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Micro Fiction – Flash Fiction – Two-Sentence Stories – Sudden Fiction – Twitter TalesWhatever you want to call them, super-short stories are a super-fun way to spend a single class period as you introduce teens to the idea that an entire story can exist within just two sentences.Use this 20-slide overview lecture with eight compelling examples from four different genres (drama, horror, sci fi, and romance) to get your students’ creative wheels turning. (Slide deck is included in Prezi, PDF, and
Engage your new students from day one with these 11 back-to-school activities that are ideal for the first day and first week of school! This Back-to-School Activities Packet is ideal for middle and high school students, and it is filled with beginning-of-the-year ice breakers and activities you and your students will love!You and your students will get to know each other and start the school year on the right foot with these beginning-of-the-year activities. These 11 first-week-of-school activi
Looking for a quick and engaging way to start class and get students thinking? These growth mindset bell ringers are designed with middle school and high schoolers in mind and will get your students thinking and reflecting. This bell-ringer resource includes 30 growth mindset bell ringers. Each bell ringer includes a growth mindset-inspired quote and a brief writing response. Students will read the quote and write either an argument, informational, or narrative response. For further classroom en
Help your high school and advanced middle school students get creative with this eight-day Personal Narrative essay writing mini-unit. Featuring models of one professional and three exemplar student-written personal narrative essays, this bundle of step-by-step materials will inspire even reluctant students to put pen to paper. Activities/handouts featuring modern design elements and dynamic lecture materials will guide your students to craft their own meaningful autobiographical incident essays
Personal Narrative Writing - An easy package to use to teach students the process of Personal Narrative Writing. These organizers and worksheets are designed to lead students through the writing process from brainstorming to the finished product. Through the use of examples and extensive peer and self-editing, students can produce a well-written narrative paragraph. It can also be used as a starting point for a longer essay or writing piece.For a DIGITAL version of this resource click HERE. I
OUTSIDERS: This Outsiders Novel Study Unit now includes both a print and digital version! Engage your students with standards-based literacy activities as they read S.E. Hinton's classic novel. The Chapter-by-Chapter Response Pages challenge students to dig deep into the text to analyze and make inferences. Perfect for partner work, small groups, or independent study! The Free-Writes topics facilitate great discussions, and students enjoy choice on the essay and creative writing tasks. The DIGIT
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6th - 9th
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Common Core Language and Reading Practice Using Song Lyrics: "Roar" by Katy Perry - updated for distance learning!This IS included in Poetry Resources Bundle, Volume 2.This activity uses popular song lyrics ("Roar" By Katy Perry, written by Bonnie McKee) to practice figurative language & poetic devices. It also includes exercises for students to analyze tone/mood and how the devices contribute to the overall meaning. *NEWLY ADDED (Feb. 26, 2014): Activities for analyzing word connotations (n
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-text 9-page story (public domain), an 8-question student handout (with detailed answer key/class discussion starters), a simile hunt worksheet (also with answer key), and an optional direct/indirect characterization activity. All student handouts are included in both PDF and Google Drive formats.This lesson is best for ad
Diary of Anne Frank Student-Ready Packet is an attractively-designed ready-to-hand-out resource based on the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. It is aligned with ELA Standards, focusing most specifically on these skills:*analysis through citing textual evidence; drawing inferences*determining theme/central idea; summarizing*analyzing dialogue *determining word meanings; connotation*analyzing differences in points of view*writing arguments, explanatory text, and narratives-------------
Grades:
6th - 9th
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, an 8-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and two options for creative writing assignments with specific literary techniques for the students to include in their own O
This unit will take you and your students through the process of planning, drafting, revising, and polishing a narrative piece. These resources will work for personal narratives or fictional short stories, because the skills needed for both forms are the same.The first few days are structured, whole-class lessons. After that, the class moves into a series of writer’s workshop days as students complete mini-lessons and work on developing their own stories.NEW REMOTE TEACHING SUPPLEMENT: If you ar
My #1 top selling lesson! Teachers love my poetry stations! Check out 2.0 as well. Pump up your poetry unit with this 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.Using stations with older students adds interest and engagement to any lesson. A student that was disengaged becomes recep
