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Teacher Resources


To explore books in our HOT ROD series, go to the Product Page. For additional teacher resources, check out the offerings below. Several are free.

Story frames book cover

Read about Story Frames for Teaching Literacy: Enhancing Student Learning Through the Power of Storytelling at Brookes Publishing. Teach kids to plot stories like a professional author and learn skills for developing vocabulary, sentence structure, essay writing, executive function skills, and more. The book comes with lesson plans, activities, and downloads like slide decks that make the book a valuable resource for either in-person or virtual learning.


Free Downloads and Activities

Watercress, written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin, a picture book based on a childhood memory of the author, won both the 2022 Caldecott Medal as well as a Newbery Honor. Since Newbery titles are typically for older students, this book is a perfect example of a story that is appropriate for students of all ages. I have created three Educator Guides for use with students grades 3-8. One is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS, one is for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and one is for the Tennessee Academic Standards.

Watercress book cover with a girl standing amongst plants

Download the FREE EDUCATOR’S GUIDE for TAD LINCOLN’S RESTLESS WRIGGLE. This resource includes a plot analysis, tips for using the text to encourage writing a personal narrative, vocabulary tips and more.

Download the Free PDF on Writing Personal Narratives for Grades 3 and up. Get inspired with picture books and watch the author/illustrator video with Andrea Wang, Beth Anderson, and Dow Phumiruk.

Educator supplement guide for use with Story Frames for Teaching Literacy
Writing Personal Narratives cover page from slide show
Story Frames Book list

Find a BOOK LIST of 32 narrative non-fiction picture books and chapter books from Story Frames for Teaching Literacy along with descriptions and suggestions for teaching.

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