Back to School Week Bundle for any Secondary English Class- 5 one day lessons!

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9th - 12th
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    Don’t stress about the first week of school with this collection of my favorite lesson plans for introducing units and reviewing skills! The lessons combine authenticity, movement, competition, and collaboration to make sure your students stay engaged and build a positive classroom culture in the first week. And, it’s all bundled here for big value!

    This bundle includes the following five listings (listed in the order I’d teach them the first week). More details and thumbnails available on each listing!

    Tone and Voice Introduction or Review Activity

    Get students up and moving around the room while they identify tone words for sentences and write their own sentences using tone words. This resource gives students the background knowledge they need in prior to discovering how authors use tone, voice, and diction to achieve their purpose.

    This resource includes the following:

    Google slides presentation with definitions as well as explanations for the activity

    A list of tone sentences to use for the activity (enough for one for every student)

    5 point review quiz to keep students accountable (plus Key).

    Poetic Devices Hook or Review Activity

    Get students up and moving around the room while they match 16 poetic devices with their examples in a collaborative whole class activity. Students work in pairs to research their device and then connect them with the BEST example displayed in the room.

    This resource includes the following:

    Google slides presentation with student explanation for the activity

    Teacher instructions with devices, definitions, and examples

    “Evidence Bags” Textual Support Hook or Review Lesson

    Get students up and engaged in friendly controversy as they match evidence with the reason it best supports. This lesson uses research about the benefits and drawbacks of homework to have students work backwards to figure out how evidence connects to reasons, and eventually determine the overall claim.

    This 21 page resource includes the following:

    Materials list

    Printing, copying, and set-up instructions

    Class procedure

    6 reasons and 12 pieces of evidence, ready for print

    Teacher key

    Argument Organizer with Authentic Court Motion and Vocabulary

    The text in this resource is a REAL court motion for provisional order written by a lawyer in the state of Indiana. The graphic organizer that accompanies this text has been my most successful way of analyzing argumentation.

    This assessment includes the following:

    Full court motion

    Argument Graphic Organizer and KEY

    Vocabulary worksheet and KEY

    TV Character Analysis Hook or Review Activity with Bingo!

    My students love to watch television instead of doing their homework, so I decided to make television their homework. Get students up and talking about characters from their favorite television shows! Students start by analyzing how a character of their choice thinks, feels, says, and acts, and then sharing their findings with their classmates in a fun BINGO activity.

    This resource includes the following:

    Graphic organizer: Thinks, Says, Feels, Does Chart

    Detailed BINGO chart for class activity

    Teacher lesson plan/instructions

    Alternatively, you could choose to revisit these lessons throughout the year. Just add them in when you want to review the content or give a break. I’ve used many of these activities for administrator evaluations and they work very well!

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    Total Pages
    63 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 Week
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
    Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


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