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Creative Activities for ANY Novel or Short Story with Handouts
Creative activities and project ideas for any novel, story, or unit in history. Includes standards alignment for every activity, EDITABLE grading rubrics, EDITABLE list of activities, and lots of print-and-go handouts for students. This 52-page bundle contains almost 100 creative student activities
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GREEK MYTHOLOGY Unit Plan for Teens, Five-Week Myth Unit, Multimedia & CCSS
Looking for a Greek mythology unit for an older audience? Take those beloved mythological stories and ramp them up with this MASSIVE bundle that includes FIVE WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSON MATERIALS designed for advanced middle school students and high school freshmen/sophomores as they connect their stu
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Poetry Bundle Writing, Reading, & Understanding Poetry
Poetry Resources for Reading, Writing, and Understanding Poetry, Volume 1 This (and ALL of my poetry resources) IS included in my mega bundle: ALL of my POETRY RESOURCES GROWING BUNDLE. Poetry Resources Bundle, Volume 2 is also available; it includes my newer resources that are aligned with the C
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Romeo and Juliet, FIVE WEEK Unit Plan of High-Interest Multimedia Lessons, CCSS
Looking for a fresh approach to pull your students into Romeo and Juliet? William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of tragic love will enthrall your students when you use this MASSIVE bundle of interactive, multimedia lessons. This package includes FIVE WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSON MATERIALS designed to chal
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To Kill a Mockingbird, FIVE WEEKS of Dynamic Lessons for Harper Lee’s Novel
Enjoy this MASSIVE bundle of beautifully designed materials that will take your class through FIVE FULL WEEKS OF LESSONS covering Harper Lee’s classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Everything you’ll need is here; just add a class set of To Kill a Mockingbird novels and you’re good to go. T
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"To Kill a Mockingbird" Activities, Exams, Quizzes, Vocab - UNIT
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee literature guide: lessons, tests, and activities created and written by Tracee Orman. This unit IS included in my To Kill a Mockingbird Teaching Unit and Interactive Notebook Unit Growing Bundle All documents for "To Kill a Mockingbird" are in PDF format; in ad
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Great Gatsby Unit Plan, FOUR FULL WEEKS of Dynamic Lessons
Make your Great Gatsby unit the favorite of the year with this MASSIVE bundle of beautifully designed materials that will take your class through FOUR FULL WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSONS covering F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Everything you’ll need is here; just add a class set of The Great Gatsby
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Of Mice and Men Unit Plan, FOUR FULL WEEKS of Dynamic Lessons, CCSS
Enjoy this MASSIVE bundle of beautifully designed materials that will take your class through FOUR FULL WEEKS OF LESSONS covering John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. Everything you’ll need is here; just add a class set of novels and you’re good to go. This Of Mice and Men bundle includ
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This quick video will explain everything you need to know to teach Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" to high school students. It gives a brief recap of Imagism and talks through a study of the poem. I've also given the poem a score on the following factors, each of which I explain in detail i
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"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson Unit with Hunger Games Comparison
"The Lottery" Short Story Literature Guide This package of documents features numerous materials for teaching Shirley Jackson's 1948 short story "The Lottery." Includes an introduction activity (using real stones), guided reading questions (for recall/comprehension, analysis, applying, critical thi
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Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe gothic short story w/non-fiction & multimedia,CCSS
Use “The Black Cat” by American Gothic/Dark Romantic writer Edgar Allan Poe to teach your students the elements of literary analysis, get them thinking deeply about the short story's text, and provide opportunities for real-world connections to this grisly story via a 2009 newspaper article (link in
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Julius Caesar Unit Plan, Shakespeare, FIVE WEEKS of High-Interest Lessons, CCSS
Looking for a fresh approach to pull your students into The Tragedy of Julius Caesar? William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of political intrigue will thrill your students when you use this MASSIVE bundle of interactive, multimedia lessons. This package includes FIVE WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSON MATERIALS
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Most Dangerous Game short story lit. analysis worksheets & tasks, Connell, CCSS
Use the classic short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This three-day lesson plan includes the full 9-page story with attractive illustrations, an 8-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class discussion
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How to Read a Poem, Introduction to Poetry & Poetic Terms, Dynamic Lecture CCSS
Use this beautifully designed 33-slide Prezi lecture and accompanying handouts to pull even your most reluctant students into a study of poetry. Begin by piquing your students’ interest in poetry by briefly (and humorously) comparing the art form to song lyrics. Then, present a concrete, 9-step proc
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The Veldt, Ray Bradbury Short Story Worksheets and Multimedia, Sci Fi, CCSS
If your students can’t go an hour without looking at their phones, they need to read “The Veldt.” Ray Bradbury’s chilling futuristic short story, “The Veldt,” gives us a glimpse of a world where children love their devices more than their families. Sound familiar? This compelling 90-minute lesson w
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Sonnets, Iambic Pentameter – High-Interest Lecture on Shakespeare’s Poetry, CCSS
Get your students excited about Shakespeare with this slick Prezi introduction to the Bard’s sonnet structure and iambic pentameter. Every eye in the room will be glued to the vibrant, information-packed animation in this poetry presentation. This 31-slide Prezi includes detailed descriptions of i
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Interactive Reading Notebook Fiction and Nonfiction Mega Bundle
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! This download includes the followin
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Outsiders Dazzling Lecture Materials to Launch S.E. Hinton’s Novel
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Grab every eye in the room with this gorgeous 42-slide Prezi that provides all of the background information your class will need as you launch your study of S.E. Hinton’s classic novel, The Outsiders. The presentation includes a quickwrite topic that will help make Th
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Poem of the Week Collection: a YEAR of Multimedia Poetry!
