Calling all high school English teachers! This resource includes all the contents of my store as of August 26, 2017. Highlights include the following.
The Hobbit Mega Bundle: Quizzes, Test, Projects, Reading Guide, and More.
This bundle promotes active reading and review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Additionally, it measures reading comprehension and encourages exploration of character development and the concept of heroism, among other things. If you are teaching The Hobbit for the first time or are simply in need of new or additional resources to facilitate teaching, this bundle will prove useful.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Quiz Bundle
This bundle promotes active reading, measures reading comprehension, and holds students accountable for assigned readings. Each assessment covers roughly a third of the novel.
Romeo & Juliet Bundle: Reading Guide, Quizzes, Test & Keys.
This bundle promotes active reading, measures reading comprehension, and holds students accountable for assigned readings.
Othello Quiz Bundle (Set of 10).
This bundle measures reading comprehension on Shakespeare's Othello. Five quizzes divided by Act are included, as well as the respective answer keys. Two quizzes are short answer in nature, compared to three in multiple choice format.
Othello Unit Test & Key.
This summative assessment measures reading comprehension and analysis of characters and concepts. The answer key is included.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Quiz Bundle (Set of 10).
This bundle measures student reading comprehension over the course of the novel. Ten total quizzes and their respective keys are included. The format varies from multiple choice to short answer
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Quiz Bundle (Set of 9).
This quiz bundle will help you measure students’ reading comprehension. Nine quizzes organized by chapter are included, as are the respective answer keys.
1984 by George Orwell Quiz Bundle (Set of 10).
This bundle is designed to measure comprehension and hold students accountable for assigned readings. Keys are included.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Quiz Bundle (Set of 13).
This file contains 13 individual quizzes on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee designed to measure reading comprehension and hold students accountable for their assigned reading. Each quiz features approximately 10 to 15 multiple choice questions. The corresponding answer keys are included.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Test & Key.
This is a summative assessment on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. An answer key is included. This test is designed to measure student reading comprehension and ability to analyze key concepts and themes in the novel.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Quiz Bundle (Set of 11).
This bundle is designed to measure comprehension and hold students accountable for assigned readings. Keys are included.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Quiz Bundle (Set of 4).
This bundle of 4 short answer quizzes measures comprehension and holds students accountable for assigned readings. Answer keys are included. The quizzes are broken down as follows: chapters 1-6; chapters 7-10; chapters 11-13; and chapters 14-15. Each quiz is 12 or 13 questions in length, for a total of 50 questions (and answers) overall.
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Quiz Bundle (Set of 11).
This bundle includes 11 individual assessments to measure comprehension and hold students accountable for assigned readings. There are 112 quiz questions in sum. All assessments are in multiple choice format and include their respective answer keys.
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck Quiz Bundle (Set of 7).
This bundle measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for assigned readings. The bundle features 7 quizzes, each featuring 12 short answer questions, and their answer keys. Although labeled quizzes, these resources may double as guided reading worksheets to facilitate active reading and future review.
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer Quiz Bundle (Set of 6).
This bundle of 6 quizzes measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for assigned readings Quizzes contain 12 short answer questions each. Although labeled quizzes, these items may double as guided reading handouts to promote and facilitate active reading and review.
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer Test & Key.
This summative assessment measures reading comprehension of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It also assesses a student's ability to write claims in an analysis of the text and its characters using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence. An answer key is included.
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer Research Project.
Students will choose from 15 research topics, all related in some way to the novel Life As We Knew It. From there, students are required to locate a minimum of three reliable sources on their topic. Moving forward, students will print their sources, highlighting key information to showcase their ability to discern key information. Students will also annotate their sourcework, showcasing their interaction with sourcework. All of their sourcework will be stapled to a research packet, which reinforces the research and documentation process. The project culminates with an informal presentation to the class.
The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer Quiz Bundle (Set of 6).
This bundle of 6 quizzes measures reading comprehension of The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Although labeled quizzes, these items may double as guided reading handouts to promote and facilitate active reading and review. Answer keys are included.
The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer Test & Key.
This summative assessment measures reading comprehension of The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It also assesses a student's ability to write claims in an analysis of the text and its characters using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence. An answer key is included.
Jurassic Park Novel Study Bundle.
This Common Core aligned bundle is intended to measure and extend reading comprehension of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. This item includes four individual comprehension quizzes, a literature circle document, and culminating project options.
The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin Quiz Bundle (Set of 7).
This file contains 7 quizzes that measure comprehension and hold students accountable for assigned reading. Respective answer keys are also included. The format is primarily multiple choice, though two assessments are in short answer format.
The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin Test & Key.
This summative assessment measures reading comprehension and assesses analysis of key characters, plot points, and themes. This zip file contains both a student copy of the test and an answer key.
The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin Jeopardy Review Game.
Categories include Historical Background, Literary Terms, Key Plot Points, Antagonists, Other Characters. This file comes in Power Point format.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers Quiz & Test Bundle.
