Add depth and complexity to your instruction with these Critical Thinking Task Cards for History! These tasks cards allow students to deeply analyze any historical reading material through 11 topics of critical thinking: Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relatio
Add depth and complexity to your instruction with these Critical Thinking Task Cards for Science! These tasks cards allow students to deeply analyze any historical reading material through 11 topics of critical thinking: Big Ideas, Rules, Trends, Patterns, Language of the Discipline, Ethics, Relatio
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a compelling autobiography and provides an honest view of the harshness of life for African-American slaves in the 1800s. Use this 45-minute lesson that includes a slice of Douglass’ narrative to show your students the ugly reality of life in pre-Ci
This product was updated on 2/29/2016. It now includes a viewing guide for the film: He Named me Malala.
This riveting memoir, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, will make a difference in your World Literature Class. This unique study unit includes vocabulary, study guides, in-class activities, quizz
The new 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 non-fiction activity, students will read an article by journalist B
From educator/author Hank Fellows: This 32 page children's book, with 25 child-friendly photos, is an ideal introduction to the facts and themes surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. This is the true story of "Sirius," the police patrol dog who died in the Twin Towers
Comprehension of nonfiction text is based on understanding text organization and structure. This print-and-go sheet teaches students about how text is organized and shows the most commonly used forms of nonfiction comprehension strategies.
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Jack the Ripper. One of the most notorious serial killers of all time. And he was never caught. There are over 100 theories about his identity. If you're looking for a high-interest nonfiction topic to get your students interested in analyzing nonfiction, this is it!
This activity has two par
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How are Socratic Circles related to dialectics? This unit explains the Socratic Method while using an excerpt from a Socratic dialogue.
This is a self-contained unit on The Socratic Method or dialectics (widely used in Colleges, Universities, and Law Sch
This is a plan with exit tickets, do nows and lessons and activities to use for professional development of teachers while doing a book study of Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. This is not just a packet of book discussion questions, but also a list of activities and such that can be used in con
This is a bundle of activities and handouts to use with the memoir Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. There are 93 pages in this bundle. The files are neatly organized into folders. Included are:
Unit Plan Outline that is aligned with the Common Core Standards
This is an activity page for words used in the story The Whipping Boy. The sentences in this activity are common sentences that do not relate to the story. These sentences increases student use of vocabulary words. You can use this printable as a review and expand on the vocabulary words used. There
Are you tired of using handouts? Are you looking for a good way to differentiate? Have you tried using task cards? Task Cards are a great teaching tool that can be used in a variety of ways.
1) Put all the cards on a ring and give each student (or group) a set of cards.
2) Leave the cards
Chris Van Allsburg’s book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is an excellent medium to teach creative writing. The titled illustrations are accompanied with only the slightest bit of text. A mere suggestion as to what already has happened and might happen. Every turn of the page introduces a unique vi
This is an anticipation guide to use with your students prior to reading the memoir Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. In an anticipation guide students respond to various statements that in one way or another relate to the book. These statements are meant to prompt a class discussion about topics rel
Ever wondered if the moon landing was a hoax? What about global warming; is it real? Was Princess Diana's death a conspiracy? Was the Gulf Oil Spill a cover-up?
Students choose from controversial or debatable topics, narrow the focus, use different point of views, agree on writing formats, and use
Nonfiction is increasingly becoming more and more represented on standardized tests, and these questions can be tricky—especially on tests such as PARCC or AP. So, I sought out to create STANDARDIZED TEST prep “close reading” questions in MULTIPLE CHOICE format in order to model st
Colorful headings for your R.A.N. chart to display in class. Each heading is in size 95 font and contains an image per heading. Print on cardstock and laminate for years of use! I use the headings on a wall and then have students write their responses on sticky notes.
These can be used for any
These Serial Podcast Introduction Stations will give your students background information and engage their anticipation before listening to episode 1 of Serial. You will get six stations that will prime their minds for the topics covered in the podcast and you will also receive an optional contract
Testing season is almost always upon us, which means we almost always need close reading practice.
This series of seven practice excerpts has everything you'll need to encourage best practices in annotating, active reading, using context clues, and evaluating a wide range of literary tools.
