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    Searching for a St. Patrick's Day Activity for your middle school students? Check out this fun St. Patrick's Day Bundle! This resource includes an informational article series about all things Ireland and St. Patrick; a short story written by Irish author Oscar Wilde and a literary analysis assignment; and, an informal persuasive writing assignment!

    Informational Articles:

    Students will have fun learning about the history of Ireland, its Patron Saint, incredible castles, and Leprechauns! Additionally, students will practice their nonfiction reading skills at the same time!

    Informational Articles Topics:

    • "The History of Ireland"
    • "The Castles of Ireland"
    • "The Life of St. Patrick"
    • "Leprechauns"

    Also included are comprehension check crossword puzzles for each article to help students practice reading for detail. Answer keys are of course included!

    These informational articles make great texts for Jigsaw Reading Activities and would also make great Sub Plans for your middle school students!

    Short Story Analysis:

    Students will also practice their literary analysis skills while ready "The Happy Prince," by Oscar Wilde. Students will explore the characters, the setting, the point-of-view, the plot, the symbols, and the theme of this short story! It's a great way to get students to think critically about fiction!

    Persuasive Writing Assignment:

    Students will review 10 Persuasive Writing Techniques with an included handout. Then, students will use their argumentative strategies to compose a holiday-themed persuasive piece of writing.

    A Student Self-Evaluation Sheet is included as well as a Grading Rubric to make this an easy activity for you!

    What's Included?

    • 4 two-page informational articles on Ireland and St. Patrick.
    • A comprehension check crossword puzzle for each article! (4)
    • Crossword puzzle answer keys.
    • Short Story "The Happy Prince"
    • Literary Analysis Student Assignment for "The Happy Prince"
    • Student Handout: "10 Persuasive Writing Techniques"
    • Informal Persuasive Writing Assignment
    • Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
    • Lesson Outlines
    • BONUS: Link to a FREE St. Patrick's Day resource!

    Skills Practiced

    • Reading Informational Texts
    • Reading Fictional Short Stories
    • Literary Analysis (The Elements of Fiction)
    • Persuasive Writing Techniques
    • Argumentative Writing (informal)
    • Self-Evaluation
    • Oral Presentations
    • Reading for Detail
    • Close Reading
    • Informational Text Features

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    Teaching Duration
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
    Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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