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Thesis Statements-- Concept Attainment Activity
Concept attainment is my new absolute favorite teaching activity! Students love it. The activity is almost like solving a mystery. Students get "yes" examples and "no" examples of a concept and take notes on important characteristics in order to define the concept on their own. This product includes and editable PowerPoint, a formatted PDF, and a student response sheet.
Informational Text 5-3-1 Activity
This is a graphic organizer that can be used when reading any informational/non-fiction text.
Emerson's Self-Reliance Scaffolded Quotation Journal
This is a graphic organizer with selected quotations from "Self-Reliance." Students paraphrase the quotations and make connections. Several portions have been completed already to allow for differentiation.
Text Connections-- Poetry
This is a quick activating assignment to help students make connections to poetry. It can be used with any poem.
English Language Arts Semester/Year Review Packet
This packet includes review and practice with literary terms, thesis statements, MLA format, and the writing process. This could be used as a study guide for any ELA class.
World Literature Poet List & QR Codes
This is a list of 27 poets from around the world with QR codes that link to author bios and works of poetry. I use this as scavenger hunt activity for my world literature students. You can hang the QR codes around your room or building and have students looks for examples of different poetry devices, examples of poetry from different countries/continents, or examples from different time periods. If you are unfamiliar with QR codes, just hold a QR scanner up to the code and it opens a webpage. QR scanner apps are free and come installed already on many phones and tablets.
Responding to Poetry Guided Reading
This is a graphic organizer that can be used with any poem to help students dig deeper. I use this method to help students understand that poetry requires multiple readings.
Student-Centered Reading Interest Sheet
I use this sheet at the beginning of the year with my freshman, but it can be used with any grade level. I take students to our media center to have them fill it out. It helps them pay attention to text features while also becoming comfortable with finding books in the media center.
Film Analysis Organizer
This is a film analysis worksheet that can be used with any film. Students analyze visual and thematic elements. Students do not need any special knowledge of film production to complete the sheet.
Othello Read Aloud Assignment
I use this sheet as a sign up for students to read aloud. It lists the all reading parts for Act 3, scene 3 until the end. I give students a small grade for reading and ask everyone to read at least once. Signing up in advance helps ease some anxiety for students.
Comparing/Contrasting The Canterbury Tales & Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
This is a graphic organizer for comparing The Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. I use this in my medieval unit for British Literature.
Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism Review
I use this powerpoint to review plagiarism and MLA citation with my students, and can be used with 9-12 students. It reinforces when to cite, focusing on paraphrased/summarized material with examples.
Satire-- Devices Organizer
This is an organizer that my students complete throughout our unit on satire. It includes terms and definitions of commonly used satirical devices.
Othello Scavenger Hunt for Acts 1 & 2
This is a great activity to reinforce and review the first two acts of Othello. Students can work together to go back and find evidence that corresponds to the provided prompts.
Shakespeare Paraphrase Activity
I use this activity to walk students through the process of reading difficult passages in Shakepeare's plays. Students often rush to read No Fear Shakespeare, and this process models how to use that as a study aide rather than a replacement for reading the text.
Annotated Bibliography Rubric and Instructions
This is a grading rubric to use with any annotated bibliography assignment. It includes simple instructions for completion.
Rhetorical Appeals Organizer for Writing
This is a pre-writing organizer I use with students to help them understand how rhetoric applies to writing.
Vocabulary Bee PowerPoint
This is an easy, fun activity to do with any vocabulary list your students are studying. It is like a spelling bee, only with vocabulary. Project the PowerPoint to show students the rules.
Persepolis Introductory Activity-- Iran Photo Essay
This activity includes a link to a photo essay titled "Iran before the Revolution" and questions to accompany it. It provides interesting visuals to contextualize Persepolis.
4 Corners Activity--Heroes (Epic Hero Unit)
I use this activity to get my students up and moving at the start of our unit on epic heroes, which includes Beowulf and The Iliad. It includes quotations about what a hero is/does and students have to decide where they stand.
Introducing Satire-- Concept Attainment Activity
This is one of my students' favorite activities. I use it to introduce a unit on about satire. Using the concept attainment strategy, students see examples that are satire, as well as examples that are not satire and have to take notes on the differences. The powerpoint includes all necessary instructions to complete the lesson.
