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This is good for comparing two texts in terms of theme and character traits. This is best to be used after reading chapter 11 in "Warriors Don't Cry."
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This assignment is made to go along with "We Will go Forward from this Moment" by Leonard Pitts, which is one of the most powerful pieces of literature that I have ever read. My students loved it just as much as I did. Perfect for rhetoric.
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This assignment provides students with sample excerpts from various passages. Students will link the diction in the passage to the speaker's tone. To get students accustomed to writing analytically, students are provided with sentence templates.
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This is a lesson designed to help students create a literary thesis statement. This lesson provides students with a template to use. They just have to plug their words into the provided format. Students are then required to pull three pieces of
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This assignment corresponds to "Leap" by Brian Doyle, which is such a moving piece of literature about "jumpers" on 9/11. The bottom section asks the students to use imagery in a creative writing paragraph.
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This is something I give my students when reading "Warriors Don't Cry," but it could be used with any novel. For each chapter that is read, students are to record a significant moment in the left column and then a response in the right hand column
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This assignment uses videos that force students to consider the gender-related messages in common forms of media today.
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This assignment goes along with "The Story of an Hour." It forces students to link imagery to theme, which is often time irrelevant but very important in this instance. The literary thesis statement template is provided for the student, so this
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Students will analyze excerpts for strong word choice. They will then complete a sentence template analysis format that explains how the diction creates a specified tone. These templates function well to get kids learning the language of analysis
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Students are told to create a simile or metaphor that best represents who they are as individuals. Students will construct this analysis following a provided template. Teachers will take up student create simile/metaphor and will then pass them back
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Questions to use with "Knock Knock" by Daniel Beatty. This is a powerful text that students love. You can also view the "spoken word" version of the poem as performed by Beatty himself on YouTube
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This assignment was completed following the reading of James Baldwin's "My Dungeon Shook." Cut the strips out for students and place students in pairs. Hand each group of students the strips with appeals and a chart. Have students place the strips
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This is a reading strategy that can be used with any passage. The assignment is scaffolded into forcing students to work through the steps of efficient reading. For each paragraph, students record specific details, make a main idea inference based
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This works nicely for kids just learning to annotate or close read. Also perfect for a collaborative reading class.
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Students will read and annotate "A Pity." They will then complete this chart that forces them to link similes and metaphors in the text to a larger meaning.
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This is a guided close reading to help students learn the the provess of annotation.
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This is such an efficient way to get students to read deeper and to see how all of the nuances work together to create the purpose. In essence, this is a watered-down SOAPSTone handout that works well with general or PREAP courses. I plan to use it
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These questions go along with the courtroom scene in the movie "A Time to Kill." These questions focus primarily upon the three classical appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos.
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This is a mnemonic device that students can use for active reading with any passage: Details Inference Purpose When students are trained to think and read like this, reading gains are sure to occur.
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