Literature Ladders

Step 3: Search for Book Information & Lesson Ideas

How does this book match with the curriculum or library program?
What will engage young people in reading across the curriculum?
How can I find resources to address individual differents?

When parents and educators are looking for books, it's easy to fall back on the familiar classics. It takes time to develop materials to go with new books or even older books you've just discovered. Use the Internet to help.
Why reinvent the wheel? There's a good chance that other teachers and students are reading the same book as your class. A library media specialist, student, teacher, or publisher may have posted lesson ideas, class projects, or discussions.

Thinkfinity is the place to start. Do a search for a book or topic. This website includes links to the best lessons from the national education organizations. Do a search for "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "Very Hungry Caterpillar."

eye means essentialExplore ReadWriteThink from the International Reading Association, NCTE, and Marcopolo. Identify at least 3-4 quality resources to connect reading and technology resources or tools. If you work with older students, explore EdSitement for literature conections.

Our 42explore website contains resources on dozens of popular literature topics. Be sure to check out Fantasy and Science Fiction, Harlem Renaissance, Literary Criticism, Mythology, Mystery, Poetry for Kids, Skits, Plays & Scripts, Storytelling, and Tall Tales. They all have links to website resources, activities, lessons, and other materials.

Searching for Lessons

There are many ways to locate lesson plans on the web. Some lesson websites contain search tools to explore lessons by grade levels, subject area, or topic. Try exploring Scholastic Lesson Site.

Use search engines to search for the name of the book. Put the book's name in quotation marks such as "Walk Two Moons". Again, if you forget the quotation marks you'll end up with information about walking for exercise and trips to the moon rather than the book you're reading. You might also do a general search for lesson plans and books.

Use the following websites as a starting point for good lesson plans and ideas related to books. As you explore the following sites, notice that the star means quality indicates an exceptional quality resource.

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Publisher Lesson Materials

Check out book publishers. They often have great resources to go with tradebooks and their textbooks. Many of the activities can be used by anyone.

Technology-Rich Project Examples. Check out a few good examples of technology-rich book-based projects.

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General Lesson Plan Resources

When developing materials for use with books, you often want to connect the literature to subject area lessons. For example, if you're reading the book Out of the Dust, you make seek out good lessons dealing with the Depression.

eye means essentialUse the Teacher Tap page below to locate good lesson starting points.

Teacher Tap icon Go to Online Lesson Plans from Teacher Tap

Try It!
Seek out resources and lessons available on the books you'll be using. Don't worry if the resources don't match your curriculum exactly. The key is collecting a variety of ideas, then adapting these for your own environment. As you try to differentiate your lessons to meet the needs of individual children, you may draw from many different resources.

Explore the Digital Stories and Tall Tales example.

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Go to Step 4: Identify Topics and Resources

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