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, whether you wan
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"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards’ Puritan Sermon, CCSS
Use these creative lesson materials to help your teens get excited about studying Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards’ most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” When you connect this 1741 lecture to modern elements, such as heavy metal lyrics from bands such as Metallica and Slayer (
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Pop Music Song Lyrics and Classic Poetry, Compare/Contrast Poems, CCSS
Use this two-day poetry lesson to help your students connect modern music/song lyrics to classic poetry. On the first day, students will compare and contrast the song, “Stereo Hearts,” by Gym Class Heroes, to the Robert Burns’ classic poem, “A Red, Red Rose.” Both poems use simile and metaphor to de
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Harrison Bergeron, Worksheets and Multimedia for Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Short Story
Use this compelling two-day (or possibly three-day, depending on your pacing) lesson on Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s chilling futuristic short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” as a stand-alone lesson, as part of any short story unit, or as a supplement to any larger dystopian novel study, such as Brave New World,
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Huckleberry Finn Unit Plan, FIVE WEEKS of Dynamic Huck Finn Lessons, CCSS
Bring energy and excitement to your unit on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with this MASSIVE bundle of beautifully designed materials that will take your class through FIVE FULL WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSONS covering Mark Twain’s classic American novel. Everything you’ll need is here; just add a cla
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Lamb to the Slaughter short story, Dahl, lit. analysis & real-world writing task
Use the black humor of Roald Dahl’s well-known short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter," to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes links to the full text of the story, detailed instructions, a 9-question deep-thinking handout (with detailed answer key, o
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Gift of the Magi, O. Henry’s short story of love & irony, two-day lesson, CCSS
Use the short story, “The Gift of the Magi” by American writer O. Henry, to teach your students the elements of literary analysis, get them thinking deeply about the text, and provide opportunities for creative writing. This two-day lesson plan includes a beautifully illustrated copy of the story, a
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Transcendentalism, Connect Thoreau & Emerson to Modern Pop Culture, CCSS
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were promoting the ideals of Transcendentalism way back in the mid-1800s and, yet, those same ideas still surround us today in our media and popular culture. When you pause and closely examine the music in your earbuds, the movies in your DVR, and the best
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Poetry Stations : For High School and Middle School English
This is an engaging and entertaining formative assessment. With a little preparation and careful instructions, students can rotate through nine poetry based activities with simply a “rotate” from the teacher every 9-10 minutes. I've also included 11 copyright free poems. This is a great way to culm
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Reading Informational & Literature Graphic Organizers Gr 9-10
Common Core Standards Graphic Organizers for ELA Reading Informational Texts and Fiction/Literature for Grades 9-10 (Also includes the organizers for grades 6, 7, and 8 because the skills build upon one another each year.) This IS included in the following bundles: • Common Core Bundle for Grades
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"Thank You Ma'am" Langston Hughes story, literary analysis & writing task CCSS
Use the classic short story, “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes detailed instructions, a 6-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and an optional writing activity that shows
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"Devil and Tom Walker," Washington Irving short story, CCSS, Deals with Devil
Make Washington Irving's story relevant to your high school students by linking the early 19th century tale to pop culture influences from the world today. In "The Devil and Tom Walker," Irving tells the story of a man who makes a deal with the devil. This theme always hooks an audience, whether it'
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The Necklace, two-day plan, dynamic approach to de Maupassant’s short story
Use the classic short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This two-day lesson plan includes the full story with attractive illustrations, an 8-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), an interactive Prezi
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Symbolism Extended Metaphor Full-Class Lesson – Make Lit. Relevant to Teens
Analyzing literature doesn’t have to be dry and disconnected from students’ lives. Instead, show your class the awesomeness that great writers tuck into their works and help them use symbolism to make connections from the text to their own lives. In this visually vibrant presentation, you’ll use a
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Spinetingler Horror Short Story w/Informational Text Activity, Fun Stuff, CCSS
Introduce your students to Horatio Quiroga, a master of suspense of who will forever change the way they look at their pillows and mattresses with his famous story of everyday horror, “The Feather Pillow.” This 8-page PDF includes: • Full text of “The Feather Pillow,” a wonderfully creepy short sto
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Odyssey, Homer, Discussion Starters or Use as Pop Quizzes and/or Writing Tasks
Get your students talking about the characters, plot twists, and deeper thematic messages in Homer's classic tale, The Odyssey. This 24-slide Powerpoint (one slide per book/chapter of the poem) will visually grab your students' eyes and also challenge their brains as they work through all 24 "books"
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Midsummer Night’s Dream Unit Plan, FIVE WEEKS of Beautifully Designed Lessons
Looking for a fresh approach to pull your students into A Midsummer Night’s Dream? William Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of love and magic will enthrall your students when you use this MASSIVE bundle of interactive, multimedia lessons. This package includes FIVE WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSON MATERIALS des
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To Kill a Mockingbird, Worksheets Quizzes Discussion & HW for Harper Lee’s Novel
Use this visually stunning package of chapter-by-chapter questions covering Harper Lee’s classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, to pull your students into the text and inspire them to think deeply about Lee’s themes. This packet includes 15 pages of student handouts with detailed questions
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Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst, 3-day lesson, lit. analysis & writing tasks, CCSS
Use the heart-breaking short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This three-day lesson plan includes a 7-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class discussion starters), a pre-writing organizing task that will get yo
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Short Story Unit: 3+ Weeks of Literary Devices & 8 Classic Stories!
