Same Theme, Different Story Using Fox by Margaret Wild

5th - 7th

Middle schoolers work with themes in this lesson, which is based on Fox by Margaret Wild. Because the book has multiple themes, it is a great way to transition into exploring literary analysis and writing stories. A Six Trait writing activity takes them through the writing process, and an attached link allows them to post their work online (if desired).

Resource Details

Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning
45 mins
Corbett Harrison

Writing in a Foreign Language

It seems that this presentation was designed for future educators, particularly those teaching a foreign language. Basic reading, writing, and organizational skills are presented, encouraging a discussion of strategies amongst your viewers. Unfortunately, you cannot skip slides or start the presentation at any point besides the beginning, so you'll have to watch the 95-slide presentation in its entirety. 

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Writing Fiction Based on Real Science -

Refuse to alienate your scientific-minded students during your creative writing unit. Learners explore how literary writing can reflect observable fact, and be based in actual science. The links include examples of fiction and non-fiction writing, a fun YouTube video on the basic elements of story, and an essay on how fictional literature can be based in factual science. It all leads to greater class understanding.      

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