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Expository, Non-Fiction Lessons on Modern Issues: Bundle #1 of 5 Lessons, CCSS
The Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In these easy-to-deliver non-fiction lesson plans, students will read articles/book excerpts by
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The Hunger Games Teaching Unit Mega Growing Bundle
The Hunger Games Teaching Unit Digital Download MEGA BUNDLE This literature unit bundle was previously offered in CD format only. Thanks to TpT, I am able to offer it to you in digital download format! It includes everything that was included in my Hunger Games Teaching Unit CD, plus any NEW materi
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Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe gothic short story w/non-fiction & multimedia,CCSS
Use “The Black Cat” by American Gothic/Dark Romantic writer Edgar Allan Poe to teach your students the elements of literary analysis, get them thinking deeply about the short story's text, and provide opportunities for real-world connections to this grisly story via a 2009 newspaper article (link in
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Public Speaking, How to Give a Powerful Speech, Great Presentation Skills, CCSS
Help your advanced middle school and high school students identify and analyze the elements of powerful public speaking with these multimedia lesson materials. This three-page PDF includes: • Step-by-step directions/suggestions to lead your students through a 50-minute lesson • A well-written, high
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"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards’ Puritan Sermon, CCSS
Use these creative lesson materials to help your teens get excited about studying Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards’ most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” When you connect this 1741 lecture to modern elements, such as heavy metal lyrics from bands such as Metallica and Slayer (
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: You Eat Bugs Every Single Day
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read an article by be
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Science Sub Plans Literacy MEGA BUNDLE - 50 Secondary Science Reading Articles
Don't fear, get your emergency secondary science sub plans right here. This bundle contains 50 SCIENCE ARTICLES plus two bonus free articles (see below for summaries of each article) with questions and full answer keys! A whole year's worth of science literacy activities and sub p
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Reading Graphic Organizers Gr 11-12
Common Core Standards Graphic Organizers for ELA Reading Literature and Informational Nonfiction Texts Grades 11-12 (Also includes the organizers for grades 6, 7, 8, and 9-10 because the skills build upon one another each year.) **UPDATED with new and revised organizers! 153 total!!** Find
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Spinetingler Horror Short Story w/Informational Text Activity, Fun Stuff, CCSS
Introduce your students to Horatio Quiroga, a master of suspense of who will forever change the way they look at their pillows and mattresses with his famous story of everyday horror, “The Feather Pillow.” This 8-page PDF includes: • Full text of “The Feather Pillow,” a wonderfully creepy short sto
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Current Event Article Close Reading Worksheet, Informational Text, Gr. 6-12 CCSS
Need more informational text-based lessons in your classroom? This print-and-go worksheet is the perfect little tool to use as a weekly, occasional, or extra credit assignment. You can either provide an article for your students to work through as a class or assign students to find their own article
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Close Reading Article Review Questions For Any NonFiction Text
Close Reading Questions: Nonfiction Articles Aligned with the Common Core State Standards Nonfiction articles can be used in any content area. Use the handouts to encourage close reading of the passage or article. May be used with any news, feature, informational, explanatory, argument, opinion, e
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Ben Franklin’s Autobiography, Informational Text with Modern Connections, CCSS
Use these two days of creative lessons to get your teens excited about studying the words and ideas of Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States’ most compelling founding fathers. This 11-page PDF includes: • Detailed, step-by-step lesson procedure suggestions • Brainstorming handout to help stud
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Frederick Douglass, Non-Fiction Activity to use for ANY Novel with Slavery Theme
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a compelling autobiography and provides an honest view of the harshness of life for African-American slaves in the 1800s. Use this 45-minute lesson that includes a slice of Douglass’ narrative to show your students the ugly reality of life in pre-Ci
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Compare & Contrast Texts – Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction in CCSS Lesson – Fun Stuff
WORDS TO LIVE BY – A lesson about advice Help students analyze how a similar theme is developed in three different mediums by using Rudyard Kipling’s timeless poem “If,” a father’s advice to his son in a brief monologue from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and a newspaper columnist’s Guide to Life th
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Listening Skills, Podcast-Based Listening Activity, Listen & Learn #1, CCSS
As standardized testing becomes computer-based, students will need to be able to sit and listen to a passage or short audio program, take notes, recall information, and then answer critical thinking questions about the material. To help prepare students for this challenge, I’ve scoured the internet
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Compare Contrast Two or More Texts NonFiction Graphic Organizers
Compare Contrast Two or More Texts: Close Reading Strategies and Activities Aligned with the Common Core State Standards Use the handouts to encourage close reading and compare/contrast of two or more texts or sources (may be used with multimedia sources such as graphics, videos, podcasts, etc.). I
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How to Annotate Text, Annotations, FREE Sticky Note Method Handout with Bookmark
Encourage your students to improve their close reading skills by teaching them to annotate text with this simple sticky-note procedure. This single-sheet handout gives examples of rich and weak annotated comments along with helpful suggestions to guide students who aren’t sure what they should be wr
