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Personal Narrative Essay, Autobiographical Incident Writing, Step-By-Step, CCSS
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
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Point of View, Unreliable Narrator, Fun Lecture and Narrative Writing Activity
Get your students excited about writing with this full-class period point-of-view lesson about Unreliable Narrators. This dazzling 47-slide Prezi is a visual feast that connects students’ modern lives to the writing technique masterfully used by Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and
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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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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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Princess Bride Film Study, Add Rigor to Movie Viewing, Worksheets, Fun! CCSS
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 comp
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ELA Standards Checklists Grades 9-10 Editable
Editable Common Core ELA Standards Checklists Grades 9-10 - easy to use and customize for your classroom use! This IS included in my Common Core Bundle for Grades 9-12 AND
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Night Elie Wiesel "Letters from the Cattle Car" Victim Letters
Common Core Aligned. Great activity for section 2 of Elie Wiesel's memoir Night. Students will complete close reads of victim farewell notes and compare the notes' purposes and use of language. Upon completion students will write their own descriptive notes to families or friends role playing Eli
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Horror Mini-Unit Bundle ELA Reading & Narrative Writing, Grade 8 - High School
This product is also available in my Bundle of Fear (200+ Pages and growing). Don't miss out! Get students hooked and keep them engaged using the theme of ho
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COMMON CORE ENGLISH POSTERS (Grade 9-10)
Common Core English Posters: These 88 posters use "I can..." statements for each of the grade 9-10 English Language Arts Common Core Standards. Print, laminate and you have ready to use posters to display in your class as you cover the essential standards!
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"Coach Carter" Film Unit: Narrative Essay, Argumentative Editorial, & More!
Check out our new store, Secondary Cinema, for a NEW & IMPROVED version of this movie guide, along with our other film units! You may also like:
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Writer's Resources bundle: posters and handouts for a writer's corner
**Please note: many of these products are for sale elsewhere in my store in smaller bundles. They are linked in the list below. These handouts and posters combine to form my Writer’s Resources board. This 4’ x 4’ bulletin board is in the corner of my room, and kids are welcome to use any of the wri
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Strong Leads and Closing Lines for Narratives:  Activity Bundle
Open with a POW! and Close with a BANG! Can’t get your students to start a narrative with anything other than the “Have you ever …???” question? And when it comes to ending a narrative, do they struggle because they don’t know how to end one other than with the words “The End?”
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Reflective Writing Lesson (Inspired by Dr. Seuss's Oh The Places You'll Go)
The lessons in Dr. Seuss's Oh The Places You'll Go story are invaluable and offer a great text example of beginning with the end in mind as we think through our decisions. This fun and engaging lessons pushes students to identify various story elements such as theme, key ideas, textual based answers
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Strong Leads and Closing Lines for Narratives {Printable Resource}
Open with a POW! and Close with a BANG! Can’t get your students to start a narrative with anything other than the “Have you ever …???” question? And when it comes to ending a narrative, do they struggle because they don’t know how to end one other than with the words “The End?” Th
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Creative Writing Workshop Complete Bundle
Hi! I'm Livia Blackburne, author of the NY Times bestselling young adult novel Midnight Thief. In July of 2015, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great short stories and novellas! After the camp, I revised my
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Facts Within Fiction Research--                     "Diary of a Fly" Style!
Finally: FUN research for middle and high schoolers! Do your students (and you?) whine when they think of research? If so, this is the research assignment you need. This project is fast and fun. Based on Cronin’s “Diary of a Fly,” students will choose a topic (or you can assign it; I have sugges
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Common Core Writing I Can Statements for 9th and 10th Grade
Our administrators have asked us to post I Can statements, written in student-friendly language, as learning targets for our students. I have tried writing these on the board in the past, but found that could be time consuming. I created these posters to use instead. I plan to laminate them and p
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FULL STORE BUNDLE - Get Every Product in My Store!
SPECIAL PRICE: 50$ OFF for the month of August! Save $240.00 (usually $190.00) by purchasing everything in my store, over 6,500 pages/slides and nearly an hour of original video content, all on DVD! Get ready-to-use resources for a huge variety of standards and topics that cover almost every requi
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Writing Blocks: 1st 6 Weeks 9th and 10th Grade Writing Program
This is the 1st 6 weeks of a year long common-core aligned interactive notebook writing program for 9th and 10th grades that improves student writing through the deliberate practice of sentence imitation (generative grammar). Each day, the teacher guides students through a scaffolded imitation of a
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Collaborative Folk Tale Skit Writing: Engaging Common Core Synthesis Activity!
