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    Response to text journals bundle (reading strategies): movie guide for movies used as text (plot, characters, conflict, response to text), response to text journals for any informational and literary texts, Picture Walk (response to images as texts) differentiated activities, annotating and close reading handout and quick reference guide.

    ⭐This bundle contains 5 resources:

    UPDATED: A new Picture Walk: Character Education resource has been added

    1. Movie Guide for Any Movie (ESL/ELA/Special Ed): This movie guide may be used with almost any movie out there, however, the “connect to the text” questions focus on overcoming challenges and personal growth, so this resource might be more suitable for movies that have somehow an important message and students are able to learn from it.

    This viewing guide has been designed for ESL learners, but it may be useful for ELA and Special Ed students as well. This resource is more appropriate for upper-intermediate and advanced learners. Depending on your students' proficiency-level, you might need to offer them more support and guidance.

    ⭐You may use this resource:

    • as an end of the year activity
    • as an emergency sub plan
    • as an extension activity
    • as a listening activity to develop listening skills

    ⭐This resource focuses on the response process and includes the following elements:

    • Making predictions
    • Plot structure (plot diagram) - graphic organizer
    • Conflict situations (inner and external conflicts)
    • Characters (protagonist and antagonist)
    • Focus on character education (overcoming challenges, life lessons students may be able to apply to their personal life).
    • Drawing conclusions

    I have included an extra sheet for the writing activity which allows you to type a specific writing prompt you wish learners to elaborate on after watching. This is the only part of the resource you may edit.

    2. Picture Walk: Response Journal Differentiated Speaking & Writing Activities

    Use this differentiated Picture Walk activity to build inference skills and develop speaking and writing skills (response to text). This resource contains images showing risky situations and learners need to offer as many details as possible. Teaching tips for using the activities are included in the downloaded file. If you are not familiar with Picture Walk, read more about it here.

    ⭐What is included?

    • This packet includes four differentiated activities.
    • Coloured and black and white versions.
    • Canadian and US spelling.
    • The downloaded resource contains practical information about how to use this packet and tips for differentiated instruction.

    ⭐This resource is ideal for:

    • Developing oral interaction/speaking and writing skills
    • Forming and answering information questions.
    • Making inferences.

    ⭐Best uses:

    • Morning work/bell-ringer activity
    • Individual, pair or group work.
    • 15-minute time fillers at the end of the class
    • Providing practice in making inferences.

    ⭐The four differentiated activities cover:

    Level 1 Activity : These cards contain images and guiding questions to help learners make inferences and develop their speaking skills.

    Level 2 Activity allows learners to answer the questions in their own pace. Some students might not be able to talk a lot during oral interaction because they need more time to think about their answers. So, they have a chance to make inferences based on the visual cues by answering the guiding questions in writing.

    Level 3 Activity is more difficult as students have to form their own questions. This activity is ideal to practice the formation of information questions. In addition, the guiding questions from the previous tasks (Levels 1 and 2) might serve as models for learners to write their own interrogative sentences.

    Level 4 Activity require learners to write the story of the image.

    This resource is appropriate for Grade 9-11 learners and you may use it in ESL, EESL, EFL or Special Education classes. I included a very thorough preview so you can determine if this resource is appropriate for your learners. This unit is designed for ESL learners, however, it might be useful in ELA classes, especially in a Special Education context.

    Teaching duration may depend on your students' proficiency level and the number of times you assign these activities to your learners.

    3. Picture Walk: Character Education - NEW

    This activity pack is ideal for back to school to help students brainstorm/reflect on classroom expectations, consequences of inappropriate behaviour, coping with stress before and during exams, good study habits, setting goals and ways to engage in their own learning. Use this differentiated Picture Walk activity to build inference skills and develop speaking and writing skills (response to text). This resource contains images showing different situations, and learners need to offer as many details as possible using the visual cues and guiding questions.

    4. Picture Walk: Social Issues in Teens' Lives - NEW

    This document contains ten situations encouraging learners to brainstorm/reflect on sleep deprivation, loneliness, dealing with problems, controlling intense emotions, body image, empathy/being helpful, the way social media/technology has changed the way they interact and communicate. Ideal for back to school or all year round.

    Use this differentiated Picture Walk activity to build inference skills and develop speaking and writing skills (response to text). This resource contains images showing different situations, and learners need to offer as many details as possible using the visual cues and guiding questions. Teaching tips for using the activities are included in the downloaded file.

    ⭐This resource can also be used to practice:

    • Information questions, WHO-questions (question words), yes/no questions
    • The Simple Present Tense
    • The Present Progressive/Continuous Tense
    • Unreal conditionals (Second conditional/If-clauses)
    • Modal auxiliary verb: may/might

    ⭐What is included?

    • This packet includes 10 situations and four types of levelled/differentiated activities.
    • The downloaded resource contains practical information about how to use this packet and tips for differentiated instruction.

    ⭐This resource is ideal for:

    • Developing oral interaction/speaking and writing skills
    • Forming and answering yes/no and information questions.
    • Making inferences.
    • Practicing grammar in context.

    ⭐Best uses:

    • Centers/workshops/discussion groups
    • Individual, pair or group work.
    • Providing practice in making inferences.

    5. Response to Reading Journals for Informational & Literary Texts

    These response to reading journals help learners to develop and/or practice reading strategies. This resource is ideal as a guide or supplementary document while teaching reading strategies or when reading an informational or literary text.

    ⭐Use these response journals with:

    • informational texts
    • literary texts

    ⭐What's included?

    • A response to reading journal to be used with informational texts.
    • A response to reading journal to be used with literary texts.
    • A link to a free response process assessment grid to evaluate learners' performance.

    ⭐With the help of these response journals, students will:

    • show their understanding of texts.
    • show their ability to identify key ideas/elements in texts.
    • express their opinion, make judgments and draw conclusions.
    • establish a personal connections with the text.
    • generalize beyond the text: students will identify relevant ideas in the text and reflect on them or they will make judgments and draw conclusions.

    6. Close Reading: Annotating Strategies Handout, Bookmarks and Quick Reference Cards

    A practical close reading and annotating strategies handout and bookmarks. Quick annotating reference cards are included. For ESL/ELA learners.

    ⭐How can you use this resource?

    • You may use this resource to develop or consolidate learners' annotating skills to help them engage with any text in a meaningful way.

    ⭐Use it:

    • while teaching reading strategies
    • while teaching annotating strategies
    • as a cheat sheet
    • quick reference handout or card

    ⭐What is exactly included in the document?

    • Close reading - Annotating Strategies handout: strategies for before reading, while reading, after reading (Response process: explore, connect to the text, generalize beyond the text); some useful expressions students may use while exploring and discussing the texts and their ideas with their peers (functional language).
    • Bookmarks - Front: inspirational quote, mandala; back side (3 options): 1) close reading strategies for fiction, 2) close reading strategies for nonfiction, 3) annotating strategies (quick annotating reference guide)
    • Quick annotating reference cards - 4 per page (Signs learners may use to show: when the agree or disagree with ideas, when they connect to the text, ideas they like, things they do not understand, ideas that are important, shocking or thought-provoking).

    ⭐FILE DETAILS: Paper size: 8.5" x 11" (Standard US Letter). Documents are not editable unless otherwise stated. Resources are available either in a PDF or PPT file.

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