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Great Minds in Science - 18 Secondary Science Literacy Sub Plans / Activities
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 18 ARTICLES plus a Bonus Article functions to enliven and deepen the understanding of the people behind the discoveries. These articles are a great way
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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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An Introduction to Rhetoric
This lesson provides an introduction to rhetoric and argument suitable for any high school English class and adaptable for middle school students. Students think about arguments in their own lives and the techniques they use to argue. The “Introduction to Rhetoric” PowerPoint then introduces studen
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Vietnam War Readings Connections WebQuest
I used this with my 11th grade English students after reading several short stories about the Vietnam War and soldiers in general. This is a WebQuest in which students search from a list of articles. The article titles are listed on the sheet. Students then read the article online and break down t
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Article of the Week (1/7/15): "New U.S. Dietary Guidelines..."
This resource contains read for meaning statements for Kelly Gallagher's "Article of the Week". The article itself, a brief summary of the latest suggested dietary guidelines, can be found by clicking on the link below. This guide functions as a guided reading activity that students can use to help
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The Declaration of Independence: Close Reading and Analysis Assignment
This package starts with one succinct page of background information essential for understanding the historical context in which The Declaration was written. Following the page of background notes, you'll find a series of questions about The Declaration, followed by an answer key. In order to answe
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In Cold Blood Study Guide - Close Reading Focus
This detailed study guide does not ask comprehension questions; instead, it focuses on text-dependent questions forcing students to go back to the passage and look at imagery, characterization or other resources of language - a technique great for the Common Core. A thorough answer key is provided.
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Harlem Renaissance WebQuest Modern Day Connections
I used this in my 11th grade English class after reading several short stories from the Harlem Renaissance. I wanted to tie the unit to current events, so that students could see the connections between the themes from that time period to today. The activity contains a list of several different In
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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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Congress and the Public Good
Congress remains one of the least trusted institutions in the United States - some surveys even rank them behind used car salesmen in terms of reliability.This two-part American Government worksheet discusses some of Congress's least popular habits: Pork Barrel Spending, legislative gridlock and, of
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The Federal Bureaucracy
What is federalism, and why should we care? Where does federal power end and state power begin? And, perhaps most importantly, what role does money play in this whole process?!This American Government worksheet consists of two parts: (1) an identification/definition section; and (2) a focused short
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Reading Comprehension Assessments
This file includes 5 handouts - each handout covers 1 standard (RL 1, 3, 4, 5, 6), and each handout includes a self-assessment section with "I Can" statements for students as well as short reading passages with 5 reading questions that follow. See the preview file for a better idea of what the docum
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The Declaration of Independence Worksheet, Test, or Homework with Answer Key
Students will be able to "document" their understanding of this famous piece when they use this printable that encourages them to use critical-thinking skills. Utilizing questions that pertain to historical facts as well as rhetorical devices, readers will obtain a better understanding of the reason
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Emerson, Thoreau, and Romanticism Homework or Group Review with Answer Key
Teachers need not rely on their "intuition" to decide whether to utilize this review worksheet answer that pertains to Romanticism. The answer is clear: This group or homework assignment allows students to answer questions that directly deal with this literary period as well as the teachings of Eme
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Why I Write: A Personal Narrative Assignment
This assignment is an easy and simple diagnostic essay to use at the beginning of the year to assess students' reading and writing proficiencies and gauge students' identities as writers.
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