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Fear Factors, Grades 8-12, CCSS
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver non-fiction activity, students will read an interview-based article
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: The Trophy Syndrome (CCSS)
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver non-fiction activity, students will view the commencement speech gi
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Schools Want Teens to Sleep In
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver informational text activity, students will read an article by New Y
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Common Core ELA Standards Checklists High School Grades 9-12
Common Core ELA Standards Checklists Bundle for High School, Grades 9-12 This bundle combines both the Grades 11-12 and Grades 9-10 Common Core State Standards Checklists for English Language Arts. This IS included in my
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RTI: 60 Fluency Passages for Progress Monitoring Comprehension 5th-12th Grades
Are you a middle school or high school teacher and have you been told that you must "do" RTI? Yet have been given no direction, no training, no intervention resources or no progress monitoring tools? Then this is the packet for you. This packet is not the interventions...I do however, have an RTI
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Rip Van Winkle, High-Interest Materials for Washington Irving’s Story, CCSS
Help make Washington Irving’s classic American tale, “Rip Van Winkle,” intriguing to a high school audience with these dynamic lesson materials that will take three class periods to complete. This product includes: • Step-by-step, detailed directions about how to use the three days’ worth of “Rip
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Listening Skills, Podcast-Based Listening Activity, Listen & Learn #2, CCSS
As standardized testing becomes computer-based, students will need to be able to sit and listen to a passage or short audio program, take notes, recall information, and then answer critical thinking questions about the material. To help prepare students for this challenge, I’ve scoured the internet
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Thanatopsis, William Cullen Bryant, High-Interest Multimedia Materials, CCSS
Take a challenging poem and it make it far more accessible with these dynamic, multimedia materials that will help students build connections between our modern world and the 1817 thoughts of American poet William Cullen Bryant. Romanticism poetry can be tough for today’s teens to master, but linki
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Salem Witch Trials Informational Text Unit
If you are an English or Social Studies teacher and are looking for a way to introduce the story of the Salem Witch Trials and check off some of those pesky Informational Text Common Core Standards at the same time, then this is for you! This article helps students understand the complex inter-pers
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Benefits of Slacking Off?
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read an article by th
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Princess Bride Film Study, Add Rigor to Movie Viewing, Worksheets, Fun! CCSS
William Goldman’s The Princess Bride is the perfect fairy tale to use with secondary students, but it’s not enough to just hit “play” on the DVD. Instead, add a layer of rigor to your students’ study of The Princess Bride with this packet of print-and-teach materials that will take four days to comp
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Editorial Cartoons, Use Political Cartoons to Teach Persuasion, Rhetoric, CCSS
Teach your students how to “read” an editorial or political cartoon with this one-day lesson that can also become part of your regular current event assignment rotation. Perfect for English/Language Arts and History/Social Studies classrooms! The lesson begins with an introduction to four persuasiv
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Great Minds in Science - 18 Secondary Science Literacy Sub Plans / Activities
When we teach science, the important scientific figures behind the science are only mentioned in a cursory way. My Great Minds in Science Series of 18 ARTICLES plus a Bonus Article functions to enliven and deepen the understanding of the people behind the discoveries. These articles
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Holocaust Resource Bundle for ELA, History - CCSS Aligned
Holocaust Resource Bundle for ELA, History - CCSS Aligned This bundle, over a 30% savings, includes nine of my best-selling Holocaust resources, all of which are perfect additions to your unit on the Holocaust in either an English Language Arts or history classroom. Included:
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Close Reading and Compare Contrast of Nonfiction, Poetry, Artwork
Close Reading and Compare Contrast of Nonfiction, Poetry, Artwork; Includes Mini Research and Creative Activities with Interactive Notebook Foldable - Aligned with the Common Core State Standards This resource is jam-packed with engaging activities that cover several Common Core reading and
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: The Power of Negative Thinking
The new Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver informational text activity, students will read an article by Briti
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Informational Text Activity, FREE, Easy Print-and-Go Sub Materials, CCSS
Whether you need a one-or-two day emergency sub plan or just want to slide a little more informational text into your curriculum, this free and fun lesson has what you need – a well-written, high-interest article from the New York Times on the 10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know, a topic t
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ELA Standards Checklists Grades 11-12 Editable
Editable Common Core ELA Standards Checklists Grades 11-12 - easy to use and customize! This IS included in my Common Core Bundle for Grades 9-12 AND
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Listening Skills, Podcast-Based Listening Activity, Listen & Learn #4, CCSS
As standardized testing becomes computer-based, students will need to be able to sit and listen to a passage or short audio program, take notes, recall information, and then answer critical thinking questions about the material. To help prepare students for this challenge, I’ve scoured the internet
