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Movie Questions for PBS documentary Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
This is a packet of thorough and thought-provoking questions that go along with the documentary about the Scottsboro Boys in the 1930s. I have used this as an opener for To Kill a Mockingbird, the kids really love the movie, but it is about a rape trial and provokes a lot of discussions on racism. B
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In Search of History: Salem Witch Trials Video Lesson
I love using this video as an introduction to The Crucible, but it could be used with other Puritan literature as well to give students a better understanding of the Puritan mindset. I actually love The Crucible, and I think it often gets a “bad rep” because students don’t fully understand the time
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Ninth Ward, documentary movie questions
After reading the novel Ninth Ward about Hurricane Katrina, watch the documentary called "Trouble the Water" (2008) and give these movie questions to enhance students' understanding of the topic.
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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Unit Teaching Package
Teaching the novel A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park? Save over 30% by buying my novel study activities bundled in a unit instead of buying the individual items! Based on a true story, A Long Walk to Water alternates the stories of two Sudanese kids - a refugee Lost Boy in 1985 and a girl in 20
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Refugee by Alan Gratz Unit: Comprehensive Suite of Materials for Novel Study
This resource is a comprehensive set of instructional materials for teaching Refugee by Alan Gratz. With these Common-Core aligned materials, students will deeply engage with the novel and develop their literacy skills. The suite includes 100+ resources to help you implement an engaging, rigorous EL
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Unit, Lesson Plans,Worksheets, and Assessments.
This unit was the final project for my Master’s Degree (I did receive an A+ on the unit), However, it is not just theory, I have taught the unit more than once. The goal of this unit above all other is to present students with high-interest reading in a way that maximizes engagement and fun while st
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Refugee by Alan Gratz: Nonfiction Close Readings, Questions, Activities
The global refugee crisis is complex. The materials in this product will help your students engage and understand through a thoughtful, objective lens as they develop critical skills aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Digital Compatibility: This resource is also technology friendly! It can

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Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida: A Literature Study Unit (editable)
ABOUT THIS UNIT This is a 92-page literature study unit for use with the novel, Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida. Set during World War II, this work of historical fiction follows twelve year-old Yuki and her family from their home in Berkeley, California to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah, one
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Graphic Novels Introduction Lesson
An introductory lesson on graphic novels in literature. Includes a presentation on where the genre came from, important works within the genre, vocabulary, and a QR code link to a short documentary on the history of the graphic novel. Also includes printable student handouts for notes and vocabulary
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Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers Viewing Guide
This viewing guide for the PBS documentary Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers is a perfect supplement to your World War II, Holocaust, or Anne Frank unit. Irena's story would also be an interesting study for Women's History Month. Students are fascinated by the inspiring story of a young P
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Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. Introduction
Before students begin to read this powerful tale of survival and hope in the face of human savagery, it is helpful to understand the genesis of the Residential School System and the toll of it's aftermath. The PowerPoint presentation explores a brief history of these schools in Canada as well as maj
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Novel Unit: Spite Fences, Grades 8-9. Reading Guide, Response Project, Writing
This unit spans 2 months - an entire quarter! It is cross-curricular with an equal focus on reading, writing, and critical evaluation. The e-book can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble . Spite Fences by Trudy Krisher is a moving novel about the Civil Rights era, as seen through the eye
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Remembering Emmett Till Viewing Guide and Written Response
This is a companion guide for the documentary The American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till Documentary (PBS) that is available on Youtube. This packet has active viewing questions that challenge the students to listen for the key details in Emmett Till's story. After viewing, the students wil
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Film Analysis: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer
This is a film analysis unit, but you can also adapt it and use it as a novel companion as well. In this PowerPoint you will get the following: 65 editable slides Introductory 9/11 Documentary Post-9/11 Essay and Audio Activity/Discussion "The Star-Spangled Banner" History, Lesson, Analysis, and Ac
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Crucible Unit
This unit covering Arthur Miller's The Crucible contains the following: 1) Vocabulary lists, quizzes, and slideshow (41 slides total) for each act 2) Guided reading questions and answer keys for each act 3) Comprehension quizzes for each act 4) Various writing prompts: introductory journal, ABC
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Of Mice and Men Activity Booklet
Tired of packets, but still want a way to keep unit materials organized? Want to address multiple learning objectives in a fresh new way? Want to integrate nonfiction and multimedia sources into your literature study? Then look no further! This Of Mice and Men activity booklet includes Pre and Pos
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Appalachia: A Cycle of Poverty - 12 Slide PowerPoint
This twelve-slide PowerPoint discusses the evolution of Appalachia as a mining area and all the stereotypes that accompany the people who live in that region. This presentation shows how poverty is sometimes unavoidable because of the situations in which people live and the exploitation they are sub
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Nothing But The Truth Novel Study Bundle (editable)
A Brief Breakdown of the NovelNothing But The Truth is a documentary novel about a high school student, Philip, and an incident that occurs in his English class taught by Miss Narwin, a veteran English teacher. What unfolds is a story about motives, perspectives, media bias, local politics, free spe
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
There are a lot of materials out there for teaching The Witch of Blackbird Pond, but when I was thrown into a long-term sub position where the students had already begun to read the book, I did not have access to any of them nor any money to purchase some. This unit is a compilation of the materials
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The Story That Cannot Be Told: Nonfiction Readings, Activities & Project
The nonfiction close readings, activities, and project will build your students’ knowledge about the post-WWII period in history. With a particular focus on the Soviet Union and the Soviet Bloc, the readings illuminate the forces that contributed to deep tensions throughout the Cold War. Since The S

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Nonfiction Readings and Activities
The nonfiction close readings will open new perspectives to your students about the First Nations of North America. With a particular focus on groups that inhabited the present-day United States, the articles will provide background knowledge about the social, cultural, environmental, and political

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Nothing But The Truth: Intro Activities, Assessments, & Ch. Analysis (editable)
A Brief Breakdown of the NovelNothing But The Truth is a documentary novel about a high school student, Philip, and an incident that occurs in his English class taught by Miss Narwin, a veteran English teacher. What unfolds is a story about motives, perspectives, media bias, local politics, free spe

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The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA: Nonfiction Readings, Activities, and Project
The nonfiction resources trace black history in the United States from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The resources provide an overview of the experiences of slaves, freedmen, soldiers, and families in order to understand their experiences during this tumultuous but critical period. The infor

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World Mythology Journal and Group Assignment Pack
This pack of handouts, assignment sheets, and journal prompts contains references to the following stories in mythology, and is meant to be used in conjunction with Donna Rosenberg's infamous World Mythology text. The stories not contained in her textbook are included here or can be found royalty fr
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