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October Unit Plans Bundle - 4 ELA Units to Teach All October Long!

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    Help students learn critical skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking this October with this bundle of resources. This bundle includes four resources that perfectly pair together AND help students learn a ton of skills in just 20 days! The best part? It’s all ready for your classroom! Your entire month of October is planned! Just print and teach!

    ***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.

    This bundle includes:

    Expository Writing Unit -- 10-day unit where students learn about the informative writing genre before they conduct their own research on a historic event and write a news story. (Includes PDF and Google Classroom-compatible resources.)

    Figurative Language Unit -- 5-day unit where students define, interpret, write, read, and analyze six types of figurative language.

    Finding the Main Idea Mini-Unit -- 3-day unit where students develop the skill of finding the main idea with fun activities and reading comprehension passages. (Includes PDF and Google Classroom-compatible resources.)

    This or That Daily ELA Warm-Ups -- Start each class period with a warm-up that gives students choice while addressing a variety of ELA skills. (Set 2) - Includes PDF and Google-Classroom compatible resources.

    • Bonus: Halloween-Themed learning activities (3 days)

    Looking for more monthly unit packs? Find them here…

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    July / Summer Unit Plans Pack

    August Unit Plans Pack

    September Unit Plans Pack

    October Unit Plans Pack

    November Unit Plans Pack

    Learn more about the units:

    Expository Writing Unit – 10 Days and 52 pages

    In this 10-day, Common Core - aligned Expository Writing Unit, students will demonstrate a deep understanding of the features, critical elements, and purpose of expository or informative writing. During the unit, students will write an expository news story about a historic event. Through instruction on the news story structure and investigations of sample news stories, students will understand the critical components of a news story so that they can write their own informational news article.

    This detailed Expository Writing Unit includes:

    - Detailed Lesson Plans (10)

    - Expository Writing Rubric

    - Research Topics - The Revolutionary War (optional)

    - All Instructional Keys

    - Student Packet:

    • Expository Writing Guided Notes

    • Writing Assignment

    • News Story Elements Guided Notes

    • News Story Structure Notes and Sample

    • News Story Critical Elements - Sorting Chart

    • Model News Story (2)

    • Pre-Writing Guide

    • Research Gathering Grid

    • Research Gathering Cards

    • Internet Research Guide

    • Internet Citation Tracker

    • Print Citation Tracker

    • Planning the News Story Pre-Write

    • Organizational News Story Frame

    • First Draft Guide

    • Revision Mini-Lesson - Including Strong Verbs

    • Revision Mini-Lesson - Using Transition Words

    • Revision Checklist

    • Editing Checklist

    • Peer Conference Guide


    Figurative Language Unit – 5 Days and 60 pages

    Studying figurative language makes students better readers and writers! In this unit students will define, interpret, write, read, and analyze six types of figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and hyperbole.

    Each lesson includes guided instruction, independent writing practice, independent reading practice (with two reading passages for each lesson), and a super fun and engaging figurative language activity. Speaking of engaging activities, in this unit students will be writing alliteration stories, creating wacky and original similes and metaphors, personifying an object with a character sketch and diary entry, drawing onomatopoeia filled comics, and working in small groups to play hyperbole-bonanza. At the end of this unit, students will be able to better understand, write, read and interpret figurative language.

    In this unit students will:

    - Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meaning

    - Use context as a clue to the meaning of a words or phrase

    - Explain the meaning and note effectiveness of similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia

    - Interpret figures of speech

    This detailed unit includes:

    - Detailed Daily Lesson Plans (5)

    - Engaging Activity Resources (11 pages)

    - Guided Notes (6 pages)

    - Independent Practice

    - Reading Comprehension Passages (10)

    - Answer Keys - Instruction and all Student Work


    Finding the Main Idea – 3 Days and 48 pages

    This mini-unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of finding the main idea. Each lesson starts with a fun and engaging activity - Tri-Bond Centers, Building a Main Idea House, and a Cooperative Main Idea Paragraph Activity. Direct instruction on how to find the main idea and supporting details in passages further develop students’ reading comprehension skills. Five original reading passages also help students practice their skills and develop their confidence.

    This detailed Main Idea mini-unit includes:

    - 3 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans

    - 10 Main Idea Bond Cards

    - Main Idea Bond Worksheet

    - Building a Main Idea House - passage and cut-outs

    - Small Group Sentence Strips and Main Idea Graphic Organizer

    - Guided Notes on Finding the Main Idea

    - 3 Short Practice Passages with Main Idea Graphic Organizers

    - Main Idea Question Stem Notes

    - 2 Long Practice Passages with Main Idea Graphic Organizer and Multiple Choice Questions


    - All keys for student work and instruction


    20 This or That Daily ELA Warm-Ups - Everyday – 57 pages

    This is SET TWO of the very popular This or That Daily Warm Ups.

    Starting each class with a warm up has been a huge success in my classroom...and my students love these This or That Warm Up activities!

    This resource includes 20 more 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.

    DIGITAL VERSION INCLUDED – A google-compatible version of the 20 This or That Warm-Ups is also included. In addition, there is a digital version of one of the grade tracking sheets. Simply click the links provided in the resource to make a copy of the digital warm-ups. Created with Google Slides for Google Classroom.

    Skills developed and reviewed...

    • Subject-Verb Agreement

    • Finding the Main Idea

    • Nouns and Verbs

    • Creative Writing

    • Possessive Nouns

    • Suffixes

    • Friendly Letter

    • Author’s Purpose

    • Their, They’re & There

    • Synonyms

    • Writing Prompt

    • Antonyms

    • Types of Sentences

    • Appositives

    • Capitalization

    • Alliteration

    • Spelling

    • Run-on Sentences

    • Commas

    • Cause and Effect

    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


    Bonus Links: 3 Halloween Themed Lessons where students practice figurative language, poetry analysis, and spooky story writing.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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