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Connie
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This 14 page posting offers a chronological order of lessons, by quarter, to teach beginning journalism students the basic concepts of journalist...
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Throughout history, humans have shown their ability to be inhumane. If contemporary adolescents are to learn about and gain an understanding abou...
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When I first read this novel, it was because a colleague mentioned that her students loved it, so I thought that I'd try it with my seniors. They...
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Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles This is a packet of templates for students to analyze various types of leads and articles st...
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This 44-page unit plan supports Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy, and offers: A day-by-day teacher agenda,daily warm-up topics, a liter...
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This Othello unit plan now includes 21 activities on the elements of literature, the major issues (gender, class, ethnicity, dignity and age) and...
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Reporting Practice Assignment Teacher Notes: This is an excellent activity for students to practice interviewing techniques, to write effectiv...
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This is a 21 question (many questions with multiple points) scavenger hunt where students use their reporting skills to find answers to questions...
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This handout can be used with creative writing, English or drama students when the assignment is to write a play. It offers 1. an outline of ba...
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Brooke Rohleder
Brooke R. re: Comprehension Analysis Activity: Think It and Link It
Love this free product; however, printing the third page is ink heavy. Might you provide one in black and white?
April 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
I'll redo this in black and white by tomorrow (I'm not home right now) and re-post it on TpT. Or, I can send you a new copy. Email me at conniecasserly@gmail.com with your email address, and I will get it to you ASAP.

Thank you for your support.

Connie

Brooke R- I just uploaded a black and white version. Enjoy.
Happy Teaching,
Connie
April 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Nancy Laws
Nancy Laws  (TpT Seller) re: Vocabulary PowerPoint: Troublesome Words
This says it's a powerpoint but it downloads as a pdf file?
April 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Very Strange. I will check that right now and get back to you.
Connie

Nancy Laws,
I have just Uploaded a PowerPoint version. You should be able to download this as I have clicked the Notify Buyers. If not, email me at conniecasserly@gmail.com and I will be happy to send you this version.

Thank you for your support,
Connie.
April 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

mcolbert07
Buyer
Hi Connie,
I am interested in purchasing your unit for The Stranger, and I noticed in the ratings that you said to have uploaded a new 72-page unit. Is the new unit the one you currently have listed?

Thanks!
Meghan
March 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
My unit is 67 pages ("Aligned with the Common Core principles, this 67-page unit has been detailed and developed for clarity, depth, comprehension and analysis"). It has extensive notes on existentialism, The Myth of Sisyphus, many activities, projects, and one of my favorite essay topics. I do hope that this helps. I also sell a coordinating The Stranger PowerPoint product (12 slides).

Please contact me if you have any other questions.

Happy Teaching,
Connie Casserly
March 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

gwag1
Buyer
That link is on the PDF that I downloaded after purchase. Yes, I have the entire 14 pages but that is the link that is on the page. I took a screenshot of it I could email to you. Even when I look at the Preview, it has the incorrect link in blue. I am enjoying the product, but would sure like access to the other forms. Thanks so much.
February 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for pointing that out to me. That was totally my error; I have no idea why I put my whole name there. Anyway, I just updated and hyperlinked all of the links in that product. I am listing them all below.

The products listed in the black box as Items Posted on now has my direct link to my Journalism Custom Category. I just checked all of the links in this product, and they work. I am including them here:
Items Posted on:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Connie/Category/Journalism
1. **Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles
2. **Effective News Stories
3. **Fact Finding Scavenger Hunt (Revised)
4. **Movie: Good Night and Good Luck Worksheet
5. **Movie Worksheets for Journalism
6. **Media rights and Ethics

For Lesson Plans and just a wealth of information, check out these links from this product-I listed in chronological order according to where I placed them in the product:

http://www.schooljournalism.org/teachers/
http://www.schooljournalism.org/teachers/
www.newseum.org
http://www.schooljournalism.org/ethics-lesson-plans/
http://www.freedomforum.org.
http://www.spj.org
http://www.shol.com/agita/wolfside.htm. (for the wolf's POV re the three pigs incident)
http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/curricula/educationforfreedom/supportpages/L08-CaseSummaryTinker.htm

I HAVE checked and double-checked these w. ctrl+click, and they all work. Let me know if you get anything different. You shouldn't.

Also, I have just uploaded the revised version with the corrected URLS.
I do hope that these revisions are a help to you, and wash away any negativity that you might have had toward this product. If I can help you in any other way, please let me know.

Best,
Connie
February 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

gwag1
Buyer
I have found the PDF of my download. This is the link that is on the PDF

www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Constance-Casserly

But that does not take me to the correct page.
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
That's strange. My store is, and always has been http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Connie
The Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets link is
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journalism-1-Whole-Course-Lessons-and-Worksheets-45173

Where did you find the pdf that you did download? If you go to my store, this product is the very first one listed on my Store page, so the link should say ...Store/Connie.

Were you able to download this product? Did you get 14 pages laid out like a newspaper?

I did report this to TpT. When I hear back from them, I'll ask them if www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Constance-Casserly
somehow was attached to my product, and, if so, why.

Thank you for letting me know about this.

Enjoy the product,
Connie
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

gwag1
Buyer re: Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets
I Can't access the "Items Posted on" section. That address takes me to someone else's page. How do I get to those forms?
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
I'm so sorry for this issue. I just downloaded the Preview, and it was my product. Did you use this URL?http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journalism-1-Whole-Course-Lessons-and-Worksheets-45173

I didn't try the actual product, b/c I don't want to buy it. I would suggest that you contact TpT- click on the Contact Us link at the bottom right of this-or any page on their site. Since I only have your screen name, if you want to send me your name, email and the date that you bought the product, I will see this information on my sales page, and I will be happy to send you a pdf for "Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets".