This Narrative writing bundle includes print and digital resources to teach the language and structural components of a Narrative. The print-n-go sheets, editable PowerPoint presentations, guided notes, interactive notebook activities, Scavenger Hunts, flipbooks, anchor charts, posters, checklists, and marking rubrics will teach your students a step-by-step approach to writing effectively. Activities scaffold every stage of the writing process. All components in this pack are designed to facilit
Engage your students in an exciting and comprehensive narrative writing unit with this resource! This standards-based narrative writing unit includes materials for both a personal narrative and a fictional narrative and includes everything you need to teach narrative writing to your middle and high school students.Walk your students step-by-step through the writing process with the materials in this unit. From brainstorming and organizing to peer editing, this narrative writing unit has it all!T
Halloween Creative Writing Activity - An eye-catching and easy to use assignment for students to create a fun and spooky Halloween Story. Great for both struggling and skilled writers!Includes a unique "Dial A Mystery" activity to help students who have "writer's block". Students can work together or individually to create the ultimate list of ideas to help writer who struggle to come up with creative ideas. My students love this Halloween activity! Easy to differentiate!Download includes: -
William Goldman’s The Princess Bride is the perfect fairy tale to use with secondary students, but it’s not enough to just hit “play” on the DVD. Instead, add a layer of rigor to your students’ study of The Princess Bride with this packet of print-and-teach materials that will take four days to complete while entertaining and challenging your teens.Materials in this 18-page film study include (PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts):• A suggested lesson procedure page with calendar (1 p
This Hobbit Novel Study Unit will instantly engage your students with thought-provoking learning activities aligned to ELA standards. Now includes both a print and digital version for distance learning! Get students thinking deeply, close reading, acquiring new vocabulary, and discussing important ideas as they read J.R.R. Tolkien's fascinating novel. The DIGITAL version offers colorful, beautifully-designed slides that allow students to type their responses into text boxes. Test and all quizzes
REFUGEE - This Refugee Novel Unit now includes both a print and digital version! Instantly engage your students with thought-provoking, standards-based learning activities. Students will enjoy analyzing the text, discussing important ideas, and acquiring new vocabulary as they read Alan Gratz’s gripping novel!The DIGITAL version offers colorful, beautifully designed slides that allow students to type their responses into text boxes. Test and all quizzes are accessed with links to Google Forms,
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6th - 9th
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Exhausted by prep? Tired of spending nights and weekends reinventing the curriculum wheel? This HUGE collection of materials (1,500+ slides and 800+ pages) will take the prep load off your back and give you every slide, every handout, and every day’s detailed lesson procedure tagged with targeted Common Core State Standards for 180 days (36 weeks) of English 9 or English 10. (The CCSS groups Eng. 9 and 10 together. This bundle is one year of course work for either of those levels.)This curriculu
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 reading literature, language (vocabulary), speaking and listening, and writing. This IS included in my To Kill a Mockingbird Growing Bundle, found here: To Kill a Mockingbird Teaching Unit & Interac
This Out of the Dust Novel Study is sure to engage your students with meaningful, standards-aligned learning activities. Now includes a DIGITAL version! Get students thinking deeply, close reading, acquiring new vocabulary, and discussing meaningful ideas as they read Karen Hesse’s compelling novel. Section-by-Section Response Pages challenge students to dig into the text to explain and make inferences. Perfect for partner work or small groups! The pre-reading Web Search acquaints students with
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6th - 9th
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This writing rubric will help teachers save time and energy! This resource for grading writing contains five different writing rubrics for secondary English teachers. Rubrics Included:- Argument Writing- Informative/Explanatory Writing- Narrative Writing- Analyzing Theme Writing- Research Essay WritingThere are two versions of every rubric included. One version includes points value totaling 100 points each. The second version includes a blank space for you to write in the points value yourself.
Creative writing doesn't have to be difficult. You can teach your students to write like famous poets with ease! My "Write Like a Poet" presentation and handouts are perfect for all students, but especially for those who struggle with creativity or hate to write (or hate poetry). Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for reading literature and writing. This is a great distance learning activity for your students! You can share it on a secured platform and let them work at their own pace.
DescriptionStudents discover who they are through art in this hand-self portrait lesson! Get to know your students as they write about their beliefs and who they are as a person. Students will use the creative process to design and apply elements using repetition and variety in their handprint piece.  Students create their own self-portrait using their handprint, Zentangle designs, and a narrative describing who they are. The art lesson centers around creating a piece of artwork based on a core

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