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Who Am I? Exploring Stereotypes and Identity through Poetry

By Javan Howard Grades: 6–8 Genre: Poetry Themes: Race, Identity, and Stereotype Download: Who Am I? Exploring Stereotypes and Identity through Poetry   LESSON PLAN   Warm-Up (5 minutes): Define the Quote: Distribute Audre Lorde quote on index cards. Have students turn to those nearest them to discuss the quote: If I didn’t define myself for…

Exploring Writing through Comics

By Jason DeHart In my experience as a middle school teacher, I often found that some students were hesitant to engage with the written page, either as readers or writers. On the other hand, colorful characters and even segments from popular superhero movies were almost always uniquely engaging for students. Comic books and heroic characters…

Value Exploration and Personal Narrative

By Samantha LoCoco In this lesson on personal narrative, T&W teaching artist Samantha LoCoco helps seventh-graders begin to articulate the values that are most important to them, and to realize how those values shape who they are as individuals.  Grade: 7 Genre: Personal Narrative  Download: Value Exploration and Personal Narrative  Common Core State Standards:  (Refer to…

Dear Diary…

By Bushra Rehman In the following lesson plan writer Bushra Rehman considers diary writing as a vehicle to explore personal experience. Grade: 5 Genre: Prose Download: Dear Diary… Common Core State Standards: (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 5) ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.B: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and…

Research, Real Life, and Coney Island

By Linda Morel and Jessie Paddock In this lesson plan developed by T&W writers Linda Morel and Jessie Paddock for third-grade classes at PS 90 in Coney Island, New York City, the teaching artists invite students to explore how their real-world experience of place can inform their understanding of research. Grade: 3rd Genre: Poetry Download: Research,…

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