I am going to report this to TpT myself, because I surely do not want this problem to re-occur.

Let me know what you decide.
Best,
Connie
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

gwag1
Buyer re: I Am The Messenger Unit Plan
I purchased the Journalism unit, but I can't access the associated worksheets and forms. Where it says "Items Posted On:" that takes me to someone else's page. How do I get to those items?
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
I'm so sorry for this issue but I am confused. Which product are you having an issue with here- the Journalism Unit or the I Am The Messenger unit? I just downloaded both of the Previews, and they were my product. Did you use this URL?http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journalism-1-Whole-Course-Lessons-and-Worksheets-45173 and/or this one?
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Am-The-Messenger-Unit-Plan-129926

I didn't try to buy the actual products, b/c I don't want to buy my work. I would suggest that you contact TpT- click on the Contact Us link at the bottom right of this-or any page on their site. Since I only have your screen name, if you want to send me your name, email and the date that you bought the product, I will see this information on my sales page, and I will be happy to send you a pdf for whichever product that you bought.

I am going to report this to TpT myself, because I surely do not want this problem to re-occur.

Let me know what you decide.
Best,
Connie
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

nhinden
Buyer re: MLK Day Activity: Dare to Dream
Hi! Is it possible to get a WORD version of this product? I need to change the Youtube link and wanted to also adapt it for my struggling students. Thanks!
January 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Yes. Respond here with your email address, or, for more privacy-which I like- send it to me in a message on my Facebook work page: https://www.facebook.com/TeachitWriteOnlineLessonPlans, and I will send it to you. Thank you for your support.

Happy Teaching,
Connie
January 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Lindsay Buthe
Lindsay B.
Thank you for your quick response! I also was wondering what you mean by "work on time lines and character notes" throughout your unit. Is there a worksheet that covers this or what exactly do you mean by this? THANK YOU!!!
January 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Lindsay,
I am so sorry for the confusion. The directions under Day 3 # 3 say, "Each student becomes a character in the story. Vary student/character each day. When a question arises regarding that character, he/she responds with an explanation." Remind students that they should be jotting down notes on their assigned character.
Day 4 #3 says, "Group charts: Create a timeline of events with notes on the characters."

The teacher divides students into groups-one group per character; you might have multiple groups with the same character, depending on how many you choose. That's okay-that just means more notes/analysis.

Students are to create a time line for each character that shows not only when the events that he/she experienced occurred, but also his/her actions, reactions and emotions.

Any day where students are to "work on time lines and character notes," this is what they are to do. They may add illustrations, direct quotes- anything that will show their comprehension and analytic understanding of their character.

I think that I'd better add these notes to the unit. I do so appreciate your question. I HATE to be ambiguous with my work...a throwback response to teachers that I found confusing b/c of their ambiguous explanations.

Let me know if you find any more ambiguities-although I hope that you don't. :-)

*Note-I just clarified the directions within the unit if you wish to Download it again for free.

Best,
Connie
January 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Lindsay Buthe
Lindsay B.
Hi Connie,

I am currently in school working to get my teaching license in Iowa. I am working on putting together a year of units for my class and loved The Odyssey unit I purchased! I am still new to all of the standards, etc., so wanted to confirm that your standards you listed were the College and Readiness Anchor Standards. Or were they the standards from the separate categories listed by grade? Thank you!
Lindsay
January 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
First of all, thank you for you kind words for my Odyssey unit. With every unit, lesson plan, activity, etc. that I create, I try to make them creative, thorough and engaging...to mention 3 of the criteria that I follow. Yes, I use the College and Readiness Anchor Standards. The numbers give a broad view of each standard, but they correspond with each grade-specific number, i.e R1 is a condensed version of RL 1 and RI 1. For the full-length versions, refer to the grade-specific standard. Fora plethora of activities, you might want to browse the free preview that I offer for my book, The House of Comprehension- a complete teaching program with 40 student/teacher activities. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-The-House-of-Comprehension-Preview-125128.

Good luck with your classes. If I can help you in any way, please contact me.
January 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

hasa03
Buyer re: The Stranger Unit Plan
I have a question about the existentialist or believer quiz. Where is the answer key or some other part of it? For example, after students add up their score, what do they do with it? Thanks!
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for checking with me on this. I did forget to add the Answer Key for this, although the Existentialism Notes will help you to interpret the answers. Please accept my apology.

Here is the Key; I will add it to the keys in the unit plan after I send you this,so you won't have to re-download it. # 6, 7, 8, 11, 14 and 15 follower Existentialist beliefs. The other 14 follow the philosophy of Believers (those who believe in a power higher than themselves).

Enjoy the rest of the unit.

Best,
Connie
January 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jen Saperas
Jen Saperas  (TpT Seller)
Hey Connie- Is your Odyssey Unit acceptable for Grade 6 level?
January 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Happy New Year, Jen. Thank you for the interest in my Odyssey unit plan. I think that sixth graders would find this unit to be quite engaging. Combining it with a study of Greek Mythology would be an extra interest booster, also. Your students could analyze and discuss the names of so many deities used in contemporary life- Nike, Hermes, Mercury, etc. I think a good many military and NASA programs as well as computer-type games are named after the Gods and Goddesses, too. Isn't Prometheus used in the tech world? Just think of the higher level thinking skills they could develop as compare the mythology, Odysseus and his travels to today's world. Have fun. If you think about it, and have the time, let me know how this worked for you and your students.

