This resource is a collection of six excellent previously reviewed resources for middle school ages. The first three resources are excellent reading lessons on guided comprehension, fishbone mapping and vocabulary building from ReadWriteThink, the website of the International Reading Association/National Council of Teachers of English. Another resource, What’s the Point of School is based on Neil Postman’s work and helps students to answer that question. A concise version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and book burning provides great discussion material and lastly, an excellent resource on Literature Circles is included.
This resource is a three day lesson plan plus extensions designed to teach and reinforce comprehension. Using the QuIP stratgey, the student learns to take notes using the strategy, work cooperatively and independently applying the strategy while reading a text, and to reflect on how the strategy helps comprehension.
Inspired by Neil Postman's great book The End of Education, this lesson will allow students to answer a very difficult question: Why do we educate? That is, why do kids go to school? What's the point of it? Through discussions in small groups, the quick creation of a small group poster, and a journal entry, students will finally get to answer the question they may ask themselves every time they wake up for school, or sit bored in class.
This short story turns the classic Ray Bradbury sci-fi novel into a one-page short story. Originally written in 1953, this story of the dangers of censorship and the loss of ideas involves firemen in a dystopian future in which books have been outlawed. In this future, firemen are in charge of burning all books, rather than putting fires out.