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Reading History & Social Studies Graphic Organizers 6-12
Common Core Reading History and Social Studies Graphic Organizers for Grades 6-12 *Newly Updated* This IS included in the following bundles: • Common Core Bundle for Grades 6, 7, 8
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Task Cards for History/Social Studies
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
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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Task Cards for Science
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
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Frederick Douglass, Non-Fiction Activity to use for ANY Novel with Slavery Theme
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
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I Am Malala Study Unit- Updated 2/29/2016
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
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Expository, Non-Fiction Lesson on Modern Issues: The Art of Camouflage
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
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PATRIOT DAY - SEPTEMBER 11 - "SIRIUS, THE HERO DOG OF 9/11" - NON-FICTION
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
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Nonfiction Text Features: Text Organization in a Nutshell!
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. Enjoy! You might also like these:
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Nonfiction: Tone and Bias in the Media Coverage of Jack the Ripper
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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Google Classroom - Critical thinking - What is Textual Analysis #1 - non-fiction
*****NEW GOOGLE CLASSROOM INTERACTIVE COMPONENT***** WHAT IS TEXTUAL ANALYSIS? IF YOUR STUDENTS ARE NOT USING COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM THEY MAY STILL DO THIS ASSIGNMENT. PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE OR USE WITH A SMART BOARD AND ENGAGE THE ENTIRE CLASS. MOV
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Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking; Textual Analysis; The Great Books; Higher Order Thinking Skills; Philosophy *WHAT IS TEXTUAL ANALYSIS?* This is a self-contained unit on textual analysis; everything you need is here. The material is ready to go - print or send to your students. MOVE
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Escape North: H. Tubman  by Monica Kullin Chapter Questions and Book Test Bundle
Chapter Questions and Book Test Bundle for Escape North: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling
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Socratic Method - Dialectics - GOOGLE SLIDES
****NEW GOOGLE SLIDES COMPONENT ADDED**** 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
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Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov 4 session Book Study PD
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
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Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson Chapter Questions
Chapter questions correspond to 10 chapters of Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
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Activities and Handouts for Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
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 Anticipation Guide Background Informa
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Whipping Boy Chapter Book Fill in the Sentence Activity Sheet & Answer Sheet
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
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Task Cards for the memoir A Child Called IT by David Pelzer
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. You can: 1) Put all the cards on a ring and give each student (or group) a set of cards. 2) Leave the cards
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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick creative writing example (Just Dessert)
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
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Anticipation Guide for Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
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
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It's My Point of View: 10 Fact Based Historical Writing Activities
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
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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address COMMON CORE Nonfiction Practice
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
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R.A.N. Chart
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
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Serial Podcast Season 1 Introduction Stations
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
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Close Reading Speech Analysis: John Adams Inaugural Address
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. The A
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Bible Study: The Book of Job: The Bible as Literature Unit Plan
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
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Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery Study Questions
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
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Teaching with Literature Circles
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
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Background Reading for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Emmett Till and the Scottsboro Boys
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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
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Life Long Learning Self Help Book Report
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
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Assessment Bundle for Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
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
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Black History ChoiceBoard (+ Rubric)
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)
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THIS BOY'S LIFE - Teacher Text Guides and Worksheets
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
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Vignettes Made Easy!
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
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Higher Order Thinking Skills/High School HOTS #2 (THE REPUBLIC)
Higher Order Thinking Skills for High School students Textual Analysis The Great Books Plato's Republic (small extract only) Critical Reading and Writing HIGH SCHOOL HOTS! This is a self-contained unit on higher order thinking skills/textual analysis. Everything you need is here.
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Google Slides/Google Classroom - Socratic Seminar
****NEW GOOGLE SLIDES COMPONENT ADDED**** 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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Perfect Pairing #1: SOCRATES AND THE INSANITY DEFENSE
PERFECT PAIRING #1 The Socratic Method and Daily Dilemma #3 (15% discount) *****JUST ADDED - VISUAL NOTETAKING EXAMPLES***** 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
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Text Annotation
Do your students have trouble deciding what to annotate when they read? This document defines annotation and gives 10 ideas on how and what to annotate.
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Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson Bundle Vocabulary/Comprehension Supplement
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 7. Interactive PowerPoint -
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Sythesis Independent Reading Project (AP)
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
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Current Books Sign
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
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George Washington Carver by Eva Moore Chapter Questions
Seven pages of Chapter Questions as a companion to George Washington Carver by Eva Moore.
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The Bell Jar Important Quotes
A list of important quotes from The Bell Jar with a answer key briefly discussing their importance.
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Close Reading - Annotation Guide for Students
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
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Common Core Informational Reading and Response: One Bad Tweet
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.
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Grades 11 & 12 Response to a Non-fiction article graphic organizer
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 - tone - audience - rhetorical devices - writing a counter argument - allusions
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Non-Fiction Character Wheel
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
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Suicide ~ Healing Grief & Loss of a Loved One > True Family Survival Story
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
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Malcolm X List Menu Project
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
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Reflective Reading Journal
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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Socrates
Socrates - three units combined: Socratic Seminar High School Hots Textual Analysis Spotlight on Socrates combines three units at a discounted price - over 25% off! Ready to print and go Everything you need is here - over 75 pages of material - see the preview for more details or click the
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Into the Wild -- text excerpted mini-unit on reading, researching and writing
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
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