Happy Teaching,
Connie
January 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Ellen Weber
Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Thanks Connie -- I also pinned for you again. You make it fun to be there! Happy Holidays! Ellen
December 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Ellen Weber
Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Would love to invite you to join a secondary pinning party over at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31288 Let’s grow the upper class community together – one pin at a time.

Hope to see you there – and I for one am excited to pin your products!
Best of the season! Ellen Weber
December 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for including me, Ellen. I posted 5 products yesterday, and have pinned at least one posting for everyone up to now (12/16/) at 9:00am.

Best,
Connie
December 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Juggling ELA
Juggling ELA   (TpT Seller) re: The Canterbury Tales Introductory PowerPoint
I don't know if it's my computer, but a few of the pics in this PPT are blurry on my end.
December 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
I just exchanged them for clearer ones and re-posted the PowerPoint. Check your email. I appreciate your jogging me to do what I should have done.

Happy Teaching,
Connie
December 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Juggling ELA
Juggling ELA   (TpT Seller) re: Into the Wild Unit Plan
What happened to the Into the Wild powerpoint? I followed the link in the unit and I can't find it.
December 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Whoops, I am so sorry. Somehow I made it inactive. Here is the ACTIVE link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Into-the-Wild-PowerPoint-16724
December 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

yvonne palmer
Yvonne P.
can you send the worksheets in word to me. they are all mixed up.... and the key cuts off on about number 5 yvonne.palmer@ahschool.com
October 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Yonnie,
I'd be happy to. Are you talking about the Canterbury Tales Introductory PowerPoint? I will email you to clarify.
Thank you for your support.
Best,
Connie
October 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Kay  Greenberg
Kay G. re: Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets
Hi. I am wondering how long the downloading process is supposed to take. It has gone about five minutes so far. Kay Greenberg
September 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
It shouldn't take that long as it is just 14 pages. You might be in one of those spirals. Try Downloading it again. If that doesn't work, email me at conniec0548@hotmail.com and I will send it to you. Thank you for your support.
Connie
September 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Frances Sylvia
Frances Sylvia  (TpT Seller) re: The Metamorphosis Unit Plan
Where can I find the answers to the study guide questions?
August 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Francis,
I did not include the answers to the Study Guide questions in the product. Many of them were adapted from the Teacher Edition of the World Literature anthology published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1993.

Best,
Connie
August 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Angie Nesbit
Angie Nesbit  (TpT Seller)
I recently ordered the book House of Comprehension in June and still haven't receive it:(
August 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
I am so very sorry to hear this. Where did you order it from? On the publisher's TpT site, Amazon or the publisher's site? I will check with the publisher tomorrow. Please respond here or on conniecasserly@gmail.com with an email address that I can send to the publisher.
August 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Ellen Weber
Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Connie - your materials have the added quality of building "family" among learners and the wider community. So needed and so much an so deep at the heart of comprehension that factors literary details into their wonderful larger pictures. Hope you keep writing! Ellen
July 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Ellen,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. They mean a great deal to me because I so feel that school, teachers, students, family, and community are a 'family,' and I'm thrilled that it shows in my products.

One of my curriculum/teaching goals is to always show students that no matter when a story occurred, it is important because peoples' thought, feelings and situations don't really change, and they always matter to those who can empathize/learn from them. I will keep writing...teaching/learning/sharing is in my blood.

Best,
Connie
July 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

rgmsmmun
Buyer
Connie, I love your curriculums. Thank you for sharing these great resources. I'm a mom of three using the summer to keep my kids reading, thinking, and writing (using "I am the Messenger" and "Animal Farm" for my 16 and 14 year old girls. But, I have a 12 year old son who is bright, but unmotivated. Which of your products would you suggest to would help develop the same type of critical thinking skill? I'm not a teacher so I'm just not sure where to start. Thank you. N~
June 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for your positive comments. I absolutely love creating curriculum. What about Night for your 12-year-old? I do hesitate to mention the book about Elie Wiesel's concentration camp experiences, but I know that a number of sixth grade teachers have taught it successfully with my unit plan b/c they wrote me about their experiences. If you are not familiar with it, though, it is a tough book to read emotionally.

Oh, I just thought about Friday Night Lights (the original book...not the movie or TV show) or The Odyssey. I know the latter is taught in middle school.

Also, if you want them to practice reading comprehension, writing grammar and vocabulary skills, check out my 32 FREE products here on TpT or in my blog: http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com. My posts give more depth to the coordinating activities. Also I have a PowerPoint for I Am The messenger (I love, love, love Markus Zusak's way with words!).

Thank you so much for your support,
Connie
June 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Tanya Sanchez
Tanya Sanchez  (TpT Seller) re: Vocabulary: Words, Words, Words
Can you tell me why your document asks for "encoding" in order to see it? I have Microsoft Windows. I am able to see other PDF files. I don't get it. Am i missing something?
June 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Tanya,
I just went to that page in my store and downloaded it without any problem. I also clicked on the TpT link I have on my 6/6/2013 blog, and it downloaded fine. I don't know what to say. Try clicking on the Contact US on the bottom of this page and explain your issue to the tech folks, or send me your email address at conniecasserly@gmail.com and I will be happy to send it to you.
June 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Catherine Hall
Catherine Hall  (TpT Seller) re: The Stranger Unit Plan
I was just curious if you used all of the activities from page 35-47 at certain points in the novel or all at the end?

