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With my five-minute-per-essay grading system, you’ll zip through your
This resource includes 20 different EDITABLE exit slips you can use as formative assessments and reading checks in any content area. I used similar exit slips as a reading teacher, but as a literacy coach, I realized that teachers across the curriculum could use a similar tool--especially as increas
Tired of grading endless stacks of essays? Want to lighten your grading load while still having students write and receive meaningful feedback on their work? The answer is to host this writing competition.
Students enter their writing into a series of peer-review competitions during this week-long a
Novel Scavenger Hunt Using Sticky Notes - Common Core Aligned
It's time to make learning fun and interactive! How do we do this? By sending students on a scavenger hunt using sticky notes that have printed questions on them! Simply follow the directions, load/print the sticky notes, and enjoy wat
20 Hands on Projects for ANY Novel - 20 Rubrics included!
Are you sick of hearing your students complain about standardized tests and essays? Me too! :) Here are 20 different hands-on, engaging projects to encourage students to be creative and think outside the box! 45+ pages of creativity!
Toward the end of my students’ study of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, I launch a discussion about whether they think a similar scenario could happen today. Many times, students think the Puritans were especially gullible or foolish and they believe they are too savvy to fall under the spell of
Algebra Warm Ups
Great for a "Back to School Algebra Review" or
"Summer Algebra Review" too!
Perfect as a review over the summer. With just 4 questions a day for 76 days, students will be fully prepared for the new school year!!!
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This package includes a variety of responses, acti
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In this quick mini lesson perfect for Thanksgiving, students will be digging into a variety of informational texts (charts, graphs, and opinion pieces) while reflecting on their own beliefs and values during the holiday season!
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Graphing Linear Equations Quilt Project
I have created this project as a fun way to get my kids excited about graphing lines. I have always found that including art and coloring with math gets kids a bit more excited about learning and as an added bonus- they look great as classroom decorations when
Career Planning Quizzes will help students to explore their work potential and gather personal insights for their own career planning strategies.
The Personality Quiz asks students read questions and answer Yes or No. There are no right or wrong answers, but students are instructed to answer each q
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Get ready for standardized writing assessments and improve your students' writing a little at a time week over week! Excellent, challenging prompts for high school level!
This is a classroom-tested set of 20 prompts in all three modes that require citing from a text.
This resource provides five weeks of daily Common Core Reading practice that can be completed in five minutes a day. This document was developed with students that need an extra boost in reading comprehension and English Literature in mind.
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Do your students struggle to choose, lead into, cite, and analyze evidence? Need them to give more detail in their answers or explain data, direct quotes, and facts in writing? Use this booklet and quiz set to give them a crash course on analysis before your next assessment!
This classroom debate outline is designed to help teachers organize effective inquiry-based classroom debates. The documents within this file gives students a step-by-step outline of what they need to include in their debate, what they need to say, and when they need to say it! Debate is an important
Common Core ELA Standards Checklists Bundle for High School, Grades 9-12
This bundle combines both the Grades 11-12 and Grades 9-10 Common Core State Standards Checklists for English Language Arts.
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Need an engaging, student-driven way to teach short stories and/or literary terms? Use this unit as a high-accountability way to scaffold students into tougher literature!
In this unit, small groups of students are assigned to one short story (so you can differentiate to students by difficulty level
Geometry Mid-Year (Semester) Test and Study Guide
This 75 question study guide and 60 question first semester test (all multiple choice) was created for a high school Geometry class. Objectives covered are as follows:
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Matter and Change Task Cards:
A set of 64 reinforcement and review cards for science students in grades 7-12.
Task cards are a fantastic way to reinforce lessons, review difficult concepts, or provide extra practice for the struggling student. The student reads
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You know the drill. You give your class a chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird to read for homework, or maybe you start reading a chapter together in class and then you want your students to finish the chapter as homework. The next day arrives and (maybe) a third of the class has actually done the readin
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Unit! Everything you need for a 6+ week unit.
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The murder mystery project is excellent for 2nd year students finishing up preterite vs imperfect usage or for 3rd year students as a review of the concept. Students create their own powerpoint murder mystery where they present the victim, 3 suspects and the crime scene. Using preterite and imperfe
This essay is aligned with the common core standards and works as a final essay for any novel or fictional text. This essay asks students to analyze how the theme of the story emerges, how it is refined, and how it is fully developed by the end of the novel.
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Need narrative writing assignments that are fun without being too juvenile? Want to help them improve drafts, increase peer feedback, and offer a TON of choice?
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This is a set of 4 rubrics for scoring and giving feedback on yearbook double page spreads - academics, student life, sports, and portrait pages. They are very detailed, easy, and fast to use.
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Ready to add more independent reading to your high school English class? Want to try reader’s workshop? Hoping to bring in more fiction that’s differentiated to student interests? Track genres and progress without expensive programs, points, or book reports!
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A quiz (or can be used as a worksheet) over various figurative language terms and poetic devices. Quiz includes 20 matching and identification of devices in poems.
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Students race to conjugate as many Spanish verbs as they can with these conjugation race worksheets. You pick the verb(s) and the tense, they do the conjugating.
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: This unit includes Romeo and Juliet activities, vocabulary, writing prompts, graphic organizers, and more! Every resource includes EL support.
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Provide your students with a more complete understanding of rhetorical analysis with a variety of concept overviews, practice activities, complementary assignments and assessments. This product is included in my
Standardized and normed assessments don’t paint a complete picture of students with multiple and moderate to severe learning difficulties. This life skills inventory will help you determine your students’ present level of basic skills, as well as help you to plan instruction and IEP goals. Included
You know the drill. You give your class a scene of the play to read for homework, or maybe you start reading a scene together in class and then you want your students to finish it as homework. The next day arrives and (maybe) a third of the class has actually done the reading. Most of the kids sit th
Argumentative and Debate Topic Cards with Teacher's Guidelines and Instructions, Student Handouts, and Grading Rubrics (Aligned with the Common Core State Standards)
If you want to have a classroom debate but don't know where to begin or how to run one, this resource is for you. I've included topic
“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell is a high-interest story for middle and high school students, so the activities that accompany it must be appealing as well. This unit contains plenty of activities to engage your students and make them think at the same time.
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Socratic Seminars are great but require a lot of preparation. These handouts will help the process go as smoothly as possible. I created these printables for my English classroom.
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-For the student: "Brainstorming Questions: Socratic Seminar Prep" graphic organizer to help
This Spanish proficiency assessment is a tool for gathering data as to student's proficiency levels during their first and second years of language study in Spanish.
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Ready to show students that grammar is not just necessary, but beautiful? Use this multi-purpose activity to collect and examine grammar “in the wild” while reading!
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Writing can be so difficult to teach . . . and to grade! So many papers! This is why an essay writing rubric is the teacher's best friend.
You're still able to provide feedback to your learners, but you save all the precious time of having to write
How often do you take time to find out how your students experience your class? As a student yourself, didn’t you have teachers and classes where certain things drove you crazy, and other things just confused you? If you were like most students, you probably never said a word.
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This was designed as a midterm assessment to be administered over two days. It includes past tense verbs, so it is appropriate for Spanish II. It contains reading, writing, listening, and speaking components, as well as an answer key and complete instructions for administration. There are five differ
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This choice board has six project-based tasks based on solving systems of linear equations (1 page handout in a grid). Students choose three of the six tasks to complete. This is a great way to assess at the end of a unit on systems.
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A collection of eight ready-to-use grading rubrics to fit nearly any writing or speaking assignment, including expository, persuasive, narrative, research, and literary analysis.
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