This is a creative comparison of The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury and Us and Them by the hilarious David Sedaris. Also included are an animation guide and informational text!
Students work on comparing mood, tone, and theme across three genres--Fiction, memoir, and informational text.
As a summat
This project-based learning full unit uses the essays "Us and Them" and "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris. This resource gives students the ability to analyze and critique non-fiction essays in order to discover how authors use tone, voice, and diction to achieve their purpose. This unit inc
David Sedaris is one of America’s most beloved comic essayists. In his volume of essays, Me Talk Pretty One Day; Sedaris recounts his experiences while learning French and assimilating to French culture while living as an expatriate. This resource set includes links to the short pieces, “Me Talk Pre
David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries has been a holiday favorite with my students for many years. Before we read (or sometimes listen to) his famous essay, I have my students write a job description for a "Macy's Santaland Elf." This is a fun, anticipatory writing activity my juniors and seniors really
With this worksheet, students will-answer a few reading check questions-identify figurative language in the text (simile, metaphor, hyperbole)-use characterization skills-identify and explain irony in the text-determine themes-use evidence from the text to compare the two families-write about what T
For this activity, students should be dived into 6 small groups. After reading the short story "Us and Them" by David Sedaris, each group will receive a task card at their table. Students will work through task cards with their group members, and record their answers on a blank piece of paper. After
Please make a Copy in your Google Drive. Here is a 10 question multiple choice quiz over David Sedaris's 2004 essay, Us and Them. The essay is linked in the quiz. This could be a great one off assignment or used as part of a larger unit on Narrative Journalism
For the holidays, a great article prior to the Winter Break, when the students are driving you crazy! Includes the humorous nonfiction article, "Holiday on Ice," by David Sedaris, along with comprehension multiple choice questions based on common core/keystone standards. Also includes a constructed
This standards-based product includes the David Sedaris personal essay/short story "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and the Julia Alvarez personal essay/short story "My English." 6 multiple choice questions pertain to "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and 8 multiple choice questions pertain to "My English." These qu
This triple-text AP Lang lesson plan on David Sedaris' "Go Carolina," Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels," and Francis Bacon's "On Youth and Age" is creative, analytical, and cohesive! Teach the modes and style skills of exposition through this engaging lesson plan!As part of a collection of indiv
Students will love this Narrative Non-Fiction Mini Holiday Unit for David Sedaris's classic, "SantaLand Diaries" I designed this unit to go along with the transcript and audio version of the humorous essay David Sedaris did for the This American Life radio show and podcast on NPR. Sedaris details h
3 high interest Nonfiction Articles focused on the Holidays, including "Holiday on Ice" by humorist David Sedaris; "Black Friday: News Articles About Early Openings Miss the Point" and "Stuffed--Mary Roach on the Science of Eating Until you Explode."
Each article includes a set of Keystone/Common C
I use these two handouts as close reading activities with two contemporary short stories: "Big Boy" by David Sedaris and "Babycakes" by Neil Gaiman. If you don't already teach these stories, I highly recommend them for high school use. The Sedaris story is about an unfortunate finding in a bathroo
These are questions that go along with the short essays "Me Talk Pretty" and "Jesus Shaves" written by David Sedaris. Both essays can be found in his book "Me Talk Pretty One Day." These are only the questions. You will have to have a copy of the book to have the chapter excerpts to make the less
This activity is the perfect way to bring a little holiday fun into the classroom. Students listen to two very amusing podcasts of David Sedaris reading his best Christmas material: "The Santaland Diaries" and "An Animal Farm Christmas." Update: I've included Google Slides links to the READ ME page.
High interest nonfiction article for secondary students, particularly those in special education classes. I use this nonfiction article as part of a Halloween Unit, usually in conjunction with another humorous article by David Sedaris (Candy), and The Cask of Amontillado. This particular article is
The Common Core has a much-greater focus on non-fiction, informational texts in the English/Language Arts classroom. It’s time to start adding more real-world articles and materials to our literary canon. In this easy-to-deliver narrative non-fiction activity, students will read an essay by acclaime
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Students read a short excerpt, identify themes, and write a thematic statement through guided steps. Students can work in groups or individually. Stories range in length and difficulty, making them perfect for differentiation.
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The Joy Luck Club Part Two - The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates
17 slides. Questions and answers over Chapter 5, Waverly Jong:Rules of the Game, Chapter 6, Lena St. Clair:The Voice from the Wall , Chapter 7, Rose Hsu Jordan:Half and Half and Chapter 8, Jing-mei Woo:Two Kinds.
Nonfiction essays include
This poster shows a system to define gender of French words based on their endings.75% of all French words have an ending listed on this poster, among these words, the system (blue for masculine, pink for feminine) will hold true in 95% of cases (meaning a 5% margin of error).This is a reassuring sy
This is a compilation of over 200 quotes from which I select the quote that I write on my board daily. Included are 153 quotes for daily use, an additional 45 quotes by American authors in chronological order of the American literary periods (I teach American lit) and 34 quotes for special weeks of
This is my English & Communications course, based on the textbook The Writer's Presence (mostly 3rd edition with some new articles from later editions). The course works well for accelerated high school students and college students. It is similar to the AP English Language and Composition curri
This unit follows a two week plan that explores the genre of creative nonfiction and personal narrative, through readings, discussion and writing assignments. It culminates with students writing their own personal narrative. Although it is set up to follow a two week schedule it can easily be augmen