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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). 


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Focus on Teaching Nonfiction 

Below are featured RWT lesson plans for teaching content-rich nonfiction and informational texts.

For Elementary Teachers
Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey (K-2)
Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information.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 
Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers (6-8)
Students will develop their summarizing skills while learning about local history. They will learn to consider audience while selecting topics, conducting research and interviews, and writing historical markers for their town.

For Secondary Teachers 
Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments (9-12)
Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.

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