This was a difficult, but fun choice. Putting myself in my customer's position, I would want to know what the seller recommends. Clearly, no product would be here if I don't love it and feel proud of it. Nonetheless, if I were stranded on a deserted island with my English students and could teach only five lessons (or mini-units) from my store - which five would they be? (Honestly, my answer to these types of questions changes frequently - and I can't believe I left out "The Twilight Zone," but today, these are my top five picks!)
Bought separately, these products total $22.00+. Bought together in this bundle, you'll save over 20%. Click on the preview to see a little more closely what is offered in this bundle.
Description of my top five are below:
5. A Bundle of ELA Lessons for ANY Work of Fiction.
You'll get 88 pages of standards-based lesson materials which are designed to work with any fictional text to teach the learning targets and concepts your students are studying! Plus, the editable version allows you to personalize and revise to fit your students' individual needs. Includes learning targets, CCSS numbers, and detailed teachers' directions - and can be used for individual, partner, or small-group work. Designed to use for a single class period, or grouped for a mini-unit; plus, some are flexible enough to be used again and again with the same class. So whether you need emergency lessons or resources to help you plan ahead, these resources have you covered. Contents include:
Writing Prompts/Discussion Cards
Setting & mood
Literary Elements & Freytag’s Pyramid
Practicing Voice & P.O.V.: Letter to an Advice Columnist + Character Postcard
4. Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" compare/contrast "The Scientist" by Coldplay.
Have a teen who says they hate poetry? Try this! Teens love music - and this is a great way to scaffold that love into interest in poetry. Music by Coldplay will engage and motivate students and it connects so well to this Whitman poem. It's elusive enough to make them wonder. Then after putting together the metaphoric puzzle, most will be amazed and impressed at what poetry, and their minds, can do. Anticipatory activities, assessments, resources, and more will provide you with everything you need for a memorable two-day experience. Arts and Humanities infused lesson. Includes designer version for your portfolio, projector, etc. A b&w, printer-friendly version, and an editable version as well. This twenty-page lesson resource provides multiple activities and assessments for a 2-day lesson. Students will compare, contrast, analyze, and interpret "The Learn'd Astronomer" and Coldplay's song, "The Scientist."
3. Positive Classroom Environment Mini-Unit.
A fun, engaging cross curricular mini-unit & teachers’ guide designed to empower you to cultivate and sustain a positive classroom culture as a middle and high school teacher. Minimize talking, interrupting, blurting out, side conversations, attention-seeking behaviors, dominant-submissive group discussions through lessons in self-awareness and self-discipline.
2. Mini-Lessons 2..
Perfect for your ready-to-go teacher's toolkit + editable, Mini-Lessons 2 is based on my very popular Mini-Lessons 1! Use at the beginning, middle, or end of class – plus, most can be extended for a full class, and are designed to last basically from 15-45 minutes each. These lessons are excellent hooks, discussion starters, rewards, re-engagement strategies, brain breaks, extended bellringers …you name it. Plus, they are print and go ready with step-by-step teacher's directions and tips.
Set the expectation exactly where you want it and how you want it. Demonstrate active listening, empathy, respect, and concern for all your students, as the class leader and role model. All aspects of your class, including discipline, become for the best interests of all, instead of merely following rules for the teacher. In over fifteen years of teaching, this has been one of my most effective behavior management strategy. It involves creating a culture where kids are accountable, not only to the teacher, but to one another as well. I teach this as my first unit and it sets the groundwork for a caring, respectful environment. It's also rather fun as students practice discussion skills, role play, etc. This, of course, can be taught whenever you decide - as it draws from CCSS Literacy Speaking and Listening standards. Includes 67+ pages including a teacher's guide, survey, dramatization, graphic organizer, classroom discussion self-assessment, 7-question multiple choice quiz, learning target self-assessment, brain research methods of sustaining the positive culture.
And ... (drum roll) my favorite product:
1. "Everyman" Reader's Theatre.
Medieval drama has never been this fun - share a taste of Medieval European culture and drama with your students, both middle school and secondary! With this purchase, you will receive BOTH the PLAY and lesson materials for a cross-curricular history and ELA experience. Students analyze a cultural experience reflected through this short work of literature (RL6).
This redo version of the original story remains in script form, has modern trappings (to make it more relevant for teens), and is a little heavier on the comic side (to keep kids interested and engaged). Students are not expected to memorize their parts, they’ll read it as they perform it (yay readers' theater!). One of the most effective aspects of this piece is that it taps in to students’ emotional-cognitive brain connection which makes for a fun and very effective learning experience.
Allowing your students to perform rather than simply read a play brings a new dimension to a class study of a dramatic piece. When students get up and act out the parts for their audience –usually comprised of non-acting students in the class – it brings a sense of identifying with and ownership of their parts. They have a safe and small audience to perform in front of – which makes it real and more doable. Bring or encourage costumes, the use of musical instruments in the background, or sound effects, appoint a director if you like, create a lighting crew for act changes – they can even plan spotlighting particular lines using a couple of flashlights. Use a student cinematographer and/or photographer, if appropriate.
If you don’t have time for all or any of these ideas, it’s super easy and works great if students simply get up and perform their parts.
Using neon tape and/or running lights can edge your stage area and add a special exciting touch. Again, no preparation is fine as well. As you know, teens have active imaginations and have no trouble suspending their disbelief. Make it as simple or complex as you like. Just get ready for a wonderful day and experience for all. This will be one of those school experiences that makes memories for students – plus one that impart an on-the-spot sense of meaningfulness to you as their teacher. You DO make a difference in their lives every day!
Be sure and check out some of my other products! Just click on the handy links provided below. :-D
Categorized List of Products for You and Your Students to Love:
1. Ghost Hunt - Spooky & Motivational Informational Reading for Internet
2. The Twilight Zone "The Masks" Lesson
3. The Tale of the Monkey's Paw -- Scary and High Interest
4. "The Cask of Amontillado" Worksheet Assessment
1. Literary/Poetic Devices "Tab-shoo"
2. Literary Elements "Tab-shoo"
3. Characterization: Character Portrayal Game
4. "Name That Tone" - Author's Tone Game
5. Hangman Template (a step-by-step easy approach to the process of the game)
Language (Grammar, etc.)
Parallel Structure: Five Day Mini-Lessons
1. Poetry Unit Test - Summative Assessment with Passages
2. Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" Close Reading
3. E.E. Cummings Poem "maggie and milly and molly and may
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