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Interactive Reading Notebook Activity: Analyzing Author's Choices
Interactive Reading Notebook: Analyzing the Author's Choices (Grades 6-12) This IS included in my Interactive Reading Notebook Mega Bundle. Use this fun "road trip" reading journey interactive notebook activity to analyze the author's choices for theme, plot, setting, characters, and word meaning
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Author's Choice of Language Graphic Organizer
This graphic organizer can be used to help the reader understand that the author purposefully chooses characters, details, and events. This document should be printed front to back.
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ELA Author's Choices Worksheet
Students need to be able to analyze a variety of texts and using this worksheet will allow a simple breakdown of an author's choices in purpose, sentence structure, organization, vocabulary, point of view, and character choice. Used in conjunction with classroom discussion, students will come away w
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Impact of an Author's Choices - Playlist and Teaching Notes
Students explore standard RL.11-12.3 with this playlist. They will analyze an author’s choices regarding the development of literary elements in a story. Students will learn how to determine the impact of an author’s choices on the story and the reader. Students also have the option to listen to ins
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When the Emperor Was Divine: Ch.1, Cultural References, Author's Choices Matter
I teach ch.1 from Julie Otsuka's novel When the Emperor was Divine in my short story unit. Below is how I describe the lesson to my students. The goal of this lesson is to teach students to understand that author's choices matter--that the painting on a character's wall or the music playing on a c
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Author's Choice Sort
The students are given snippets of text and ask to determine what the author was trying to do with the snippet. Was the author trying to develop the character? Was the author trying to establish the setting? Was the author trying to tell us the conflict?
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Author's Choice for "You Belong With Me"
Invite students to analyze author's choice in Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me." There are TWO versions of this graphic organizer, so you can differentiate your instruction with students, opting for more or less scaffolding.
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Author's Choices About Structure - Playlist and Teaching Notes
Students explore standard RL.11-12.5 with this playlist. They will learn how the specific parts of a story’s structure, such as the exposition, contribute to the overall structure. Students will learn how the specific parts of a story’s structure contribute to the meaning of the story. Students also
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Non-Fiction Organization & Author Choices - Seymour Simon Books
This 12-lesson unit builds upper elementary students' ability to read technical texts that have few text feature supports and their knowledge of human biology. The focus is on how and why the author groups (or chunks) information and how readers can notice that invisible organization. Students will
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Short Story Unit Terms and Notes: Author's Choices and Theme
Introduce your students to literary terms for author's choice. Topics include: *theme *parallel plots *flashback *pacing *symbolism *foreshadowing *irony This PowerPoint presentation includes definitions, examples from stories and movies, embedded videos, and visuals to target a variety of learnin
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Google Drive Graphic Organizers: Reading Literature
Graphic organizers are versatile tools to use in your classroom; you can introduce a new skill, practice skills, and assess comprehension and learning. This teaching resource is a collection of 56 of my standards-based organizers for reading literature in Google Drive format. This is a PAPERLESS ac
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Author Study
Author Study Made Easy! These ready-to-go printables will help you lead your students through an in-depth author study of any fiction author you choose! (Ideas for great author choices included!) Who is This For? 2nd - 4th Grade Students Teachers looking for a fun and easy way to guide students
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Of Mice and Men
This 104 page Of Mice and Men comprehensive unit plan includes anticipation guides, chapter analyses, reading guides, group activities, graphic organizers, classroom debates, vocabulary packets, quizzes, writing assignments, a jeopardy review game, a culminating project, and a comprehensive unit tes
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Author Study Independent Project (Common Core Aligned for 4th, 5th, and 6th)
I created this project after my fifth grade class was done with state testing. My state tests in early March, leaving us with two and a half months left in the school year. A bit stressful, but it also allows a good chunk of time for my students to complete and enjoy more independent projects… just
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Spanish Grammar:  La Leyenda del Espantapájaros & Preterit vs Imperfect
This product includes 4 scaffolded activities to accompany the viewing of the short film "La Leyenda del Espantapájaros" (available on YouTube, link provided). Students will begin by watching the short animated film and answering some basic questions in Spanish about what they see happening.
