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
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
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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This is a growing bundle on Narrative Writing. It will include more Power Point presentations,note-taking sheets and lessons on
Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts. Using writing prompts with photos to teach descriptive writing is an effective exercise. Teach your students to use concrete, or sensory, detail with three thought-provoking photos with writing prompts and notes on using sensory detail. This is part of my complet
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
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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As a complement to your study of J.D. Salinger’s classic novel The Catcher in the Rye, help your students look closely at the vernacular of Holden Caulfield. In this fun handout and dynamic 14-slide Prezi presentation, students will be dazzled as they break down the components that make Holden’s voi
Imagine this: You or a character of your choosing, have just been invited to attend an ugly sweater Christmas party. You will now have the opportunity to evaluate and carefully select the décor for this festive Christmas event. There are four activities included in this file. They can be used as ind
Use this two-page worksheet to teach the main rules of writing dialogue in a story. Each rule has examples. Then, at the end, students practice writing their own conversation using correct dialogue (includes student example written conversation using correct dialogue). Students can write a conversa
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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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
This is an academic assignment that builds community in the classroom. Students work in pairs to interview and introduce classmates by constructing interviews, writing a friendly and informative letter (while using figurative language), including a photo or piece of original art, publishing the let
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
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
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
This is a collection of three assessments that can be used during a Greek Mythology themed language arts unit. Each assignment provides differentiation by providing an element of choice while still addressing the desired skills.
1) A story book group writing assignment (broken down into 7 steps)
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
This product is useful for teaching your students a 3-step process for properly punctuating dialogue in their writing. Included is the following:
- PowerPoint file with 3-step instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and a picture quote activity where students write
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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
Want to get your 10th grade classes to dig deeper in their analysis of literature while having fun with creative writing?
Integrate creative writing into your class every day with these innovative prompts and exercises.
This resource will help you answer your biggest questions as a teacher of wr
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
Teach students the art of writing dialogue using this step-by-step cooperative lesson plan. This product contains everything you need to teach dialogue! Students begin the lesson by analyzing the subtle differences dialogue creates when added to narrative writing. Next, students take notes on the
Spin-doctoring, the purposeful twisting of words to manipulate nonfiction readers, can create dangerous propaganda for minds unaccustomed to critical analysis of word choices. We must teach 6th- through 9th-grade students to read critically and be on the lookout for subtly injected points-of-view in
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,
Want your students to have fun and improve their skills by writing about literature in new and creative ways?
9th grade is a transition year for sure—students are getting ready for more serious work of the later high school years, but they are also not quite ready to let go of the fun of the younge
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
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
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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.
This bundle includes lessons and activities to excite your students about their reading of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Activities stress the use of text evidence, close reading, nonfiction reading, and other reading review tools. Here is what is included:
Text Evidence Anticipation Guide
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
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
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 to print and includes:
Fast fiction is a fun and quick way to actively introduce your students to the main elements of storytelling. Students learn best when they can apply the knowledge that you are teaching them. This activity prompts them to write setting, characters, rising action, climax, and resolution so that when
“Ahhhh!” A scream pierced the air. It was my English teacher, reading an incorrectly punctuated line of dialogue for the 178th time in two days. Clearly she had reached her breaking point. She put her head on her desk and it appeared she was breathing more heavily than usual.
“Should we do somethin
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
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.
Brainstorming Graphic Organizer
Word Association Web
Formal Outline Template
Student Revision Checklist
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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Lesson four is about plot. What drives a plot and keeps the reader engaged? Students will learn basic plot structure, from inciting incident to climax, as well as tips for organizing everything in between. Then, they’ll draw plot charts for their own stor
This writing project is a combination of written analysis and creative narration, and can be applied to almost any piece of literature. Could be used with a variety of grades from Middle School through High School. Project includes relevant Common Core Standards, an Introduction, Teacher Instruction
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
This fun creative writing assignment is a great alternative to assigning a standard essay.
Your students will love the fun creativity and you will love the innovative way to teach critical thinking and writing skills.
Students will demonstrate their ideas about a character from a text that you hav
This activity can be used to help students realize the impact of descriptive writing. It is useful in most grade levels, especially middle and high school grades. It's high interest and engaging, and never fails to leave students laughing by the end of the class! In this activity, students are as
ESSAY RUBRIC AND STUDENT CHECKLIST:
This Rubric and Checklist can be used for the Narrative Essay.
The Rubric is comprehensive with the intent to cover the primary aspects of the narrative essay. Easy-to-grade with numerical choices per each Essay element and additional feedback box.
Telling a personal story can be a challenge for some students. Using this planning sheet will assist your learners with dissecting the various parts of a personal story and help them plan what they want to say. This lesson includes a list of words to use for "said" and suggested words for various em
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
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
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
This mythology unit presented by High 5 Achievers is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and consists of a 52 slide PowerPoint Presentation with numerous lesson plans. In the PowerPoint presentation students will become familiar with:
• the 12 major Olympian gods/goddesses and their domains