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New Year…new set of fun and engaging unit plans! This bundle includes 4 print-and-teach units that you can teach during the entire month of January! That’s right! Just download these units and you won’t have to do a bit of lesson planning! This bundle includes four resources that perfectly pair together, celebrate the time of year, AND help students learn a ton of skills in just 20 days!
This bundle includes:
***GREAT NEWS!*** 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:
Winter Poems Analysis – 5 Days – 63 pages
This winter, help your students cozy up to five winter poems in this engaging 5-day Poetry Analysis Unit. Take all of the intimidation out of teaching and analyzing poetry with the Interactive Flip Books designed for each poem. Each flip book includes four analysis tasks to help students dive deeper into the interpretation of the poems. The best part is that students begin to see the value in reading a poem multiple times and develop confidence in their reading skills. Your students will love the interactive flip books and you’ll love how they develop as readers.
Quick Poetry Analysis Unit Overview:
This detailed unit includes:
Poems included in this unit:
IMPORTANT - The poems are NOT included in this resource. However, multiple links for each poem are included. You will be able to easily click, print and/or type each poem. You'll find 5 template pages for each poem included in case you would like to coordinate the poems with the analysis tasks. Super easy!
Skills developed in this unit:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Study - 5 days – 46 pages
Six activities are included in this unit. Each is based on a nonfiction reading passage about Martin Luther King, Jr. The activities are designed to be interactive, engaging, and educational. This unit is perfect to teach as a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or Black History Month, as preparation for standardized assessments, in conjunction with a biography unit, or any time during the year!
About the Activities
Reading Comprehension - During this lesson, students will practice critical reading comprehension skills as they read a nonfiction text about Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, they will demonstrate their comprehension of the passage by responding to multiple-choice and short answer questions.
Nonfiction Text Features - In this activity students define and identify nonfiction text features. First, students will match different types of text features with their definitions. Then, they’ll find examples of the text features in the passage about Martin Luther King, Jr. Finally, they’ll put together the type, definitions, and examples into mini-puzzles that they can glue directly into their packets.
Small Group Discussions - Students will participate in group discussions about the reading passage and Martin Luther King, Jr. in small groups. Before working together in groups, they’ll develop a list that describes the elements of effective groups. Then, they’ll take turns posing questions and responding to them in their groups. Finally, students will reflect on their experiences and learning.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Facts - Students will learn and share 8 new facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. The lesson with start with each student having a single fact. Then, they’ll need to rotate around the classroom to find a student with a different fact. Next, they’ll switch facts, and continue collecting new facts until they’ve filled in their charts.
Quote Analysis - Students practice their analysis skills when they work to analyze one of King’s famous quotes. They share their analysis with partners and small groups to dive even deeper into the quote’s meaning.
Writing - In this activity students will not only share their own dreams, but they’ll build a connection with King by also dreaming about a better, brighter future.
Art Integration - As an added bonus, Art with Jenny K has provided an art activity where students unscramble and draw a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.. This activity is a perfect companion to this unit.
• Citing textual evidence
• Answering multiple choice and short answer questions
• Identifying nonfiction text features
• Working collaboratively
• Participating effectively in group discussions
• Reflecting on learning
• Analyzing a quote
• Writing and reflecting
This detailed LISTENING COMPREHENSION UNIT includes:
• Unit Overview
• 6 Detailed Lesson Plans
• Background Information (for students and/or teachers)
• Nonfiction Text Features Puzzle Pieces – Types, Definitions, Examples
• Group Discussion Questions (12)
• Facts Cards about Martin Luther King, Jr. (8)
• Quote Cards (4)
• Student Packets:
--- Informational Passage about MLK (2 pages)
--- Reading Comprehension Questions – multiple-choice and short answer
--- Nonfiction Text Features Guided Notes and Puzzle Activity
--- Group Discussion Brainstorm and Reflection
--- Martin Luther King Jr. Fact Collection Chart
--- Quote Analysis Activity
--- Writing Prompt
• All Instructional Keys
Opinion Writing Unit – 10 Days – 68 pages
In this engaging 10-day opinion writing unit students write a business letter about a school issue. Writing as a concerned student, students will write a letter to their principal (that they do not necessarily need to send to him/her) based on their opinions. The unit begins with building background on opinion writing. Then, students practice how to differentiate between fact and opinion before completing an opinion and support match-up. Next, students select a school issue to write about. They can select from a list of issues or they can complete a guide to create their own. Then, students progress through every phase of the writing process as they develop their arguments, find research-based support for their opinions, and craft an engaging business letter.
