map it out! Provide writers with a graphic organizer to help plan a descriptive paragraph. The prompt looks closely at the beginning, middle, and end, specifically the topic sentence, details, and a...
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Hatchet

For Teachers 6th Standards
Accompany a novel study of Hatchet by Gary Paulson with a unit consisting of 16 lessons focused on physical and emotional survival. Reading the story along with a variety of informational texts, scholars compare and contrast reading...
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Special Friends: Extra Support Lessons (Theme 9)

For Teachers 1st Standards
Special Friends is the theme of a unit consisting of extra support lessons created to reinforce concepts with the help from grand discussions, chants, and practice worksheets. Unit topics include letter sounds, base words, endings,...
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Surprise!: Extra Support Lessons (Theme 2)

For Teachers 1st Standards
Surprise! is the theme of a unit covering such topics as consonants, blending, short vowels sounds, high frequency words, and number words. The unit's lessons also include teachable moments covering story structure, illustrations,...
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Book Review Writing: a Guide for Young Reviewers

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Encourage scholars to share their love of reading with informative and engaging book reviews. Here, you'll find a series of guides that walk learners through the review writing process. Included in the collection is information about...
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Narrative Writing

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Enhance narrative writing instruction with engaging and interactive planning pages. Eight lessons take authors through the process of writing a narrative story, two lessons prompt writers to create a personal narrative, and a...
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Tears of Joy Theatre Presents Anansi the Spider

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Accompany the African folktale, Anansi the Spider, with a collection of five lessons, each equipped with supplemental activities. Lessons offer multidisciplinary reinforcement in English language arts, social studies, science, and arts...
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Characters and Setting Song

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Put a reggae spin on literature instruction with a music video detailing what characters are, and what a setting is. In addition to the concept's definitions, the video displays an excerpt that showcases how to identify the characters...
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The Adventures… Of Alice in Wonderland

For Teachers 7th Standards
Go down the rabbit hole with a thorough novel unit for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. With a cause and effect chart, K-W-L organizer, and reading comprehension questions, the resource is a great addition to your summer assignments...
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Understanding Protagonists and Antagonists

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How can you tell if a character is a villain? What about a hero? Work on literary analysis with an engaging language arts worksheet. After completing an activity about the four types of conflict, learners fill out a character map about a...
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Dr. Seuss Story Map

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Guide young readers through their first book report with a story map designed for a Dr. Seuss book. After your class finishes their story of choice, they list the title, characters, conflict, and other elements of literature on the book...
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Dr. Seuss Book Report - Character

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Bring the imaginative spark in every Dr. Seuss book to your reading lesson with a book report worksheet. After they read the story, learners write a short summary of the tale and include an illustration of their favorite character.
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Practice Book O

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Whether you need resources for reading comprehension, literary analysis, phonics, vocabulary, or text features, an extensive packet of worksheets is sure to fit your needs. Based on a fifth-grade curriculum but applicable to any level of...
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Text Structure: Features and Organization

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Teach learners how to interact with both fiction and non-fiction text with a packet of activities and worksheets. After looking over text structure and the difference in text features between different types of writing, readers analyze...
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Character Problem Solution

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
Intended for younger audiences, children identify the main characters, setting, problem, events, and solution in a graphic organizer.
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Compare and Contrast Dr. Seuss

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday with this compare and contrast graphic organizer in which three stories are examined for their setting, characters, problems, events, and solution. 
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Ian’s Walk and Apples for Cheyenne

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Help young learners understand friendship and empathy with two reading comprehension lessons. Each lesson focuses on a story about a child with autism, and encourages readers to compare and contrast the characters to each other and to...
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Party!

For Students 5th Standards
What could be more fun than two birthday parties in one day? Compare and contrast two parties with a short reading passage and a graphic organizer that focuses on character, setting, and events from the story.
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Keeping a Reader's Journal

For Students 3rd - 5th
A reader's journal can help pupils comprehend, connect to, and remember a text. Have them follow the prompts here to write journal entries for any literary text.
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Reading Form

For Students 2nd - 5th
Help kids keep track of their reading and comprehend literary texts with a straightforward graphic organizer. Pupils note down the setting and characters as well as four events from the text.
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Count of Monte Cristo: Questioning Strategy – Tossed Terms

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Do you know the setting of The Count of Monte Cristo? What about the main characters? Explore the elements of Alexandre Dumas' novel with a reading comprehension activity. Kids toss boxes with literary elements written on each side, and...
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Book Report

For Students 1st - 4th
Tackle the basics of plot with a straightforward book report form. Learners note down the author and title, setting, characters, and basic plot points in any story or book.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Biopoem

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Explore characters in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer through biopoems. Pupils follow the specific formatting presented here to write 11-line poems about characters in the novel.
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What a Character!

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
How do you know what traits a character displays in a story? Learners select a character and find list three traits for this character, explaining why they chose each trait. They then put this information together into a paragraph or essay.
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Body Biography

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pause in your reading of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to take an in-depth look at the characters. Learners examine a chosen character by drawing a body and assigning quotes and traits to specific areas of the body, thinking...
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O Pioneers!: The Literary Mandala

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Invite individuals to make a study of a chosen character from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. Learners will create mandalas that include adjectives that describe their chosen characters and symbols to represent personality traits. Along the...
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My Antonia: Problematic Situations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce your class to the characters from My Antonia by Willa Cather in a unique way. Given a hypothetical situation about an atomic bomb shelter and a list of character descriptions, pupils must decide which characters get to stay in...
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The Cay

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Support your instruction of The Cay by Theodore Taylor with this extensive unit of materials. Provided here are prereading activities, worksheets and discussion questions for the entire book, and reading quizzes that you can use to check...
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Cat In the Hat Story Elements

