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).
ReadWriteThink.org offers a wide audience (PreK-16) many opportunities to find just the literacy resources they need. Here you will find:
Support Literacy Learners this Summer and All Year Long!
Looking for additional summer-themed activities?
Check out the Bright Ideas section of ReadWriteThink.org. The Support Literacy Learning All Year Long handout can also be shared with parents, families, and others interested in learning outside of the classroom.
Use these teaching strategies, professional readings, and book lists for additional summer learning.
Read a more personal take on summer learning and see what others are doing, in the online Council Chronicle article "Keeping Kids Engaged with Resources from ReadWriteThink.org and Other Summer Learning Sites."
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.