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This product is a perfect post-assessment to use after students have read Ray Bradbury's short story, "There Will Come Soft Rains." The quiz features 21 multiple-choice questions, many of which use EOC question stems. Answers are noted in red.
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This is a graphic organizer that I use to teach indirect characterization with this short story. Students look for textual evidence, infer character traits, determine how the author reveals the traits, and try to ascertain character motivations.
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I use this post-assessment to prepare students for EOC-type questions. The quiz features 25 multiple-choice questions, with the 25th question relying on contextual information that is explained after students read the story. Please note that I
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After reading "The Most Dangerous Game," I use the Jigsaw teaching strategy to get students to student the text more closely. In their expert groups, students answer a few short questions about their respective topic: plot, foreshadowing,
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This is a great speech analysis exercise for students preparing for the EOC or the AP Language exam. It would also serve as a good part of a midterm or final exam. Alternatively, it would offer a follow-up to the study of Wiesel's memoir, Night.
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This quiz is a perfect post-assessment after having read the short story, "Through the Tunnel." The assessment features 28 multiple-choice questions, many of which contain EOC question stems, and two short-response questions. Answers to the multiple
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This is a great resource to begin the year, especially before a literary study of short stories or a novel. It helps students understand how stories work and adhere to patterns. Students rotate through stations, making determinations about plot type
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This is the perfect introductory activity to get students up and moving and talking to their peers about issues that arise in the play. As a variation of an anticipation guide that poses engaging questions, your students are sure to be engaged. Each
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As an annotation strategy for nonfiction articles, I cut out the emoticon annotation slips and laminate a set for each student. They can use them as bookmarks if we are reading a nonfiction book, or they can tape them to the specific location in the
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This is a piece from The Atlantic that I have used for several years. It is perfect nonfiction practice for AP Language or the EOC exam. Although the majority of the questions are multiple choice, several are short response. Answers are highlighted
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This two-week ELA writing/PBL unit is perfect for tech-savvy students who want to make a difference in their school. By working in teams and producing marketing content for the school, students learn how to write for a specific purpose and create a
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After reading/listening to the balcony scene, students study the scene more closely through the Jigsaw cooperative learning model by breaking out to expert groups and reporting their findings back to their home groups. After students study the scene
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As a way to cover all of the background information referenced in the play, I use the Jigsaw method to provide the necessary context for the play. Students break into expert groups and study Roman social classes, the Roman calendar, Roman
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Using the full transcript of former President Barack Obama's speech at Sandy Hook, students answer multiple-choice and short response questions that focus on literary/rhetorical devices, textual evidence, inference, and purpose. I have used this
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As a culminating assessment for my unit on Lord of the Flies, I ask students to select the novel cover that they think best encapsulates the plot, theme, and character development that occurs over the course of the novel. Students not only analyze
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I've taught for 10 years at the ninth and tenth grade levels in South Carolina public schools.

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My teaching style ranges from direct instruction to PBL. My primary goal is to select high-interest texts that appeal to students and engage them in discussions that make them think and want to read more.

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