Using Humor to Teach the Importance of English Class Presentation and Handouts (Newly Updated!)
This IS included in the following mega bundle: ALL of my BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCES GROWING BUNDLE.
Most students zone out when it comes to learning
Free Download: Figurative Language and Poetic Devices/Poetry Terms Identification using Katy Perry's "Firework"
Use Katy Perry's popular song "Firework" to teach figurative language, sound devices, and other poetry terms. You can decide how many
When writing informational texts, students need to know how to introduce a topic and how to write a concluding statement that supports the information presented in the writing. This handout is useful as a mini-lesson for that purpose. It outlines 7
Here are ten projects and Activities intended for Gifted and Talented students. In my English class, I sometimes find that the projects my general education students are working on are just not challenging enough for some of my advanced students.
Do your students have trouble getting past "positive" and "negative" in describing tone? This 200-word tone list, grouped into categories, helps students with the nuance of tone. From sixth grade through AP English Language and Literature, students
This Christmas Word Search is a challenging puzzle with winter holiday words hidden in the letters. Nearly 100 words are disguised in this fun word find. Words can be forwards and backwards, and either horizontal, vertical, and diagonal in this fun
This is a brief pre-reading power point for the novel Charlotte's Web. I use this quick activity as an introduction to the novel, as it presents the setting, characters, main themes and quick activity after watching a clip. This is a great way to
Teach Students the Research Paper Writing Process!
Includes PDF presentations and more than 50 pages of resources including assignment sheets, rubrics, information sheets, and examples.
This is a bundle of all my other MLA research paper writing
A comprehensive yet entertaining overview of thesis statements focused on the five characteristics of a good thesis statement and step-by-step guidelines for writing a good thesis. Loaded with examples of good and bad thesis statements, "to-do's"
This 178 page/slide zip file includes Lesson Plans, Notes, PowerPoints, Practice Sheets, Activities, Daily Grades, a Study Guide, and Tests to teach a two week unit on 10 SIMPLE COMMA RULES! The following items are included:
These alphabet mats may be used in an English or Spanish classroom.
1-Place in art center. Students use it as a play dough mat by rolling play dough snakes and outlining the shape of the letter.
2- Use on the floor. Students place the
This lesson plan is designed to go hand-in-hand with the movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. It is composed of several reproducibles that are to be used as you watch the movie and/or when the movie has been veiwed. The heart
This is a collection of handouts and instructions for five class activities designed to teach students to define and identify tone and mood in art.
The first three activities are included in a two-page handout for you to duplicate and hand out.
These reading response sheets are designed with to:
-Be used in literature groups, guided reading groups, or whole group instruction.
-Be used with any book.
-Support the teacher to instruct students in understanding the reading standard.
Teach plagiarism in fun, interactive ways! Includes:
Group or individual activities with critical thinking component
Plenty of Extra resources
Famous people and
Author Suzanne Collins uses rich language filled with similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, and irony in "The Hunger Games." This activity (three pages of worksheets + three pages of answer keys) allows students to learn the difference
English-Specific Lesson Plan Template
This lesson plan template (which is fully editable) is specifically designed for the English teacher, incorporating writing and reading checklists. Great time saver.
A newly-updated form incorporating spaces
This is the story the Tell Tale Heart, complete with a comprehension worksheet and answer key. After I read and complete this with my students there is a great short clip on youtube I show, (Shortz version) and the kids really like the lesson! :)
This fast-paced, fun card game allows students to practice working with the figurative language concepts of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and irony. The printable card set includes 40 great examples of
Who doesn't love the "Schoolhouse Rock" (copyrighted) cartoon series? My 8th grade students enjoy watching it just as much as any elementary school students do! I use this worksheet as students view the "Grammar Rock" cartoons to have them interact
This is a Jeopardy-style review game for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It includes two full rounds of questions (with the answers that do not appear until you click the mouse), plus a final "bonus" question (similar to final
This is a Zaner Bloser printable alphabet card that your students can use as a reference during handwriting and writing. It's ready to print and laminate! I print them with manuscript on the front and cursive on the back for my second
This is a pre-reading power point intended for a brief introduction into the novel. It should take about 10 minutes to complete, and is a great way to use teachnology to inspire reading. I use this with my McKenziesCreations Holes Novel Study!
Grammar : Identify, sort and categorize nouns. Packet includes worksheets and assessment. Seven printable activities.
Language Arts, Grammar, Virginia SOL, Virginia SOL Resources, Nouns, Grammar Worksheets
This file includes over 230 "I Can" statements and essential questions for 5th Common Core ELA. Each essential question/statement is on a separate page, and each unit is separated by a header slide. Print on or mount on cardstock or colorful paper
Writing Prompt: A man walked up to you and hands you a key and a piece of paper then simply walks away. The paper says that the key is to his toy store and that you are the new proud owner. What is the first thing you are going to do? What will you
25 Sub Plans
The following bundle is a collection of 25 different substitute teacher plans to keep on file in your classroom. You can keep all of these in one folder for those unforeseen days off. This collection gives you comfort in
These are six reading quizzes for Orwell's 1984. Zip file contains both .doc and .pdf versions.