This bundle contains files that measure reading comprehension and promote critical thinking through character and plot analysis. It includes three comprehension quizzes and their respective keys. Additionally, a comprehensive unit test and its key is included.
Feed by M.T. Anderson Quiz Bundle (Set of 4).
This resource measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for assigned readings. The quizzes each cover 1/4 of the novel and keys are included.
Feed by M.T. Anderson Research Project.
This item includes the following:An overview of research project expectations; a list of 21 research topics/prompts, all of which relate to some key aspect(s) of the novel; a mini-research packet designed to facilitate information gathering, discernment of relevant information, and MLA documentation; and a comprehensive evaluation rubric.
Short Stories for High School - Quiz Bundle (Includes Test & Key).
If you need to develop a short story unit for your high school English course and need resources to measure reading comprehension and promote student accountability, this resource is for you. The materials included are easily adaptable to the needs of individual students and classes. Some assessments are multiple choice, others constructed response. Thirty-six short stories appropriate for high school are covered by this resource, and each includes an answer key. Several literary genres are covered, including realistic fiction, horror, fantasy, science fiction, etc. As of July 2017, the file also contains an editable 87-question unit test and answer key. (Click the preview icon beneath the thumbnail image to explore this new document.)
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat Quiz Bundle (Set of 3).
This set of 3 quizzes measures comprehension and holds students accountable for assigned readings. All assessments are in short answer format and feature 12 questions each, for a total of 36 questions. Answer keys are included.
The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery Quiz Bundle (Set of 3).
This quiz bundle measures reading comprehension and holds students accountable for assigned readings. Three short answer quizzes and their respective answer keys are included. Although labeled quizzes, these resources may double as guided reading handouts to promote active reading and promote future recall.
Newsworthiness in Media PowerPoint (Introduction to Journalism)
A 15-slide PowerPoint covering the following:
- The concept of news judgment
- Determining an audience's interest level in people, events, or stories
- The elements of news
- Human interest
- The brainstorming process
- The concept of synergy
Media Functions PowerPoint (Introduction to Journalism).
A 10-slide introductory PowerPoint covering various functions of journalists, including the political function, the economic function, the sentry function, the record-keeping function, the entertainment function, the social function, the marketplace function, and the agenda-setting function.
Interviewing Skills (Mass Media/Journalism) - PowerPoint Presentation.
This 14-slide PowerPoint covers the following:
- Several general interviewing tips
- Quotable responses (open-ended questions)
- Preparing and asking questions
- Generating stock questions
- Several listening tips
- Tips for conducting an interview
- Going off the record
- Prepublication checking
- Prior review
Ethics & Journalism PowerPoint (Mass Media).
A 34-slide PowerPoint on ethics in journalism. Concepts covered include:
The Janet Cooke Incident
Code of ethics
Journalism and the Constitution
Right of reply
Fairness to all
The Stephen Glass Incident
Examples of libel
Defenses against libel
Limits on scholastic journalism
In loco parentis
The Tinker Decision of 1969
The Hazelwood Case of 1988
Preparing & Writing for a Video Broadcast (Journalism/Mass Media).
This media project complements broadcast journalism courses or feature writing units. The primary objective of this project is for students to produce a feature segment on an extracurricular club of their choice, which may then be used by the school for promotional purposes. This project reinforces the principles of quality interviewing skills, as well as organization and prioritization of details using the inverted pyramid technique. Further, it promotes the conventions of broadcast writing. This .zip file contains all the materials I use for this project. The items are .docx files for easy editing.
Journalism Ethics / Deciding What is News - Unit Test & Key.
The test is 47-questions in total. The format varies and features several multiple choice, true/false, matching, and essay questions. An answer key is included.
Halloween Writing for High School - Prompt, Rubric, Outline & More.
Students will write a fictional narrative inspired by Halloween, establishing an eerie tone and depicting a conflict that involves supernatural characters, elements, etc. One allusion to Halloween’s history must also be integrated into the plot. Typically, this activity spans 2 weeks of instruction time (including in-class drafting).
Creative Writing - Adventure Story (Use Sensory Language to Establish Setting)
This resource helps high school students apply sensory language and use active verbs to establish setting and convey action in a creative writing context. Students must also characterize a protagonist through the incorporation of meaningful dialogue, whether internal or among characters. A visually pleasing pre-writing outline is included to facilitate students' brainstorming processes. A detailed, but flexible rubric for evaluation is also included.
Creative Writing - 16 Quick Poetry Activities.
This zip file contains 17 individual Word documents (for ease of revision). Included are directions, templates, and/or examples of the following poetry forms:
1. Autobiographical Poem
2. Color Poem
4. Five Senses Poem
5. Free Verse Poem
6. Guilty Pleasures Poem
8. I Am Poem
9. If/What If Poem
12. Phone Poem
13. Self-image Poem
14. Syllabic Cinquain
15. Symbolic Poem
16. Title-down Poem
Creative Writing - Complete Movie Review / Critique Unit.
