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Beginning of School Year BUNDLE! - 1st Day of School, Class Management, 4 Units

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    Make the beginning of your school year as simple as possible with this bundle of six resources for the Middle School ELA classroom. Each resource is extremely detailed, engaging, and geared to middle school students. That means that you’re just a download away from having SIX straight weeks of instruction planned and ready for your classroom. From the first day of school to classroom management to four journey-themed reading, writing, listening, and speaking units, this resource has everything you need to get your school year off to a great start!

    Included in this beginning of the school year bundle is:

    First Day of School Activities Student survey, teacher interview, several icebreakers to start your school year off right (2 days worth of activities)

    Classroom Management - Tips, tricks and tools to help establish class routines, manage behavior, and develop a positive, productive classroom

    “Lob’s Girl” Literature Study Unit - Short story study about a dog’s journey to his owner (8 days)

    Lewis and Clark’s Journal Entries - Historical Text Analysis Unit - Close reading of journal entries from the Corps of Discovery’s incredible journey (5 days)

    Journey Poetry Reading, Analysis, and Writing Unit - Journey poem analysis and poetry writing guides (5 days)

    Mini-Research Project, Speech Analysis, and Presentation Unit - Study of the speech genre, analysis of famous journey speeches, mini-research project on famous explorers, speech writing and presentation (10 days)

    Combined, these units…

    • Combine rigor and engagement

    • Meet 38 CCSS

    • Encompass 6 weeks of instruction

    • Promote student engagement

    • Develop students’ skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking

    Common Core State Standards:

    - Reading: Literature Standards: RL.1, RL.2, RL.3, RL.4, RL.5, RL.6, RL.10

    - Reading: Informational Texts: RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.6, RI.7, RI.8, RI.9, RI.10

    - Literacy in History/Social Studies: RH.1, RH.2, RH.4, RH.5, RH.6, RH.10

    - Writing Standards: W.1, W.2, W.3, W.4, W.5, W.6, W.7, W.8, W.9, W.10

    - Speaking and Listening Standards: SL.1, SL.3, SL.4, SL.6

    - Language: L.2, L.3, L.6


    Learn more about each resource below:

    First Days of School Activities

    This resource is filled with activities to get your school year off to the best possible start. With a student survey, teacher interview activity, writing prompt, and icebreakers, you’ll be able to keep your students engaged and actively involved in your classroom from the first minute they arrive. Filled with the perfect combination of fun and community-building, this resource will have your students excited about learning and becoming a part of your classroom.

    The First Day of School Resource includes:

    • A teacher guide that includes the purpose, preparation, and activity instructions for each 1st day of school activity.

    • Two-page student survey

    • 20 question teacher interview activity

    • Classroom Links - super easy craftivity

    • Student creative writing prompt

    • Parent writing prompt

    • A comprehensive list of additional ideas to incorporate into your first week of school.


    Classroom Management Resource

    This resource is packed with classroom management resources for establishing classroom routines, creating an organized classroom, positive rewards and incentives for celebrating students, tips and tricks for building positive relationships with your students and easy ways to manage behavior. It’s your road map to classroom management success!

    Included in this Classroom Management Product:

    Classroom Management - Class Routines and Organization:

    • Classroom Routines/Procedures Questions (18) - First Week of School Activity

    • Classroom Routines/Procedures Teacher Guide

    • Bring to Class Locker Reminders

    • “While You Were Out” Absent Student Form

    • Missing Homework Record

    • Letter Format - Consequence Guide

    • Homework Excuse Note

    • Classroom Sign-Out Sheet

    • Classroom Library Sign-Out

    • Step-by-Step Instructions for each class routine and organization resource so that you can easily implement them in your classroom

    Classroom Management - Positive Rewards and Incentives:

    • Great News Notes

    • Homework Passes

    • Positive Behavior Punch Cards

    • Prize Cards (24)

    • Fun in Five Minutes - Lesson Extenders (12)

    • Step-by-Step Instructions for each positive reward/incentive resource so that you can easily implement them in your classroom