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Engage your pupils in a plot activity based on the favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat. There are two pages included here. The first is a list of plot elements and the second is a grid of plot points and other information. Class...
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Charlotte’s Web Activity Pack

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
That Wilbur is some pig! Use Charlotte's Web as the starting point for this group of activities. Ranging from trust-building exercises to collaborative writing assignments to a debate where kids take on the points of view of various...
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Reading Handouts and Book List

For Teachers K - 5th
It's a book list for every possible purpose! The resource starts out with some reading comprehension support materials and worksheets, and then moves into pages and pages of categorized lists of books and stories that you can use to...
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An Educator's Guide to Jan Brett

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Prepare to teach Jan Brett stories by taking a look at this teacher resource, which includes text-based questions, writing assignments, discussion ideas, and vocabulary practice for 18 different stories.
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Short Story Unit: Final Assessments

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This final resource in a series of fourteen lists all of the assessments for a short story unit. While designed to go specifically with the unit, these assessment ideas could be used to inspire projects for other units as well. Included...
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Teaching the Short Story - Teacher's Packet

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Get your writers composing their own short stories by following some or all of the ideas included here. You'll find short lessons and activities, handouts and assignment pages, sample paragraphs and sentences, and all sorts of great...
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Guided Reading: Beyond the Basics

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Elevate children's reading comprehension skills with this collection of guided reading resources. From paper dice with basic comprehension questions printed on them to a system for using sticky notes to identify key parts of a story,...
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Guided Reading Activities with Pizzazz

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
Get the most out of your guided reading lessons with this collection of literacy materials. Offering a system for using color-coded tags to mark pages while reading books, as well as an assortment of comprehension and grammar worksheets,...
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Writing with Wow Words and Building Vocabulary

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
There are some words out there that just make you say, "Wow!" Encourage your class to find and use these words in their writing to make their work more interesting and complex. This packet goes through the writing process, beginning with...
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Charlotte's Web: This Christmas, Help is Coming from Above

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Studying Charlotte's Web in your class? Included here are worksheets and activities for pupils, and lessons for teachers. Learners examine the text, create their own little play using paper cutouts of the characters, complete a crossword...
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Touching Spirit Bear: Final Novel Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Close up your study of Touching Spirit Bear with any of these assessment options. Each of the four project options is described in detail. Also included is a page that learners can use to portion out their time to make sure they fulfill...
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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Build a unit around The Outsiders, and use these materials to help! Included here is a group of prereading activities to choose from and a list of tasks. Different than specific lesson plans for The Outsiders, these tasks are made up of...
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The Outsiders , discussion

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Keep Ponyboy, Darry, Dally, and all the other characters straight in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders by taking down notes on the graphic organizer provided here. Also included are discussion questions for before and after reading that you...
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Dear Mr. Henshaw Concepts: writing

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
If your class is about to study Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, this could be just the resource for you! Included here is a brief synopsis, questions for before and after reading, related activities, and a worksheet that focuses on...
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Literary Elements

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Address the literary elements in a piece of writing using these materials. The packet includes plenty of resources, and focuses mainly on theme, character, and point of view, with some materials for setting, symbolism, and author's...
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POW! A Peanuts Collection

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Make a study of Charles M. Scultz's famous comic strip Peanuts in your language arts class. Class members read and discuss the baseball-themed book POW! A Peanuts Collection. After talking about themes and vocabulary, they complete...
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I Am Very Clever

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Explore the cleverness of your students with this fun printable book. By completing the provided sentence frames and supporting their ideas with illustrations, children describe the things they can do that make them very clever little kids.
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Page One Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"Call me Ishmael." "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." "It was a dark and stormy night. . ." Beginning at the beginning is one of the biggest challenges in writing. Here's an assignment that asks writers to draft the...
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Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” for the Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do writers use the interaction between elements like characterization and setting to create meaning? Readers of "A Worn Path" create a series of comic book-style graphics of Eudora Welty's short story and reflect on how Welty uses...
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Moments

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Examine homelessness through a series of writing and discussion activities and a short film. Learners first come up with their own stories based on images of characters in the film. They then watch the film and respond to a series of...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"The ways of men are strange, and hard to learn." Or so Ultima, the curandera in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, tells Antonio. Yet Antonio does learn from the men in this story and groups consider what Antonio learns from Andrew,...
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The Things They Carried: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The seventh activity in a ten-part unit that uses The Things They Carried as the core text, looks at the evolution of Norman Bowker, a character who "almost won the silver star for valor." Readers are asked to consider whether there are...
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The Things They Carried: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"They all carried ghosts." Mitchell Sanders, Lieutenant Cross, Ted Lavender, Azar, Dave Jensen, Lee Strunk, Bob Kiley, Curt Lemon. Protagonists and antagonists? Major or minor characters? And what about Tim O'Brien? Author or character?...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Visualize the rich imagery from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying with a discussion about setting. Kids reflect on the setting and its impact on the story before writing about various events and characterization. For homework,...
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The Call of the Wild: Character Development

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
While the main character of The Call of the Wild is Buck the dog, there is a cast of important human characters involved in the story. Ask your learners to take a look at these characters and examine the relationships between the human...
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The Call of the Wild: Characters

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Cover the canine characters in The Call of the Wild through discussion and writing. Small groups complete a jigsaw-style activity, with each group focusing on one dog and using textual evidence to back up their ideas. Next, individuals...
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Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Explore the literary elements of Mildred Taylor's Song of the Trees with this beautiful Prezi presentation. Focusing on the story's characters, setting, and major plot points, young readers are provided with a complete summary of this...