Find the Perfect Resource: Orchestrating the Production

Looking for the attention grabber that pulls readers into the lesson or discussion questions to cause reflection, or even disagreement amongst students?  Maybe you want the lesson finale that has students still talking as they leave class. You can find the perfect resource at

The Opening Number:  Pull Readers In

Open the curtains and kick off your lesson with resources for readers of all ages! Build reading confidence and background knowledge while encouraging interaction with the text.

  • Offer opportunities to scaffold instruction with this reader’s theater script for The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
  • Use trailers to establish background knowledge and historical context. Try using Night by Elie Wiesel.

Within the Lesson:  Continue the Excitement

Let excitement crescendo while pulling readers deeper into stories.

  • Find book guides & lesson plans to focus discussion for your group. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick includes six lesson plans that allow differentiation and options for multiple learning styles.
  • Listen to RJ Palacio’s Meet-the-Author Book Reading for Wonder to spark conversations on topics such as disability and friendship.

The Grand Finale: Close the Chapter

Adapt a resource to serve as a model to support collaboration and instruction.

  • Explore over 3000 book trailers and hear different ways to excite others about a book.  Have students plan, write, and create their own video to demonstrate deep understanding of the text.
  • Listen to Victoria Jamison’s Meet-the-Author book reading from Roller Girl where she explains how to create a graphic novel page spread. Have students create a spread of a significant moment from a book they are reading.

Use the resources at at any point in a lesson to connect readers to authors and illustrators.  We would love to hear how you are using TeachingBooks to enhance your work and celebrate all readers!  Please share your ideas or contact us at

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