Satire Presentation Assignment
Students are given a rubric and instructions for creating their own satirical powerpoint presentations on various high interest subjects. This assignment works well after reading "A Modest Proposal" or any other work of satire.
Emily Dickinson and Ralph Waldo Emerson success comparison
This activity provides students with two opposing viewpoints on what success in life is. The students will compare two poems on the topic of success and complete a writing activity.
Antigone Project Options with Rubric
These document provides 3 different options for projects that students can complete for the play Antigone. A rubric is also included.
NEW! Antigone Project Options
This is a very much updated version of my Antigone project options. This version includes 6 different projects with instructions, as well as rubric that can be used to grade all the projects.
Poetry unit terms list with definitions
This is a graphic organizer with 19 poetry terms and definitions. Students have space to fill in examples of each term throughout the unit.
Introduction to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
This powerpoint goes over information about Shakespeare, as well as historical background for Julius Caesar. A works cited list is provided for all information displayed.
Persuasive Project and Rubric
This project allows students to be creative and make real-world connections with their language arts skills. Students are given 3 project options with detailed instructions a grading rubric. Students usually get very excited about these projects in my class!
The Crucible Creative Project Options
This packet includes rubrics and inctructions for 4 different project options for The Crucible. The projects include a website, play production, marketing campaign, and a vocabulary video. My juniors usually have fun and get creative with this assignment!
Words Every High School Graduate Should Know-- Vocabulary Quizzes
This is a set of 7 vocabulary quizzes that I use with seniors. I usually give them one word a day as a class warm up, and ask them to use the word in a relevant sentence. Then I quiz them every 2 weeks. Each quiz contains matching, sentence completion, and sentence writing.
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Critical Thinking Ranking Activity
This activity can be used after Act III or at the end of the play. Students have to think critically about who was the most power in the play. This worksheet includes instructions and a character list. This usually gives rise to an interesting discussion.
Poetry Circles Group Assignment
This is a modified version of literature circles. I have students work in groups of 6 to read and analyze poems. This lesson could last one day or two weeks depending on how many poems each group reads. The assignment can be used for any poem. This download includes student response sheets with instructions and example poems for study
20 Reader Response Journal/Discussion Prompts
This is a PDF with 20 reader response journal or discussion prompts on slides that can be used with any short story or novel.
Creative writing/ literacy assignment (werewolves)
This worksheet can be used with any short story, novel, or narrative poem. I use it as an extension activity, or a make-up assignment. Students imagine an alternative ending for literature, and sketch that ending.
Thoreau Quotation Journal
This worksheet provides quotations from Thoreau's "Resistance to Civil Government," and asks students to think critically about Thoreau's ideas.
Socratic Seminar Outer Circle Response Sheet
This sheet can be used for the outer circle during Socratic Seminars. If you divide students into inner/outer circle, have the outer circle take notes using this organizer.
College Syllabus Scavenger Hunt for Senior English
I use this worksheet with my Senior English class, but it could be used with any subject area. I print off syllabii from various college websites, and the students read them carerfully to answer the questions on the worksheet. It helps them get a good idea of how the skills they learn in Senior English will help them in college.
Journalism/Newspaper Student Performance Rubric
I use this rubric to grade my Journalism students after each edition of our newspaper that they complete.
1984 Theme Group Activity
This is a graphic organizer that I use after teaching Orwell's 1984. Students use evidence from the text to write statements of theme.
Analyzing Syntax in "The Minister's Black Veil"
This is a handout with 4 questions to help students analyze syntax in "The Minister's Black Veil." This works well in A.P. Lang or American Literature.
The Importance of Being Earnest Vocabulary List
This is a graphic organizer that lists 19 vocabulary words from The Importance of Being Earnest
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The Crucible Unit Bundle:
This bundle includes all the resources I use to teach The Crucible. I teach the play in 11th Grade American Literature, and I've taught it all levels. In this bundle you get:
Vocabulary sheets for each act of the play
A quiz (with answer key) for each act of the play that covers vocabulary, reading, and literary/rhetorical devices
Identifying literary devices graphic organizer with examples from the play
Acts 1 & 2 literary and rhetorical device scavenger hunt
Act 2 deleted scene questions and writing prompt
Two different summative writing prompts
4 creative project options with rubrics
All materials are provided as a PDF and as an editable word document