    Classroom Management - Teacher Tips and Tricks:

    • 14 Easy Ways to Establish Positive Relationships in Your Classroom

    • 7 Easy Ways to Manage Behavior in Your Classroom


    “Lob’s Girl” Literature Study

    In this 8-day unit students will develop a deep understanding of Joan Aiken’s short story “Lob’s Girl” . Its tale of loyalty and friendship combined with mystery and suspense make it an incredibly engaging read. Students develop skills in understanding short story elements, mood development, theme, foreshadowing, vocabulary, dialect, and writing in this unit. Through whole class, small group, and independent work students not only stay actively engaged with their instruction, they also build crucial skills in reading, listening, and writing.

    Common Core State Standards

    • R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, R.5, R.10

    • W.1, W.4, W.10

    • SL.1, L.4, L.6

    In this unit, students will...

    • Understand and appreciate short story elements: plot, setting, characters, theme

    • Recognize cause and effect to help understand foreshadowing

    • Build background information on Joan Aiken, Cornwall, England, and British English

    • Build understanding of mood

    • Develop understanding of dialect (British English)

    • Increase vocabulary

    • Make personal connections to text to increase comprehension

    • Creatively write in response to the text

    ”Lob’s Girl” Unit Highlights:

    • Pre-Reading Writing Prompt

    • Reading Toolkit Graphic Organizers for Ongoing Comprehension Development

    • Small Group Discussion Activity

    • Making Predictions Graphic Organizer

    • Foreshadowing Discussion Starters

    • Hands-On Mood Analysis Lesson

    • Small Group Vocabulary Sort

    • Creative Writing Activity

    Included in Student “Lob’s Girl” Packets:

    • Pre-Write

    • Building Background Information

    • Vocabulary

    • Connect to the Reading

    • Dialect Graphic Organizer

    • Plot Log

    • Setting Chart

    • Character Log

    • Predictions Graphic Organizer and Writing

    • Group Discussion Questions and Record Sheet

    • Mood Analysis and Web

    • Literary Analysis - Foreshadowing

    • Theme Analysis

    • Creative Writing Prompt and Pre-Write

    Teacher and Instructional Resources for “Lob’s Girl” Unit:

    • Vocabulary Sort Activity

    • Mood Analysis Activity

    • Unit Overview

    • Detailed Lesson Plans (8)

    • Final Assessment (Multiple choice, matching, and short answer test)

    • ALL Instructional and Assessment Keys


    Lewis and Clark’s Journals - Historical Text Analysis

    In this five-day, Common Core aligned unit, students will examine and interpret the journal entries of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark from their American expedition across the western portion of the United States (1804 – 1806). After building background on the expedition, students will complete multiple close readings of eleven journal entries to deepen their understanding of the writings. Reading excerpts from the beginning, middle, and end of the journey, students will closely read and analyze the journals. Working with small groups, partners, the whole class, and independently students will deepen their understanding of the historical texts by completing nine analysis tasks throughout the unit.

    Common Core State Standards

    - RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.6, RI.7, RI.10

    - RH.1, RH.2, RH.4, RH.5, RH.6, RH.10

    - W.1 (A, B, C, D, E)

    In this unit, students will...

    - Read and interpret complex historical texts

    - Cite textual evidence in analysis

    - Draw inferences from the text

    - Determine the meaning of words or phrases in the text

    - Determine the author’s point of view and purpose

    - Analyze primary sources

    - Write arguments to support claims and analysis

    Lewis and Clark Journal Entries - Investigating Historical Texts Unit Highlights:

    - Background Information on the Lewis and Clark expedition

    - Notes on Nonfiction Texts - Purposes, Types, Organization, Tone, Objective vs. Subjective Writing

    - Step-by-step guide for Close Readings of Informational Texts

    - Journal Excerpts from the beginning, middle, and end of journey (11 total)

    - 9 analysis tasks to deepen student understanding

    Teacher and Instructional Resources for “Lob’s Girl” Unit:

    • Unit Overview

    • Detailed Lesson Plans (5)

    • ALL Instructional and Student Work Keys


    Journey Speech Reading, Analyzing, Researching, & Presenting

    In this ten-day, Common Core aligned unit, students will develop a deep understanding of the speech genre by investigating two famous speeches. After instruction on speech characteristics and purposes of speeches, students will closely read and analyze two speeches about incredible journeys. They’ll also develop skills in responding to analysis questions. Then, students will conduct mini-research projects on people who have also completed incredible journeys. Using a research guide, citation tracker, propaganda techniques, and a speech pre-write students will turn their research into an engaging and informative speech. Students will present their research to the class while classmates complete listening feedback forms.