Thanks so much for the unit. It is so great!
May 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Catherine,
I have used them all during different years, but time constraints never allowed me to use all of them each year (Big sigh. I sure wish that they did). I selected which activities to use depending on which elements I wanted to study in depth, as well as my students' skills and abilities. Often, those that I didn't have students complete in writing were touched on in our discussions. When a student(s) needed more reinforcement on an element, I would give it to him/her to complete with me in before or after school work sessions. In my units, I try to offer a number of choices so teachers can pick and choose what suits their students' needs. If you want to chat about this some more, let me know. Thank you for your purchase and support. Enjoy teaching this fascinating novel.
Happy Teaching,
Connie
May 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Ruth S.
Ruth S.  (TpT Seller)
Hi Connie! It took me time to figure it all out because I was doing the same thing you are. Don't worry about the pins that are already "out there". You'll never find them. I'd just start little by little. Pinterest is the biggest draw to my TpT store. My sales have increased five time from what they were. Yes, right after you upload your pin, you'll see EDIT at the top. Click on that. Have the product open in TpT to the product so the URL will be for the product, not for your store. Copy/paste the URL into that box. Don't drag and drop it because Pinterest won't accept it. I'm so glad I noticed it and could help! :) Before I pin anything I make sure it goes to the site it supposed to. Have a great weekend!
April 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Thanks, Ruth. I plan to work on that this morning. Have a great weekend.
Connie
April 27, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Ruth S.
Ruth S.  (TpT Seller)
Hi Connie, I created a new Secondary Pinterest board and found some of your products in Top Secondary Teachers. I always check to make sure the pins take me to the teacher's TpT store. Some of yours don't and they're wonderful products. When I click on them, they only enlarge your pin. I sometimes forget to click EDIT to add my TpT store URL and have found them the same as yours. Just an enlargement. I can't remember the titles off hand because I've been pinning a lot to my new Secondary board. I thought you'd want to know about it. I'll check back in Top Secondary Teachers and if they have the URL's to your store, I'll repin them for you. Have a great weekend!
Ruth
April 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Thanks, Ruth. I didn't know about clicking Edit to add my store. That means all of my pins are wrong. AAAGGGHHH! Do you mean that after I Add a pin, I should go to Edit and put the TpT URL in the Link space? Geesh! Thank you so much for the heads up, my friend.
Connie
April 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Crystal Scott
Crystal Scott  (TpT Seller)
Hello, again, Connie!

I was wondering where the materials for Effective News Stories can be found? I see them listed in the Whole Course materials, but cannot find them in your store.

Thanks again!
Crystal
April 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Crystal,
Thank you for your question. I can see where the mention on the Whole Course and Lessons product does not match with the place you will find this activity. I apologize. You will find it in the "Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles Worksheets" posting. This product includes: a Journalism 1 Syllabus, and handouts for analyzing and writing- Effective Leads, News, Features, Editorials, Sports and Review articles. I hope that this clarifies this issue for you.

Thank you for your support. Enjoy these products.
Connie
April 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Crystal Scott
Crystal Scott  (TpT Seller) re: Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets
Hi Connie!

This looks like a great unit. I have a couple questions before I purchase, though.

I am going to be teaching two sections of mixed 9th/10th grade English at an alternative charter high school and have decided to do a journalism unit for it. You have a lot of piecemeal lesson plans on your store page as well as this comprehensive unit plan - which of he piecemeal lessons are and aren't included in the comprehensive unit? (I'd like to just purchase them all at once so I can go to my school to print them out at the same time.)

Are the common core standards attached to each one?

An earlier comment discussed some of the assignments/quizzes being focused on a text book. I don't use text books in my classroom - can these assignments/quizzes be done without one? I know your answer said that you designed the unit without your outdated text in mind, but the question asked definitely says there's a text being used, so I would like clarification before I buy the unit. A unit using a text would not work for me at all.

Finally, I was wondering if you had any lessons on editorials/opinion pieces or writing the types of articles that might be included in a magazine rather than a newspaper, or would know where to point me for those. I may include lessons on that type of writing as well, and need to find some good lesson plans for those.

Thank you very much for taking the time to respond.

Best,
Crystal
March 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Crystal,
How exciting to be adding a journalism unit to your 9th/10th grade classes. My Journalism products are designed for those teaching full year Journalism classes that published a school newspaper, but I see no reason why you can't just complete a unit. Who knows, maybe these students will want to create a class newspaper. I taught in a number of alternative schools before regular public schools, so I know how important it is for these kids to develop confidence in themselves and their abilities. That's why I suggested a class newspaper. Adolescents LOVE to see their names in print, especially for something they wrote/created.

Now, back to your questions: The Journalism 1 Whole Course lessons and worksheets would be a great place to start. When you read it through, you will see what lessons should be your focus. My suggestions are: Leads, types of articles (News, features, sports, editorials, and reviews). The Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles product would be great for this. That product also includes a Syllabus, so that should be a big help to you. The Journalism Beat Sheet would help you organize the kids so everyone isn't covering the same activity, club, sport, etc for stories. The Reporting Practice product offers scenarios where the kids take roles for various participants in a variety of situations so they can practice getting the material they need for a story. The Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt has students searching for various information. The objective is for them to figure out where and how to find the details they need for a well-developed article.

Any of the movies about Journalism are wonderful learning vehicles, but not necessary unless you have the time. I do offer worksheets with them so students do need to pay attention to the films. The Ethics Scavenger Hunt might be a little dry. I created this b/c I did sponsor the school newspaper and the staff needed to be aware of what was and wasn't acceptable in reporting.

None of the materials overlap. No, I didn't have a book when I created these materials, but was able to buy one after 4-5 years: High School Journalism: A Practical Guide by Jim Streisel. Therefore, I created these materials to be used w/o a book. If you manage to get a text, I'm sure that you will be able to easily adapt my materials.

I never gave any quizzes based on a book. The journalism vocabulary list and quiz to go with it are in the Whole Course product. You could always use the Analysis sheets for quiz grades if you wish.

