Issues & Informational Text: Plagues, Pandemics & Productivity

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Room 213
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8th - 12th
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  1. This bundle includes lessons that invite your students to explore and discuss current issues through nonfiction, informational texts. Each resource provides you with several options that will engage your students as they read, view, think, discuss and write. The bundle contains the following topics:
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Get your students engaged with this very relevant topic. As much as we wish COVID was a thing of the past, it continues to be a huge part of students' lives. Use this to get them reading, viewing, writing, and collaborating.

Introduce the fact that in 2020 there were many memes about Shakespeare and Newton's time in isolation; they were an attempt to inspire us to do be like them and create amazing things. But it's not quite that simple, and this resource takes students through a closer look at what happened with these two geniuses - and what we can do to (realistically) learn from them.

Here's what you'll get:

  • Three step-by-step lessons plans
  • Engaging and editable slideshows
  • A magazine style article
  • Short mentor passages you can use to focus on author craft
  • An engaging collaborative activity
  • Extension activities for expository writing
  • A short extension activity for poetry
  • Answer keys and teaching instructions
  • An editable rubric for the writing assignment

✔️Your students will love these real-life lessons and they will learn skills for critical thinking, reading, and writing along the way.

✔️Your prep is quick and easy: the lesson plans give you step-by-step instructions embedded with links to all of the materials you will need.

If you want to get your students engaged in more current topics, be sure to check out the bundle - which now includes this resource too!

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90 slides, 20 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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 central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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