    Common Core State Standards

    - RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.6, RI.8, RI.10

    - L.2, L.3, L.6

    - SL.3, SL.4, SL.6

    - W.1, W.2, W.4, W.5, W.7, W.8, W.9

    In this unit, students will...

    - Develop understanding of the speech genre: characteristics of speeches, types of speeches, how to read and analyze speeches

    - Cite textual evidence in analysis

    - Draw inferences from the text

    - Effectively respond to short answer questions

    - Determine the author’s point of view and purpose

    - Develop research skills

    - Cite research sources

    - Write persuasively including arguments and effective support

    - Work with peers to improve and revise their writing

    - Utilize strong presentation skills as they deliver their speeches

    - Actively listen to and evaluate peers’ speeches

    Mini-Research Project, Speech Analysis, and Speech Writing Unit Includes:

    - Guided Notes: How to Read Speeches; Answering Short Answer Questions, Speech Types and Purposes

    - Links to access and download the speeches: “The Future Doesn't Belong to the Fainthearted” and “Life’s Journey”

    - 10 Speech analysis tasks

    - Speech Research Assignment and Guide

    - Internet Research Guide

    - Internet Citation Tracker

    - Propaganda Techniques and Pre-Write

    - Speech Writing: Putting It All Together

    - Notes - Delivering a Speech

    - Guided Speech Pre-Write

    - Peer Feedback Form

    Teacher and Instructional Resources for the Unit:

    - Detailed Unit Plan with 10 Days of Lesson Plans

    - 24 Incredible Journeys Research Topics (Examples: Neil Armstrong’s First Steps on the Moon, Louise A. Boyd - North Pole Flight, Stanley’s Search for Livingstone)

    - Speech Rubric

    - All Instructional and Student Work Keys


    Journey Poetry - Reading, Analyzing, and Writing

    This five-day unit is a perfect way to teach students to effectively analyze poetry and write original poems as well.

    In this unit students will read and analyze three famous poems with the common theme of journeys. During each lesson, students will complete multiple readings and analyze the poem in four different way. The repeated readings enable students to have a much deeper understanding of the poem and the scaffolded analysis skills allow students to build on their interpretations of the poem. Then, using the mentor poems as models, students will write a personification poem and a rhyming poem.

    This detailed unit includes:

    • 12 close reading and analysis activities
    • 2 poems + links to a contemporary poem
    • 2 poetry writing step-by-step guides
    • Detailed instructional lesson plans
    • Teacher keys for all student worksheets

    Poems studied in this unit:

    • “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
    • “The Railway Train” by Emily Dickinson
    • “Journey to Be” by Mark R. Slaughter (links to access this contemporary poem are provided along with a blank template for printing)

    Skills developed in this unit:

    - Develop an understanding of the poetry genre

    - Close reading of complex texts

    - Making inferences

    - Determining central ideas or themes in poetry

    - Interpreting figurative language

    - Responding to poetry

    - Citing textual evidence to support poem analysis

    - Writing analyses with sufficient evidence

    - Participating in discussions and expressing ideas about poetry clearly

    - Recognize the features of poetry

    - Follow the writing process to write original poems

    - Incorporate sensory details and figurative language into their writing

    - Practice utilizing poetry skills such as rhyme and personification

    Common Core State Standards

    Reading Standards: RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.6, RL.10

    Writing Standards: W.1, W.3, W.5, W.6, W.10

    Speaking and Listening Standards: L.1, L.3, L.5, L.6


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