Quiz 1 – Book I Chapters 1-4, pp. 5-42 ........... 13 items
Quiz 2 – Book I Chapters 5-8, pp. 43-87 .......... 14 items
Quiz 3 – Book II Chapters 1-7,
76 PowerPoint slides with notes for each chapter that introduce characters and main events. Night, by Elie Weisel is one of the most influential stories you can teach your students.Also included is pictures that are relevant to each chapter. My
Here is a pre-reading power point to view with your students before diving into the book, Maniac Magee. It is a quick and fun activity meant to get the kids interested in reading the novel.
Be sure to check out the novel study I use for this book!
**THIS TEST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO COMPORT WITH THE 8TH EDITION OF THE MLA HANDBOOK**
This test covers MLA Formatting for:
1. Setting Up a Basic Document
2. Parenthetical/ In-Text Citations
3. Integrating Quotes
4. Paraphrasing Effectively
An annotated bibliography helps you make sure your students are reading their source material. This pack contains
4 assignment sheets which allow you to choose whether to require one paragraph or 2 paragraph annotations and to choose either a
Here is a collection of 15 short stories, mostly fiction but some non-fiction. You can use these short stories with my homework handout, or in your classroom within literature circles. There is a variety of themes and motifs, clear uses of
If you are looking for just the tests and quizzes for teaching The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, look no further.
This bundle contains 12 documents in three formats (Microsoft Word, PDF, and Pages for Mac):
Check quizzes for every
This The Hunger Games PowerPoint game reviews Suzanne Collins' popular novel. It contains 6 different categories with 5 different questions per category. The questions below each category range from $100 to $500. The categories are: Chapters 1-5,
This is a pack of resources to use with a unit over Homer's The Odyssey. It includes the following:
- Homer PowerPoint
- Pre-reading PowerPoint
- Fun Overview of The Odyssey PowerPoint
- Literary Elements in the Odyssey PowerPoint
- Odysseus as a
Here is a 22 page unit plan for teach Sophocles' Oedipus Rex for AP English (or for another accelerated / honors level course). This includes: (1) The Structure of Oedipus Rex, (2) The Background / History of the Characters, (3) Discussion Day #1,
Have fun teaching Hyperboles with this twelve pdfs that defines, illustrates, and explains the concept. Includes:
Individual/whole group activities (students illustrate or make videos)
Media links with fun Youtubes
This Great Gatsby Unit has a whopping 43 slides of interesting and engaging material for an American literature or English classroom. I include my Great Gatsby powerpoint that focuses on many literature themes and character roles. I include in
To Kill a Mockingbird Check Questions
This download contains check questions for all 31 chapters in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" novel. These are simple questions used to make sure students are reading the assigned chapters. Some chapters
This set of 15 personal narrative writing prompts are ideal for use in 6th-8th grades. Each prompt includes a photo stimulus, Think, Write, and Be Sure To statement. Each Write statement includes an extension as outlined in STAAR specifications. In
This is the summary section of my book "Paraphrase Progressions and Summary Secrets."
It's based on the research done by Brown and Day in the late '70s.
It is a systematic progression to train summary skills. It includes a test bank and answer
Use this free tool to introduce to students how to write business letters. Since it is a word document, you have the freedom to change the wording! The font is fairly big and there is color on the page, which is great for resource/special ed
This is the other half of my book "Paraphrase Progressions and Summary Secrets."
If summary is a compressed rewording of what someone else writes or says, the paraphrase is rewording without compression.
When instructed to paraphrase, most
Punctuation Using Commas PowerPoint supports Common Core; comma rules and using comma punctuation correctly in writing elements and sentence structure. Good test prep. Explains using commas with lists (including the oxford comma), dates, addresses,
Download includes two tests for Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
A 50 short-answer question test with an additional nine possible essay questions.
Most questions may be answered in 1-3 words. Because the questions are listed in the same order as
This A Raisin in the Sun Jeopardy Powerpoint game reviews Lorraine Hansberry's most famous play. It contains 6 different categories with questions priced from $100-$500. The categories are: Act I, Scenes 1 & 2; Act II, Scenes 1 & 2; Act
This lesson/research project allows students to analyze the food and its symbolism in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
It includes 16 pages of handouts/printables, 13 pages of answer keys, and 17 pages of detailed notes and sources for the
This product comes with the short story and three pages of comprehensive, literary, and vocabulary questions.
Great short story that really encompasses foreshadowing and irony. This is a tale of a town and the lottery that they hold every year.