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Making a Life Map
Middle schoolers create a life map of their life. They start the activity with a question from the teacher and expand on it. They can share their life maps with the class if they so choose.
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The Giver: Reading Road Map
Sometimes it's helpful to read certain passages in a novel slowly and carefully, and to read other parts more quickly to move the plot along. Learners tread carefully through Chapter 20 of Lois Lowry's The Giver, noting which parts need...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Inspiration®: Mind Maps: Tapping Prior Knowledge and Developing Ideas
Mind mapping can be a great way to organize research in a visual way! Using Inspiration® software, learners create branches of topics and subtopics surrounding an area of interest. If you don't have this program, the visual approach to...
6th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Can You Feel the Thunder?
Discuss disability awareness and acceptance of people who are different with this resource. After reading the story, Can You Feel the Thunder? by Lynn E. McElfresh, learners talk about metaphors, answer cause and effect questions, and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Mind Maps: Tapping Prior Knowledge & Developing Ideas
Use Inspiration software with your writers to compose mind maps! If you don't have the program, you can download a thirty-day trial or simply follow the steps and write out a graphic organizer on paper to organize one main idea. Each...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Mind Maps: Tapping Prior Knowledge and Developing Ideas
How do you help learners determine what they already know about a topic? What questions require further research? Inspiration® software offers a detailed approach to using their mind map template that supports research and the writing...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Lesson Learned: Creating a Life Reports Project
Tap into the wisdom and knowledge of older members of the community with this New York Times plan. To warm up, learners write about and discuss advice they have been given. After reading "The Life Report," an op-ed column that asks older...
8th - 12th English Language Arts