No, these are not Common Core aligned b/c I created them before the CC existed. From just reviewing the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing, though, I would think that all except #9 (unless the kids will be writing about literature you are studying) and #7 (unless they will be writing investigative pieces) will do for this unit. Language Standards #1, 2, 3, and 5 would be your best bets, and for Reading I'd go with # 4, 5, 6, and 8.

I hope that this helps. Let me know if I can clarify anything else for you. I want my products to work for you, and I want you and your students to have a fun, learning situation.
Best,
Connie
March 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

bcp524
Buyer re: The Stranger Unit Plan
Do all of these packets come with and answer key?
March 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
If you mean the Unit Plans, yes, they do. Quizzes, tests and some of the study questions have answer keys as do other parts of the plans. Each unit is different, so the answer keys vary. You will find them either at the very beginning, or at the very end of each packet. For The Stranger, the answer keys can be found on pages 1-3. Thank you for your purchase. Enjoy the unit.
Best,
Connie
March 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

catherina park park
catherina park park  (TpT Seller) re: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Unit Plan
Is there any way you can provide this unit in a word version? Thanks.
March 8, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
If you mean not in PDF, yes I can. Is there a problem with the PDF? Send me your email address along with the date you purchased this unit and I will be happy to send it to you. Thanks for buying it. I love teaching this novel and kids respond quite enthusiastically to it.
Connie
March 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Tracy Mendez
Tracy Mendez  (TpT Seller)
Just now found this page with all your units. I teach 6th grade and am looking for lesson plans that show the activity and the common core standards. Listing the key topic/question would be nice too. Do you know about Quadrants A-D?
Before I sort through all these units want to check that you do have some for 6th grade and that CC is clearly matched. Any suggestions on where to start?
February 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
If you are looking for more Common Core aligned plans, check out my just released book for teachers, The House of Comprehension. It is a program for those who teach ELA 6-9 and shows how to help students buid durable houses of comprehension. Besides a great any charts for teachers to assess and plan, it offers 40 activity sheets for each of the elements of literature. http://conniecasserly.weebly.com or teacherspayteachers/Store/Compass-Publishing. You can see a preview for it on my TpT store home page.
Best,
Connie
I am so happy that you are interested in my literature units. Not only is each one quite detailed with plenty of thought-provoking activities, but I taught each one in class many times, tweaking and revising it, if necessary, for teacher/student clarity and depth after each study. Each unit does list the Common Core Standards endemic to that unit, and each packet offers a number of topic question-type openers, exit topics, essay topics lists...numerable writing opportunities... you can use them in whatever way best serves your students.

I am not familiar with the Quadrants A-D principles unless you are talking about Right/Left/Whole brain learning. If the latter is the case, each unit contains activities that address this concept, allowing students multiple opportunities to exhibit right/left/whole brain skills. The units also address visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners.

Because my plans can fit multiple middle and high school classes, I have used the Common Core Standards for Literature (6-12): College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards. Each standard that I list corresponds with a grade-specific number. Because of the repetition of the wording between the standards, The Anchor Standards condense the information, i.e. R1 is a reduced version of RL1 and RI1.

For 6th grade, I would suggest my free Odyssey unit, as well as Animal Farm and Friday Night Lights. A number of teachers have bought my Night unit, but I feel that study would call for students mature enough to handle the tough subject material. Those that bought it for that age level found it to be as successful as my other unit plans.

I do hope that my response has addressed your concerns. If not, please write me back and specify how I may help you. Whatever unit(s) you choose to use, enjoy.
Best,
Connie
February 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

darjo
Buyer
Connie I wanted to get back to you about the Unit Night be in another language. I called the HP support and I was finally able to get the unit in English. Also, the support team you use also got back to me. Problem all taken care of.
Darlene
December 31, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Darlene,
I am so happy that this issue has been resolved. This is one of my best-selling units and as I had never confronted this issue before with it or any posting. I was stymied as to what I could do to help. I am thrilled that the TpT tech team contacted you,too. I asked them to intercede for me after I responded to you on Saturday. Do enjoy the unit! Thank you for your purchase and your patience in resolving this.
Best,
Connie
December 31, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

darjo
Buyer re: Night (Elie Wiesel): Unit Plan
I tried to download the Night Unit Plan again and it is still in a different language. Please reimburse my money as I can't use this unit plan.
December 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
PLEASE contact the TpT tech team. When I received your last message I contActed them and told them that I asked you to contact them. they said that I did offered the correct suggestion. They also told me that the Night unit was in English. I truly want you to be happy and to get a refund if need be. Only the tech team can help you with either of these issues. You will find the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of any TpT page.
As I said in my 12/10 response to your original question, if you send me your email address, I will be more than happy to send you the Night Unit Plan. Write me at: conniec0548@hotmail.com and put
Night Unit Plan in the Topic box. I will reply the same day.
Connie
December 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Robinlopez
Buyer re: Othello Unit Plan
I'm looking for a unit for a 10 honors class that has a lot of higher level thinking writing and discussion questions. Do you feel that this is included in your unit, or would it be more geared toward a basic college prep class? How much differentiation is worked into your lessons? How many lessons are included in this unit?
December 28, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Robin,
Your question spurred me to update my Othello unit and add a number of new activities that I meant to but hadn't included yet in this posting. I thank you for motivating me to make these long-intended revisions.

I feel that this unit will suit your needs for an Honors 10 class for many reasons, one being that Honors 10 teachers at my last teaching post did ask me if they could use much of this material. More has been added as per their suggestions. This 25-page unit has 8 activities (handouts) as well as 11 teaching ideas to engage students individually or in groups, and a comprehensive test. Two project ideas are also included. Ten more project ideas are offered under the Othello Projects posting.

