If you’re looking for practical instructional ideas, you’re in the right place.
These classroom-tested lesson plans provide ready resources for teachers working with students aged from kindergarten to high school.
Initials in annotations below indicate academic level of the resource (E=Elementary, M=Middle, S=Secondary, C=College, G=General).
Summer Activities to Keep Kids Learning
The Learning Beyond the Classroom website provides activities, resources and lessons for students young and old to use after school, during vacation, and throughout the summer break from school. Includes a growing collection of podcasts and videos!
Additional summer reading and learning ideas.
Focus on 21st Century Literacies
Kick off an exploration of 21st-Century Literacies with ReadWriteThink lesson plans that focus on multimedia texts.
For Elementary Teachers
Get the Reel Scoop: Comparing Books to Movies (E) teaches students to think critically about books and their movie counterparts by analyzing the texts and then selecting a cut or adapted scene from the book to present in readers theater.
For Middle Level Teachers
On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack (M) invites students to create soundtracks or playlists for novels they have read. The lesson is a possible book report alternative!
For Secondary Teachers
A Collaboration of Sites and Sounds: Using Wikis to Catalog Protest Songs (S) asks students to critique and analyze multimedia texts through collaborative research and online writing.
Ideas from INBOX Newsletter
In a recent ReadWriteThink podcast (M-S), host Jennifer Buehler highlights the ability of series books to engage readers. Jennifer also recommends several young adult literature series as she discusses how to find quality stories amidst the great number of commercial products available.
Visit the Ideas from INBOX to find resources that support teaching quality series books in your classroom.