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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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Compare & Contrast Texts – Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction in CCSS Lesson – Fun Stuff
WORDS TO LIVE BY – A lesson about advice Help students analyze how a similar theme is developed in three different mediums by using Rudyard Kipling’s timeless poem “If,” a father’s advice to his son in a brief monologue from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and a newspaper columnist’s Guide to Life th
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"A Modest Proposal": A Study of Satire
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. Fo
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Schools Want Teens to Sleep In
The new 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 informational text activity, students will read an article by New Y
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Benefits of Slacking Off?
The new 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 th
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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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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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'Community:' MeowMeowBeenz, Social Media, and the Golden Ratio
‘App Development and Condiments’ is a satirical episode of ‘Community’ that comments on social media while referencing 1976’s ‘Logan’s Run.’ This assignment asks students to think about their own presence on social media while exploring the practices of modern social media companies. Booklet Incl
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Engaging Informational Text CLOSE Read #1-Differentiated Versions, No Prep
***Perfect Smarter Balanced & PARCC test-prep activity*** ***NO TEACHER PREP (Print and Go!)*** I've preached to my students all year "Be an ATTACKER - not a SITTER BACK-ER" when it comes to tackling tough informational texts. Peak student's interest with this informational arti
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Roosevelt Speech- AP Language and Composition - Analysis Organizer
This organizer can be used to prepare students for the AP Rhetorical Analysis Essay. After students read an excerpt from the Roosevelt speech "Citizenship in a Republic", they can use this worksheet to organize their thinking before writing an Analysis Essay. An example analysis prompt is given on t
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Rhetorical Analysis Graphic Organizer for Any Text (SAT Writing, AP Language)
This resource is now included in the Rhetorical Analysis BIG Bundle! Be sure to check this out before you buy this resource seperately. This graphic organizer will help students presented with any argumentative nonfiction text move from analysis to composition. After reading and analyzing how the
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Satire Bundle
Have you struggled to get students to understand satire? Common core standards require students to "analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire)," but students often find the ambiguity of satire di
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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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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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TED Talk Observation and Analysis Form
This graphic organizer helps students break down and analyze multiple elements of a TED Talk in order to understand its argument and structure. Students are asked to observe and interact with the TED Talk for meaning, relevance and style. This form is generic enough to use with any TED Talk, but sp
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Argument Writing: Research Paper & Argument Essay Unit | Cell Phones
Looking for comprehensive and engaging argument writing lesson plans to teach your students how to write argument essays that meet the Common Core standards?From thesis statements to counterclaims, from grabbers to research, from mentor texts to citation, this unit has focused lessons on everything
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We Need To Talk About An Injustice: Bryan Stevenson TED Talk Analysis
This is a transcript of Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk, "We Need to Talk About An Injustice," accompanied by 10 questions for analysis and discussion. The transcript is freely available through the TED website, but I have formatted it for easier and cleaner printing. Time markers and page numbers are in
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Common Core Graphic Organizers - Grades 6-12
130+ graphic organizers created solely to track and assess student mastery of the Common Core literacy standards...these aren't your typical graphic organizers! The graphic organizers are organized by standard, grade level, and type of text that they apply to, so that it is easier for you to locate
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Age of Reason - Early American Literary Movement Series, part II
This literature unit on the Age of Reason is the second in a series of the American Literary movements which includes: The Puritan Era, The Age of Reason, The Romantic Era, Transcendentalism, Realism, Harlem Renaissance, Modernism and Post Modernism. This particular unit begins by contrasting itself
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Syntax Analysis Bundle
Analyzing syntax is elusive to many students, but these resources will help your classes master the art of analyzing sentence structure. These are not kill-and-drill worksheets; they're interactive, engaging, and thought-provoking tools that will challenge your students to really dig in to the compl
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PASTA Graphic Organizer (Use for any reading)
Rhetorical Analysis Graphic Organizer uses PASTA method (Purpose, Audience, Subject, Tone, Attitude) for students to analyze a text. PASTA is a shorter and simpler alternative to soapstone. Graphic organizer includes detailed prompting questions in simple language to get students thinking. My s
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I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin: Practice with Argument
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2017, director Raoul Peck credits the late James Baldwin’s words, narrated by Samuel Jackson, as the screenwriter of his film. The power of Baldwin’s words still resonates in 21st Century America. There are several links to Youtube videos, inte
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"The Perils of Indifference" Analysis Text-Dependent Questions and Activities
This resource packet contains questions and activities that guide students through a close analysis of Elie Wiesel's speech "The Perils of Indifference: Lessons Learned from a Violent Century" and a brief comparison with Wiesel's Nobel Prize acceptance speech. The analysis activities are in three pa
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