This intensive study of the Book of Job (NIV version referenced) is taught in my AP English course as a study of literature. It raises a number of deep-thinking questions about God, Satan, and Man. The unit plan can be used for a parochial / Christian curriculum or an accelerated / honors level cour
Up From Slavery is the autobiography of Booker T. Washington. Is is a high interest, low readability book that helps students understand the struggles of life after emancipation for freed slaves. These study questions divide the book into sections 10 - 20 pages long. Each worksheet asks three que
In this .zip file, you will find everything you need to teach with literature circles. I have a 3-page "tips and tricks" document, a student cover sheet/organization document, a reading response log, role sheets for both middle school and high school, a self-evaluation for students, and a discussion
As preparation for reading TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, I have students learn about the Jim Crow South by reading about two important cases: the Scottsboro Boys and Emmett Till. These lessons include reading passages from GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER by Chris Crowe. The corresponding activities are multipl
This project is a part of a senior life skills class. I explain to the students that after high school it is really up to them to engage in learning on their own. No one is going to spoon feed them. One of the ways adults learn is by reading books on subjects that they need to work on or learn more
In this assessment bundle there are six quizzes and one unit test for the memoir Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. All the answer keys are included. There are a total of 18 pages included in this bundle.
Quiz on Chapter One – 15 Questions (Matching and Multiple Choice)
Quiz on Chapters One to Five
Ready to print and give to students tomorrow! Use it in an English or History course.
Include the following in your PowerPoint:
1. Who are they? (summary)
2. What did they contribute to society?
3. What is the significance of their contribution? (So What?)
4. ONE Video (under 5 minutes; explained)
THIS BOY'S LIFE - Teacher Text Guides and Worksheets
Handouts and worksheets for the Tobias Wolff memoir 'This Boy's Life'. includes:
Introduction, Plot Outlines, Themes, Characters, Style and Structure, Essay topics, Quotes etc.
by Angie Barillaro, Radiant Heart Publishing
This is a step by step project for vignettes. It uses Sandra Cisneros "House on Mango Street," as a blueprint, and then students create their own vignettes modeled after her writing style.
ALL requirements of the vignettes are CLEARLY outlined and stated in the handout. This includes length require
Higher Order Thinking Skills for High School students
The Great Books
Plato's Republic (small extract only)
Critical Reading and Writing
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This is a self-contained unit on higher order thinking skills/textual analysis. Everything you need is here.
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Socratic Seminar using Plato's Republic (Book I: 327a to 332a).
This is a self-contained unit: a Socratic Seminar using a Socratic text! Everything you need is here. You may use the included reading or you could use the questions with a different
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I teach The Socratic Method first and then Daily Dilemma #3 in my course: Justice and Law/Revenge and Retribution
These two units go especially well toge
This kit includes:
1. Book summary sentences which can be used for dictation
2. Vocabulary Verbs for Chapters 1-5
3. Vocabulary Verbs for Chapters 6-10
4. WordSearch Activity for Chapters 1-5
5. Word Search Activity for Chapters 6-10
6. Chapter Questions for Chapters 1-10
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This is a great project for AP Language. Students are able to choose their own nonfiction novel of choice, from an approved list which I have included in the plan, and create a synthesis prompt. The prompt the students create will look EXACTLY like the one on the AP Exam. This means they are require
This sign is a 4 page printable banner on Microsoft Publisher. I originally made this to display on the front of my bookcase where I have all of the current books we are studying. It is great to have a spot to display all the books you are currently studying and allow students to browse through them
Close reading is the oldest trick in the teacher book of tricks, BUT not all students are aware of the annotations. This is a quick guide for students to have on-hand to refer to regularly.
I have included 2 sizes in this product - full page and 2-per page. I found this useful to have one smaller
This is series of questions for the informational article “One Bad Tweet can be Costly to a Student Athlete” by Gannett on December 30, 2014.
There are 11 questions that relate to the Common Core Standards for informational reading at the secondary level.
Easy to use for the senior grades.
A great way to check for understanding.
Students will get practice identifying higher level analysis including:
-thesis - both implicit and explicit
- rhetorical devices
- writing a counter argument
The Non-Fiction Character Wheel is a graphic organizer that can be used in the analysis of any non-fiction character (including historical figures, biography studies, leaders, etc.) Using the graphic organizer, students will develop the ability to analyze a non-fiction character’s personality throug
Suicide is devastating. No matter what the cause or circumstance suicide leaves a wreck of emotions, guilt, blame, and shame in it's wake.
Read the journey of this author, who lost not just one-, but two beloved brothers to suicide years apart. Travel in her footsteps to understand the heart wrench
This is a List Menu Project for the book Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers. Not only is it EDITABLE in Word, but it also includes guidelines for students to use for each aspect of the project. It is differentiated as students get to choose what they will complete for their proje
I created this checklist using the acronym "ISAAC" to help students thoughtfully digest something they've read. It works well for literary texts like stories, nonfiction excerpts, religious texts, and so forth.
I stick these journal checklists in the front of my student notebooks for multiple reuse
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This 24-page document offers so much versatility in terms of inserting a few excerpted passages from Krakauer's Into the Wild it into an already established English curriculum. The mini-unit was initially devised for use in an English Elective, Social Misfit in Literature, as a way to study how peo