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Use this bundle of my popular bell ringers/warm-ups/mini-lessons to teach the Common Core-aligned grammar, literary term, and vocabulary skills your high school students need. This package of materials includes everything you’ll need to keep your students actively engaged at the start of each period. Here’s how it works:With M.U.G. Shot Mondays, students master Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar by working together to proofread real-world writing examples. These 38 weekly grammar editing sessions add
Welcome to Lit. Term Tuesday – an easy way to start your class each Tuesday (or whatever day you want) with a high-interest bell-ringer lecture featuring classic literary devices paired with modern examples with which your students are certain to identify. (These literary device lectures also work great as flipped content for weekly homework assignments on in-class stations.)Sure, everyone knows protagonist and antagonist, but have your students learned about anti-heroes (think: Walter White fro
Add a little fun to your current unit with this easy-to-use worksheet that can be used with ANY reading assignment, including short stories, novels, plays, and even non-fiction/expository articles. Students just choose a word from the reading assignment they don’t know and then follow the simple 11-step worksheet to become masters of that word.This 2-page file (includes both a printable PDF and Google Drive version) includes a blank form and a completed sample to show students, if you wish. The
Grades:
7th - 10th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Common Core Reading and Writing Bell Ringers Exit Slips BUNDLE, Volume 1 This IS included in my growing bundle: ALL of My Bell Ringer and Exit Slip Resources. Do you need a collection of ready-to-print bell ringers/exit slips that you can use all year long? Try my bundle of 155 unique activities that can be used more than once throughout the year. *Newly updated to include back-to-school icebreaker activities AND signs to hang on your bulletin board or other display to showcase student work. I
Teach Greek and Latin roots the fun and easy way with this complete mnemonic unit. By the time your students have finished the program, they will have memorized 84 of the most common Greek and Latin roots, along with hundreds of words that contain them. Program guide, lesson plans, flash cards, crossword puzzles, and assessments are included. The heart of the unit, two 180-slide PowerPoints, work in a way similar to Flash cards: students memorize the meaning of roots by looking at photos, illust
Bring vitality and hilarity to your study of any of Shakespeare’s plays with these two 20-minute contests. In one version, students use William Shakespeare’s language to hurl insults, poetry-slam style. In the other version, students try to flatter and impress using unique combinations of Shakespeare’s honeyed words.This 3-page PDF file includes one page of detailed instructions/suggestions on how to run a smooth, fun-filled contest and two pages of reproducible students handouts – one for insul
Use the dark humor of Roald Dahl’s well-known short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter," to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes links to the full text of the story, detailed instructions, a 9-question deep-thinking handout (with detailed answer key, of course), and a writing activity that creatively uses an official-looking police report for students to summarize the elements of the story. The lesson also includes a police sketch portion (my high s
One-pagers are a creative tool you can use for almost everything. One-pagers simply invite students to gather together what's most important on a single page, using words, doodles, pictures, and symbols. All the one-pagers in this bundle have templates and specific instructions, so every student can be successful. No more staring at a blank page and wondering what the heck to put on it. These activities will have your students thinking critically and creatively all year long, and looking forward
Welcome to Words on Wednesday, a weekly bell-ringer/mini-lesson to build higher-level vocabulary with your high school students. These weekly lessons feature words commonly used on the SAT and ACT that educated adults also use in their everyday lives. Even if your students aren’t bound for a university, they’ll still benefit from adding these words to their vocabulary before they enter the work force.Each lesson, which takes about 15 minutes, goes deep into understanding denotation and connotati
Throughout my teaching career, I have developed a step-by-step guide for writing a literary analysis essay that is practical and easy to follow for both teachers and students. In this book, I have compiled 20 mini-lessons that take students through the entire writing process, step-by-step, from reading samples, to brainstorming, to drafting, to editing and revising, and to reflecting. In fact, these lessons are built so that they are reproducible for teachers. You can simply take each mini-less
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9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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One-pagers combine drawings with text to make ideas come alive in students’ minds and memories. They are a perfect option for a quick and creative assessment with whole class novels, literature circles, or choice reading. But what about your art-haters? The ones who scoff at anything involving colored pencils? I've had plenty of those too. That's why I've designed specific templates with guiding instructions so ALL of your students can succeed. No more staring at the blank page with no idea what
Why do we study history anyway? This back to school activity is a must have for any history or social studies class! Start the first day of school (or the first lesson of any history class) with “WHY” because students always want to know why? Why am I learning about history? Why do we have to study this stuff anyway? When am I ever going to use this in life? Isn’t history about a "bunch of old dead people" and things that have already happened? **Major necessary upgrades have been made to ma
