January ELA Bundle Common Core Aligned for Grades 4-8

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January is the time where we get our students back on track after a much needed, and well-deserved winter break. Grab your students' attention and get them back to work right away with this perfect Daily 5-inspired BUNDLE. Incorporate read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, word work, and writing with this January-themed, jam-packed resource.

This January ELA Bundle includes:

• New Year's Close Reads for BIG KIDS

• Martin Luther King Jr. Informational Text Task Cards

• Martin Luther King Jr. Reader's Theater and Reading Literature Toolkit

• Resolutions Made Easy: A Digital Interactive Essay Writing Toolkit


New Year’s Close Reads for BIG KIDS!

The perfect New Year’s reading resource to keep your students engaged, focused, and learning through the month of January!

This 18-page New Year’s close reading resource includes:

• Inspiration and Directions for Use

• What is Close Reading?

• Close Reading Strategies

• Dear Journal…A Reflective Journal

• The Ball Drop in Times Square: An Informational Text

• How to Plan the Perfect Holiday Party: An Expository Text

• A Fresh Start: A Poem

• City Cat and Country Cat: A Fable

• Answer Key

Directions for Use…

• Use for weekly reading homework, center work, read-to-self, read-to-someone, whole class strategy work, small group, or one-on-one intervention. The uses are endless.

• Copy passages, questions, and organizers.

• Teach students the Close Reading Strategies-FRUIT

• Watch as your students become more engaged, independent readers capable of answering text dependent questions.

Estimated Lexile Level for collection of passages: 1120L


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Card contents include:

• clear directions for easy implementation

• 20-task cards for student-use

• student answer document

• answer key


Navigating informational text can be a challenging concept for ALL students. By turning this reading skill into a mini-lesson, you will enhance student understanding and make reading informational text more manageable. Use these color-coded task cards to help students navigate informational text more effectively in: a center, for independent, partner, or small group work.


• Print out pages using a color printer.

• Laminate task cards to make them more durable.

• Cut the cards and place them into groups based on color.

• Print out Student Answer Document.

• Determine if you are having students: work independently, in partners, or in small groups.

• Pass out a set of color-coded task cards and answer strips or keep in a center.

• Students will read the selection on each card and select the multiple choice answer that best answers the question, and record their answer.

• Students will turn in their answer strips to be evaluated.

• Rotate students to use next set of cards for the next word work session.


This Martin Luther King, Jr. Reader's Theater and Reading Literature Toolkit resource includes:

• 6-page, 10-character script

• reader response questions for comprehension

• context clue word work

• journal prompt for writing

• summary organizer

• figurative language work

• an interactive notebook page

• answer key

Estimated Lexile Measure: 820L

Summary: Mr. Garlock, an engaging social studies teacher, wants his students to learn about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, this learning is going to take place with his assistance, but mostly by the sharing of his students' new knowledge through their research and teaching. Your students won't realize all of the information they are absorbing with this high-interest passage.


Resolutions Made Easy is a digital essay writing resource that is also printable. It is the perfect toolkit that can be used to teach the process of essay writing while incorporating a high-interest topic-New Year's Resolutions.

This Resolutions Made Easy resource includes:

• Google slides link for students to work digitally

• Ideas and Directions for Use

• Resolutions Made Easy Inspiration

• CCSS Covered

• Resolutions Made Easy Daily Agenda

• Teacher Answer Key

• Student Writing Sample

• Resolution Essay Rubric

• Student Writing Printables

• Terms of Use and Credits

Why use Digital Assignments?

• This resource is paperless, but can be printed.

• Students work directly in the given file.

• Technology is integrated into instruction.

• Students are highly engaged in their work.

• Common core aligned.

• Easily accessible with Google Drive access.

Essay writing is a skill that students can learn in the middle grades and will carry with them through college. Sadly, this wasn’t a skill I learned until high school, but with CCSS, writing extensive/elaborate pieces is now a requirement of our students at all levels, specifically in the middle grades.

For this reason, I created this Resolutions Made Easy resource. I wanted to help my students construct a thorough essay that required them to write 5-paragraphs effectively and successfully, taking the students through the brainstorm, drafting, editing, and publishing stages.

It takes my students about 5-6-class periods to complete the entire process, depending on how quickly they are able to word process. It may take your students more or less time.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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