I always try to work in a good deal of differentiation in my units because all of the years I taught, my classes were quite heterogeneous, comprised of students whose abilities ranged from those who were taking Honors or AP classes (science, math, language) in most everything but English, to students on a much more basic level. The depth of thinking, comprehension and writing skills is fluid, dependent on the objectives of the teacher and the abilities of the students.

Check out the Thumbprints and the Preview; they should allay your concerns as much as they can, considering you aren't seeing the complete unit. Please let me know if I can clarify anything else for you.

This is a comprehensive unit that should fit your needs.
Best,
Connie
December 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Angela  Petersen
Angela Petersen  (TpT Seller)
Hi Mrs. Casserly!

I saw you spotlighted on the TpT homepage today and had to write you a reply! You were my 10th grade Creative Writing and English teacher! I have been a teacher myself for the past 5 years (I teach 6th Grade Advanced Academics) and use TpT regularly! I hope you're doing well! You were always my favorite teacher in high school! ~Angela
December 18, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Angela,
Thank you so much for writing me. Also, congratulations on joining this most noble profession. I hope you find some of my products useful (Tell your colleagues about my store, please). In March of 2013, I have book for English teachers, The House of Comprehension, coming out. My hope is that it will benefit middle school teachers and students, and will carry the message that learning is fun.
Best to you in your career,
Connie Casserly
December 18, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

darjo
Buyer
I paid for the Unit Night and downloaded it and it was in a different language. Please email me an attachment in English.
December 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
darjo,
I responded to this same message from you under the Ratings and Comments tab. Here is what I wrote:
I just downloaded the Night Unit Plan from my store. It was in English. I have absolutely no clue why yours was in another language. This has NEVER happened before and this is one of my top selling units. Please contact Paul on this site under the Contact Us button. Let me know if this is not rectified ASAP and I will email you a copy. You'll have to send me your email address and when you purchased this product. I want you to have a usable product, too.
Best,
Connie

December 10, 2012 (Edit)

I also sent a message to Paul's tech team under the Contact Us tab. We should figure this out soon. On my Transaction page, I saw that you bought this product. You will have to send me your email address so I can send you a copy. I never see the buyers' email addresses.
Connie
December 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

crazyjaney
Buyer
Connie- I teach high level 7th and low level 8th grade Language Arts. I will probably purchase your 100 page pack with things for Common Core. Would you have anything I can use for a packet to send home for Christmas break. I thinking a review of basic ediitng and revising and reading comp things?
December 1, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Janey,
Are you talking about the Language Arts Worksheets: Get R.E.A.L., at least I hope so as you can choose any number of worksheets from this product to create a packet that addresses basic editing, revising and comprehension issues. I LOVE Get R.E.A.L.!
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Under the Analytic Writing Section (pgs 110-121) you can choose a number of these worksheets for basic writing issues. The Ten-Sentence Format (86A Short essay p. 115) product has students practice writing by following the typical paragraph format which they can easily expand into an essay once they have control of the basic paragraph elements. In this format they compose responses to literature by writing: a hook, an overview statement, a thesis statement, three main ideas, each with a supporting detail and a concluding statement. Once students have mastered this format, they can see how they can expand this into a full essay by dividing some of their main ideas into more main ideas, and by adding supporting details to each main idea. This activity really reinforces the parts of a paragraph and the parts of an essay. The Write Right! Analytic Writing Made Easy (pg. 110-112) and Essay Outline (p. 113) are good handouts for students to keep in their notebooks for review so they can refer to them all year.
2. The Hook it Up activity (p.118) has students practice luring readers to their writing through their mind-catching first sentences, or hooks.
3. The Taboo Words and Phrases (p.119) is a standard first day of school handout. It offers the Dirty Dozen: 12 overused, empty words and phrases students need to omit from their writing. The worksheets for this product (p. 120-121) allow students to practice revising their writing to irradicate these words/phrases over a fifteen day period. I LOVE this handout and the activities. Even if students do nothing more than get rid of this trite usage (but they will do more, of course), their writing will greatly improve.
4. For comprehension any of the worksheets of your choosing will do as they have students analyze their reading by focusing on the elements of literature. Writing is an integral component of most of these activities; the three journal ideas and the novel review activities especially combine writing and comprehension by focusing on all of the elements of lit.

You will easily be able to choose which Common Core Standards for Literature 6-9 you want to apply to each worksheet. The worksheets are based on the following College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards generally, although you will see how you might need to choose some more grade and skill-specific standards.
Reading: R1, 2, 3, 8,10
Writing: W 1, 2, 4, 5, 10
Speaking and Listening: SL12, 3, 4,
Language: L 1, 2, 3, 6

I hope this answers your question. If not, if you are asking if I have other products, I do. An easy way to peruse my products is to go to http://teachitwrite.com/EnglishLanguageartslessonplans.php (my website) and click on the white tabs on the left. They should (I hope) link to my TpT store.

If you have any other concerns, please contact me. I have many more handouts for writing and comprehension that I have not posted as I feel they are generally good, but need some clarity and revision. I do have a few free products on my http://teachitwrite.com/TeachingEnglish.php page in the Free Lesson Plans link on the left.

Best,
Connie
December 1, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

MB11
MB11  (TpT Seller) re: The Stranger: Existentialism Bulletin Board
Hi! Are you resources on The Stranger all in English or are they in French as well?

