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This Lesson's Title:

The Presidential Quotation Report

organizing a president report based on quotations said by the president

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Corbett Harrison.You can access all of Corbett's on-line lessons by clicking here.

The intended "mentor text" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson is the picture book Theodore by Frank Keating. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing style of this book's author.

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Washoe County teachers, click here to search for this book at the county library.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Inspired by Frank Keating's beautiful picture book about Theodore Roosevelt, students will organize and write a presidential report that is inspired by famous quotations said by the president they have researched. Students will, first, gather quotations said by a president, then research circumstances that would explain why the president said that during his lifetime. Each page of the student's report will feature a quotation and an explanation (in the student's own words) on why the president probably said that. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; student writers are to locate appropriate research and transform it into their own words for this report.   The support trait in this assignment is organization; students will think about sequencing and introductions and conclusions as they write drafts for each part of their reports.

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