During the month of December, I use this for my students to create a gift for someone. The gift includes a poem that each student writes along with construction paper art.
In this set of lessons, students study some famous poems (A Visit from St. Nicholas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) while learning about poetry. Then they write their own poem.
I am piloting Standards Based grading for my district. Each day, I focus on a different standard with a skill or subskill.
These lessons include many parts: Essential Vocabulary, Essential Question based on the term, "I can..." statement based on standard (see list of ELA standards), lesson slides (step-by step directions), Exit Slips (self-assessment for students and for you to see where they think they are), and Homework slide if needed.
My lessons incorporate Thinking Maps and Kagan strategies. If you are not familiar with them, my slides will take you step by step.
I am a sixth grade teacher, but the same standards are in seventh and eighth grade.