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Interactive Bookmarks to Support Reading Comprehension {CCSS Aligned}
***20 different interactive bookmarks to fit all of your needs for Reading Workshop. How to Use: The bookmarks included in this product are intended to be used in a variety of instructional contexts. Simply print out enough so that each student has one and cut them apart. Read below to find out
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Go Figure Figurative Language Unit
As a teacher of older students, you know how important it is for your students to understand and identify figurative language. It also allows them the opportunity to interpret the author's choice of words and mood of their pieces. Students will be engaged with this unit through brainstorming, coll
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Behavior Coupons for the Classroom
Tired of filling up that treasure chest and spending oodles of money? Try out these awesome behavior coupons! This zip file contains PDF versions of 12 different behavior coupons, along with .docx versions of each file so you can customize the fonts and images to suit your classroom! These can be
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Author Study Common Core
This is a 16 page author study resource pack. In this resource, students are able to conduct a short research report on an author of their choice. They will fill out a biography form and include information in a power point presentation. Students will also be required to read multiple b
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Figurative Language using popular music from today Common Core aligned
This lesson requires the students to use great critical thinking skills! This lesson is aligned to the Common Core standards focused on figurative language and the impact of an authors choice of words to a text. My lesson is set up for the 6th grade, however it can be used and aligned with the 5th
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Author Study Interactive Notebook Foldables For ANY Author
These FUN & ENGAGING interactive notebook foldables can be completed when studying ANY author. You can complete this project as a whole class about one specific author that you are studying in the classroom or you can put your students' research skills to the test! Give your class the student t
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Divergent Novel Final Exam Common Core Aligned - Editable
Editable (in Microsoft Word) final exam for Divergent by Veronica Roth - Aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Reading, Language, and Writing This IS included in my Divergent Novel Unit - Common Core Aligned. *RECENTLY UPDATED to include EDITABLE files and an ALTERNATE Test for different
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Minilessons to Teach Point of View in Reading Workshop
This three-day minilesson series will guide you through teaching students how to identify and analyze the point of view the author chose to tell the story in through the umbrella minilesson, "Readers critique the point of view the story is written in so that they can analyze what was effective and i
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Old Yeller Literature Unit
This is a four-week unit for the novel Old Yeller. Each week includes 15 questions (mostly short answer), vocabulary matching and fill-in-the-blank, and a choice of two journal entries. The questions target different cognitive levels, but are predominately knowledge and comprehension. Five vocabul
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"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker: Close Reading Lessons (4 days)
"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker: Close Reading Lessons (4 days) This detailed, four-day close reading lesson guides students through Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" and asks them to make insights about characters, themes, and symbols in Walker's famous short story. What's included in this resource •
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When You Reach Me Novel Study
This is a comprehensive unit plan for the novel When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. The book is a Newberry award winning novel, first published in 2009. It is a sci-fi mystery about a young girl in 1970s NYC who starts receiving mysterious notes about saving her friend’s life. In this unit plan y
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Analyzing Mood: Three Skeleton Key
What better way to engage your students in close reading and literary analysis but with a spine tingling thriller complete with skeletons, a lonely island, and three trapped men! Addressing the Literature Common Core Standards for reading, this complete lesson unit makes use of the classic horror st
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Ducky Literature Unit
Ducky by Eve Bunting is a wonderful book for Earth Day, an author study, or for studying the effects of pollution in our oceans. Based on a true story from 1992, this book is highly engaging for your students! *******Skills and strategies addressed******* predicting, synthesis, q
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Story Element Analysis with VIDEO: NO PREP Lesson & Activities: CCSS.RL.3
Use short film clips to teach students to analyze how dialogue, characterization and story elements develop, interact and advance the plot or theme in secondary reading literature (common core ELA standard #3)! Introduce, Practice & Assess: CCSS.ELA.RL.3 (GRADES 6-12)! 2 products: Grade 6-8 ve
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Mood in Movie Trailer Remakes - Engaging Activity to Scaffold Mood Analysis
To scaffold mood analysis in more complex texts, I introduce the concept by showing movie trailer remakes to demonstrate how mood is created. (If you haven't seen movie trailer remakes on YouTube, check them out ASAP!) This activity helps students build the skill of close reading, but through a diff
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Journeys Reading Unit 1 Lesson 5 Grade 2 Smartboard Lesson
This Smart Board lesson focuses on each day’s lesson for Journeys: Teacher's Pets. The focus wall is displayed daily and the lessons touch on all of the skills on the focus wall. This is an interactive way for the students to get more involved and has also helped keep students on track. I hope you w
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Thirteen Reasons Why - Novel Unit Plan
Thirteen Reasons Why Literature Guide Novel Unit - Common Core State Standards Aligned Comprehensive literature guide novel unit for Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why includes: -CCSS aligned curriculum map -Anticipation Guide -Character Chart (Hannah Baker) -Character Chart (Clay Jensen) -Characte
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Author Study Literacy Project
The author study project is meant to incorporate reading, writing, and research into a trimester long literacy project. This project aims to address reading for both a recreational and close-reading purpose. Recreational reading affords the student the sole opportunity to improve his/her primary rea
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The Choice is Up to You - A Reading Choice Board
Your students will love the opportunity to demonstrate to you what they have learned in their independent reading. This choice board should act as a guide for students as they are reading a self selected novel or a novel being read in literature circles. Each activity has been aligned with the Com
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AUTHOR STUDY/RESEARCH {BIOGRAPHY FLIPBOOK ORGANIZER}
Make research on famous authors interesting and fun with this biography Flipbook organizer. Your students will undertake an author study of the life and work of 12 famous authors.WHAT’S INCLUDED: ✓ Blackline flipbook templates ( 13 cover options) ✓ 1 banner – buntings reading ‘Amazing Authors’ ✓ Se
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Letter to the Author Plus Rubric
This book report gives students the opportunity to write a letter to an author of their choice. The students are required to read a book then write the author a letter. The directions and rubric are two to a page to save paper.
