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Curricula and Teaching Materials

These research-based resources and lesson plans are designed for a variety of audiences to contribute to Pennsylvania national and core curriculum in support of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's mission to promote books and literacy to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Color-coding suggests potential audiences: early literacy (blue), elementary (red), and secondary (green).

Cultural Tour

CULTURAL TOUR
OF PENNSYLVANIA

Students design a regional
tour of Pennsylvania directing
travelers to landmarks,
features, and cultural figures
of the area. 

SECONDARY

Dinosaur Books

DINOSAUR
MINI LESSONS

New readers engage with
dinosaur books to learn
vocabulary, participate in
imaginative play and practice     
telling each story. 

EARLY LITERACY

 

Missing Voices  

MISSING VOICES:
BIOGRAPHY

Students explore the Cultural
Map of Pennsylvania, research
a Pennsylvania figure, and
compose a biographical essay. 

SECONDARY

A Few Good Women

A FEW GOOD WOMEN

Students explore the issues
and roles of women in the
government during the Nixon
administration via activities,
biographies, interview transcripts,
and primary resources.

UNDER REVISION

 

Family Literacy

FAMILY LITERACY

Research-based emergent
literacy resources designed     
for parents and educators
working with parents and
young children. 

UNDER REVISION 

Photo of Blank Notebook

MICRO ESSAY

Students practice short form
nonfiction writing by composing
a micro essay describing
how a piece of literature
has influenced their
understanding of the world
around them.

SECONDARY

Additional education resources are available from the Library of Congress.