Merci!
November 18, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
They are just in English. I wish that I was fluent in French, but it has been many, many years since my four semesters of high school French. I hope that you will still find this material useful. I do know that there is a site on the Internet that will translate any text into your choice of language. You will have to type in the text. Go to Google Translator or search for an English to French translator on line. Save yourself some time and offer extra credit or something to students who will do this for you. :-) Thank you for purchasing this product.
Best,
Connie
November 18, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Donna Hooten
Donna H. re: Journalism Article & Layout Rubric & Guidelines
Are there worksheets that go with this package or is it just information?
October 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
First of all, thank you for purchasing this product. This is an informational packet for teachers and students who publish a school newspaper. It is meant to help the class organize their time, set criteria for articles and layouts and to offer a rubric for grading articles. After struggling through my first year of sponsoring our school's paper, I knew that the students and I had to set specific expectations and guidelines so articles and layouts would be consistent, to lessen the stress of putting together a publication, and to meet deadlines. These guidelines settled arguments between students about articles and layouts and banished many headaches for all of us.

The following postings include a number of of worksheets where students analyze what comprises journalism articles and practice writing leads and types of journalistic articles, i.e. News, Features, Sports, Reviews and Editorials.
Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles Worksheets
Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets, and
Journalism Reporting Practice Worksheets

I hope this response helps.
Connie
October 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

pintos
Buyer re: I Am The Messenger Unit Plan
Is there an answer key for the test?
October 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
First of all, thank you for buying this unit plan. It is one of my favorites. Enjoy.

The Answer Keys to the Crossword Puzzle and the Test are on page 82; the Answer Keys to the two Concentration Games are on page 83.
Connie
October 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Katie O
Katie O  (TpT Seller) re: Language Arts: Writing-Taboo Words and Phrases
Okay, thank you for such a timely respose. I look forward to using this.
October 15, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
You are very welcome. Enjoy.
Connie
October 15, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Katie O
Katie O  (TpT Seller) re: Language Arts: Writing-Taboo Words and Phrases
Do you have a list of replacement words? I purchased this and would like to have examples to pull from.
October 15, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
No, I don't have a replacement list b/c the worksheet that comes with this product allows students to find the words they choose to use. As a class, we would have Mental Stretches lessons (5-10 minutes) where I would call out an emotion or an emotion-guided situation for the verbs (#3-7)and then have the students write a sentence replacing the Taboo verb. This helped them to pick words that showed how the subjects' actions and emotions meshed. Check out the lessons on the worksheet for ways students can find replacements and how to revise sentence structures that suit them and their style of writing as they remove the Taboo words.

Thank you for purchasing this product. I have students email me from college and ask me to send them another Taboo sheet.
Connie
October 15, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

heatherevans1
Buyer re: I Am The Messenger Unit Plan
I can not save in my files. I would like to be able to print in color ... how does one do this.
I wanted to save and take it to Staples to be printed in color.
Is this possible?
heather
October 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Heather,
My original note is below, but here is a response I got from the TpT tech team:
Hi Connie,

Here's what I would tell her: A file is automatically saved to your computer upon download. There's no need to save it. The fact that you're opening it means you already have it saved.

Best,
Sally

I hope that these two responses help you out. Let me know if this file still doesn't work.
Connie

First of all, thank you for buying this product. I understand why you want it in color. Can you save it to a flash drive or a DVD? I am far, far from a techie-type person, so these are my only suggestions. When you say you can't Save in your files, do you mean on a school computer or your personal one? If you want to Download it at school, your tech person there could guide you. Another idea: Did you try contacting Paul under the Contact button on TpT? He or his tech people might have some suggestions. No one else has reported having a problem saving this file, and it is a good seller for me. Let me know if any of these ideas work. If they don't, contact me again and we can see what else we could do to make this work.
Best,
Connie
October 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

heatherevans1
Buyer re: I Am The Messenger Unit Plan
I can not save in my files. I would like to be able to print in color ... how does one do this.
I wanted to save and take it to Staples to be printed in color.
Is this possible?
heather
October 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Heather,
See above comment.
Connie
October 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

jessieka11
Buyer re: Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets
Do you have any lesson plans on Design/layout- just bought your other plans
thanks
October 9, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for puchasing this product, Jessie. For design and layout, check:
Journalism Article & Layout Rubric & Guidelines Printables
Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles Worksheets, and
Journalism: Reporting Practices Worksheets.
My HS uses InDesign for our layouts. I don't have anything else right now, because I didn't know what software teachers would have; my guidelines are rather generic, but truly organized the staff, kept them all following the same criteria for layout and insured that they met the deadlines. If you want to chat about your journalism concerns, email me at connie@teachitwrite.com. I'll respond with my regular email address. Put Journalism Concerns in the Topic Space. Also, check out the Journalism Lesson Plans tab on my website www.teachitwrite.com. I know that sponsoring the newspaper can be stressful. When I took over our school's paper in 2000, I had NOTHING from the previous teacher. I tweaked the products you are getting over and over until they worked for me. I hope they do the same for you.
Best,
Connie
October 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

samartine
Buyer re: Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets
Would it be possible to apply this for middle school? Is there something else available if isn't?
August 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Sure. My J1 kids were always mainly 9th graders...fresh from Middle School. Any of my products would work for that level I.e. The Reporting Practice activity. Kids have a difficult time learning who to interview, how to interview and how to ferret out the facts they need. Shattered Glass would be a great movie to show them, too. I have an activity for it and for three other journalism-based movies. Thank you for purchasing this product. It should serve you well.
Connie
August 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

