Make May count with this pack of fun and educational resources. Filled with 20 days of writing, reading, listening, and speaking practice, this bundle has everything you need for a month of instruction.
This bundle includes:
• Persuasive Writing Unit
-- In just 10 days students will develop background knowledge on roller coasters after reading informational texts, study and analyze advertisements, develop an understanding of critical components of persuasive writing, write their own persuasive advertisements for a roller coaster they designed, present their advertisements to the class, actively listen to their peers’ writing, and reflect on their own year in your class.
• Characterization Mini-Unit
-- This engaging 3-day Characterization Mini-Unit is designed to help students understand how authors create characters and how students can use clues from the text to better comprehend a character within the context of the story.
• ”Lob’s Girl” Short Story Study
-- In this 8-day unit students will develop a deep understanding of Joan Aiken’s short story “Lob’s Girl” . Its tale of loyalty and friendship combined with mystery and suspense make it an incredibly engaging read. Students develop skills in understanding short story elements, mood development, theme, foreshadowing, vocabulary, dialect, and writing in this unit.
• Homework Twist Task Cards
-- If you’re looking to increase the homework completion and engagement in your classroom, you’ll love these Homework Twist Task Cards! The 25 Homework Twist Task Cards are all about adding a little novelty and fun to traditional homework assignments. Get students excited about doing their homework all month long, or save them to use throughout the entire school year.
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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• October Unit Plans Pack
• November Unit Plans Pack
• December Unit Plans Pack
Learn more about the units included in this bundle:
Persuasive Writing Unit
– 10 Days – 60 pages
Based on roller coasters (every kid's favorite summer destination) this unit taps into students’ creativity and teaches them important writing skills.
In just 10 days students will develop background knowledge on roller coasters after reading informational texts, study and analyze advertisements, develop an understanding of critical components of persuasive writing, write their own persuasive advertisements for a roller coaster they designed, present their advertisements to the class, actively listen to their peers’ writing, and reflect on their own year in your class. Since students write persuasive ads (filled with figurative language, propaganda techniques, and critical persuasive components) about a roller coaster they created, their engagement level is extremely high in this writing unit. Guided lessons and activities help students to take their first drafts and transform them into well-crafted persuasive advertisements. When it comes time to present their advertisements to the class, they’ll all be begging to go first. You won’t believe how quickly students master persuasive writing and how strong their final writing pieces become in this Persuasive Writing Unit! This is by far the most fun way to end a school year.
This detailed Persuasive Writing Unit includes:
• Detailed Unit/Lesson Plans (10)
• Advertisement Rubric
• Active Listening Guide for Students
The Student Persuasive Writing Packet Includes:
• Roller Coaster Survey
• 4 Nonfiction Roller Coaster Background Passages
• Reading Comprehension Questions
• Hands-on Roller Coaster Vocabulary Activity
• Guided Notes on Persuasive Writing and Critical Components of Advertisements
• 3 Model Advertisements and Critical Components Graphic Organizer
• Pre-Writing Activities: Because Statements, Propaganda Techniques, Figurative Language
• Step-by-Step Advertisement Prewrite
• Draft Writing Notes and Expectations
• Revision Activities: Critical Components, Style and Coherence
• Active Editing Checklist
• End-of-Year Reflection Questions
• End-of-Year Reflection Roller Coaster
(13 keys total)
• All keys for instruction
• Keys for teacher samples and modeling
– 3 Days – 42 pages
This characterization mini-unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of understanding characters. Each lesson starts with a fun and engaging activity – Character Sketch, Character Snapshots, and a Character Improvisation game. Then, students learn about characterization through whole group instruction, small group work, partnerships, and independent practice.
In this mini-unit, students will develop a deep understanding of literary devices, characterization, methods of characterization (5), types of characterization (direct and indirect), and how to identify characterization in a passage. Students will complete guided notes, reading comprehension passages, graphic organizers and character analysis with mini-passages. This is a fun unit for students and teachers!
