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The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury and Us and Them by David Sedaris Comparison
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
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Humorists and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris: Practice with Argument
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
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"I Like Your Style" Tone/Voice/Diction Full Unit- David Sedaris essays
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

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Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris (Anticipatory Activity and More!)
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
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"Us and Them" by David Sedaris Literary Stations
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
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"Us and Them" by David Sedaris Close Reading Worksheet
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
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Growth Mindset Activities | High School | Fixed and Growth Mindset Quiz
Frustrated with students who refuse to accept feedback or take on any new challenges? When students have a fixed mindset about your class, they can be almost impossible to teach. Some feel hopeless, convinced that they are simply “bad" at English, and sure that there is nothing that they can do to
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Mega Podcast Bundle
This podcast bundle has a little bit of everything with many opportunities to use the resources throughout the year! Some lessons take weeks, while others can be completed in one or two days - whatever works best for you!Here are the products included:Scary Podcasts for High School Students - one of
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Narrative Writing Ideas & Prompts: Lesson Plans for High School & College Essays
Looking for a comprehensive narrative writing unit that will take your students from inspiration to finished product?You want your students to become better writers, but it’s not easy to give them the instruction that will actually improve their skills. Simply explaining what good writing is or givi
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: Personal Greed and Sacrifice?
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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Exploring Creative Nonfiction and Personal Narrative for 9th Grade
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
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Daily Quotes for the Classroom
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
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Christmas Podcast Guides
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." "The Santaland Diaries"The abridged version used in this produ

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SantaLand Diaries Non-Fiction Narrative Unit Sedaris Holiday Christmas Humor
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
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French Substitute Lesson Plan "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
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
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Close Reading Handouts for Big Boy and Babycakes - author's purpose
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
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ELA Test Prep (Author's POV) Me Talk Pretty One Day + My English
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
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Tone and Voice Introduction or Review Activity
Get students up and moving around the room while they identify tone words for sentences and write their own sentences using tone words. This resource gives students the background knowledge they need in prior to discovering how authors use tone, voice, and diction to achieve their purpose. This reso

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Keystone Test Prep: Nonfiction--The Immigration of Halloween
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
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Keystone Test Prep-Set of 3 Nonfiction Articles for the Holidays
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
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Narrative Writing Unit | Growth Mindset Activities | Mentor Texts
Do you need powerful growth mindset activities to help your students understand the importance of failure?Writing about our painfully embarrassing memories, our biggest flops, or our most tragic failures is not always fun—but it does make for great essays and even better learning experiences. Some
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Contemporary Literature Full Semester Curriculum Project-Based Bundle
This full curriculum includes all of my contemporary unit bundles in one! These units provide an excellent mix of comprehension, text analysis, ELA skill-building, and deeper learning about how contemporary literature represents our current society. There is a heavy emphasis on engaging texts, creat
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Lang and Comp Writing Unit: Schools and Learning-Do They Go Together Anymore?
Schools and Learning: Do They Go Together Anymore? An AP Language and Composition writing unit. Unit Description: This unit introduces students to two of the required AP Language and Composition essays: the open/argumentative essay and the synthesis essay. Students tackle both of these essays ove
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The Joy Luck Club Part Two Study Guide with Non-Fiction Essays
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
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