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SAT Essay Prep #1, Deconstruct the Argument, Rhetorical Tools & the S.A.T. Essay
As of March 2016, the SAT Essay requires students to closely examine an argument essay, noting the effectiveness of an author’s use of specific rhetorical devices. In this full-hour lesson with optional extension writing activity, students will read an argument essay from a university professor on t
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William Shakespeare Author Study Worksheet, Easy Biography Activity, CCSS
Skip the typical William Shakespeare introduction lecture and empower students to find their own interesting facts about this author’s life with the “Author Bio” print-and-go activity. This single-page worksheet is a powerful research organizer that’ll get students digging deep into Shakespeare’s b
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Tuesdays with Morrie Unit Plan
Tuesdays with Morrie Unit Plan Spend your Monday through Friday with Morrie! This is an original unit plan for Mitch Albom's memoir Tuesdays with Morrie. Contents 1. Unit plan: Lessons for 18 class periods. 2. Introductory PowerPoint on Tuesdays
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Scottsboro Boys NonFiction Reading Activity
Scottsboro Boys Reading Activity - Use with To Kill a Mockingbird or with any unit covering racism, civil rights, injustice This is a supplemental activity I use for real-life comparisons when I'm teaching To Kill a Mockingbird. It includes an anticipatory activity that is very effective at getting
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Fairy Tales Argument, Intro. Lesson for ANY Fairy Tale Unit or Fantasy Lit. CCSS
As you begin a study of fairy tales or any fantasy-based literature, use this activity that examines two argument essays about the impact fairy tales have on children. In “Fairy Tales: A Nightmare in Disguise,” the writer argues that fairy tales are the cause of several social ills. In the other ess
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Listening Skills, Podcast-Based Listening Activities, Listen & Learn 5-Pack CCSS
As standardized testing becomes computer-based, students will need to be able to sit and listen to a passage or short audio program, take notes, recall information, and then answer critical thinking questions about the material. To help prepare students for this challenge, I’ve scoured the internet
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Nonfiction Close Reading - The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, A Bit Less Getting
Nonfiction Close Reading - The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, A Bit Less Getting This nonfiction close reading focuses on a New York Times article titled "The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, A Bit Less Getting." A great reading to get students thinking about their own values during the
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Making a Murderer Teaching Unit Season 1
Making a Murderer Teaching Unit Season 1, Episodes 1-10 Engage your students in meaningful debate and critical-thinking exercises using my materials for teaching "Making a Murderer," the popular Netflix® documentary about Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Students will not only view and analyze the
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Arthur Miller Author Study Worksheet, Easy Biography Activity, CCSS
Skip the typical Arthur Miller introduction lecture as you launch a study of The Crucible (or any of Miller’s other works) and empower students to find their own interesting facts about this author’s life with this “Author Bio” print-and-go activity. This single-page worksheet is a powerful researc
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Edgar Allan Poe Author Study Worksheet, Easy Biography Activity, CCSS
Skip the typical Edgar Allan Poe introduction lecture and empower students to find their own interesting facts about this author’s life with the “Author Bio” print-and-go activity. This single-page worksheet is a powerful research organizer that’ll get students digging deep into Poe’s background.
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Ray Bradbury Author Study Worksheet, Easy Biography Activity, CCSS
Skip the typical Ray Bradbury introduction lecture and empower students to find their own interesting facts about the Fahrenheit 451 author’s life with this “Author Bio” print-and-go activity. This single-page worksheet is a powerful research organizer that’ll get students digging deep into Bradbur
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John Steinbeck Author Study Worksheet, Easy Biography Activity, CCSS
Skip the typical John Steinbeck introduction lecture and empower students to find their own interesting facts about this author’s life with the “Author Bio” print-and-go activity. This single-page worksheet is a powerful research organizer that’ll get students digging deep into Steinbeck’s backgrou
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Nonfiction Close Reading - The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day
Nonfiction Close Reading - The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day This nonfiction close reading focuses on a National Public Radio article titled "The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day." Engage students in the celebration of this winter holiday from Roman times to modern day. After read
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Holocaust & Night by Elie Wiesel Bundle of Resources
Holocaust & Night by Elie Wiesel Bundle of Resources This bundle, a 40% savings, includes all of my best-selling Holocaust resources as well as resources for Night by Elie Wiesel. Keep your students engaged with 5+ weeks of materials. Included:
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SAT Essay Prep #2, Deconstruct the Argument, Rhetorical Tools & the S.A.T. Essay
As of March 2016, the SAT Essay requires students to closely examine an argument essay, noting the effectiveness of an author’s use of specific rhetorical devices. In this full-hour lesson with optional extension writing activity, students will read an argument essay from a doctor who wants people t
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F. Scott Fitzgerald Author Study Worksheet, Easy Biography Activity, CCSS
Skip the typical F. Scott Fitzgerald introduction lecture and empower students to find their own interesting facts about this Jazz Age writer’s life as you launch a study of The Great Gatsby with this “Author Bio” print-and-go activity. This single-page worksheet is a powerful research organizer th
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