This is a wonderfully fun yet challenging cooperative small group assessment activity to be used in any Creative Writing or ELA course in which you have a folk tale unit and wish to incorporate a dramatic activity. I would suggest sharing the folk tale PowerPoint notes/application set I also have fo
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Hippie Boy Teaching Guide: Transforming Lives Through Personal Storytelling
For the past two years, I have been using Ingrid Ricks' memoir Hippie Boy: A Girl's story (a New York Times Bestseller) as part of a narrative writing unit in my high school English classes. Because students connect so strongly with Ingrid's story of power struggles, poverty and the need to escape,
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Halloween Narrative Writing for High School - Prompt, Rubric, Outline & More
Students will write a fictional narrative inspired by Halloween, establishing an eerie tone and depicting a conflict that involves supernatural characters, elements, etc. One allusion to Halloween’s history must also be integrated into the plot. Typically, this activity spans 2 weeks of instructio
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Writing Common Core Question Stems and Annotated Standards - Grades 9-10
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 9-10! Meet the rigor and demands of the Common Core with ease with these standard-specific q
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Winter Narrative Writing with the movie A Christmas Story
This is a perfect way to review the elements of a story and teach students narrative writing all while watching one of the most famous holiday movies of all time: A Christmas Story. Students write down actual examples (including specific lines from the narrator in the movie) that include funny char
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Introductory Exercise: Letter to Self
From Electric English... This is a take home assignment designed to get the students writing and reflecting on themselves. It is important as students begin the school year for them to take a moment to reflect on where they are as a person, their goals for the year, and what they hope to achieve.
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Narrative Writing Task with a Halloween Story
Use "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving to make Halloween connections in your secondary ELA class. In addition to analyzing author's style, students include character, setting, plot, and theme in their own story writing. This activity gives students practice with narrative writing and he
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Personal Narrative Introductions Slideshow (Mini-Lesson)
This is a Google Slides presentation that you could use with your students to give a mini-lesson on writing an introduction to a personal narrative that hooks the reader, sets the scene, and sets a thematic focus (matches the Common Core State Standards). It provides examples of each step with an in
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ELA Collaborative Writing Activity ~ Comic Strip Short Story Synthesis
This is a 2-page, double copies per page, step-by-step set of directions for students to create an original comic strip re-telling a mystery short story through both word and image. This activity can easily be used in a Creative Writing elective, or in any unit focused on plot development and analys
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Narrative Essay Writing Packet: Prompts, Brainstorm, Outline, Checklist, Rubric
NARRATIVE ESSAY PACKET: This packet includes the following tools to help your students through the entire process of writing a narrative essay. No prep and ready to print. Writing Prompts Brainstorming Graphic Organizer Word Association Web Formal Outline Template Student Revisio
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The Hobbit Post-Reading Project
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 2. Demonstra
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Globe Theater Narrative: An essay exploring theatre in Shakespeare's time
From Drama Dreams and English Themes, this narrative assignment lets students explore prior learning on William Shakespeare, the Globe theater, and Elizabethan England by imagining they are going to attend a play at The Globe during this time period. The essay is designed to be written in first pers
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Julius Caesar - Character Interview writing assignment
For this activity, the students are to write an interview of a major character from the story as if that person were being asked by a news reporter about the events in the story. This assignment gives students practice both in writing creativity and demonstrating their knowledge of the themes and
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In the Time of the Butterflies eNotes Essential Lessons
This is a full six-week unit to teach In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. All of the lesson are aligned to Common Core Standards for 9th-10th grade. Essential Lessons have been developed to teach students key reading skills. Whereas many lesson plans focus on the comprehensio
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Writing Blocks Writing Program 1st Week Sample
This is a sample of a year long common-core aligned interactive notebook writing program that improves student writing through sentence imitation (generative grammar). Each day, the teacher guides students through a scaffolded imitation of a sentence. At the end of the week, students will use the
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Creating Character Worksheet
This worksheet can be used as a prewriting activity to help students develop character.
