Creative activities and project ideas for any novel, story, or unit in history. Newly updated with rubrics & additional activities and handouts!
This 41-page bundle contains almost 100 creative student activities to use with any piece of literature. It includes several pages of templates and w
The Hunger Games Literature Guide Novel Teaching Unit Bundle with Lessons Aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - Digital Download
This is a comprehensive literature guide for the entire novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It correlates with the Common Core State Standards (CC
Common Core Standards Graphic Organizers for Reading Notebooks Grades 6, 7, 8 - Use with Any Fiction & Informational Texts
NEWLY UPDATED! This bundle of organizers has 50 new pages added! Total of 91 organizers, plus 9 bonus pages.
EDITABLE ORGANIZERS HERE:
Reader's Theater for BIG KIDS!
Cover your reading literature standards while engaging your students with these high-interest reader's theater scripts and reading literature toolkits. Your students will LOVE the chance to perform while working on fluency, comprehension, context clues, and writing.
The Hunger Games Teaching Unit Digital Download MEGA BUNDLE
This literature unit bundle was previously offered in CD format only. Thanks to TpT, I am able to offer it to you in digital download format! It includes everything that was included in my Hunger Games Teaching Unit CD, plus any NEW materi
Interactive Reading Notebook Fiction and Nonfiction Mega Bundle (Grades 5-12)
A YEAR'S WORTH: 220 Common-Core aligned interactive reading foldable activities for secondary students.
You do not have to use the Common Core State Standards to utilize this bundle!
The Giver by Lois Lowry teaching guide - 152 pages high-level questions, activities, Common Core Aligned
This Common Core Aligned Secondary Solutions Literature Guide for The Giver by Lois Lowry has been written to focus on time-tested best practices for teaching, and is
Historically speaking, poems started out as stories intended to be read aloud. Share poems the way they were MEANT to be read - with audio and video readings – while still achieving rigorous reading and creative writing!
This Poem of the Week Collection can be used in multiple ways
How many times are students asked to identify the main idea in a reading passage? You would think that they would be masters at finding the main the idea by now. However, many students still struggle with identifying the main idea and supporting details in their reading (and many teachers are in s
Help your students learn how to dig deep into analyzing text with these FOUR SEPARATE CLOSE READING LESSONS to use with chapters 2, 4, 6, and 10 of S.E. Hinton’s novel, The Outsiders.
Each of the four lessons includes a student handout of a select bit of text with generous margins to allow for stud
Crash by Jerry Spinelli Novel Unit: NO PREP-PRINT AND GO UNIT WITH ANSWER KEY!!! If you are looking for a novel to teach with common core aligned questions that go chapter by chapter, this is the resource for you to grab!
In fact, it is the perfect text to begin the school year with because student
Use Lensey Namioka’s delightful short story, “The All-American Slurp,” to ease your fifth through seventh graders into deeper levels of literary analysis with these print-and-teach materials.
This 6-page PDF includes:
1-page of step-by-step directions to guide the teacher through two (or three, dep
Are you challenging your students to read as many books as they can this year? If so, this Book Challenge Bulletin Board Set is just what you need to help your class visually track their progress toward meeting their goals.
I created this Book Challenge Bulletin Board set because I dislike using
Ready to add more independent reading to your middle school classroom? Want to try reader’s workshop? Hoping to bring in more fiction that’s differentiated to student interests?
Track genres and progress without expensive programs, points, or book reports!
My CCSS-aligned “Book of the Month” prog
Need an engaging, student-driven way to teach short stories and/or literary terms? Use this unit as a high-accountability way to scaffold students into tougher literature!
In this unit, small groups of students are assigned to one short story (so you can differentiate to students by difficu
Common Core Standards Graphic Organizers for ELA Reading Literature and Informational Texts BUNDLE for Grades 6-12
*UPDATED Aug. 2014: Now contains over 175 organizers! Perfect for Reader's Notebooks.*
Do you need to implement the Common Core Standards into your curriculum? These
Save with this bundle of reading comprehension skills mini-units --- Making Inferences, Finding the Main Idea, and Making Predictions.
Or...save even more with the SUPER BUNDLE (6 Mini-Units) or MEGA BUNDLE (9 Mini-Units) or ULTIMATE BUNDLE (12 Mini-Units)...
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is an amazing story about the power of friendship and how it can transform even the hardest life situations. Your middle school students will love reading about how Maxwell and Kevin go from being outcasts due to scenarios out of their control to the dynamic duo
The Happy Halloween That Almost Wasn't... is the perfect reader's theater and reading literature toolkit for this festive time of year.
Your students will love reading about the characters of Parkersburg Elementary School and how their Halloween traditions and celebrations were cancelled, then reco
The Outsiders pop quizzes, comprehension checks, exit tickets ... use these 12 simple quizzes however you'd like. Printable & Powerpoint versions provided for simple implementation. Make sure students are staying on track reading the novel.
As an upper elementary to middle school teacher I have a variety of learners; enthusiastic and engaged, easily inspired, indifferent, and those that require a bit more encouragement to enhance their joy of learning. Can you relate?
While I touch on poetry throughout the schoo
Give your 7th grade students meaningful homework where they can read a fiction or non-fiction text of their choice and apply a wide-variety of reading prompts to the section of the text they read each night. Interactive reading logs provide a necessary bridge between students, teachers, and parents.
