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Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans

Ready-to-Use Resources, 6-8, 1st Edition

By Lauren Davis


208 pages

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Schools nationwide are transitioning to the Common Core--our advice to you: Don't go it alone! Our new book, Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans: Ready-to-Use Resources, 6-8, shows you that teaching the Common Core State Standards in the middle grades doesn't have to be intimidating!

This easy-to-use guide meets the particular needs of middle school teachers. It provides model lesson plans for teaching the standards in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language.

  • Get engaging lesson plans that are grade-appropriate, easy to implement and include ready-to-use reproducible handouts, assessments, resources, and ideas to help you modify the lesson for both struggling and advanced learners.
  • Our Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans are equally effective for both English and content-area teachers—the plans are designed to fit seamlessly into your middle school curriculum.
  • You get practical tips for revamping your existing lessons to meet the standards.
  • Middle school students learn how to answer text-based questions, read informational texts, conduct research, write arguments, and improve their speaking and listening skills.

We take the guesswork out of Common Core lesson plans with this practical, easy-to-use guide. All lesson plans are grade-appropriate, but every lesson plan includes…

  • Common Core State Standards covered in the lesson
  • Overview of objectives and focus of the lesson
  • Background knowledge required and time required
  • A detailed, step-by-step agenda for the lesson, plus a materials list
  • Differentiation ideas to adapt the lesson for different kinds of learners
  • Assessment ideas, including rubrics and scoring guides
  • A place for your notes: what worked; what can improve

Bonus! We show you how to extend the lessons into longer units to suit your particular grade's curriculum, and even help you create more of your own lessons!


"Excellent! The lessons are very clear and the resources for each are invaluable."

—Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, IN

"…brimming with creative and GOOD plans to embed in instruction. I am planning on using many of the lessons."

—Cindy K. Ryan, Literacy Coach, Dreher High School, SC

"The lessons are ready to go! Ready-made is what busy teachers are looking for!"

—Jessica Bennett, Language Arts Teacher, Brookpark Middle School, OH, and Past President of Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

Table of Contents

Part 1: Reading


Planning Checklist

Strategies to Help Struggling Readers

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 1: The Text Is a Gold Mine-Let's Start Digging! Answering Text-Based Questions

Lesson Plan 2: What's the Big Idea? Tracing a Theme

Lesson Plan 3: Leave Your Opinions for Later! Producing an Objective Summary

Lesson Plan 4: Who's Telling This Story, Anyway? Analyzing Narrative Point of View

Lesson Plan 5: The Parts vs. the Whole: Studying Informational Text Structures

Lesson Plan 6: Did That Really Happen? Examining Fact and Fiction in Historical Texts

Lesson Plan 7: See It, Hear It, Love It (or Hate It)! Compare Print and Audio Versions of a Poem

Lesson Plan 8: Everyone's Entitled to an Opinion: Determine the Author's Point of View

Lesson Plan 9: You Be the Judge: Determining Whether the Evidence Is Sound, Sufficient, and Relevant

Lesson Plan 10: Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? How Different Mediums Explain an Idea

Lesson Plan 11: These Authors Aren't on the Same Page: Analyze Texts with Conflicting Information

Part 2: Writing


Planning Checklist

Strategies for Teaching Argument

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 12: Let Me Tell You a Legend: Writing a Narrative

Lesson Plan 13: I've Got Questions. Who Has Answers? Conduct a Research Project

Lesson Plan 14: What's Google Giving You? Evaluating Your Sources

Lesson Plan 15: To Quote or Not to Quote? Incorporating Your Sources

Lesson Plan 16: Collaborate in the Cloud: Creating a Literature Guide Wiki

Lesson Plan 17: Clean-Up Time: Edit the Wordiness from Your Writing

Lesson Plan 18: Do They Know What You Know? Describing Technical Information to an Audience

Lesson Plan 19: Hook People In! Introducing Your Information

Lesson Plan 20: I Say Tomato, You Say To-Mah-To: Effective Argument Techniques

Part 3: Speaking and Listening


Planning Checklist

Strategies for Teaching Speaking and Listening Skills

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 21: Yield or Jump In? Creating Balanced Class Discussions

Lesson Plan 22: Formalities Required? Considering Audience When Making Language Choices

Lesson Plan 23: Look at What I'm Saying! Creating Engaging Presentations

Lesson Plan 24: Please Lend Me an Ear: Presenting Your Findings

Lesson Plan 25: There's Information at Your Fingertips, But Is it All Worthwhile? Comparing Media Formats

Part 4: Language


Planning Checklist

Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Lesson Plans at a Glance

Lesson Plan 26: The Case of the Missing Pronoun

Lesson Plan 27: What's the Right Context for Context Clues?

Lesson Plan 28: Let's Figure Out Figurative Language

Lesson Plan 29: It's Not All Black and White: Understanding Shades of Meaning in Words

Lesson Plan 30: Which Punctuation Mark Are You?

Lesson Plan 31: Choppy No More: Writing Compound Sentences to Link Ideas

Lesson Plan 32: Switch It Up! Adding Complex Sentences to Your Writing

Lesson Plan 33: Keeping the Action Straight: Understanding Verbals

Lesson Plan 34: Should You Pass on Passive Writing? Considering Voice

Lesson Plan 35: What's Missing? Using an Ellipsis to Indicate an Omission

Reading Handouts:

Answering a Text-Based Question Step-by-Step

Narrative Point of View Activity Sheet

Text Structures and Signal Words

Let's Talk About Argumentative Texts! A Glossary of Academic Vocabulary

Evaluating an Argument

Writing Handouts:

Story Planning Sheet

Research Activity Sheet

Analyzing a Website Activity Sheet

Ways to Incorporate Sources

Argument Map

Speaking and Listening Handouts:

What's My Discussion Style?

Audience Index Cards

PowerPoint/Prezi Activity Sheet

Presentation Activity Sheet

Different Forms of Media

Language Handouts:

Pronoun Activity Sheet

Common Types of Context Clues

Personification Activity Sheet

Simile and Metaphor Activity Sheet

Connotation Graphic Organizer

How Punctuation Affects Tone

Using Compound Sentences to Link Ideas

Using Complex Sentences to Link Ideas


Blank Lesson Plan Template

Sources of Literary and Nonfiction Texts

Sample Topics for Argument Essays


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:

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