Students are introduced to the term alliteration and asked to create their own examples of alliteration as well as find examples of alliteration in poems. When students understand the concept of alliteration, they are given a handout that explains the assignment of writing a headline poem. The assignment requires each student to create a headline poem using words that they have cut out from magazines and/or newspapers. The poem must contain at least 25 words, be written in complete sentences with correct punctuation, stick to one central theme, and contain at least three clear examples of alliteration.
This strategy guide is aimed at helping primary teachers understand the criteria for choosing complex text to use in their classroom. It identifies and explains the components of text complexity and includes a video for teachers to observe a first grade teacher thinking through the process.
These lessons compare different versions of the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, giving students an opportunity to talk about the similiarities and differences among the different stories. Students are then introduced to non-fiction text about wolves to determine different perscpectives of the wolf as a villian in the stories.
This series of eight lessons has students compare information found in fiction and non-fiction texts related to whales. Students learn to formulate research questions, interact with an online scientist and write letters using the writing process.
Having explored how Robert Hayden uses consonance, assonance, and alliteration to illustrate a complex relationship between a father and a son in "Those Winter Sundays," students engage in a variety of vocal activities and performance techniques based on word sounds. Students then prepare a recitation of the poem for small group performances and compare their interpretative choices as part of the reflection process.
These lessons will introduce students to the THIEVES strategy for previewing textbooks and non-fiction articles. The acronym stands for:
H - Headings
I - Introduction
E - Every first sentence in a paragraph
V - Visuals and Vocabulary
E - End of chapter questions
S - Summary
Teacher will model, students will practice with a partner and then use the strategy independently. These short lessons could be applied to any textbook or article in a middle school classroom.