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Students read short biographies on Abraham Lincoln from various artists. Using the texts, they identify the subject of the biography and discuss whether or not illustrations contribute to a biography. They research specific information about the subject and identify the book as either fiction or nonfiction.
Pupils explore the Japanese influence on Cincinnati artist Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, by examining her metal works, Basket and Chalice. They research a sea creature using nonfiction books or Internet resources. Students write a haiku about their sea animal or a comparison of Storer's life and art to The Sea Maidens of Japan.
Ninth graders read a piece of historical fiction before completing essay question about a historical speech entitled, " Women's Right to Vote." They work on Tier Two and Three vocabulary after completing the essay questions on handouts that the teacher accesses at the main website.
Students identify figurative language and symbolism in poetry as well as prose. In this literary elements lesson plan, students read and discuss the role of symbolism in Yellow Man by Moonlight, A Christmas Carl, The House of Wings, and Hatchet. Students use KWL charts and Think Pair Share strategies in this lesson plan.
Fourth graders locate and identify various genres of literature in the library. They select a fiction and non-fiction book and complete an informational worksheet about the two books. After they have read each book, they compare and contrast the books and complete a chart that identifies various characteristics of each book.
Young scholars explore nonfiction text features. In this Menasha, Wisconsin geography and nonfiction comprehension lesson, students share phrases for the "K" and "W" portion of a KWL chart about Menasha. Young scholars complete a KWL chart with a partner while researching a Menasha website. Students locate nonfiction text features within the website, note them on Post-it notes, and share their findings with the class.
Second graders explore fiction and nonfiction texts. In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders read two stories about ferries. Students identify which story is fictional and which story is nonfiction. Students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast fiction and nonfiction aspects of the stories.