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"Lather and Nothing Else" by Hernando Tellez: Writing a Dramatic Skit
In this lesson, students are writing a dramatic interpretation of a scene from the short story "Lather and Nothing Else." It can be easily adapted to any short story or even a chapter from a novel. Students work collaboratively to select and adapt the scene in a way that is consistent with the origi
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How to Hook the Reader
Many writers struggle with the opening lines of a story. This worksheet will introduce your students to some different kinds of hooks and help them see how they can use them to engage a reader. It would work well for covering one of the narrative writing standards in the Common Core (W3a).
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Teaching Mango Street For Real
This is THE underground unit for culturally-based writing by Matt Amaral, the hard-hitting educator and founder of teach4real.com. Matt's unit has already been used by over a hundred real teachers, and they love his focus on narrative writing and literary terms and analysis. This unit was created by
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Literary Analysis of The Prodigal Son
This comprehensive mini-unit provides a literary analysis of the enduring and beloved story, the parable of "The Prodigal Son." Social justice themes, such as poverty and equity, are emphasized through a historic-critical reading of this ancient Mediterranean classic. This lesson attends to three m
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Julius Caesar RAFT Activity
RAFT is a writing strategy that helps students understand their roles as writers, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they'll be writing about. By using this strategy, you can encourage students to write creatively, to consider a topic from a different persp
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Writing Mnemonic for High School ELA - G.O. T.I.G.E.R.S.
For many students writing begins with "Where do I start?" and ends with "What's next?" This writing mnemonic can help! Mnemonics improve with memorizing important information and assists students with remembering "What's next?" This mnemonic set can be used as a writing center, poster set, or bul
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Broadcast Journalism Newscast Project
Get your entire class in on this one! I use this assessment later in the year for students to use all of what they've learned and collaborate as a class. This can also be repeated as many times as you want! Students will research and re-write a few stories, and then report one original story (the
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The Count of Monte Cristo Writing Prompts
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
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Bundle G9-10 Narrative Reading & Writing - ‘Globetrotter’ Performance Task
Bundle of 6 editions of Globetrotter Performance Task for 9th-10th grade In the Globetrotter Performance Task, students use real information about a world city to practice narrative reading and writing in an engaging, real world context. Students take on the role of a travel blogge
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Common Core Standards Checklists for 9th or 10th Grade Language Arts
This is a comprehensive, easy-to-use checklist containing the entire common core standards for 9th/10th grade Language Arts. -Reading Informational Standards -Reading Literature Standards -Writing Standards Use as a teacher tool, a printable for students to track their progress with the standar
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Narrative Writing Graphic Organizers
Guide students through the narrative writing process with graphic organizers! This is a great resource for helping students to plan and organize their narratives. All of the Common Core Standards for narrative writing are covered with this product. Everything is ready
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"A Joke" (Chekhov) short story study guide - Russian Literature
Study unit for a wonderful short story about the magic of first love! Extensive Common Core Standards aligned package for analysis of the timeless classic by A. Chekhov including vocabulary builder, close reading and discussion and 3 interactive notebooks: figurative language scavenger hunt, plot su
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Free CALLA Lesson Plan! Help Teach Students Some Clarity!!!
This is a demo of a lesson plan for ESL students! It is meant to provide a shell for a lesson based on English grammar, specifically in the understanding of noun/pronoun agreement. This shell lesson was written for 9th and 10th graders. It follows New York State Common Core standards, and briefly de
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NaNoWriMo 2017-- Narrative, Novel Writing
This has what you need to be successful at NaNoWriMo in your classroom! Planning, revising, and soon, it'll have rubrics, score sheets, and grading help! In a printer ready classroom kit, you will find activities to get your students started, checklists for publication and, and several plot outl
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Fairy Tale Common Core Original Parody Writing: Synthesis Activity
This is a wonderfully fun yet challenging formative assessment/creative writing activity; this printable can be used in any Creative Writing/ELA course (or other!) in which you have a fairy tale unit and wish to help students develop their understand and application of parody. I would suggest potent
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Mythology: Original God/Goddess ~ Common Core Synthesis Activity
This is a newly revised, single page PDF of step-by-step directions for students to imagine a brand new mythic deity (or human character) in a Mythology or Creative Writing elective OR within a Mythology unit in any secondary ELA course. The printable is a highly graphic, detailed and engaging act
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Writing Comic Dialogue: ELA Common Core Synthesis, Includes Rubric
This is a single page, step-by-step (printable!) activity sheet you can use as a formative or summative assessment on implementing effective dialogue properly in writing. This is based on the 6 Traits of Effective Writing, and is a fun, hands-on activity for students to not only apply their knowledg
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