Lesson Plans from ReadWriteThink

Supported by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), ReadWriteThink  provides educators, parents, and after school professionals with free access to  reading and language arts instruction materials, including standards-based lesson plans.

Here’s a sampling of the hundreds of lesson plans that the site offers:

  • Poetry from Prose  (Grades 3-5)  Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage from literature, first working with words in small groups and then going on to compose their own poems and become more insightful, creative readers, thinkers and writers.
  •  Plotting a Plan to Improve Writing:  Using Plot Scaffold   (Grades 6-8)  Using thinking and problem-solving skills, students act out the parts of a script and analyze character motivations and dialogue.  Letting their characters dictate how the story will evolve, students also insert imagery and use proper grammar in their written narrative.
  • Ekphrasis:  Using Art to Inspire Poetry  (Grades 9-12) Exploring ekphrasis—writing inspired by art, students read and discuss several poems inspired by works of art and learn ways in which poets can approach a piece of artwork. Students then search online for pieces of art that inspire them and compose a booklet of poems about their chosen pieces.

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