Teach your students proper email etiquette with this 45-minute "How to Email" lesson that includes a high-interest intro. lecture and two fun real-world writing activities.
First, present the right and wrong way to build an email message with a dynamic 15-slide Prezi lecture. Then, assign students
This writing unit focuses on explanatory and informative (expository) writing and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. It has also been recently updated to include Google Drive / Google Classroom editable handouts and MLA 8 style handouts.
This IS included in my mega bundle:
Tired of reading page after page of uninspired research papers? Let’s face it – our kids hate writing research essays, which causes us to be exhausted when reading their half-hearted efforts. A far better approach to teach the Common Core informative/explanatory writing skills our students need is t
Writing instruction has never been easier! This download now includes ALL of my writing resources: argument and persuasive, expository (including journalism), and narrative (including creative) writing. In addition, I added helpful outlines, prompts, and rubrics. The skills practiced are standards-b
This is a proven method for writing body paragraphs in research-based papers. Your student has a working thesis and research for a research paper. Now what? I find that incorporating the research into body paragraphs is the most difficult part of the research paper for my students. This original "R
Journalism Writing Self-Editing/Self-Check Handout for Students - offered in Microsoft Word so you can customize it!
Do you have time to edit students' rough drafts? Isn't reading & grading final drafts time consuming enough? Do math teachers pre-grade homework & tests, turn them back to
A 127 page COMPLETE unit on the novel! NO "FLUFF": This unit focuses on LITERARY DEVICES, SKILLS APPLICATION, and LITERARY ANALYSIS. Unit includes reading guide questions and quizzes, literary analysis activities, and AP style tests and essays. Original photographs of Afghanistan included on handout
This bundle promotes active reading and review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Additionally, it measures reading comprehension and encourages exploration of character development and the concept of heroism, among other things. If you are teaching The Hobbit for the first time or a
Recently updated and expanded, this COMPLETE NOVEL UNIT BUNDLE includes all of the individual products that I offer for my Who Done It -And Then There Were None series. This unit is PACKED with super fun and original activities & writing prompts and has everything you need ready to go!
This summative assessment features 87 questions designed to measure reading comprehension and encourage thoughtful analysis of ideas and themes present in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The corresponding answer key is included. The test breaks down as follows:
Part 1. Character
Argumentative Writing is a more structured and formal style of writing than what many students are used to. The Argumentative Transitional Phrases chart helps students address the various components with higher-level sentence starters. This is intended to be used as a reference sheet as students pra
This assignment is part of my Technical & Applied Writing class's letter writing unit.
The item includes a specific prompt outlining paragraph-by-paragraph expectations for the thank-you letter assignment.
Also included is an evaluation rubric explicitly aligned to the Common Core Standa
This assignment can be used instead of a traditional final exam. It is a reflective essay assignment (with scoring guide) that allows students to engage in all levels of critical thinking, specifically self-evaluation and reflection.
48 page unit on the poem! NO "FLUFF": This unit focuses on LITERARY DEVICES, SKILLS APPLICATION, and LITERARY ANALYSIS. Unit includes reading guide questions and quizzes, vocabulary, literary analysis activities, and AP style tests and essays. Includes a sample essay.
* 15 READING/ANALYSIS SHORT A
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This media project complements broadcast journalism courses or feature writing units.
The primary objective of this project is for students to produce a feature segment on an extracurricular club of their choice, which may then be used by the school for promotional purposes.
This project reinf
Model introductory paragraphs, topic sentences, supporting details (facts, statistics, expert testimony), and concluding paragraphs to support state writing tests and Common Core informational and argumentative writing.
The provided 4 Common Core informational and argumentative prompts and model in
These are most of the materials I have used when teaching Macbeth:
- unit calendar (to give an idea on pacing)
- scene-by-scene organizer
- discussion questions and answers
- two quote analysis assignments
- FUN missing scene assignment
- FUN meme assignment
- summative test
- assignment sheet and r
46 page COMPLETE unit on the short story! NO "FLUFF": This unit focuses on LITERARY DEVICES, SKILLS APPLICATION, and LITERARY ANALYSIS. Unit includes reading guide questions and quizzes, vocabulary, literary analysis activities, and AP style tests and essays. Includes a sample essay.
* 14 READING/
EVERYTHING you need to teach Mary Shelley's novel!
Note: This lesson is designed to match the plot of Mary Shelley’s 1831 revision to her original text, published anonymously in 1818.
The unit is divided up into “into,” “through,” and “beyond” activities. Chapter notes are provided and they can
Items in the zip file include the directions/research packet and Common Core-aligned evaluative rubric. All are Word documents (for ease of revision).
1. Students will articulate connections between a research topic and an assigned novel
2. Students will conduct research using
This checklist includes bulleted circles to check off when an item is completed. The checklist includes Pre-writing, Topic, Topic Sentence (argument verbs), Reasons with Evidence, Conclusion (restate topic, summarize reasons and call to action), and Mechanics (Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Active
This summative assessment measures reading comprehension of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It also assesses a student's ability to write claims in an analysis of the text and its characters using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence. An answer key is included. For a breakdown
This test would be suitable for any honors level, advanced, or AP English class. The test consists of five short answer and one essay question. You could also use the questions for either small-group or whole-class final discussion of the book--a great way to reinforce whatever comes out in the disc
This resource offers four culminating project options once students finish reading The Hobbit. In addition, comprehensive rubrics for each project are offered.