In their letters students will include their stance on an issue, their opinions, reasons for their opinions, research-based support, and even a counter-argument. Their letters will include several critical elements of opinion writing including an engaging hook, compelling voice, strong word choice, transition words, and a call to action. Their final writing pieces are dynamic and interesting business letters that demonstrate their understanding of opinion-writing, conducting research, and supporting their arguments.
In this unit, students will:
• Understand and implement the distinctive techniques for opinion writing
• Recognize the differences between facts and opinions and how/when they should use them
• Consider the audience to whom they want to communicate their opinion
• Determine how to choose a position and take a stand on an issue.
• Clearly support their position with research and details
• Develop a strong, clear, claim or position statement especially focused on their opinion
• Write a business letter based on logical reasons, supported by fact-based research
• Write arguments and support claims
• Use valid reasoning and relevant evidence to support opinions
• Produce clear and coherent writing
• Develop and strengthen writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, and publishing their work
• Conduct a short research project
• Writing: W.1, W.4, W.5, W.7, W.10
• Speaking and Listening: SL.1, SL.4
• Language: L.1, L.2, L.3
This detailed Opinion Writing unit includes:
• Unit Plan Overview
• Extremely detailed daily lesson plans (10)
• Student Packet
--- Opinion Writing Guided Notes
--- Fact vs. Opinion Task Card Activity
--- Opinion Business Letters Listening Guide
--- Sample Opinion Writing Business Letter
--- Critical Components Opinion Writing Analysis
--- Opinion and Support Match-Up Mini-Lesson
--- Planning – Generating Topic Ideas
--- Planning – Seeing Both Sides
--- Planning - Take a Stand
--- Planning – Learning More – Research Collection Cards
--- Planning – Putting it all Together
--- Writing – Business Letter Format
--- Writing – First Draft Guide
--- Revising – Engaging Hook
--- Revising – Word Choice
--- Revising – Writing a Counter-Argument
--- Revising – Voice
--- Revising – Strong Conclusion
--- Revising – Checklist
--- Editing – Checklist
--- Editing - Checklist
• Opinion Writing Rubric
• 20 Fact and Opinion Cards for Mini-Lesson
• Instructional Answer Keys
• Sample Responses for prewriting and revising (14)
Daily ELA Warm-Ups – All month long – 57 pages
This resource includes 20 This or That Warm Ups with a total of 40 activities that review critical ELA skills. Each This or That Warm Up includes instruction (at the top of the worksheet) and then 2 choices for students to showcase their learning. After reviewing each choice, students can choose to do the “This” activity or the “That” activity. The choices promote engagement and tap into multiple learning styles. All 20 of the This or That Warm Ups can be taught sequentially or used throughout the year. The warm ups are an awesome way to start each class. They typically take between 5-10 minutes, and often lead to great mini-lessons and discussions.
Four tracking and grading options are included in this resource so that you can use the method that works best in your classroom. Also, you’ll find tips and ideas for implementing the warm ups into your instruction and teacher keys for each warm up.
Skills developed and reviewed...
• Synonyms And Antonyms
• Writing Prompt
• Avoiding Run-on Sentences
• Irregular Verbs
• Using Commas
• Explanatory Paragraphs
• Blend Words
• Time Order
• Creative Writing
• Similes And Metaphors
• Accept & Except
• Capitalizing Parts Of A Letter
• Latin Roots
This resource includes
• This or That Warm Ups Overview (for teachers)
• Anatomy of a This or That Warm Up
• Setup Guide (with two options for implementation - file folders or packets)
• Grading Options Review
• 4 This or That Tracking and Grading Options
• 20 This or That Warm Ups (with 40 activities)
• 20 This or That Warm Up KEYS
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