This Jeopardy game reviews students over concepts they will encounter on the STAAR reading test. Categories are: Fiction and Drama, Literary Nonfiction and Poetry, Persuasive Text, Informational Text, Reading Skills, and Testing Skills.
This packet takes students step-by-step through the process of writing a creation myth. The assignment requires students to convey a culture's values and a theme as they tell a story about the existence of something in our natural world. The
I called this my "Three-Angled Snapshot" assignment. This project requires students to begin by writing a personal narrative about an emotional moment in their life. Then, they re-write the same moment as a narrative poem (utilizing lines, stanzas,
Use this chart to analyze protagonists and antagonists in dramas. Students must identify the character's active goal, emotional need, major flaw, and background using examples of dialogue and staging. These character traits will then be used to
This assignment previews vocabulary from "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. The process requires students to identify helpful context clues, infer the word's meaning, find the best definition and part of speech, and draw a picture representing
After writing a collection of journal entries, students select one entry to "publish" by re-writing it as a new genre and putting it on display to share with classmates. My students always love this project because it allows them choice and
This assignment requires students to write a children's book in the form of rhyming narrative poetry. Students always think what Dr. Seuss did was easy, but this teaches them the true skills involved! Project explanation, rubric, and planning page
This assignment requires students to design a mini-lesson to teach their classmates an important literary term. I use these presentations as warm-ups that correspond with a more in-depth lesson about the term/device.