This detailed CHARACTERIZATION mini-unit includes:
• 3 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans
• Character Sketch Brainstorm
• Character Sketch Writing Activity
• Character Snapshots
• Character Descriptions
• Need a Ride? Improvisational Game Directions
• Need a Ride? Character Traits
• Characterization and Literary Devices Guided Notes
• 3 Short Passages with Reading Comprehension Questions
• Types of Characterization Guided Notes
• 8 Direct and Indirect Characterization Task Cards
• 2 Long Reading Passages with Questions
• All keys for student work and instruction
”Lob’s Girl” Short Story Study
- 8 days – 63 pages
In this 8-day unit students will develop a deep understanding of Joan Aiken’s short story “Lob’s Girl”
. Its tale of loyalty and friendship combined with mystery and suspense make it an incredibly engaging read. Students develop skills in understanding short story elements, mood development, theme, foreshadowing, vocabulary, dialect, and writing in this unit. Through whole class, small group, and independent work students not only stay actively engaged with their instruction, they also build crucial skills in reading, listening, and writing.
Common Core State Standards
- R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4, R.5, R.10
- W.1, W.4, W.10
- SL.1, L.4, L.6
In this unit, students will...
- Understand and appreciate short story elements: plot, setting, characters, theme
- Recognize cause and effect to help understand foreshadowing
- Build background information on Joan Aiken, Cornwall, England, and British English
- Build understanding of mood
- Develop understanding of dialect (British English)
- Increase vocabulary
- Make personal connections to text to increase comprehension
- Creatively write in response to the text
”Lob’s Girl” Unit Highlights:
- Pre-Reading Writing Prompt
- Reading Toolkit Graphic Organizers for Ongoing Comprehension Development
- Small Group Discussion Activity
- Making Predictions Graphic Organizer
- Foreshadowing Discussion Starters
- Hands-On Mood Analysis Lesson
- Small Group Vocabulary Sort
- Creative Writing Activity
Included in Student “Lob’s Girl” Packets:
- Building Background Information
- Connect to the Reading
- Dialect Graphic Organizer
- Plot Log
- Setting Chart
- Character Log
- Predictions Graphic Organizer and Writing
- Group Discussion Questions and Record Sheet
- Mood Analysis and Web
- Literary Analysis - Foreshadowing
- Theme Analysis
- Creative Writing Prompt and Pre-Write
Teacher and Instructional Resources for “Lob’s Girl” Unit:
- Vocabulary Sort Activity
- Mood Analysis Activity
- Unit Overview
- Detailed Lesson Plans (8)
- Final Assessment (Multiple choice, matching, and short answer test)
- ALL Instructional and Assessment Keys
Homework Twist Task Cards
– Every Day – 3* pages
The 25 Homework Twist Task Cards
are all about adding a little novelty and fun to traditional homework assignments. Each task card instructs students to complete their homework in a fun way like getting someone else to do their work and grading it or doing their homework in a new location like under their bed or completing the entire assignment by writing everything upside down.
The task cards are super motivating and fun…which results in a class full of students handing in their homework during the next class period. The best part is that while the tasks are engaging, they still require students to complete their work (sometimes twice)! Just have students staple a task card to a regular homework assignment and turn it into a fun and motivating task!
The Homework Twists are fun and proven to increase homework completion!
love Homework Twist Task Cards because they…
--- Can be added to any existing homework assignment
--- Increase homework completion
--- Encourage creativity and ingenuity
--- Often create fun work that’s perfect to display in the classroom
--- Are adaptable to any assignment
--- Make learning fun & engaging
--- Tap into multiple learning styles
love Homework Twist Task Cards because they…
--- Make homework and learning fun!
This resource includes:
--- Homework Twists Overview (for teachers)
--- Homework Twists Task Card Step-by-Step Instructions (with pictures)
--- Task Card Overview Profiling each Task Card (for teachers)
--- 25 Homework Twist Task Cards including: You be the Teacher, Secret Code, Destroy Your Homework, Get Dizzy, Silly Letters…and many, many more!
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