+
Lesson Planet Article
Curated OER

Seven Ways to Instill a Love for Libraries

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Show your classes the knowledge, resources, and fun a library has to offer!
+
Lesson Plan
2
2
Student Achievement Partners

"The Glorious Whitewasher" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain with Mini-Assessment

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence. Expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Eighth graders are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as...
+
Lesson Planet Article
Curated OER

Explore Brothers and Sisters throughout Literature

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Celebrate Brothers and Sisters Day on May 2, 2013 by studying sibling pairs in literature.
+
Lesson Planet Article
Curated OER

Best Websites for English Teachers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bookmark these grammar, writing, and literature websites to build your teaching arsenal, making life just a little bit easier.
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Lesson: Michael Blum: National Identity at a Distance

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Immigration, refugees, and cultural change due to the movement of people around the globe is discussed. Learners examine the work of Michael Blum to gain an understanding of how national and cultural identities shift due to immigration....
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Lesson: Mixing Metaphors across Current Events and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Expression, current events, and art can go hand-in-hand. After analyzing a multi-media piece entitled, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, the class explores their own expressive process. They create collages that show a current event or issue...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Using Words as a Way into Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Amelia Earhart

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Your class can learn about Amelia Earhart and practice important comprehension skills here. Learners answer questions about cause and effect, compare texts, and discuss similes and metaphors after reading Amelia Earhart: Free in the...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The Tell-Tale Hearts of Writers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Knock, knock, knock...Creep out your class with a critical thinking lesson focused on word relationships in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." They investigate  the relationship between word choice, mood, and interpretation of a...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Shakespeare and Poe Teach Six-Trait Writing

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A Six-Trait Writing instructional activity helps your middle schoolers liven up their word choice and shows them how to evaluate their own writing. Class members take a close look at the language used in poems by Shakespeare, Kipling,...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Printing and Publishing

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Explore African literature and artwork in a multicultural literacy and art lesson. Begin with a read aloud of Tiger and the Big Wind: A Tale from Africa, and afterward, have kids retell the main events in the story. They identify and...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Character Traits in Fables

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this activity 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...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

A Weave of Woods

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Focus on vocabulary, comprehension, and analysis while reading A Weave of Woods, a colorful picture book by Robert D. San Souci. Young learners use worksheets to preview, predict, practice paraphrasing, and make comparisons. The richly...
+
Lesson Plan
3
3
Curated OER

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...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Waking Dreams: A Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
A teacher's guide for a seminar held at the Cincinnati Art Museum includes a full description of several Pre-Raphaelite art pieces, artists, and connecting literary works. Excerpts from authors and poets can help you make the connection...
+
Worksheet
Curated OER

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....
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Introduce: Comprehension Monitoring using About Trees

For Teachers K - 3rd
As scholars begin reading more difficult text, they need to acquire an arsenal of comprehension strategies. Here are few helpful ones to guide new readers through the informational text About Trees, which is linked here for printing....
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The First Strawberries

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore Cherokee legends. They read The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac, and then do several activities to help comprehension. They discuss the book and answer comprehension questions. In addition, they retell the...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The Jacket: Journal Templates Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Explore this story involving prejudice and racism to enhance learners' comprehension skills. The story The Jacket by Andrew Clements involves an African American boy who is falsely accused of stealing someone's jacket. This teacher's...
+
Lesson Plan
2
2
Curated OER

Experience and Perspective

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders make connections between past experiences and perspective. They read Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith. Then, they analyze a character's history and state the past experiences that form their perspective. In the...
+
Lesson Planet Article
Curated OER

Read-Alouds for the Holidays and Winter

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
These five titles will inspire creativity, research, and reflection in your classroom.
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

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...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

It's Your Opinion

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Everyone has a different opinion about the characters they read about in books. Have your class explore forming an opinion and finding evidence to support it as they read and discuss what they think about a particular character. They...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Determining Author's Point of View: The Sneeches

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Determine the author's point of view in a text. Young readers read Dr. Seuss' The Sneeches and identify the author's purpose in the story. They identify persuasive techniques in writing, asking and answering questions to better...