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What are two effective visible thinking strategies for connecting prior knowledge to a great story? Chalk talks and answering text-dependent questions are used to introduce learners to the book, Eagle Song. These strategies provide 4th graders with the academic vocabulary that will enable them have meaningful and focused literature discussions. The plan is concisely worded and a practical working guide for teachers. Note: This lesson is one of many in a larger unit that supplements social studies curriculum in New York state.
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography. Each step is submitted separately and builds into a portfolio. The project can be modified to explore other topics concerning the author, such as an analysis of their childhood and how that is reflected in their writing.      
High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after they have written scripts. Note: The attached worksheet "Literature Land Theme Park Rubric" cannot currently be found on the Scholastic website. 
Working in groups, young historians review a war poem written by Stephen Crane. After reviewing the poem, they present an oral interpretation of the poem and hold a panel discussion about their analysis. The panel is made up of five or six experts who present on topics such as literature and the author, as well as a moderator.
The literature of the ancient world can provide a motivating way for students to explore history.
Students learn about the legacy of Sadako Sasaki, the atomic bomb, and history through a nonfiction literature study.
Literature responses are a meaningful way to strengthen student comprehension.
Finding out about "the story behind the story" can provide a greater understanding of literature and its historical and social context.
Maximize time and engage learners by using children's literature in your science lessons.
Using literature is an effective way to address the Holocaust with your students.
Tips and strategies for adding literature circles to your language arts curriculum.
Role sheets clearly define expectations of all group members in this introduction to literature circles. By using a variety of picture books or short texts, readers can practice roles while the teacher circulates to each group observing or temporarily joining a group to draw all learners into a thoughtful discussion. The book list provides titles of possible texts.
Parents looking for a summer alternative to regular schooling, should try a literature curriculum model.
ELL students can benefit when literature teachers use simple techniques to make lessons more accessible.
Practice grade-level reading comprehension with this lesson, in which middle schoolers read different examples of Native American literature. They discover different cultures while examining their own, and answer questions related to the readings. Use this lesson in your American Literature unit, or as a way to assess reading comprehension.
Developing a check list can make writing a literature analysis easier.
The Kentucky Derby can provide a means to discuss literature, math, and history.
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 14 multiple choice questions based on various Utopian literature. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Incorporating visual art into your literature lessons will "add color" to your program.
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, students respond to 31 short answer and essay questions based on More's Utopia and other Utopian literature. Students may also access an online quiz on the selection using the link at the bottom of the page.