Literature: "Harriet the Spy" By Louise Fitzhugh
Learners examine websites about the book, "Harriet the Spy." There are suggested classroom activities, such as having students keep a journal of their observations. Also includes tips on how to teach learners to use descriptive writing.
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Picture the Place--and Place the Picture
In this writing worksheet, learners discover the importance of setting in a story. Students read a novel where characters move from place to place. There is a suggested reading list. Learners illustrate a key scene from the story.
5th - 6th English Language Arts
Explore Writing with Louis Sachar
Learners identify and interpret the author's writing process and how he came up with his idea for Holes. They experience a moderated chat with the author by participating or reading the transcript. Students also reflect on their own...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Write Your Own Screen Play
Students critique the transition of "Holes" from a novel to screenplay and consider how the details in a book are brought to life in a movie. They then choose a scene in a book and transform it into an original script after brainstorming...
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
I Have to Change!? The Role of the Adolescent in the Family
Sixth graders examine the changes occuring during adolescents using children's literature. As a class, they brainstorm a list of the various roles they play in their family. In groups, they use excerpts of plays from Shakespeare to...
6th English Language Arts