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DNA Informational Text
This free DNA Informational Text reading is based on Watson and Crick's famous one-page article published in 1953 in Nature magazine, announcing their discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule. It comes with graphic organizers to help your students read and understand this classic scientific p
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How to Have Meaningful Socratic Seminars
I compiled this free document after working with teachers who struggled with making Socratic Seminar meaningful for their students. This 13-page document contains: 1. A direct and brief description of SS appropriate for 7-12 (pg. 1-2) 2. A step-by-step plan for setting up a seminar 3. A how to guid
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American Literature: Common Core Workshop (Reading Info Text and Writing Task)
Looking for a creative technique to model Common Core expectations? Here it is! Completely FREE! This bundle is a Common Core Workshop using Stephen Prothero's "Introduction" from his text "The American Bible." Our students used an excerpt, but the idea worked very well to introduce students to
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John McCain Farewell Letter - Free Rhetorical Analysis Activity
Make real-world connections with this free analysis activity using the Farewell Letter from John McCain. The rhetorical analysis graphic organizer guides students through analysis of rhetorical features including diction (word choice), rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, pathos), structure, author’s c
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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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1984 Synthesis Essay
To help students understand, analyze and evaluate the "big picture" of 1984, this synthesis essay is based upon College Board's AP Language and Composition essay type where sources are given and students need to select at least three to compose an essay in response to a central question. I have give
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Common Core Informational Reading and Response: One Bad Tweet
This is a series of questions for the informational article “One Bad Tweet can be Costly to a Student Athlete” by Gannett on December 30, 2014. There are 11 questions that relate to the Common Core Standards for informational reading at the secondary level.
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Bundle G11-12 Informative Reading & Writing - ‘Man vs Wild’ Performance Task
Man vs Wild Performance Task for 11th-12th grade In the Man vs Wild Performance Task, students use real information about zebras to practice informative reading and writing in an engaging, real world context. Students take on the role of a biomechanical engineer and write a product design specifica
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The Promise of a Pencil Leadership Curriculum
Adam Braun's book The Promise of a Pencil provides a wealth of material for teachers to use to promote leadership. Each chapter holds valuable lessons for the reader. Through his mantras, he offers a pathway for defining one's passion and becoming a positive influence for change in the world. T
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Reading Informational Text Graphic Organizer: A Tool for Students
This is a generic 2 page graphic organizer that can be used with any informational texts you want your students to read. (Common Core Standard's #1-9 for reading Informational Texts are addressed) This organizer guides students in a close reading of the text of your choice. Follow My Store! Follow
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Regents Part 3 Template Organizer
Students need specific structured guidance to complete the writing portion of their Common Core ELA Regents exam. Part 3, the Text Analysis response leaves many students confused, and they need to practice multiple times to ensure success on the exam. This template can be used to practice writing f
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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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Hidden Figures Movie  Powerpoint
This PowerPoint serves as an introduction to the three leading women in the film, and it also provides information about NASA that will make the movie relevant to 2018. I also provided background information about topics that came up in the movie such as Brown Vs. Board of Education that I felt my s
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Common Core for Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address
President Lincoln made his second inaugural address on March 5th, 1865, little more than a month before the end of the Civil War. It is as timely and important now as it was then. It calls us to our duties as citizens of the United States and reminds us of our responsibilities to each other. I hop
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FREE Common Core Activity w/Answers for Logos, Ethos, Pathos in Commercials!!
The following resource is a Common Core activity on argumentative appeals (logos, ethos, pathos) using a popular Johnson & Johnson commercial. The activity includes a teacher answer key to assist you in your guided feedback to students. The video for the commercial is embedded on the Word docume
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Rhetorical Analysis Discussion Placemat
Set of 3 Small Discussion Group Placemats, Teacher’s Guide and TOU to use with almost any text. Each placemat has four sets of questions that challenge the students to dive deeply into a text. Students are asked to explore context, audience, author’s purpose, rhetorical devices, text structure and m
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Summarizing vs. Analyzing Activity with Andy Goldsworthy (Artist)
This activity can be assigned as a homework assignment, or completed in-class as a learning activity. It features Andy Goldsworthy's natural sculptures as well as an interview (information text), and has students paraphrase, analyze, and evaluate. Made initially for a 1:1 classroom, this activity al
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Young Goodman Brown CCSS Aligned Teaching Package
Make this classic tale come alive for modern students. This package has everything you need to make this story meaningful for modern students. You get digital files of the story which you can print, email, or post on a class website. You also get two ebook formats (mobi and epub) which students ca
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Science Reading/Ecology- Biomes
This reading activity about biomes for an ecology class includes text (available online also) and questions suitable for high school ecology classes. While the 1390L text is challenging, the questions are designed to help students engage in the text and comprehend its basic ideas. There are 8 multip
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Article of the Week's Read for Meaning Statements: President Obama's Address
This resource directly pairs with Kelly Gallagher's article of the week titled "Address to the Nation by the President" (posted in 2015). While Kelly Gallagher's website contains the article (under resources, article of the week), this guide allows students to agree or disagree with statements made
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"Stalagmite Trio" Mini-assessment
This grade 11 mini-assessment is based on two texts about stalagmites and an accompanying video. The subject matter, as well as the stimuli, allow for the testing of the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects and the Reading Standards for Informational Texts. In
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Norman Mailer - "The Death of Benny Paret" Close Reading & Questions
The short article "The Death of Benny Paret" by Norman Mailer is followed by several "close reading" questions to incite higher level inquiry. COMMON CORE standards.
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LEGO Population Pyramid Activity
Students engage in the geography classroom as they analyze data and create population pyramids. Students will observe the increase and decline of crude birth and death rates to explain the development of countries based on their populations. This activity is fun, engaging, and collaborative. Can be
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LOST (Collaborative Reading Roles Activity)
How do you inspire students to actively engage with a text? This interactive Role Playing Game (RPG) provides teachers with a tool to model the reading process. By bringing reading strategies to life through personified reading roles, students read judiciously as a collective, symbiotic group. After
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