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Teaching students how to annotate text is an integral part of the common core curriculum. This text annotation resource includes everything you need to teach your middle and high school students how to properly annotate informational text. There are two different files in the zipped download.- An editable, 23 slide PowerPoint- A PDF document with supplementary materials. The PowerPoints walk students step-by-step through the annotating process. It also includes a guided practice of President Abr
Make test-prep fun! Help prepare your students for high-stakes standardized tests with this ELA Test Prep Nonfiction Reading 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. There are two different nonfiction passages included in this resource: one is used during the escape room and the other is for after the escape room as a follow-up activity.BEFORE THE ESCAPEGive stude
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
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6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Interactive Reading Notebook Fiction and Nonfiction Mega Bundle (Grades 5-12) A YEAR'S WORTH of activities: over 220 Common-Core aligned interactive reading foldable activities for secondary students. You do not have to use the Common Core State Standards to utilize this bundle! This download includes the following products:Interactive Notebook Reading Literature Bundle for ANY Novel or StoryInteractive Reading Notebook for Nonfiction Informational TextsInteractive Notebook Mini Books: Bundle of
This Beowulf unit plan is designed for an active, creative, and inclusive classroom. With its challenging language, patriarchal setting, and dated topics, Beowulf can be difficult to teach. However, with a little bit of inspiration, it is possible to include meaningful, engaging, and fun activities for teaching Beowulf into your unit plan.These fun activities for teaching Beowulf will help you bring the archaic epic to life for your modern students!You will get:⭐ A detailed day-by-day Beowulf un
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
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7th - 12th
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
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
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6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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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
This CCSS aligned unit provides an overview, examination and creation of satire using Swift’s "A Modest Proposal" and other resources. Students read and analyze different satires, build their vocabulary, gain historical knowledge, read and analyze "A Modest Proposal", then craft their own satire. For a smaller activity pack about satire *without* “A Modest Proposal”, click here: A Study of Satire. **Please don’t purchase both.**Includes:* Satire Overview Handout* Two Satire Analysis Activities*
Editable Figurative Language Interactive Reading Notebook Activity Aligned with the Common Core State Standards (Grades 5-12)This IS included in my Interactive Reading Notebook Mega Bundle.Looking for a comprehensive foldable activity that you can actually customize and edit? Look no further...Students will practice literary, rhetorical, and figurative language devices with this foldable activity. It includes differentiated templates for all levels of learners. I also included a blank template y
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
Updated for distance learning. This science article / sub plan comes in two versions (with answer key): 1) easily printable PDFs, as well as 2) Google Slides for paperless online learning. Students can type in their answers directly in the Google Slides. 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 19 ARTICLES functions to enliven and deepen the understanding of the people behind the discoveri
105 Common Core-aligned interactive nonfiction reading notebook foldable activities for secondary students (grades 6-12). These can be used with ANY nonfiction text (passages not included). This IS included in my Interactive Reading Notebook Mega Bundle. Students will practice numerous skills, including: making inferences (inferring); summarizing the text; determining the central ideas; analyzing primary and secondary sources; analyzing the development of ideas; analyzing the relationship betwee
(New Cover) This resource provides five weeks of daily Common Core Reading practice that can be completed in five minutes a day. This document was developed with students that need an extra boost in reading comprehension and English Literature in mind. Use these as students first enter the classroom, as a daily review, or more! ****Click the Follow Button to Find Out about Freebies and New Resources**** Click Here for Weeks 6-10 Click Here for Week 11 Click Here for Week 12 This quick and
Lizzie Borden was tried and ultimately acquitted for the MURDER of her PARENTS in the 1890s. The trial was controversial. How could a WOMAN possibly hack her parents to death and why? How could this have happened while she was HOME if she didn't do it? In this nonfiction unit, students will read articles about the case and then decide for themselves if they think Lizzie Borden is INNOCENT or GUILTY. If your students like this nonfiction unit, be sure to check out the Bespoke ELA activity on
Jack the Ripper. One of the most notorious serial killers of all time. And he was never caught. There are over 100 theories about his identity. If you're looking for a high-interest nonfiction topic to get your students interested in analyzing nonfiction, this is it! This activity has two parts. The first parts takes students through an exercise of identifying tone in a news article written about Jack the Ripper. There are four articles in this part of this lesson that all come from The L
This Into the Wild Unit Plan is a dynamic, high-interest, common core-aligned unit for this powerful piece of literature. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a favorite non-fiction book for many high school students and these Into the Wild lesson plans will not only engage learners with the text, but will also create real-world learning experiences and connections.This Into the Wild unit comes with activities for each chapter that can be used as an adventure booklet, single Into the Wild worksheets
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 Common Core Bundle for Grades 9-12 You get 120+ pages featuring all of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards in an easy-to-read and record format. All five strands (reading literature, reading informational, writing, language, and speaking and listening) with every
Vietnam War Primary Source ReadingThis amazing, poetic letter from an American soldier who died in the Vietnam War provides a moving interpretation of what it means to be a patriotic American.The letter is beautifully written and will surely have a powerful effect on your students. It is also a great way to integrate Common Core-aligned strategies into a lesson on the Vietnam War.After reading the 1-page letter, students answer a set of open-ended comprehension and opinion questions to reflect o
It's impossible to teach Colonial American Literature without first studying Native Americans in Early America. Puritan and founding father texts don't have to be boring. When you pair them with rich creation stories, first encounter tales, and important indigenous issues, students will not only have a better understanding of the literary landscape of America, but will also gain a better perspective of the cost of building this nation. This Native American Literature and Early American Literatur
Provide your students with a more complete understanding of rhetorical analysis with a variety of concept overviews, practice activities, complementary assignments and assessments. This product is included in my AP Language and Composition Bundle for a reduced price. Please don’t buy this item in addition to the bundle as it is already included. This resource is organized in the following sections: Rhetorical Analysis with an overview of rhetoric using the SOAPSTone method, a practice activit
Complete close reading and annotation unit with fiction and nonfiction practice**August 2020 Update: This unit is now digital! I created a fiction and nonfiction workbook that is optimized for digital learning. A Google Slides version is included that can be downloaded and used as a PowerPoint as well (directions included).**August 2019 Update: This unit now includes two passages that can be used for nonfiction annotation (complete with an answer key). This is perfect for AP Language and Composi
Tuesdays with Morrie Unit PlanSpend your Monday through Friday with Morrie! This is an original unit plan for Mitch Albom's memoir Tuesdays with Morrie. Contents1. Unit plan: Lessons for 18 class periods.2. Introductory PowerPoint on Tuesdays with Morrie and the memoir genre.3. Chapter comprehension questions and vocabulary words (with answer key that has page numbers noted for your quick reference). 4. Current Events of the 1990s Paragraph Research and Writing Assignment (with rubric): A memoir

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