Ready to keep students learning all June long? Then, this bundle of four, fun print-and-teach units is just what you and your students need! Filled with units that will have students analyzing and writing speeches, investigating five summer poems, working through interactive tasks for making inferences, and learning all about mood, these units are a great way to get students learning critical ELA skills. In total, they cover 20 days of instruction.
This bundle includes:
• Speech Unit
-- In this unit, students learn about the nonfiction genre of speeches, analyze four historic speeches, develop skills in writing short answer responses, conduct mini-research projects, write a persuasive speech based on their research, and present their speeches to the class. This is a highly rigorous, yet engaging, unit where students work as a group, with partners, and independently to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
• Summer Poetry Analysis
-- Celebrate the summer season with five summer-themed poems in this hands-on and engaging 5-day poetry analysis unit. Each summer poem is accompanied by a 5-page interactive flip book that helps students deeply understand the poem. As students progress through the analysis tasks on each page of their flip books, they not only dive deeper into the text, but they also develop an appreciation for closely reading poetry.
• Inferencing Learning Ladder
-- This resource includes 5 interactive activities to help students learn how to make inferences while reading. A Learning Ladder is an instructional model that is incredibly engaging and extremely educational at the same time. Just as a ladder is meant to be climbed one step at a time, the tasks in this learning ladder resource build on each other one interactive task at a time.
• Mood Mini-Unit
-- Mood is an essential element of every piece of literature. That’s why helping students to understand how to distinguish and analyze the mood of a text is essential. This mini-unit is designed to do just that! Not only will students understand that mood is the atmosphere of a text, they’ll also develop confidence in their own skills as a reader. This 3-day mini-unit provides lots of opportunities for students to read, write, and discuss mood.
This bundle is part of this YEAR OF ELA INSTRUCTION!
The bundle includes 60 turn-key units that you can teach all year long! Units are bundled into monthly folders with a suggested scope and sequence. Your entire year is already planned for you! LEARN MORE HERE.
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Learn more about the units included in this bundle:
– 10 Days – 56 pages
In this unit, students learn about the nonfiction genre of speeches, analyze four historic speeches, develop skills in writing short answer responses, conduct mini-research projects, write a persuasive speech based on their research, and present their speeches to the class. This is a highly rigorous, yet engaging, unit where students work as a group, with partners, and independently to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Days 1 - 5: READING and ANALYZING SPEECHES
• Students will learn about the characteristics of speeches, types of speeches, and how to read and analyze speeches.
• Then, students will closely read and analyze 4 historic speeches.
• In their analysis, students will cite textual evidence to support their claims.
• Through teacher modeling, working with partners and independent practice, students will determine the central idea of the speeches and analyze how the key idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated on in the speech.
• Graphic organizers will help students determine the author’s purpose and explain how it is conveyed.
• Students will respond to a short answer question for each speech that requires them to trace and evaluate the author’s point of view.
• Students will develop skills in responding to a short answer question.
• Using the “READ” strategy, students will write short answer question responses that not only answer questions, but incorporate specific evidence from the text.
Day 6: MINI-RESEARCH
• Students will take on the role of a Presidential fan club member campaigning for their particular President to win the Best President of the 20th Century Award for the research and speech portion of the unit.
• Students will conduct research on a specific President as they prepare their “case” for the President Award.
Days 7 - 8: SPEECH WRITING
• Students will complete a step-by-step pre-write for their speech.
• Mini-lessons on speech writing, propaganda techniques, and delivering a speech help students to make their speeches more effective and engaging.
• Students’ speeches will include an argument and support for their argument.
Days 9 - 10: SPEECHES
• After practicing their speeches with peers, students will deliver their persuasive speeches for the entire class.
• Students will listen to and actively evaluate peers’ speeches.
This detailed unit includes:
• Unit Plan (outlining each day’s instruction)
• 20th Century President List (for speech assignments)
• Peer Feedback Form
• Speech Rubric
• Guided Notes on Speech Elements and Types
• “READ” Strategy Overview and Practice (for responding to short answer questions)
• 3 Speeches (“The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted”, “On - Surrender to US Army”, “Farewell to Baseball”)
• 3 Sets of Analysis Graphic Organizers: pre-read, developing understanding, point of view, purpose, short answer analysis
• Speech RAFT Assignment
• Speech Writing Materials: pre-write, propaganda techniques, putting it all together
• Guided Notes on Delivering a Speech
Speech Analysis Assessment:
• “Tribute to Dogs” speech analysis assessment
• All keys for instruction and speech analysis
Summer Poetry Analysis
– 5 Days – 69 pages
Each summer poem is accompanied by a 5-page interactive flip book that helps students deeply understand the poem. As students progress through the analysis tasks on each page of their flip books, they not only dive deeper into the text, but they also develop an appreciation for closely reading poetry. Your students will love the interactive flip books and you’ll love how engaged students are while analyzing poetry.
