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This Smartboard unit is to go along with The Writers Workshop: Literary Essay. These Charts are easily adaptable for 3-5. These charts, samples, and resources are based on 16 Lessons. This product has been adapted from Units of Study for Teaching Writing Grades 3-5 by Lucy Calkins.
This PowerPoint teaches students about evidence-based writing, using inference skills, and constructing short responses based on textual evidence. I call it the "Sherlock Holmes Method of Writing." This includes a short video of a scene in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes that illustrates how Sherlock
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Use this document with "The Lorax" book by Dr. Seuss (easily found in many book stores) and "The Lorax" original video clip (easily found on YouTube). You could use the newer movie from 2012, but it is time consuming to watch (1hr35mins) whereas the video clip is only 25mins. The worksheet asks stu
I don't know about your classroom, but when I mention to my middle school students that they will be writing BCRs, I hear all kinds of moans and groans. But once I explain that writing BCRs is simply practicing for a lifetime of winning arguments, they change their tune. Kids love to argue, don't
This product includes everything needed to complete student writing assignment using text-based evidence from multiple sources. The topic of the assignment is the wildly popular viral video, "What does the fox say?" (available for viewing here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE). This is
HOLOCAUST | SCHINDLER'S LIST | HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAYI teach Schindler's List in several of my courses. One course is called REVENGE AND RETRIBUTION – JUSTICE AND LAW.  In this course, I usually teach Plato, Herodotus, or Thucydides. Schindler’s List is a wonderful film to teach alongside these Gre
When teaching students to write, one of the biggest barriers is explaining to them what we expect. Secondly, it can be hard for students to synthesize every writing trait we've taught them. Using model papers can be a huge help in solving these problems because with this method, we are able to sta
Improve student writing authentically by podcasting. Podcasting is creating an audio recording that is meant to be listened to. When students write and read their writing, the revision process becomes more meaningful. Use with ANY technology with this unit. I have listed my four favorite apps and w
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All great war heroes eventually struggle with their duty serving their country and providing for their family. This lesson includes two passages from the Iliad- Odysseus attempting to persuade Achilles to return to the war and Trojan hero Hector's speech to his wife arguing that he must return to b
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Nobel Prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, is arguably the greatest Latin American author. His recent death brought to light the impact his work made on modern audiences. Introduce students to Garcia-Marquez and Magical Realism through the variety of video, audio and art links that are incl
This assignment page was created to go along with the movie "Into the Woods" as a way to practice reviewing films. You can edit the document to be used with any musical film. The students take notes on their favorite character, actor or actress, musical number etc. and write a five paragraph movie r
Descriptive Essay Writing PowerPoint introduces your students to the process of descriptive essay writing. Students are presented the complete process; from what it is, types, choosing a topic, starters, audience and purpose, gathering information, drafting, outline, providing elaboration; to revis
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Hamlet -- the world's most intellectual play -- performed by inmates at a maximum security prison. All students, no matter who they are, will connect with This American Life's radio episode 218: Act V which recounts the prisoner's lives, their take on their characters and ultimately transforms both
10 Things I Hate About You is a movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. You can have students read the Shakespeare play and watch the adaptation or selected scenes from it to compare and contrast. This essay assignment asks students to compare and contrast these two works. The promp
This PowerPoint presentation is an introduction to writing thesis statements, specifically for National History Day projects. This is editable to fit the needs of your students!
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Bring the magic of Ancient Egypt to life in your classroom as students explore the meanings and rituals that the Ancient Eghyptians developed for their beloved relatives, friends, and pharaohs. In this project, students are tasked in creating a mummy sarcophagus out of an egg carton, masking tape,
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This webquest takes students to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's website. They will listen and watch survivor interviews that are about 1-2 minutes in length and answer questions about them. The testimonies have been chosen to give students an idea of the common experience of survivors and a fe
This activity is a great way to introduce the idea of ethos, pathos, and logos to students. The packet begins with a list of vocabulary, both ELA vocab and vocab that will help students understand the economic terms in Shark Tank. Following the vocab is a chart where students will write down the
With a learning goal of elaboration and sentence variety, this four part powerpoint is over 100 teaching slides, loaded with over 30 VIDEO CLIPS! SAVE by purchasing this BUNDLE instead of each part individually! Specifically designed for grades 5-10, these writing lessons have the power to engag
This is an introduction to the world's first argument structure: the classical argument. A 48 slide Prezi introduces students to the elements and structure of the argument using multimedia clips covering the Challenger Shuttle disaster, President Ronald Reagan's speech and then-Congressman Barack Ob
- Writing a speech handout- Video Link: Speech by Barack Obama- The script of the speech (typed) Perks: - Students love videos! - You have the text as a handout (you can distribute with the video or wait)- Students can annotate and/or identify persuasive devices used in the speech. PLEEEEAAAAASSSEEE
I created this power-point presentation to teach my high school students how to write a good thesis statement. It explains what a thesis statement is and what it is not, and how to write one. Hope that it is helpful in guiding your students' writing and understanding the concept of a thesis and
A set of nine questions to support a unit of work on Wes Anderson's superb film 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. This is an excellent film for study because it is of wide appeal, is fun, and can be analysed at different levels of depth and complexity. As a film text it provides excellent examples of art design,
A PowerPoint on Analyzing Argument. Includes types of arguments, warrants, and backing. Used in an AP Language and Composition course.

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