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Hands-On Literacy, Grade 6
Authentic Learning Experiences That Engage Students in Creative and Critical Thinking

ISBN 9781032326252
Published December 30, 2022 by Routledge
142 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical resource is a compendium of authentic and hands-on literacy activities that will engage, challenge, and delight students. Specifically targeting Grade 6, these lessons and strategies enhance literacy instruction and encourage critical thinking, aiming to enrich all students’ abilities and gifts.


Aligned with current standards and principles of literacy instruction, the lessons will inspire GenZ and future generations of students by allowing them to explore literacy through graphic design, public speaking, improvisation, smartphones and video, art, music, and more. The original and entertaining activity sheets, graphic organizers, and examples are ready to be used or adapted to a wide variety of stories, novels, and nonfiction. With fully developed lesson plans, the practical resources in this book will motivate students of all backgrounds, including English language learners, gifted and twice exceptional learners, and all students who are comfortable or not yet comfortable in the English classroom.


This book is the third in a set of three literacy titles focused on 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Each book contains lessons and units to help develop deeper learning and encourage student creativity.

Table of Contents

Meet the Author  Introduction  1. Backpacks and Satchels: Characterization  2. Postcard Glyph: Fiction Plot, Characterization, Conflict, Setting, and Theme  3. Pawn Shop: Biography  4. Personal Logo Business Cards: Characterization  5. Trading Cards: Plot, Characters, Theme, Setting, and Conflict  6. Picturing the Most Important Idea Never Explained: Theme  7. Create a Mood in Nine Panels: Poetry  8. Putting it All Together with Parodies, a Full Hands-on Literacy Unit  9. Literacy Choice Cube Menus

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Mark Hess is a SENG board member and the editor of the SENG Library, President of the Colorado Association for Gifted Students, and serves as the Gifted Programs Specialist in a large, urban school district in Colorado Springs. Mark also serves as an advisory committee member for NAGC’s Teaching for High Potential. At Portable Gifted and Talented, Mark has shared over 25,000 free resources for teachers and parents of gifted children. You can visit his website at www.giftedlearners.org.