Teaching tools

We designed the Area Study Organizer to help students integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines when studying a geographical or cultural area. This strategy was inspired by how people examine issues in academic subjects such as Middle Eastern and European Studies.

The Elements of Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt guides students as they review text and discover a purpose for reading. This strategy helps provide a foundation for teaching students what "good readers do" and can be applied to more complex texts across disciplines.

This prereading guide is designed to generate interest in an upcoming lesson and force students to find textual support for information. The anticipation guide activates background knowledge, challenges preconceived notions, and gives students a clear purpose for reading.