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Students complete a book study and publishing activity. In this book study lesson, students study the structure of a book and use worksheets to help guide them through creating their own book. Students design the front cover for their book and sew the pages of their book together.
Help your middle and high schoolers explore geometric terminology. In this geometry lesson, learners use the entire year to create an ABC Geometry book. Students use a list of terms learned in class to create a page for each letter. Students use a rubric to guide their process.
Read and discuss a variety of books by different authors and have your class create their own book. They will identify the different parts of a book, then using a story they have already written, they enter their story and information into a story template, dedication page template, and author biography page template.
Author Pearl Buck's, The Good Earth is the central focus of this terrific eighth grade language arts lesson. Essentially, it is a very thorough study of the book. While reading, there are worksheets embedded in the plan to be completed. There are many postreading assignments as well, all supported with worksheets. This is a fine educational resource to complement the study of this book.
Focus on vocabulary, comprehension, and analysis while reading A Weave of Woods, a colorful picture book by Robert D. San Souci. Young learners use worksheets to preview, predict, practice paraphrasing, and make comparisons. The richly detailed plan includes reading charts, comprehension and interpretative questions, and extension activities. What a great resource!
Have your class discuss the problems faced by those in war-torn nations using this resource about a librarian in Iraq. After reading Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq, learners answer cause and effect questions, summarize the story, and discuss the author's purpose and point of view. In addition to practicing these reading skills, your learners might gain some cultural sensitivity, too!
A visit to the local zoo launches an integrated life science/ language arts research project into the habitat, feeding habits, offspring, lifespan, and other interesting facts about animals. Each group selects two animals to photograph and research. Using information gathered from books and the Internet, groups produce pages for a class book and a tutorial using Tool Factory Workshop. Share your trip with a school-wide presentation.