This zip file contains the following:
1. A general overview of the movie critique project. These instructions may easily be modified to accommodate reviews for various media forms (e.g., television). This is a Word document.
2. Sample critiques for class scrutiny. These reviews will spur good conversation pertaining to author's voice, word choice, substantiation/supporting evidence, and more. This, too, is a Word document.
3. A handout for students to complete after they have watched their film. This handout serves as a good prewriting document. This, too, is a Word document.
4. A detailed, but concise evaluative rubric aligned to 6 Traits principles. The emphasis on evaluation is voice, but this Word document may easily be revised to accommodate your class.
5. A PowerPoint of common movie review terminology. Terms include the following:
- Editorial rights
- Ratings system
- Critical bias
Study Habits Inventory & Analysis - Reflective Learning Activity.
Do your middle or high school students need some help better understanding their own study habits? (We all know the answer to that question!) This resource is designed to help students evaluate and analyze their study habits, learning style, engagement level, and distractibility. It will encourage a rich discussion that will result in possible solutions to common issues related to one's study habits.
This 3-page Word document includes the following:
- 30 questions related to a student's personal study habits, to be answered by highlighting an option among 'hardly ever,' 'sometimes,' 'usually,' and 'most always.'
- 3 reflective writing prompts designed to have students explain and analyze their personal study habits, challenges in the process of studying, approach to learning in the classroom, and engagement with course materials (with an emphasis on SQ3R) in paragraph form.
- A "Study Distractions Analysis" worksheet featuring 12 true-or-false questions about the three most common places where individual students study.
SQ3R & Literary Terminology - PowerPoint.
This 35-slide PowerPoint presentation was designed to facilitate lessons and discussions on literary terminology and the SQ3R method. It covers the following in a visually pleasing manner:
- Differences between middle school and high school reading
- The annotation process: what it means and why it's helpful
- The steps of SQ3R: survey, question, read, recite, and review
- The definition of short story
- Elements of plot
- Inciting incident: definition + video example
- Conflicts: definition and types
- Complication: definition + video example
- Rising action: definition + example
- Climax: definition + video example
- Falling action: definition
- Resolution: definition
- Protagonist: definition, characteristics, and examples
- Antagonist: definition, characteristics, and examples
- Dynamic character: definition and examples
- Static character: definition and examples
- Symbol: definition
- Point of view: definition + types
- Theme: definition + example
- Characterization: definition + mnemonic device
- Foreshadowing: definition
- Situational irony: definition + video example
- Verbal irony: definition + video example
- Dramatic irony: definition + video example
Memory, Mnemonics, and Study Skills for High School Students - PowerPoint.
This PowerPoint presentation complements a unit on memory devices and study skills for high school freshmen. The following concepts are covered in a visually pleasing manner:
- Memory (includes 3 brief memory exercises requiring students to attempt to remember 13 items; this always lends itself to great follow-up discussion on memory devices students used to meet their goal)
- Aspects of Short-term and Long-term Memory
- Stages of Memory
- Numbers and Why They Tend to Frustrate the Brain
- Ebbinghaus's Memory Curve (a.k.a. "Forgetting Curve")
- Contributing Factors that Influence Retention of Information
- Flashbulb Memory
- The Importance of Reviewing Information Over Time
- Memory Devices
- Imagery & Visualization
Common Word Usage Problems for High School Students - PowerPoint.
This PowerPoint complements a word usage unit for high school freshmen. This unit could easily be included in any high school-level English course. This file highlights 44 common usage problems.
Dictionary Usage & Terminology PowerPoint.
This PowerPoint, which is aligned to the ELA Common Core Standards for Language (Vocabulary Acquisition & Use), teaches and promotes informed, effective use and understanding of dictionaries and their purposes. The following concepts are covered in a visually pleasing manner:
Understanding Word Roots & Formatives - Worksheet & Key.
This worksheet features 62 common roots and formatives. Students will define each root or formative, using context and available resources (e.g., dictionaries, internet). Also, students will form words by combining roots and formatives.
Assessing Your Workplace Skills - Set of 3 Activities.
This single document offers three separate activities, all related to workplace skills.
1. The first item details six key workplace skills. For each skill, a scenario is given. Students must detail how they would deal with the given scenario, all while demonstrating the key workplace skill. (I find students enjoy working with a partner for this exercise; it promotes active, reflective dialogue.)
2. The second item has students generate a self-assessment log, which is broken down into three categories: Accomplishments, Interests, and Personality. Students reflect on themselves and their experiences -- which is helpful from a career exploration perspective. A template is also given for added help.
3. The final item has students revisit the self-assessment log, taking their fragmented/incomplete thoughts and turning them into positive, complete sentences. The goal here is to help students promote themselves in a positive manner, as though they are engaging in an interview process.