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5th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Exhausted by prep? Tired of spending nights and weekends reinventing the curriculum wheel? This HUGE collection of materials (1,500+ slides and 800+ pages) will take the prep load off your back and give you every slide, every handout, and every day’s detailed lesson procedure tagged with targeted Common Core State Standards for 180 days (36 weeks) of English 9 or English 10. (The CCSS groups Eng. 9 and 10 together. This bundle is one year of course work for either of those levels.)This curriculu
Help your students learn and remember critical academic vocabulary words frequently used on high-stakes tests with this ELA Test Prep Vocabulary Escape Room Activity.This download includes teacher directions, student directions, and all of the printable resources necessary to hold an escape activity in your classroom.BEFORE THE ESCAPEIntroduce the 40 words includes in this Escape Room to your students with a word sort. This will allow them to think about their knowledge of the words.DURING THE E
Use this bundle of my popular bell ringers/warm-ups/mini-lessons to teach the Common Core-aligned grammar, vocabulary, and critical thinking/problem-solving skills your high school students need. This bundle of materials (Vol. #2) includes everything you’ll need to keep your students actively engaged at the start of each period. (All of this content is completely new and separate from the content offered in the Volume 1 Bell-Ringers Bundle – no repeats!)Here’s how it works:With M.U.G. Shot Monda
Use Oprah Winfrey’s headline-grabbing speech from the 2018 Golden Globes to show your students the power of a well-constructed presentation. In this one class period activity, students will discuss the #metoo movement, view Oprah Winfrey’s 10-minute speech, and deconstruct/discuss her use of rhetorical devices. Questions focus on audience, metaphor, parallelism, pathos, and symbolism. These materials can serve as a stand-alone lesson or as a solid supplement to a study of Jim Crow laws or SAT-st
Grades:
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
What do Finding Nemo, Legally Blonde, and The Lego Movie all have in common? All of these stories (and so many others) fit the classic storytelling pattern of a heroic journey, as established by famed scholar Joseph Campbell.Using ten of the Hero’s Journey steps chronicled by Campbell, students will connect many of the films they love with elements of the Ancient Greek storytelling tradition in this partner speech assignment. The entire lesson plan will take six days or so, depending on your cla
Grades:
7th - 10th
Smoothly launch your high school English class each day with this bundle of my popular bell-ringers/warm-ups/mini-lessons to teach the Common Core-aligned skills your students need. (NOTE: This product is the first semester's worth of material included in my FULL YEAR VOL. 1 BELL RINGERS. If you've already purchased that massive budget-priced bundle, do NOT purchase this item – you already own all of the same content.)With M.U.G. Shot Mondays, students master Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar by wor
MASSIVE No-Prep To Kill a Mockingbird Novel Unit - Over 400 pages and 7 Weeks of material. Classroom-tested by over 2000 teachers, over 275 reviews for a 4.8/5 rating! SAVE over 30% by purchasing the ENTIRE BUNDLE!Teaching with Simply Novel's To Kill a Mockingbird complete unit gives the rigor you are looking for, while helping your students enjoy the story itself. In both PRINTABLE and DIGITAL VERSIONS for Distance Learning and In-Person Classrooms!In this comprehensive To Kill a Mockingbird T
Whether you've chosen words from literature, from test prep lists, from a vocabulary book, or hand-selected words you think your students should know, the exercises in this bundle will complement them perfectly. Designed to work with any vocabulary list, these activities, games, and practice worksheets will get your students thinking creatively. If your classroom culture calls for small group activities, stations, creative learning, differentiation, brain-based learning, or enrichment, this bund
Welcome to 20Time, where students spend 20 percent of their class time over a 12-week period pursuing a meaningful project of their own choosing. In this free packet, you’ll find a variety of materials to help guide middle-school and high-school students through this project-based learning experience, similar in scope to other PBLs such as the 20 Percent Project and Genius Hour.As I blogged at www.laurarandazzo.com about my experiences using 20Time with four sections of high school freshmen and
Looking for a comprehensive unit on fake news that will teach your students to be critical thinkers who can skillfully evaluate social media and online sources? We all know that it is essential to teach our students to recognize fake news, or misinformation and disinformation, especially if they’ll be voting in the next elections, but it’s so hard to teach the higher level thinking that is required to navigate today’s media. Back in 2016, when Stanford University first started testing students
Lord of the Flies Novel Study Unit - 88 pages, 5 Weeks of materials for teaching Lord of the Flies, including vocabulary, literary analysis skills practice activities, comprehension questions, quizzes, tests, and much more! Classroom-tested in over 1,900 classrooms, with a 4.8/5 Rating! Please note that this product is a printable PDF and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.This Lord of the Flies Unit includes:Pre-Reading Activities to engage students and to support and introduce
Make the words of Transcendental philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson come alive for your students with breath-taking photography in this two-day class group activity with optional independent writing supplement.This packet includes visually stunning images from nature coupled with quotations from Nature and Self-Reliance, two of Emerson's most-noted works. This 17-page PDF also includes a detailed suggested lesson procedure along with 10 half-sheet student handouts for teams to use as the

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