Books to Teach and Motivate the Study of Communication
- Grades: 6–8
From Unit Plan: Playing With Language: Tale Tales and Codes
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Evolution of Communication
Learning Sight Words Is Easy! by Mary Rosenberg
Activities that help students master the top 100 high-frequency words.
Classroom Tip: I use this book with my class to reflect on the early steps of learning language and communication.
American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne
America's first folk heroes are portrayed here in nine wildly exaggerated and funny stories.
Classroom Tip: Students read the short stories and then write their own tall tale.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Two crime caper fantasies feature a combination of folklore, fantasy, and a fistful of high-tech.
Teaching Literary Elements With Short Stories by Tara McCarthy
This handy book explores character, plot, setting, theme, and point of view through creative and exciting mini-lessons and activities.
Classroom Tip: Use the mini-lessons and activities to help students to understand literacy elements and to use them effectively in their writing.
Spy X #1: The Code by Peter Lerangis
A story about two people who learn to create and break codes.
Classroom Tip: Use this book as a read-aloud to create interest and motivation for creating and breaking codes.
The Usborne Book of Secret Codes by Eileen O'Brien, Diana Riddell
This is a how-to book for students who want to create and use their own codes.
Classroom Tip: Discuss or distribute copies of some of the codes in this book. They will help students create their own codes.