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 difficulty leve
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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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Hamlet, Dazzling Lecture Materials to Launch Shakespeare’s Tragic Play
Grab every eye in the room with this gorgeous 40-slide Prezi that provides all of the background information your class will need as you launch your study of William Shakespeare’s classic play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The presentation includes a quickwrite topic that will help mak
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To Kill a Mockingbird Interactive Notebook - Common Core Aligned
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Interactive Notebook - Common Core Aligned This bundle of activities includes over 90 interactive notebook activities to cover before, during, and after reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Every activity is aligned to at least one Common Core State Standard for readi
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Lessons in Nature from Ralph Waldo Emerson – Discussion Materials
Make the words of Transcendental philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson come alive for your students with breath-taking photography in this two-day class discussion activity with optional independent writing activity. This packet includes 12 visually arresting images from nature coupled with qu
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Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe, FREE 2-day lit. analysis lesson, CCSS
Use The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy tale of twisted justice, to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This two-day lesson plan includes a 15-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class discussion starters) and a Storytelling Arc handout (with co
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How to Annotate Text, Annotations, FREE Sticky Note Method Handout with Bookmark
Encourage your students to improve their close reading skills by teaching them to annotate text with this simple sticky-note procedure. This single-sheet handout gives examples of rich and weak annotated comments along with helpful suggestions to guide students who aren’t sure what they should be wr
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"Seven Ages of Man" Use Shakespeare's Poem to Teach Extended Metaphor, CCSS
Use William Shakespeare’s famous “All the World’s a Stage” monologue from As You Like It as a stand-alone lesson on extended metaphor. This 45-minute lesson begins with a close reading of the poem on a handout designed with wide margins for students to record their mental interactions with the text.
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Fahrenheit 451 Introductory Lecture Slides for Bradbury’s Sci-Fi Novel, CCSS
Grab every eye in the room with this gorgeous 43-slide Prezi that provides all of the background information your class will need to launch a study of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi novel, Fahrenheit 451. The presentation includes a high-interest attention-grabber on book censorship and a quickwrite topic t
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English Reading Lit & NonFiction Graphic Organizers {Grades 6-12}
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 graphic organize
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Fahrenheit 451, Mix & Match Worksheets, Discussion & HW for Ray Bradbury’s Novel
Use this visually stunning package of questions covering Ray Bradbury’s modern American novel, Fahrenheit 451, to pull your students into the text and inspire them to think deeply about Bradbury’s themes. This packet includes five student handouts with detailed questions (plot points, inference, an
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To Kill a Mockingbird Dazzling Lecture Materials to Launch Harper Lee’s Novel
Grab every eye in the room with this gorgeous 32-slide Prezi that provides all of the background information your class will need as you launch your study of Harper Lee’s classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The presentation includes a quickwrite topic that will help make To Kill a Mockin
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Rules of the Game, two-day plan, Amy Tan’s short story from Joy Luck Club
Use the short story, “The Rules of the Game” (a short piece from Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club), to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This two-day lesson plan includes a 7-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course) and a creative writing assignmen
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To Kill a Mockingbird, Close Reading Lesson Materials for Four Chapters
Help your students learn how to dig deep into analyzing text with these FOUR SEPARATE CLOSE READING LESSONS to use with chapters 2, 9, 15, and 23 of Harper Lee’s classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Each of the four lessons includes a student handout of a select bit of text with generous
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“Marionettes, Inc.” Literary Analysis Worksheet for Ray Bradbury’s Short Story
Imagine you could buy a clone of yourself and no one would ever know. Unpleasant chores? Your cyborg will clean the mess. Stacks of essays to grade? “You 2.0” quickly manages that paper load. Dinner with a difficult spouse? Send in the clone. What a great world! And nothing could possibly go wrong
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Rip Van Winkle, High-Interest Materials for Washington Irving’s Story, CCSS
Help make Washington Irving’s classic American tale, “Rip Van Winkle,” intriguing to a high school audience with these dynamic lesson materials that will take three class periods to complete. This product includes: • Step-by-step, detailed directions about how to use the three days’ worth of “Rip
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