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literature circles
Classroom organizational strategy designed to facilitate in-depth conversations about literature among students. Literature circles are characterized by student-centered responses to literature, collaborative exploration of a text's themes, and higher-order thinking as students pursue and explore questions and insights about literature.

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Reading picture books: resources for teachers
Illustrations, picturebook finding aids, and great picture book websites.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
The Sign of the Beaver real estate advertisement
Having read The Sign of the Beaver and the Sunday Real Estate section of the newspaper, create a slide show designed to sell Matt's cabin to buyers in early America.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By CarrieAnne Blocker.
Story map: The gingerbread manhunt
The purpose of this lesson is to present a fun, memorable way for students to learn where the secretary, principal, nurse, janitor, cafeteria, playground, and other grade levels are located while matching a face and job with each of these locations and its importance to the functioning of the school.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Social Studies)
By Tina Baker.
Reading picture books
Two strategies for helping children understand a story through illustrations.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Storytellers in the Mountains of North Carolina
Students will study five famous North Carolina storytellers: Jackie Torrence, Ray Hicks, Donald Davis, David Holt, and Sheila Kay Adams. They will research how their stories were collected and how they developed their storytelling styles that distinguish them from other tellers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Martha Hayes.
Creating found poetry from picture books
Students select and read a picture book and afterwards create “found poetry” based on the picture book.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts)
By Barbara Groome and Jo Peterson Gibbs.

Resources on the web

International Children's Digital Library
Looking for a happy book? How about a book about animals or even a book that takes place in Africa? You will find what you need in this online children's book collection. Read the books just as if you had them in your hand, print and illustrations on the... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: International Children\'s Digital Library