Objectives of projects include (but are not limited to) the following:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of characterization
Everything needed to have a student-led group project, a Literature Circle, over Pride and Prejudice is included in this lesson. The unit will require 19 days for students to read the text within their literature circle, with an additional 4 days for reading quizzes.
Instructions for the teache
Conjunctive adverbs are useful words for all writers, yet few high school or middle school writers know what they are or how to use them. This single-page handout explains conjunctive adverbs (sometimes called adjectival conjunctions), gives lots of examples, and shows how to use them to create smoo
This zip file contains the following:
1. A general overview of the movie critique project. These instructions may easily be modified to accommodate reviews for various media forms (e.g., television). This is a Word document.
2. Sample critiques for class scrutiny. These reviews will spur good c
Man vs Wild Performance Task for 11th-12th grade
In the Man vs Wild Performance Task, students use real information about zebras to practice informative reading and writing in an engaging, real world context. Students take on the role of a biomechanical engineer and write a product
This is a checklist for students to peer review each other's essays. It has a section for students to ask their peer reviewer to check certain areas, as well as a "things done well" and "things that need work" box.
An excellent paper in pushing students towards thematic poetic analysis rather than an analysis organized by poetic elements. Students must find a famous quote that expresses the main theme of the poem, then use that quote as an epigraph for their paper, which is an excellent expository strategy for
Improving Sentence Style QR Codes Task Cards → Editable files!
Working on style with your students? Use this activity to help students improve their style in a piece of writing. This set of task cards provides a fun and interactive revision opportunity for your students. Students will use their
This is a research project that is focused on the analysis of poetry. Students are asked to analyze poetry from the Renaissance or Romantic period. They get student choice in deciding which poems to analyze, and they are required to use research to substantiate their claims. They may also make a
55 page unit on the poem! NO "FLUFF": This unit focuses on LITERARY DEVICES, SKILLS APPLICATION, and LITERARY ANALYSIS. Unit includes reading guide questions and quizzes, vocabulary, literary analysis activities, and AP style tests and essays. Includes a sample essay.
* 18 READING/ANALYSIS SHORT A
This assignment is given to my Technical and Applied students to introduce themselves to me at the beginning of the semester. It also commences the first unit of my class: the letter writing unit.
This item includes a specific writing prompt outlining paragraph-by-paragraph expectations.
The Great Gatsby – Common Core Curriculum Standards
Everything needed to have a student-led group project, a Literature Circle, over The Great Gatsby i s included in this lesson. The unit will require 9 days for students to read the text within their literature circle, with an additional 3 days for
You may also purchase this rubric in a bundle of three rubrics.
This rubric breaks down the holistic description on the essay rubrics provided by the College Board for the AP Language and Composition exam essays into a 6 trait rubric. This allows students to see more specifically where they are doi
Writing, Common Core Writing, Writing Standards, Common Core Essay Prep, CCSS Writing
Nearly 200 Common Core Reading/Literacy: Writing Question Stems and Annotated Standards specifically written for Grades 11-12! Meet the rigor and demands of the Common Core with ease with these standard-specific
This powerpoint walks students through what it means to be concise writers by using wordiness and redundancy examples. Students are walked through meaning, examples, and have opportunities to dissect sentences. This powerpoint is a great addition to a research or formal writing unit.
High School and advanced 8th grade students love this classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which is still as thrilling and horrifying today as it was more than 75 years ago! With its thrilling plot twists, rich vocabulary, and timeless suspense, this novel is sure to be an instant hit with you
This graphic organizer requires journalism students to read and research sports writing to compile a list of verbs to use in their sports writing.
It also contains prompts that ask students to rewrite basic statements for more vivid action writing that engages an audience.
The document is uplo
Even though The Count of Monte Cristo was written more than 150 years ago, the story is just as thrilling as it ever was. Your high school students will be engrossed in the Count's schemes of revenge and will be shocked by all the twists and turns along the way. This novel is an excellent choice f
Planning to teach Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare, but in need of resources designed to promote and measure reading comprehension? This resource may make your life easier, which is more than can be said for, well, virtually all Shakespeare's characters. In this zip file are the followin
This is a two-part package -- a Power Point presentation and a lesson plan. The PPT is available separately by the same name.
This 14-slide Power Point presentation presents hero, villain, protagonist, and antagonist. It explains the shift from using the terms "hero" and "villain" to the more con
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A 269 page COMPLETE unit on the novel! This unit focuses on LITERARY DEVICES, SKILLS APPLICA
'Make Connections' is a stylistics unit that instructs on the importance of transitions and appropriate incorporation of linking words as they pertain to strong essay writing.
What you can expect from Making Connections:
- An introduction on the importance of smooth transitions when writing essay
68 page unit on the poem! NO "FLUFF": This unit focuses on LITERARY DEVICES, SKILLS APPLICATION, and LITERARY ANALYSIS. Unit includes reading guide questions and quizzes, vocabulary, literary analysis activities, and AP style tests and essays. Includes a sample essay.
* 14 READING/ANALYSIS SHORT A
Pride and Prejudice Study Guide and Essay Tests
A list of applicable Common Core State Standards for Reading, Writing, and Language are included.
Included are comprehensive study guides and reading quizzes for Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.
Study Guide I includes 152 questions from Chapter
Each of the quizzes in this file contains 10 multiple choice questions designed to check for literal comprehension. Each also ends with an essay prompt that goes up the critical thinking ladder and asks students to explain or analyze, using supporting evidence from the chapter. The first three quizz