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.
Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading (3-5)
This lesson pairs the reading of historical fiction with nonfiction to introduce students to the large themes of history.
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.
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.
Sonic Patterns: Exploring Poetic Techniques Through Close Reading (9-12)
Students develop close reading skills connecting sound with sense in the poem “Those Winter Sundays,” and write an original text that reflects their new learning.
Thinking Inductively: A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney’s 'Blackberry Picking' (9-12)
This lesson eases students’ fear of interpreting complex poetry by teaching them a strategy with which they determine patterns of imagery, diction, and figurative language in order to unlock meaning.
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Close Reading of Literary Texts (6-12) This strategy guide will help you choose text that is appropriate for close reading and to plan for instruction that supports students’ development of the habits associated with careful, multi-engagement reading of literary prose and poetry.