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Text Structure & Order of Events with FILM:NO PREP Lesson & Activities:CCSS.RL.5
BRAND NEW: Use short film clips to analyze how text structure, order of events and time impacts meaning, mood, tension, surprise, mystery and aesthetic style in secondary reading literature (common core ELA standard #5)! Introduce, Practice & Assess: CCSS.ELA.RL.5 (GRADE 6 - 12) 2 products: Gr
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A Thousand Splendid Suns - Writing Prompts and Reading Guide
These reading questions cover all of Khaled Hosseini's popular work of contemporary fiction, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and concern plot details and thematic development, especially the novel's portrayal of historical changes in 20th century Afghanistan and gender roles. There are 5-7 questions per s
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A Day No Pigs Would Die- Student Journal and Novel Study
A Day No Pigs Would Die (by Robert Peck) Student Journals and Novel Study WHY JOURNALS? I wanted a resource to engage kids every step along the way of reading a novel. What I did NOT want my kids to do was read and answer comprehension questions and look up vocabulary, which all the other novel st
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Learning Targets: 4th Grade Reading "I Can" Statements
It's important that students know what they are going to learn and what they should be able to do when they are finished with lessons. These Learning Targets are all typed up for you in KID FRIENDLY "I can" statements to post in your classroom and share with your students. Just print on card stock,
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Tenses - working with words
This activity sheet can be used as a centre activity or on its own to consolidate work on tense. Children use a text to identify authors choice of tense and extend the tense for each kind.
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Text Dependent Monster Pack - 5 Literature Tales to Discuss and Interact
Text dependent questions are all the rave. Harking back to the days of Bloom’s Taxonomy, these ask the students to prove their understanding of a text in an increasingly rigorous manner. We start with the general knowledge that asks for students to locate information directly from the page. It mov
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Reading Strategies/Close Reading Paired Passages: Poetry Passage 1
If you are looking for rigorous questioning, this paired passage is for you! This is a pairing of two poems, In Flanders Field and I Have a Rendezvous with Death. The passages include short author studies of the poets as well. The 20 questions are multiple choice and include questions on figurative
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Author Study Resources
Several times throughout the year, our class breaks apart into groups of two and three to study an author of their choice. The groups begin by creating a biography poster usign the research form included in this document. Next they read the books they chose from their author, followed by the creatio
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Poetry Unit PowerPoint Presentation
This unit was made for 'Publisher's Night' and to introduce the students to eight different types of poems. The slides guide the students to create their own poetry journals. The slides include instruction on a title page, dedication page, all about me page, acrostic poem, haiku poem, bio poem, ci
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If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 Study Guide and Activities
This packet provides an activity for every 4 or 5 pages of reading the book. Activities include: Reading a Cutaway picture Sequencing Decision-Making Writing Opinions Crossword Comprehension Pros and Cons Character Traits Comprehension Questions Understanding Authors Choice of Text (Italics/Quotes)
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The Author Song
Year after year, my kids would miss the same question on our district's tests!! "What does the author do?" The choices on the test would say (1) Draws the pictures, (2) Works at the Library, or (3) Writes the Words. Even though we would go over every day who the author is of a book we were reading a
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Mini Author Study Research Project
This is a shortened version of an author study that I have done in the past. Students research an author of choice and write different about different elements of this author and his works. They must write a short bio of the author's life, write a book summary of one of his/her stories, and more b
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"A & P" John Updike CCSS Assessment
John Updike "A &P" 25 Question CCSS Assessment. 16 Multiple Choice Questions, 6 Text Dependent Matching Questions, 1 Short Answer Question, 1 Extended Response Answer Question. Covers: theme, underlying themes, character development, character motivation, unreliable narrator, dialogue, setting
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I Need My Monster
This is a scripted lesson I use with a tutor to reteach students how to compare and contrast (author's choice of words is a secondary skill, but not explicitly taught). This two page lesson guide includes before, during, and after reading activities as well as some vocabulary words found in the stor
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Sentence Parts - Clause hunts in any text
This activity sheet can be used as a centre activity or on its own to consolidate work on clauses. Children use a text to identify authors choice of language in a clause. It helps children identify the specific parts of the clause. For Australian Curriculum the columns are colour coded according to
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March Poetry St. Patricks Day, Spiders, Colors Poems, Writing, Sentence Strips
If you are anything like me, then you hate poems. I know, you're probably thinking, is that allowed for a first grade teacher? I didn't start appreciating poems until I became a teacher. I've become an adamant believer after reading countless literature/research that showed its benefits for literacy
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