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Share your love of libraries with students; it's sure to speak volumes.


7th - 12th
What is theme? How do you figure out the theme of a story? How is the theme developed? How is the theme expressed? These and other questions are answered by a presentation that not only defines the term but also provides easy to understand examples. The presentation ends with a practice exercise.
Students investigate researching techniques by exploring their library. In this literature references lesson, students identify the different types and genres of books that are readily available at their local library as well as proper behavior. Students read random library books in small groups and summarize them in one sentence each.
In this literature worksheet, students find the terms that are related to identifying different types of genres. The answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
Sixth graders discover the exploration of the United States by participating in a class activity.  In this U.S. History lesson, 6th graders research the Lewis and Clark expedition and participate in a game of Jeopardy based on the two men.  Students collaborate as teams in order to compete in the Jeopardy game.
Students work in cooperative groups to read a book in a day. Each group is assigned a portion of the book to read and uses the jigsaw learning strategy to review the book as a whole class.

Manga and Me

5th - 8th
Upper elementary and middle school learners study Manga cartooning and create a Japanese character based on their own features and personalities. This style of cartooning is easily-accessible for most students. With a little practice, young artists should be able to come up with some terrific results.
Students demonstrate what they know about the underground railroad by comparing, contrasting, and answering question in a discussion format.
Students design a webquest requiring higher order thinking and providing students with opportunities to reflect on their learning. They include an assessment tool to evaluate the process and product.
Eighth graders imagine they are getting ready to "take off." They may imagine themselves in any type of aircraft or spaceship. They may then sketch themselves as passengers anticipating this moment.
A Venn diagram is a great tool. Middle schoolers research specific authors from different time periods, cultures, and genres. In groups, they create a Venn Diagram in order to compare and contrast two pieces of literature by the same author. They must use excerpts from the text to support their claims.
Students read poems about Tuberculosis by John Keats. Using the poems, they identify similies, metaphors, personification and imagery. In groups, they make connections about the author's outlook on life and how his disease impacted his philosophy.

Let's Draw

1st - 2nd
Students listen to the story "Art Lesson" by Tomie dePaola, and discuss the importance of reaching for their dreams. They then use an "I Can Draw" book to help aid their drawing. Finally, they use Kidspiration to list what they learned about art and drawing.
Students examine the literary elements of fairy tales. After reading the fairy tale "Rapunzel" and discussing the elements of fairy tales that occur as they read, they use a story web to help plan and create an original fairy tale. Students present their fairy tale to the class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the genre of Film Noir. They conduct research looking for the visual style, setting, morality, outlook, and character elements. They find the answer to the events that led to the emergence of the genre.
In this literary terms word search activity, learners locate 20 words from a word bank that is located at the bottom of the page. They find words such as metaphor, genre, and simile.

Book Log

1st - 7th
In this book log learning exercise, students use this graphic organizer to record details of the books they are reading. Students record the title, author, genre, and pages read.

Book Club Sheet

3rd - 4th
In this "book club" instructional activity, students complete a sheet on a book they bring to the "book club." Students fill in basic information about the book, then information about characters, scenes, genre, etc.
Pupils access films on the MY HERO site and analyze them for film elements, techniques and message, and choose a favorite film to present to the class. Students watch films from the website and analyze the effectiveness of the message. Pupils define film elements and and techniques when presenting their film to the class. The class votes for their favorite film.
Students present their pre-prepared narrative to the class. In this language arts lesson, students give oral presentations of the narrative they have been working on. While listening, the rest of the class completes the rubric assessment of the narrative. Students discuss the anecdotes they found particularly interesting.

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