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Unsolved Crimes:Complete Series of 4 Cases
The Unsolved Crimes Series consists of the following cases: Deathboat, Slime 9, Curse of the Mummy, and Alien Invasion. Case Overviews: Slime 9: Professor Tarling developed Slime 9 as a means to protect his country from its neighboring enemies – a weapon of peace. Yet it could just as easily be
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Rhetorical Analysis Task Cards for Any Text
These rhetorical analysis task cards cover speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, rhetorical devices, and more. Plus, these cards work with any piece of nonfiction text. There are two sets of task cards each included in this resource. The first set includes 8 task cards. This set is designed

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9/11 September 11 Activities Gr. 9-12
This packet is complete with activities honoring 9/11 for older students. What better way to encourage students to reflect on what 9/11 means to them? This packet includes three articles about the 9/11 attacks and seven songs written about 9/11 with accompanying reflection worksheets. Teacher can c
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Dealing with Murder Series: 2 Cases - Fatal Error and Dead & Breakfast
NOTE: While generally similar in process to the Unsolved Crimes cases, the Dealing with Murder cases have one significant difference. Rather than being given all of the case information at once, the information in the Dealing with Murder cases is provided in four sections in an effort to be more re
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Identifying Rhetorical Devices in Sir Patrick Henry's Speech
This active reading worksheet is a great accompaniment to the historical document Speech in the Virginia Convention by Sir Patrick Henry. Students work together to identify multiple rhetorical devices used throughout the speech and gain practice of using parenthetical citation when writing evidence
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Benjamin Franklin's "Autobiography" Review/Assessment with Detailed Answer Key
He was a Founding Father who went from rags to riches and who recorded his initial journey in an interesting, inspirational autobiography. This comprehensive worksheet allows students to understand the aspirations and visions of Benjamin Franklin as they answer critical-thinking questions that inve
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Lizzie Borden:  Infamous Murder Case Nonfiction Unit, Tone, Bias, Persuasion
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
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Macbeth Scavenger Hunt: Making Real World Thematic Connections
This activity has students making connections between Shakespeare's play Macbeth and the real world through the topic of corruption. In this scavenger hunt activity, students are to locate three Real World Macbeth figures who became corrupt as a result of their ambition. Students are then to write
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Syntax and Rhetoric:  How Syntax Affects Meaning
This assignment works best with AP or honors students who have a strong sense of grammar and rhetoric. I use these two exercises to review syntax as rhetoric and to assess students' understanding of how sentence structure affects meaning. It can be completed independently, for homework or collabora
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Rhetorical Appeals Quiz
This quiz is EXTREMELY helpful in assessing students' understanding of logos, ethos and pathos. I use it after I have taught them persuasion and before they write an academic argument using the Classical model of argumentation. There is intentionally NO answer key as the students must defend their
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Unsolved Crimes Series: Deathboat Case
Deathboat Case Overview: When multimillion dollar lottery winner, Waverly Berg is pulled from the ocean the question is, “How did she die?” Was it an unfortunate accident caused by seasickness or could it be that someone on board the luxury ship wanted her to take her last swim? All of the cases in
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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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Introduction to Seminal Documents
This cooperative learning seminal document lesson introduces the students to the definition, characteristics, and examples of seminal documents prior to reading full-text examples. This activity provides seven different excerpts of well-known seminal documents.   The students read, summarize, and i
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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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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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Mandatory Drug Testing in Schools:  A PARCC Synthesis Prompt
This 16 page document includes seven credible sources (including two visuals) debating the issue of mandatory drug testing in schools. It has MLA citations, excerpts from seven different sources PLUS two student models, one is stronger than the other. Which one? Let your students argue it out! T
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Funding the Arts:  A Practice in Research and Synthesis
I use this particular prompt in teaching bias in writing. The whole prompt and the sources are biased. I have students break-down the directions, then identity the bias in each of the articles (individually or in groups). Next, I take students to the library to find sources that counter or refute
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Exploring Non-Fiction Activity Bundle
Now more than ever, students need to be critical consumers and producers of non-fiction texts. These activities are designed to introduce high school students to non-fiction. This would be a great addition to any AP Language or Rhetoric course, but can also be adapted for use in any high school Engl
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We The People Common Core Unit Lesson with I CAN Statements
This Unit Lesson Plan is appropriate for grades 6th-12th. It has instructions with complete common core standards, objectives, and lessons. Includes Printable I Can Statements, Coordinating Images, Preamble, Declaration of Independence Image and printable text, Graphic Organizers, and more! Get this
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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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Rhetorical Analysis--Determining an Author's or Speaker's Purpose {CCSS}
If you are wondering where to start in an argument unit, why not show a quick video of a speech, and have students work through these worksheets on determining the purpose through rhetorical analysis?This no-prep lesson is a great way to get your students thinking rhetorically! Just print, show a sp
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Critical Reading Task Cards for Use With Any Nonfiction Text!
This is a set of 28 critical reading, or close reading, task cards for use in your MS or HS classroom with any article, essay, argument, speech, memoir, or other nonfiction text. The cards are one-sided, and I would suggest cutting them out, pasting to cardstock or construction paper, and then lami
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Rhetorical Appeals for High School English or ELD (ESL) Using Sentence Templates
Whether students continue their education or not, they must learn to identify persuasive techniques in spoken or written text. The concepts of the Rhetorical Appeals (persuasive techniques) can be extremely challenging for students but can also be very interesting for them. Understanding, identify
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Across Five Aprils Reading Preparation Mini-Research Project
There's no need to "fight a battle" to find the perfect way to begin any study of the Across Five Aprils. Here it is. This two-page printable provides directions, over 20 topics, project ideas, and a detailed rubric that allows students to begin to "advance" their "arsenal" of knowledge about this A
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