shoffner
Buyer
Hi! I just purchased your creative writing syllabus. What is the warm-up Box? You also mention a list that follows your directions, but it's not included. Can you give me an idea about what it is? How do you incorporate poetry? How do you make is somewhat equitable in terms of a short story's length versus poetry?
August 13, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
First of all, thank you for purchasing this product. Let me address your concerns:
1. The Warm-up Box is basically a collection of ideas for students to choose from if none of the warm-ups spoke to them. I began it by writing one idea each on a 3x5 card, i.e. an enaging 1st line from a novel, a word such as "bravery," "cowardice," etc; or an emotion. I also cut and pasted to cards headlines from factual or human interest newspaper stories, personal ads, help columns, etc. Also, I cut out pictures and photos of people, places and things that "told stories" and glued them to construction paper for durability. Basically, anything that might tease students' brains into a creative piece was included. Students could add their ideas to the box (I gave them extra-credit- 1 pt each up to 10 pts) and decorate the outside of it with pictures. magazine and newspaper headlines, photos, etc. One student glued a mirror to the top. I used an empty copy paper box. Keep adding to this all year (and save it for the next year).
2. The List: every quarter, I created a Warm-up topic list (25-30 ideas that would jog students' brains). I'm pasting one below (I really need to get all of these into a product!). Look under my Activities category for more creative writing ideas.
3. Some students always chose to write fiction, some narrative non-fiction, some poetry. My basic minimum guidelines were: 1000 words for prose and 50 lines (could be more than one poem) for poetry. The word length for poetry came from a colleague who was a published poet. He would tell me he spent an hour on one line when I explained how I wrote two pages in that length of time. The problem was, some students would just dash off a few lines without much thought to word choice, idea clarity, etc. During pre-final draft conferences, we would discuss how the poem worked and what poetic elements would strengthen the piece. Make Every Word Count, Paint Word Pictures, and Show, Don't Tell were our mottos.
I hope this clarified your concerns. Keep an eye out for more creative writing ideas. The List is below:
Creative Writing Warm-ups Quarter 3 WORD PICTURES

Describing Place:
1. Describe the place you are in now as objectively as possible, using nothing but the facts, sizes, shapes, smells, etc.
2. Do the same as number one for another place where you go often.
3. Describe another place that engenders a great deal of emotion in you (hate, love, fear, serenity, etc). Don’t mention the emotion; show it. In other words, if the place is frightening, don’t use the word frightening; describe the fear and how the place influences this feeling.
4. Choose yet another place to describe, this time including all or as many of the five senses that you can.
5. Describe a room in such a way as to give away the personality of the person who lives here.
6. Describe a place using only the senses of hearing, touch and smell.
Describing People:
Be sure to show place in these descriptions, also.
7. Describe a person trying to exchange an item at a store after the refund expiration date.
8. Describe a person trying to walk some place (along the beach, down a street, across a field, etc) on an extremely windy day.
9. Describe a mugger for a police report.
10. Make as precise a word portrait as you can of any adult that you know.
11. Describe a person from a particular profession (baby doctor, judge, construction worker, plow/salt truck driver, store manager, coach, astronaut, etc)
12. Describe a person who:
a. has just received news that a relative has died
b. is a new parent, grandparent
c. has just won the lottery
d. is waiting at the airport for a returning soldier
e. has just come across a murder victim
13. Describe yourself in a situation where you are feeling strong emotion.
14. Choose a picture from my folder and describe what a person in the picture is thinking. Be sure to show the physical and emotional person.
15. Describe a normal person. On the other side of the paper, add details that turn this human into a monstrous personage.
16. Describing only the clothes, give proof that a person is a bum, a movie star, a wealthy person, a triathelete, or your choice.
17. Describe a person whose clothes contrast with his/her personality.
18. Describe your ideal mate.
19. Describe a person who is showing feelings to a person her/she is talking with.
20. Write a description of a person who changes attitude; example: disgust to sympathy; elation to defeat, etc.
21. Personify an emotion.
Describing Action:

22. Describe a car crash, an injury, climbing a mountain or making the winning hit, basket, goal from the viewpoint of a person involved in the action. On the other side of the paper, describe the same event from a witness’s viewpoint.
23. Describe an ordinary event: shaving, a fly settling on a counter, writing a warm-up, etc.
24. Write about a conversation between two people in which no words are spoken.
25. Write a description of a horrendous or magnificent action as seen from a distance.
Connie
August 14, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Jancoski's Journalism Jots
Jancoski's Journalism Jots  (TpT Seller) re: Journalism 1 Whole Course Lessons and Worksheets
I can not download your product, can you provide assistance?
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
That's strange. This has never happened before. Send me an email at conniec0548@hotmail.com with your name and the product title and I will be happy to send it to you.
Connie

8/14: Heather, have you been able to open this product?
Connie
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

machelld
Buyer re: The Great Gatsby Unit Plan
Does this unit have any grammar lessons? I was trying to find some lessons to incorporate with the reading.
August 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
No it doesn't. I keep my novel plans just on the literature. If you want some grammar plans, check out my lessons in my Grammar & Usage category and my grammar PowerPoints in the PowerPoints category. Thank you for purchasing this product. I hope that you and your students enjoy it.
Connie
August 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Brandy Sherrod
Brandy Sherrod  (TpT Seller)
Connie,

Thank you for your quick reply. Mislead may have been a strong word, sorry. I am going to look over it today with my ELA 6th grade team and see if we can use it with the new CCGPS standards we are being instructed to teach. Thank you for taking the time to build units (no matter the level) and sharing them. Have a great day!
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Connie
Connie  (TpT Seller)
You are welcome. I do hope that you can find out how to utilize this unit with your students...at least parts of it! Maybe the connection to former Russian leaders could be de-emphasized and the fable and propaganda topics emphasized. Guiding the students to work on the project about creating a utopian society could really tie in with this election year. And the propaganda techniques would be fun to explore as advertisers really market to the young. Just a few ideas. I really want you and your students to enjoy this study.
Best,
Connie
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