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Featured Lessons

These sets of 2-6 lessons include:

*Not all lesson sets include assessment questions


Close Reading Model Lessons

"The Wind" by James Reeves

Grades K-2 fiction lesson (relevant for Grades K-2); written by classroom teacher Diana Leddy.

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"The Moon": Research Project

Grade K-2 fiction and nonfiction (relevant for Grades K-2); written by classroom teachers Pat Fitzsimmons, Diana Leddy, Lindy Johnson, Sue Biggam, and Suzan Locke.

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"Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo (with mini-assessment)

Grade 3 fiction lesson.

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"The Fisherman and His Wife" by Lucy Crane

Grade 3 fiction (relevant for Grades 2-4); written by classroom teacher Diana Leddy.

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"The Making of a Scientist" by Richard Feynman

Grade 6 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 5-7).

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"The Great Fire" by Jim Murphy (with mini-assessment)

Grade 6 nonfiction. 

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"The Digestive Process" (with mini-assessment)

Grade 7 nonfiction.

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"The Glorious Whitewasher" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (with mini-assessment)

Grade 7 fiction. 

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"My Mother, the Scientist" by Charles Hirshberg

Grade 7 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 6-8); written by classroom teacher Jackie Bennett. 

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"The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat" by Michael Pollan

Grade 7 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 6-8); written by classroom teacher Kerry Powers.

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"As You Like It" by William Shakespeare

Grade 7 fiction (relevant for Grades 6-8); written by classroom teacher Jackie Bennett.

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"Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen (with mini-assessment)

Grade 8 fiction.

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"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand and "Farewell to Manzanar" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston

Grade 8 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 7-9); written by classroom teacher David Riesenfeld.

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"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" by Frederick Douglass

Grade 8 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 7-9); written by classroom teacher Lyn Cannaday.

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"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare

Grade 8 fiction (relevant for Grades 7-9); written by classroom teacher David Pook.

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"1984" by George Orwell

Grade 8 fiction (relevant for Grades 7-9); written by current classroom teacher Amy Mogelescu. 

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"Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution" by Linda R. Monk

Grade 8 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 7-9).

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"The Long Night of the Little Boats" by Basil Heatter

Grade 8 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 7-9); written by classroom teacher Joey Hawkins.

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"The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln

Grade 9 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 9-10).

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"The Gospel of Wealth" by Andrew Carnegie

Grades 11-12 nonfiction (relevant for Grades 11-12); written by David Liben and current classroom teacher Christina Suarez.

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"I Am an American Day" by Learned Hand

Grades 11-12 nonfiction informational lesson (relevant for grades 11-12).

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“Living Like Weasels” by Annie Dillard (with mini-assessment)

Grade 11 literary nonfiction lesson (relevant for Grades 11-12).

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