These flip books are perfect as an end-of-the-school year unit or summer school unit or even school start unit!
Quick Poetry Unit
• Includes 5 poems all about summer written by diverse authors
• Each poem is accompanied by a five-page interactive flip book
• Lessons are easily adaptable to small group or partner work
• Lessons encourage repeated poetry readings to develop deep interpretation and comprehension
• The unit can be taught in succession or broken into individual lessons throughout the year (or end-of-the-school-year or summer season)
This detailed unit includes:
• 5 poems
• 20 close reading and analysis activities that can be assembled into interactive flip books
• Detailed instructional lesson plans
• Teacher keys for all student worksheets
Poems included in this unit:
• “Summer Sun” by Robert Louis Stevenson
• “What Shall I Pack in the Box Marked Summer?” by Bobbi Katz
• “A Boy and His Dad” by Edgar Guest
• “To a Butterfly” by William Wordsworth
• “Summer Shower” by Emily Dickinson
Skills developed in this unit:
• Close reading of complex texts
• Making inferences
• Identifying rhyme scheme and near rhyme
• Determining central ideas or themes in poetry
• Interpreting figurative language: personification, simile, onomatopoeia, and alliteration
• Responding to poetry
• Citing textual evidence to support poem analysis
• Writing analyses with sufficient evidence
• Participating in discussions and expressing ideas about poetry clearly
Inferencing Learning Ladder
- 3 days – 60 pages
If you’re looking for an engaging way to help students learn how to make inferences
, then you’re going to love this Learning Ladder resource. This resource includes 5 interactive activities to help students learn how to make inferences
• Each learning ladder task is focused on a single element of the reading comprehension skill so that students can practice specific reading techniques.
• The skills build on each other so that students are able to develop their understanding in a purposeful manner.
• Learning Ladders are designed for small group instruction. Working collaboratively promotes a learning community in the classroom.
• While progressing through each learning ladder task students have ample opportunities to practice and develop their reading comprehension.
• The Learning Ladder resources are 100% print-and-implement. Everything you need to teach learning ladders in your classroom tomorrow is included in the resource:
----- Learning Ladder Implementation Guide
----- Learning Ladder Step Cover Pages
----- Teacher Resources - 5 Detailed Step Overview and Set-Up Guides
----- Learning Ladder Materials for each Step (includes directions, skill instruction, and activity resources)
----- Student Worksheets to record their learning
About Learning Ladders - Making Inferences
What is an inference?
Students learn about making inferences and practice the skill with 12 inference clue cards.
How do you make an inference?
Students create interactive inference equations in response to six mini-passages.
What is an educated guess?
Students make educated guesses using interactive foldables in response to two reading passages.
Why do readers make inferences?
Students demonstrate why readers make inferences after reading a poem and nonfiction and fiction passages.
What do you know about inferences?
Students demonstrate what they have learned in the former learning ladder step with their responses to three reading passages.
– 3 Days – 50 pages
Mood is an essential element of every piece of literature. That’s why helping students to understand how to distinguish and analyze the mood of a text is essential. This mini-unit is designed to do just that! Not only will students understand that mood is the atmosphere of a text, they’ll also develop confidence in their own skills as a reader.
This 3-day mini-unit provides lots of opportunities for students to read, write, and discuss mood. Each lesson starts with a fun and engaging activity:
--- Emoji Moods (where students hold up emoji faces in response to teacher clues)
--- Many Moods Foldable (where students sort jumbled moods into an interactive shape)
--- Mood Sketch and Write (where students sketch 4 moody scenes and then describe them)
Then, students learn about and practice identifying the mood in literature through whole group instruction, small group work, partnerships, and independent practice.
In this mini-unit, students will develop a deep understanding of how mood can be developed with word choice and setting. They’ll also analyze long and short reading passages as well as poetry. Students will complete guided notes, reading comprehension passages, graphic organizers and writing activities. This is a fun unit for students and teachers!
This detailed MOOD mini-unit includes:
• 3 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans
• Emoji Moods – Happy and Depressed Hands-On Shapes
• Emoji Moods – Clue Sentences
• Many Moods Foldable – Story Cards
• Many Moods Foldable – Interactive Shape
• 4 Mood Sketch and Write Activities
• Guided Notes on Literary Devices and Mood
• 3 Short Reading Passages and Questions for Mood
• What a Mood – Writing Activity
• Guided Notes on Mood and Word Choice
• Poetry and Mood Analysis – with 3 Analysis Tasks
• Guided Notes on Mood and Setting
• Long Reading Passage
• All keys for student work and instruction
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