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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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Graphic Organizer Multi-Pack
This fantastic collection contains everything you need to create beautiful, effective, customized graphic organizers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT'S INSIDE: ✔ 15 EDITABLE graphic organizer d
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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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Graphic Organizer Poster Pack
This beautiful set of 10 graphic organizer posters -- with four color options -- will help your students learn to use text structures to improve reading and writing. Used in conjunction with my Graphic Organizer Multi-Pack, these posters will visually reinforce students' study of text structures, wh
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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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SAT Essay Prep #3, 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 healthy
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Common Core College and Career Research Paper
With the focus on the Common Core and the PARCC, sometimes it is difficult to fit in all the curriculum. Here is a straightforward expository research paper that assists students in focusing in on their post-secondary goals and allows you to check off "research paper" from your to-do list. Typical
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Emerson's "Self Reliance" Activity
Transcendentalism is a difficult topic for most students. Whether you teach selected excerpts or the whole essay, this activity focuses students on the commonness of Emerson's purpose, breaking it down into real life scenarios and connecting to the essay. This is a perfect Common Core activity for
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Speech and Rhetoric Vocabulary Terms PowerPoint
Rhetoric is language that is designed to influence us. We are constantly bombarded with it. Language is a powerful tool for those who know how to use it to influence others.In this 17 page PowerPoint presentation, students will learn thirteen definitions of a variety of rhetorical techniques in ord
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Rhetorical Analysis Graphic Organizers for Any Nonfiction Text
Regular and differentiated close reading activities are an important part of any high school English classroom, and a critical step in writing a rhetorical analysis essay. These scaffolded rhetorical analysis graphic organizers will help your students think critically about any nonfiction text in pr

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In Cold Blood Close Reading of Part I
One of the Common Core's main focus is close reading. This assignment focuses students on a selected passage from Capote's In Cold Blood Part I and asks the students to analyze HOW Capote creates the characterization of the Clutter family as rising middle class. The emphasis on technique makes thi
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Analyzing Nonfiction / Rhetorical Analysis Poster
This acronym enables students to write about the techniques of any nonfiction text. Print a copy for each student so that s/he can keep it front and center in a binder or notebook, or let them use it as a textbook cover page. Every student can benefit from the acronym. And when you tell them to TE-P
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SBAC READING & WRITING Test Prep & Guide ~ 2 Paired ARTICLES ~ About EARTHQUAKES
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE 3 BRIEF WRITE BUNDLE I3 BRIEF WRITE BUNDLE II Also sold as a Google Form for Online Test Prep: Google FORMS ELA ONLINE Test Prep ~2 Articles Paired "Earthquake!" & "About Earthquakes" READING Level: 3RD GRADE For STUDENTS in 4TH – 12th Grades. - MULTIPLE CHOICE questions
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Defunding the Military Synthesis Prompt:  PARCC and CC Aligned
This performance based assessment (PBA) is PARCC ready. It is a FULL PROMPT with seven creditable excerpted MLA cited sources and TWO full student essay models to utilize in your teaching of synthesis or to review with students. It can serve a dual purpose in an English or Social Studies classroo
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DRIVE Change: A Tool for Analyzing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing Sources
How do we teach high school and college students to analyze the complexities of community problems and global issues before forming conclusions? How do we help students understand that most issues involve more than two sides? This activity uses the DRIVE acronym to help students unpack the steps of
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In Cold Blood Synthesis Prompt:  CC and PARCC Aligned
Using a non-fiction text as a primary source with three additional articles, this performance based assessment (PBA), commonly called a synthesis prompt, acts as a strong versatile conclusion to the In Cold Blood unit. This essay prompt comes with an introduction plus three cited excerpted articles
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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus--A Rhetorical Analysis
This PowerPoint slideshow attempts to model for AP English Language and Composition students the thought process they should follow when writing a rhetorical analysis. It also tends to provoke lively class discussion as the subject is something dear to the hearts of most American kids (even those in
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Great Gatsby Gala:  Research and Public Speaking Engagement
This end of the unit activity is ALWAYS a hit! Students love to dress up and have a party at school - and this one is educational! Students research a 1920's persona (there is a list provided) and why that person might be in attendance at one of Gatsby's parties based on their understanding of the
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Ill-Fated Love in Romeo and Juliet and Modern Society
This PARCC-style assessment merges informational and literary texts into a performance assessment. Students will construct an explanatory essay to justify their explanations. Students will analyze a film parody, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the second section
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Community Problem Analysis Essay and Unit
We live in a society filled with voices shouting opinions and complaints, but lasting solutions come from first understanding the complexities of a problem. Now more than ever students (and society) will benefit from learning the skills of analysis, research, and synthesis. This unit provides studen
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Grapes of Wrath Expository Writing Project
This project is Common Core ready with students using technology, research and writing to create an original newsletter encompassing the economic, environmental, social, political, creative and historical influences of the time. It can be an individual project for advanced students or a cooperative
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Rhetorical Free Response Analysis Essay Handout
I created this handout for my AP students that needed more practice in the art of rhetorical analysis! The only way to get better at writing is to write, so with daily practice, I was able to see my students strengths and weaknesses and provide quick feedback. This sheet includes the scoring guide,
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A Unit for Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death
This is a lesson-by-lesson unit to be used while having a class read Postman's most famous book. It is perfect for the teacher looking to do a one-month media literacy unit.
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Argument Composition unit
This comprehensive composition unit on argument is aligned with the common core learning outcomes and includes intensive instruction, critical thinking, problem solving, research and writing activities on the components of argument which include: logos, ethos, pathos, inductive and deductive logic,
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