Published Lessons

Lessons in this area of the site have been vetted and approved as model lessons. These lessons have been subjected to intense review, editing, revision and discussion. If you have an idea on how to improve, expand, or adapt a Published Lesson, you can still join the lesson group to share your ideas.

“Changing Stories”: Creating Fictional Narratives from Water

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Students will study water’s different states of matter through collaborative research and several speaking/ listening activities. Once a foundation is laid for the scientific elements of water, abstract thinking activities will allow the students to explore water in more creative ways. This lesson includes reading for a purpose, speaking & listening, and writing components.

Oklahoma C3/CCSS Recommended Resources

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In this download you will find links to resources for information regarding OK C3 standards and CCSS. These resources include detailed information about CCSS as well as practical resources for Authentic Implementation of OK C3 standards and CCSS.

Comparing Theme In Different Genres – “Shouldn’t It Be All About Me?”


Students are bombarded with messages, written text, and other media constantly; therefore, they must learn to identify theme in order to understand what messages the authors are trying to express. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the themes in informational texts with that of two poems. Students will use close reading strategies to analyze for meaning and theme within different genres. Finally, students will present their findings in a presentation to the class.

Inferencing, Analysis, and Evidence – “Fall of Legends”

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Students will examine focused informational text to make inferences and support their inferences by citing documents. They will build concrete arguments from the inferences and conduct further research that culminates into a research paper and/or project.



Students will explore the impacts of style, format, and genre while examining social issues and the impact of the media. Students will read literary and expository texts while discussing the impacts that style, format, and genre have on a reader. Students will then use this information to explore different writing styles about a topic of choice.

Oh The Places You Will Go

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This lesson is an introduction to  bookcover design for advertising.  Building upon a study of a Dr. Seuss book and a written argument for the underlying inferences in the book, the student will create an alternative cover that depicts that inference.  This lesson will take approximately 3 to 5 class periods.

Writing Wrongs

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The purpose of this lesson is to highlight strategies and processes for writing. In this lesson students analyze peer writing and create a list of common writing mistakes. The checklist will then serve as a writing aid for future classroom writing activities.

Get to the Point…of View

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Students explore different points of view in writing.

Shy to Sharing

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The purpose of this lesson is to highlight strategies to get students sharing ideas through writing and substantive conversation. The subject matter and articles can be modified, but the process is the same. Students are presented with a polarizing topic and challenged to choose sides and argue their points with facts, citations, and, depending on the age-group, counterclaims.

Love is in the Air PSA

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This lesson is designed to be used as a school-wide thematic unit or by individual content areas. Students engage in a specific topic related to love and create a poster or other Public Service Announcement (PSA) to tell the story of love within that topic

Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?


This lesson is a great tool for educating students in the proper way to use Wikipedia as a legitimate research tool. As a result of this lesson, students will learn some invaluable strategies for evaluating the integrity and quality of information that they find while researching.

The Logic of Legos®: Constructing an Argument


In this lesson students will interact with basic building blocks and will develop a concrete understanding of the elements of a logical argument. Students will practice the art of defending a claim and anticipating rebuttals, and through various activities, will be prepared to engage in future lessons in which they are asked to develop in-depth arguments to defend their opinions and beliefs.

A Stretch of the Imagination


A Stretch of the Imagination is not a lesson in the true sense of the word. Instead, it is a resource or strategy for assisting students in writing paragraphs and essays, whether persuasive, narrative, or expository.

War of the Words


A debate over the four main parts of speech.
Using Disciplined Inquiry to Engage Students
Of all of the amazing skills that students possess, perhaps there is none greater than their ability to argue! Throw a grammar lesson in front of them, and most will tune out immediately. The subject matter simply does not get them excited. […]

Here’s How I Heard It


This lesson will use Folklore to take students through a study of story analysis. Students will learn to infer meaning, identify genre-specific characteristics, and will attempt to connect works of literature to similar works from other cultures.

Who I Am

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In this lesson, students develop a personal 2-D timeline, free write about who they are, develop a haiku based on their future, and then do data gathering and organizing in order to prepare their own infographic.

In Other Words


This lesson serves as a review of figurative language and sound devices.

The Anatomy of a Story


This lesson lays out a very simple approach to dissecting the structure of a story. The end result will give students not only a means for understanding literature, but a means for understanding their own “story”. This lesson stresses the idea that exploring literature helps us to better understand the human experience.

Genocide? You Decide.


This lesson challenges students to take a stance on a very controversial issue at the heart of the crisis in Darfur. Students will be challenged to gather information about the conflict, and using the United Nations definition of genocide, determine for themselves whether or not the conflict in Darfur should be recognized as genocide of the Sudanese people. This research unit will help students become more efficient seekers of information, and will equip them with the tools necessary for constructing a thesis and defending their position.

What’s the Scoop?


Student comprehension is a main focus of assessment testing, and comprehension is often measured through a variety of question types including: recall, comprehension, analysis, application, synthesis, and evaluation. Through this lesson, students will explore these types of questions and develop their own questions in correlation to a news article they choose.

The Way I See It


This lesson, using a familiar children’s story, will examine two points of view that students should consider when reading a text, and will challenge students to view the world from a perspective other than their own.

True Lies


In this discussion students will take a critical look at both sides of the energy debate in the United States through an evaluation of current media.

A Novel Idea


While basic summary and recall should never be completely overlooked, these skills should not be the ultimate goal when assessing a student’s success while reading a novel. The Systematic Symbols note taking process allows students to still demonstrate basic summary and generalization skills, but gives them an avenue through which they can combine note taking with rich discussions and personal reflection. This method will challenge students to engage with the text at a deeper level, while still giving them practice in the skills necessary to be successful on the EOI.

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