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Text Features

Headings, illustrations, captions, tables of contents, timelines, etc.—all the things that help us navigate a large body of nonfiction text—are discussed and explained right here in this lesson.


In addition to explaining what a noun is, this lesson addresses the distinction between common and proper nouns and touches on the concept of abstract nouns.

Homophones and Homographs

Words with different meanings that share the same pronunciation and/or spelling can create a lot of confusion. Here’s a song that helps make sense of it all!

The Writing Process

Brainstorm, draft, revise, edit, publish–we go over these steps of the writing process in this lesson to help students take their writing from an initial idea to a finished masterpiece!

Context Clues

This lesson teaches students how to find and use clues in the surrounding text to make an educated guess about the meaning of an unfamiliar word.


In this lesson we learn how to take a story and make it into a much shorter version while still keeping the most important information.

Prefixes and Suffixes

What is a prefix? What is a suffix? How can each change the meaning of a root word? This lesson addresses these important questions, and more.

Subject and Predicate

Here we deal with the anatomy of a sentence, and students learn how a sentence can be broken into two key components: subject and predicate. Caveat: this lesson assumes prior knowledge of verbs.


In this lesson, students will learn to identify the setting of a story, sometimes as stated directly in the text, and sometimes by using evidence and making an inference.

Character Traits

In this lesson, students learn how to distinguish between an inside trait and an outside trait, and how to determine various character traits through inference, based on evidence in a text.


This lessons shows students how sequencing words like “first”, “next”, “then”, and “last” establish the order of a series of events.

Fact Vs. Opinion

The ability to distinguish opinion from fact is a vitally important literacy skill; you can help students do just that with this groovy lesson.

Types of Sentences

Use this video to introduce the four types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. Additional resources include posters, a lyric sheet, and more.


This video shows students how to make an inference using prior knowledge and incomplete information. Additional resources include posters, a graphic organizer, task cards, and a lyric sheet.

Author's Purpose

This lesson helps students identify the author’s purpose for various types of writing and introduces them to the handy acronym/mnemonic device P.I.E. (Persuade Inform or Entertain). Additional resources include posters, a sorting activity, exit tickets, a graphic organizer, and a lyric sheet.

Cause and Effect

Teach the relationship between a cause and an effect using this music video. Additional resources include worksheets, posters, a graphic organizer, and a lyric sheet.


This engaging lesson gives examples of and explanations for idioms, and illustrates why authors use idioms. In addition to the music video “That’s An Idiom”, it includes idiom Match Game cards, idiom exit tickets, an idiom worksheet, idiom posters, and more.

Compare and Contrast

This video lesson teaches how to use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast two things. Additional resources include Compare-and-Contrast bookmarks, posters, a graphic organizer, and a lyric sheet.

Point of View

This lesson teaches students how to determine if a piece of text is written in first, second, or third person. The music video is accompanied by Point-of-View posters, graphic organizers, worksheets, and a lyric sheet.

Similes and Metaphors

This lesson teaches students how to use similes and metaphors to make the most of their writing, as well as how to distinguish between the two literary devices. The music video is accompanied by a Similes-and-Metaphors sorting activity, worksheets, posters, and a lyric sheet.


This lesson teaches students how to classify different texts by genre and subgenre. The music video is accompanied by genre posters, worksheets, graphic organizers, and a lyric sheet.


Teach your students how to identify the theme (or themes) of a story using this video. Additional resources include Theme task cards, Theme posters, a Theme graphic organizer, and a lyric sheet for the song “Theme of the Story.”

Main Idea and Details

Show students how to determine the main idea and key details of a piece of text using this lesson.

Synonyms and Antonyms

This lesson explains synonyms and antonyms and gives examples to help students remember which is which.

Drawing Conclusions

This lesson teaches students to use clues to draw a conclusion from the information provided.


This lesson explains how to make a generalization, as well as words to avoid when generalizing.


Teach students to visualize a mental image when reading text without pictures.


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