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active reading
A manner of reading in which the reader is mentally engaged with a text and reads for comprehension and criticism as well as reads selectively and with a purpose.
sustained silent reading
A period of uninterrupted silent reading in the classroom, typically from fifteen to thirty minutes.

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Using wordsplash in the classroom
A wordsplash is a set of key terms or concepts related to a given concept, typically displayed in an interesting visual presentation. Used as a pre-reading strategy, wordsplash can tap into students’ prior knowledge about a topic before they encounter it...
Format: article
By Emily Jack.
Wolves: Comprehending informational texts
This integrated plan uses non-fiction text and wolves to motivate students with language arts and science. Students will read a nonfiction text and use metacognitive skills of guided reading and KWHL chart to monitor comprehension and extend vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts)
By Amy Vance.
A forced migration: Reading lesson
In this lesson plan, students read an article about the slave trade in West Africa, which caused the kidnapping of millions of free West Africans by slave traders. The lesson plan includes reading strategies designed to prepare students for end-of-grade reading test.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Novel study: Lucky Charms and Birthday Wishes
Although this is a unit developed for instruction in language arts, it has a curriculum focus for healthful living. The unit usually takes about 4–5 weeks to complete. A major piece of this unit focuses on identifying and listing characteristics of people.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts)
By Michael Miller.
Night of the Twisters
Reading strategies are used to introduce a literary work.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Authurice Mitchell.
The Great Gilly Hopkins: Characterization and prediction
In the final chapters of the novel, Gilly's grandmother learns she has a granddaughter and decides to take Gilly out of foster care. Many of my classroom readers are often dismayed by this unexpected conflict and its outcome. In this lesson, the classroom becomes a courtroom where students predict the outcome of this conflict.

This activity can be used at the end of the novel, but I like to use it after reading chapters 10 and 11 so students can compare the courtroom decision to the end of the novel.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–6 English Language Arts)
By Emily Vann.
Students will read Tarantula by Jenny Feely. Then they will summarize what they have learned about tarantulas by writing descriptive words or phrases on a graphic organizer. Finally, using the Kid Pix Studio Deluxe (or other similar drawing program), students will write sentences about tarantulas and make an illustration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Jody Shaughnessy.
The Red-eyed Tree Frog and PowerPoint
Students will read The Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley then plan and put together a PowerPoint slideshow which retells the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Jody Shaughnessy.
Yarns, whoppers, and tall tales
The following lessons will introduce students to characteristics of tall tales and help them develop an appreciation of this genre of American fiction. They will practice writing summaries from information they have gathered and organized. They will plan and write their own tall tales.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Deborah Mitchell.
"The Cask of Amontillado"
The short story "The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe is an effective venue for teaching English I literary terms. The following lesson plan is designed to engage the reader in a deeper than superficial reading of the text. It is also designed to elicit discussion and written critical-thinking responses. This lesson assumes that the literary terms have already been introduced. However, if they have not, the teacher may use this lesson to introduce these terms in the context of the literature.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Guy Hill and Crystal Brown.
The Farm Concert
This lesson teaches basic print awareness along with animal names and sounds through guided reading and the use of a graphic organizer.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Kelly Brandon.
Problem solving with Swimmy
This lesson will stress to the students the importance of working together to solve a problem.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance and Healthful Living)
By Amy Taylor.
Bubba: A Cinderella story
This lesson focuses on the whimsical interpretation of the Cinderella story. Students explore the story Bubba, the Cowboy Prince, through rich text and interpretations of the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Jennifer Fessler and Karen Wright.
Sentence scramble
Students will learn concepts about print including print directionality and the understanding that written print contains a message.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
Monstrous masks
Teacher will read the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Children will create monster masks to associate the letter m and the phonemic sound of m to the masks.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
Inching through oral language for ESOL students
This lesson will use the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to help the student use clear and precise language to demonstrate comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Angela Goldberg.
"Luscious lollipops" and other adjectives
The students will become familiar with adjectives by reading Ruth Heller's book Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives. They will also be able to use adjectives to describe an object in their own writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Pat DeMello.
Bulletin board of story elements
This lesson will introduce young children to the elements of stories starting with characters. Children will be involved with interactive writing as they respond to shared reading lessons. Students will illustrate a caption of a character to be displayed on a bulletin board.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
The emperor's prize egg
This lesson will introduce students to the life of a penguin. They will explore penguins' habitats, eating habits, and other unique adaptations that they use to survive in Antarctica.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Betty Burleson.
Look and listen: Exploring the five senses
This group of shared reading lessons is based on the book Look by Jillian Cutting. They are designed to be used as a part of an integrated classroom unit on the five senses.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)