Category: Anchor Charts

Teaching Conflicts in Literature

This blog post contains ideas for teaching 'Conflicts in Literature.' It includes an anchor chart and free materials including a foldable organizer and PowerPoint lesson.

When I realized that I have a number of resources on ‘Types of Conflict in Literature,’ but they are scattered throughout my website and blog, I decided to create one post with information plus links to help people find the materials.


In a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth. Continue Reading

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D Reading and Thinking Strategy

D Reading and Thinking Strategy Anchor Chart

The D Reading and Thinking Strategy provides students with a method for narrowing down research topics into manageable amounts.

Literally hundreds of teaching strategies have been devised. Here is a great hook activity for a topic you plan to study. Continue Reading

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Teach Suffixes with these Activities and Ideas

Free Activity for Google Slides

Are you looking for some activities to teach suffixes? Check out these free materials including activities for Google Slides, anchor charts and a PowerPoint.

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The Whipping Boy Activities

The Whipping Boy Anchor Chart

Prince Horace, nicknamed Prince Brat, constantly creates mischief. But because of the custom of the time, he does not receive punishment. A whipping boy steps in to receive the whipping. Prince Horace becomes bored with his circumstances, so he forces his whipping boy Jemmy to run away for a little adventure. A couple of cutthroats who want a ransom from the king capture the boys. Read this novel by Sid Fleischman to find out how Prince Horace and Jemmy survive in the hands of these cutthroats.

 Activity #1 ~ Anchor Charts

The day before beginning The Whipping Boy, I displayed the following anchor charts in the classroom. These stayed up for the duration of the novel. As students read, we added character traits. Once we had read approximately half the book, the characters’ main problems were added. At the end of the novel, the solutions to these problems were also added. Continue Reading

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Reference Materials Mini Lesson

Reference Materials Anchor Chart

This free ‘Reference Materials Mini Lesson’ contains three activities. The lesson is designed to help students determine which reference materials are needed to locate specific types of information. The lesson goes over six types of reference materials. These include dictionaries, thesauri, manuals, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.

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The One and Only Ivan Setting Activity

The One and Only Ivan Activities

If you haven’t read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, you are in for a real treat. The story is told from the perspective of Ivan, a silver back gorilla in a journal-like format.  The reader learns about Ivan’s past through flashbacks, his struggles in the present living in the small confined cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, and his dreams for the future. This post contains several teaching ideas to use with the book. 

Anchor Chart

Throughout his life, Ivan lives in four different places. This anchor chart lists those places. For this chart, the class brainstormed details about each place Ivan lived. Students wrote details on sticky notes. The students then placed the sticky notes on the anchor chart in the correct locations.  Continue Reading

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Text Structures ~ Teaching Problems and Solutions

Story Elements Match Up

My newest book unit Matilda contains a series of six lessons on writing a problem and solution essay. After I finished the book unit, I realized  that I haven’t seen many activities on the web for teaching problems and solutions, so I thought I would do a bit of scrounging and pass along what I found.

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