Are you looking to enhance your students' work using Google Slides? Grab this Wonder Novel Unit and let your students get to work.
Wonder by RJ Palacio is a MUST READ for your students in Grades 4-8! Your students will be inspired by Auggie and all that he is able to accomplish despite his challe
This is an extremely detailed, CCSS-aligned unit. Student read and analyze the poem "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. It is designed to help students analyze what the poem says explicitly as well draw inferences from the text. Students will determine the poem’s theme and analyze the
Practice deep reading comprehension with this fun Greek myth based on Pandora.
Students will read a one page story about Pandora and how she accidentally released all the evils into the world by opening her famous box. This passage offers ten text dependent reading comprehension questions.
This 26-slide PowerPoint Jeopardy Trivia is a fantastically fun review activity after you finish reading The Giver novel. These comprehension questions will build some enjoyable competition between students (or teams of students).
TEXT: The Giver by Lois Lowry
GRADE LEVEL: 6-12
COMMON CORE: CCSS.EL
This 9-page SAMPLER of my We HEART POETRY! A Poetry Analysis BUNDLE includes:
•Lesson Planning Page
•What is Poetry? Brainstorm
•A Poetic Device Printable
•How To Analyze Poetry Printable
•Poetry Reader Response Questions
•Dreams by Langston Hughes
As an upper elementary
This is a 62 page ready-to-use packet created by Jean Martin for teachers with students in grades 5-7 who are reading the 2013 novel, RUMP, by Liesl Shurtliff. Included is a 24 page student workbook designed to promote close reading and high interest, an answer key, student bookmarks, optional cu
Our Tuck Everlasting Unit Teaching Package has 230+ pages and slides of engaging activities. Learners will enjoy the rigor and creativity in these standards-aligned resources built from best practices.
TEXT: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Use “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe to teach your students the elements of literary analysis, get them thinking deeply about the gothic short story’s text, and provide opportunities for real-world connections to this grisly story via a high-interest informational text/article about a crimin
Wonder pop quizzes, comprehension checks, exit tickets ... use these 11 simple quizzes however you'd like. Printable & Powerpoint versions provided for simple implementation. Make sure students are staying on track reading the novel.
December and Christmas Close Reads for BIG KIDS!
The perfect Christmas reading resource to keep your students engaged, focused, and learning through the excitement of the holiday season!
This 19-page Christmas close reading resource includes:
• Inspiration and Directions for Use
• What is Close
"Lob's Girl" Literature Study Unit
In this 8-day unit students will develop a deep understanding of Joan Aiken’s short story “Lob’s Girl” . Its tale of loyalty and friendship combined with mystery and suspense make it an incredibly engaging read. Students devel
Do you challenge your readers to read more books than they've ever read before? If so, this recording sheet is a great place for them to keep track of all those amazing books they've read!!
These student recording sheets are a sample from my
Rikki Tikki Tavi Preview PowerPoint. Preview the short story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling with this introductory PowerPoint. Has vocabulary with definitions, plot diagram, literary elements, anticipation guide, author biography and background information, strategies for reading short stories
Our Esperanza Rising Unit Teaching Package has 270+ pages and slides of engaging activities. Learners will enjoy the rigor and creativity in these standards-aligned resources built from best practices.
NOVEL: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
This is the January Packet for 7th Grade!
Packets include Common Core Standards and Lexile Levels!
Close reading comprehension questions modeled after the Common Core standards for 7th Grade.
All of the following excerpts, charts, passages and diagrams are associated with either a variety of mul
Our Bridge to Terabithia Unit Teaching Package has 216+ pages and slides of engaging activities. Students will enjoy the rigor and creativity in these standards-aligned resources built from best practices.
TEXT: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Pa
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is a terrific historical fiction read! Students will become absorbed in this book as they adventure along with main character, Isabel.
Inside this product you will find four quick comprehension quizzes to check for student understanding of the book. The literal quiz
Sonnets Lesson Plan: Students can stomp it, shout it, and get the beat while grappling with the challenge of iambic pentameter in Sonnets: Critique & Create. This set of lessons, guides, and handouts provides detailed instructions for the analysis and writing of a Shakespearean sonnet. Students
Holes pop quizzes, comprehension checks, exit tickets ... use these 10 simple quizzes however you'd like. Printable & Powerpoint versions provided for simple implementation. Make sure students are staying on track reading the novel.
This CCSS-aligned Reading Response Project enables students to creatively respond to their reading. Over the course of the project, students will create a two-page newspaper complete with a main event lead news story, character profile, editorial book review, setting highlight, and even a comic, ob
Challenge your students by guiding them through close readings of two poems, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and "Harlem (Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes. Then facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the poems. The
20 Close Reading Passages and Worksheets
- Extracts from classic literature and famous folktales
- Designed for close reading
- Each excerpt stands alone as a close reading text suitable for scrutiny, critique, reflection, and evaluation.
- Texts may be used as bell-ringers, as hom
The 5 R’s Reading Log is a fresh shift from traditional reading logs. The 5 R’s represent five effective reading practices: REFLECT, RECOGNIZE, REVIEW, RELATE, and RESPOND. These five practices are each aligned with one or more levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy to create questions that require students t
Hatchet pop quizzes, comprehension checks, exit tickets ... use these 14 simple quizzes however you'd like. Printable & Powerpoint versions provided for simple implementation. Make sure students are staying on track reading the novel.