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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 included) and critical reading activity. This two-day lesson plan includes a full-text copy of the story, a 10-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and a real-world inf
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 (school appropriate selections, of course), your kids will be aching to dig into the fire and brimstone of Edwards’ ghastly sermon. Just warn them – Edwards’ imagery isn’t for the faint of heart!These
Help your advanced middle school and high school students identify and analyze the elements of powerful public speaking with these multimedia lesson materials.This download includes:• Step-by-step directions/suggestions to lead your students through a 50-minute lesson• A well-written, high-interest informational text article about powerful public speaking techniques written by Chris Anderson, curator of the internationally renowned T.E.D. Talks (link included)• A short answer question set to hel
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 to use as the basis of the lesson. Whether you use this handout as an in-class assignment to use with copies of your local newspaper, take kids to the computer lab to find an online article, or assig
Grades:
6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
The Hunger Games Teaching Unit Digital Download MEGA BUNDLEThis 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 materials I create in the future (such as Hunger Games interactive notebook activities!).INCLUDES EVERYTHING THE CDs INCLUDED!NEWLY ADDED: The Hunger Games Interactive Notebook Flipbook: Literary AnalysisThe
180 Comprehension Assessments aligned to these passages HERE, added Aug. 28, 2019. 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 Reading Interventions Menu (free) HERE. This product will help you progress monitor fluency and comprehension inter
Students 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 online learning, I’ve scoured the internet to find high-interest, school-appropriate podcasts that fit within one class period.In this bundle of five Listen & Learn activities, students will listen to a podcast (runtime for each episode is between 15 and 28 minutes) focused on a variety of
Grades:
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Updated to Include Distance Learning Options. Each article sub plan comes in two versions with full answer keys: 1) Easily printable PDFs, as well as 2) Google Slides. Students can type in their answers directly in the Google Slides for paperless classrooms / distance learning. Don't fear, get your emergency secondary science sub plans right here! This bundle contains 52 SCIENCE ARTICLES with questions and full answer keys at 44% OFF the price of them separately. A whole year's worth of s
Grades:
7th - 12th
Introduce your students to Horacio Quiroga, a master of suspense who will forever change the way they look at their pillows and mattresses with his famous story of everyday horror, “The Feather Pillow.”This 9-page PDF (with Google Drive version of all student handouts) includes:• Suggested lesson procedure page• Full text of “The Feather Pillow,” a wonderfully creepy public domain short story by Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga. (English translation)• Handout of questions/discussion starters for
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 complete while entertaining and challenging your teens.Materials in this 18-page film study include (PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts):• A suggested lesson procedure page with calendar (1 p
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 this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read an article by best-selling American writer Mary Roach (link included) and complete a series of deep-thinking questions. Afterward, students will definitely have personal anecdotes and opinions to share about this “Let’s
Grades:
7th - 10th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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 this easy-to-deliver non-fiction activity, students will read an interview-based article by Allegra Ringo (link included) and complete a series of deep-thinking questions. Afterward, students will definitely have personal opinions to share about this “Let’s Get Real” classroom activity.When
The Declaration of Independence was really just a big "break-up" letter written by the colonists to the King of Great Britain. This historical document was written to convince the world of the King's abuses and to let everyone know that the colonies no longer wanted to be in a relationship with Great Britain. While studying the Declaration of Independence, students will use this assignment as a reinforcement to understand just what Jefferson wrote in this historical document. The lesson start
Students 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 our e-learning world, I’ve scoured the internet to find high-interest, school-appropriate podcasts that fit within one class period. In this Listen & Learn activity, students will listen to a 19-minute podcast focused on the case of Tony, the tiger, an animal that serves as a roadside attra
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
Help students analyze how a similar theme is developed in three different mediums by using Rudyard Kipling’s timeless poem “If,” Polonius’ advice to his son in a brief monologue from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and a newspaper columnist’s Guide to Life that went viral in the late 1990s. (Remember that whole “Wear Sunscreen” thing?)This fun, attention-grabbing lesson was built to entertain and challenge high school students in grades 9 through 12, though advanced middle school students will als
Use this two-day lesson pack to get your teens excited about studying the words and ideas of Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States’ most compelling founding fathers.This 9-page download (PDF + Google Drive version of all student handouts):• Detailed, step-by-step lesson procedure suggestions• Brainstorming handout to help students create their own definition of a successful person• Four-page excerpt of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin • Critical-thinking question handout that require
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-Civil War America.This package includes a two-page excerpt from Frederick Douglass’ book (in public domain) in which he details battling Mr. Covey, an abusive slave owner. After students read the passag
Grades:
8th - 11th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Close Reading Questions: Nonfiction Articles Aligned with the Common Core State StandardsNonfiction 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, editorial, persuasive, narrative, or autobiographical article/text. Explores comparing two texts for compare/contrast. Students will be required to find evidence from the text to support their answers.*LI
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! 154 total!! I also added a link for the organizers to work in Google Slides! Perfect for distance learning!Find the EDITABLE ORGANIZERS HERE:Google Drive Literature Graphic Organizers (Common Core Aligned)This IS included in the fo
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 persuasive tools used by editorial cartoonists (symbolism, exaggeration, labeling, and analogy) with real-world examples of classic public domain political cartoons. Then, use modern cartoon examples (links incl
Grades:
6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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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 writing about when they’re asked to annotate a book.The sheet was designed for students to keep intact in their binders or to slice up and use as a bookmark during reading time. Want more handouts and r
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 this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read an essay by acclaimed humorist David Sedaris (link included) and complete a series of deep-thinking questions. Afterward, students will definitely have personal anecdotes and opinions to share about this “Let’s Get Real”
Get teens excited about non-fiction with this two-day lesson featuring a compare-and-contrast of two gripping stories from World War II. First, read an excerpt of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s New York Times bestselling biography of Olympic runner and Army Air Corps P.O.W. Louie Zamperini. Then, introduce your students to a family confined to a Japanese internment camp in California’s Death Valley, as documented in Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir Farewell to Manzanar.Don’t have class sets of e

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