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The Ocean
The Ocean
Worksheet
The Ocean
This short nonfiction text will teach students about the ocean, and includes questions to help students identify the author’s point of view and purpose for writing the text by focusing on important vocabulary words that support the main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What is Onomatopoeia?
What is Onomatopoeia?
Worksheet
What is Onomatopoeia?
BOOM! This worksheet is full of all kinds of sound-based words, from creaks to squeaks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
Lesson Plan
Examining Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text
This lesson will help students identify the author's point of view and purpose for writing an informational text.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
Lesson Plan
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
In this lesson, your class will identify an author’s claim in nonfiction text by identifying evidence and reasons.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Figurative Language
Figurative Language
Workbook
Figurative Language
Descriptive language and metaphoric phrases take the spotlight in this workbook. Kids use new vocabulary and common phrases to tackle writing skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Scrambled Similes
Scrambled Similes
Worksheet
Scrambled Similes
This worksheet will help your child understand what similes are, and she'll even get to use her imagination to write some of her own!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Lesson Plan
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Give your class the "write" tools they need to become excellent authors. In this literary lesson, students use their knowledge of author's purpose to successfully write pieces that persuade, inform, and entertain.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Poetry: Figurative Language
Poetry: Figurative Language
Lesson Plan
Poetry: Figurative Language
This literary lesson has students delving into Emily Dickinson's "The Moon was but a Chin of Gold" to find different types of figurative language. Writers will love sharpening reading comprehension skills with this poetry analysis activity.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Identify the Author's Purpose
Identify the Author's Purpose
Worksheet
Identify the Author's Purpose
Authors persuade, inform, and entertain through various types of writing! Students set out to identify the author’s purpose.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Lesson Plan
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Kids will love learning some fun facts about elephants while developing their reading comprehension skills. Using T-charts and Venn diagrams, they'll analyze stories and explore different characteristics of fiction and nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Purpose of Fiction Texts
The Purpose of Fiction Texts
Lesson Plan
The Purpose of Fiction Texts
Why does someone write a story? Give your students the tools to find out the author's purpose! Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
Worksheet
Should I Recycle This?: Nonfiction Text
This informational text about a topic relevant to students can be used to help explain author’s claims and the reasons used to support them.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What Does the Author Think?
What Does the Author Think?
Lesson Plan
What Does the Author Think?
Can you tell what the author thinks about this subject? What do *you* think about it? Use this resource to help your students recognize the author's point of view and establish their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Whose Side of the Story?
Whose Side of the Story?
Lesson Plan
Whose Side of the Story?
Allow your students to explore how stories may change depending on the perspectives from which they're told. Interesting texts and a creative writing assignment make this quite the engaging lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Onomatopoeia Practice
Onomatopoeia Practice
Lesson Plan
Onomatopoeia Practice
Does onomatopoeia BANG your students up or cause them to want to BARF? Help them out with this comical lesson on the well-known figurative device. Students will have a fun time completing worksheets and using onomatopoeias themselves.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
Lesson Plan
Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
We aren’t mind readers, but we can still figure out why the author wrote a text and what an author thinks about the topic! This lesson will teach your students the main purposes for writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer: Author’s Point of View
This graphic organizer helps students work through a nonfiction text to help organize information about the author’s point, and the reasons and evidence used to support it.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
State Your Claim
State Your Claim
Lesson Plan
State Your Claim
Help your students explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text by giving them high-interest nonfiction texts to read.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Ada Lovelace Biography
Ada Lovelace Biography
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Children read about Ada Lovelace, whose ideas are still used in computing today, in this biography worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Shifting Points of View
Shifting Points of View
Lesson Plan
Shifting Points of View
This lesson gives students practice identifying first person and third person narration in fiction and nonfiction texts. It could be taught as a stand-alone lesson or as a precursor to the lesson Fiction vs. Nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Point of View Frenzy
Point of View Frenzy
Lesson Plan
Point of View Frenzy
Explore a day in the life of a pencil! Your students will practice different points of view by thinking outside the box and writing as though they are something else.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Worksheet
Author’s Purpose Task Cards
Use these task cards with your students to practice reading short passages and help them determine the author's purpose.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Describe Sensory Details
Describe Sensory Details
Lesson Plan
Describe Sensory Details
In this lesson, students will use their five senses to tell about a picture. They will gain experience articulating and recognizing sensory details while building language skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose
Worksheet
Author's Purpose
All authors write for a reason, be it to explain, entertain, or persuade their readers. In this activity, your students will consider the author’s purpose of a book of their choosing, then justify their answer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
That Old Cliché
That Old Cliché
Lesson Plan
That Old Cliché
Once in a blue moon, you will have students who completely understand clichés but they can be few and far between. In this lesson, your students will explore how clichés are popular, but overused.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan