Smock's Middle School Language Arts Lessons

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Students will read an informational article and a poem related to the Holocaust. Then, they will answer selected response questions over each passage, write a short constructed response, and end by writing an extended response.
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All questions are analytical and require the students to think critically. Following the questions are two writing assignments. One is a short constructed response question and the other requires students to write two letters from a different
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This 5 day Unit is a fun way to review for the Milestones. I used Georgia Collections textbook/Close Reader workbook, but you can get "The Flying Machine" by Ray Bradbury from somewhere else if that isn't the textbook that your school is using.
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Identifying infinitives, gerunds, and participles Determining the functions of infinitives, gerunds, and participles
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Students will learn and discuss the elements of traditional and modern fairy tales. Unit includes compare and contrast, creative writing, and designing and building a "fairy tale contraption."
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Students research a Holocaust victim. This project incorporates, informational research, literary symbolism, and argument writing.
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This 4 day unit is a Milestones "Argument" review. The unit was created using the “Label the Meals” and “We Don’t Need Labels” passages found in the Milestones ELA Study/Resource Guide on the GDOE website. This unit was created with the hopes of
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Colorful PPT! Students will listen to the movie quote and determine which verb mood. Students also love guessing the movies.
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This is not your typical novel resource. These activities were specifically created using all 8th grade standards (informational and argumentative writing, narrative writing, verb moods, active/passive voice, gerunds, participles, and infinitives,
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Students write their own Active, Passive, and Mood Sentences using this sheet of fun memes. Students love it, and it is perfect for application after you have taught the content.
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Students use the topics to write their own thesis statements for each. The thesis statements can be used to write arguments.
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Students will learn about themes and universal themes. They will meditate on their life and choose a theme song for their life and write PEEL paragraphs to answer questions, use evidence to support, and explain.
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GOAL: To create a “silent” movie that uses camera angles, zoom, manipulation of color, music, character body language, and literary elements (foreshadowing, symbols, theme, and analogies) to create a mood and tell a story. The only sound allowed
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This 2-3 week unit is fun for after Milestones testing. It allows the students to review and apply literary elements and presentation skills in a creative hands-on way. The "Using Cinematic Techniques and Literary Elements" PPT can be purchased on
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5-page A-Z common literary terms already defined. Space is given for most terms so that students can give examples from text they have read.
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This PPT can be used with or without my "Silent Movie and Reading Cube Unit" (found on my page). The PPT has a slide with examples of Reading Cubes, and all other slides have a literary term or cinematic technique explanation and an example in the
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Students use song lyrics to identify analogies and create their own allusions. Corresponding Worksheet can be found free in my store. ("Allusions and Analogies in Songs" Word Document)
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As students watch the movie, they will identify literary elements and put them in a chart. Examples are given for every element on the chart. (symbol, theme, irony, foreshadowing etc.) After the film, students discuss their charts as well as
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Students deeply discuss Active and Passive Voice using movie clips and political speeches. This activity requires students to really think about the different purposes for using active and passive voice rather than merely identifying. Great for
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3 analysis/critical thinking short constructed response questions perfect for practicing for the Georgia Milestones
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