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Crime Scene Activity: Analyzing Primary and Secondary Source Evidence “The Case of the Student Teacher Gone Missing” is an activity that asks students to solve a crime based on their analysis of evidence. First students must classify the twelve
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Cooperative Learning
$7.00
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By The Literary Maven
Character/Point of View Activity for Any Text: Tweet Sheet Engage your students in a novel or literature circle with this activity focused on characterization and point of view. Students will create Twitter handles based on character analysis and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.SL.1
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By The Literary Maven
Creating character silhouettes is the perfect activity for the close reading of character or a figure from an assigned or selected fiction or nonfiction text. This activity can be used with any grade level and can be used to reinforce the ideas of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Visual Arts
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
$1.50
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By The Literary Maven
Character/Point of View Activity for Any Text: Literary Postcards Literary postcards are a great activity for any grade level and can be used to reinforce the ideas of character and point of view. This activity can be done during or after reading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.9
$1.00
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By The Literary Maven
Creative Writing Activities - Engaging & Common Core Aligned for Grades 6-12 This set of six creative writing activities is perfect for any creative writing course or unit for students in grades 6 - 12. Engage your students in writing exercises
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.5, W.6.6, W.6.7, W.6.8, W.6.9, W.6.10, W.7.3, W.7.4, W.7.5...
$5.00
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By The Literary Maven
Edgar Allan Poe Choice Board of Activities - Common Core Aligned This is a choice board of nine activities related to Edgar Allan Poe with all of the necessary materials included. Have students complete a total of three activities by a set deadline
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$7.00
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By The Literary Maven
The Odyssey by Homer WebQuest, Presentations, Projects These resources accompany an online WebQuest that I created. Students read (in narrative form) and present a part of The Odyssey instead of struggling through the whole epic poem. Included
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Webquests
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.5
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By The Literary Maven
This can be used as a fun introductory lesson on symbolism or as a beginning of the year activity for students to express who they are and decorate their new classroom. Students could also create crests to represent characters or individuals in a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2, CCRA.SL.4
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By The Literary Maven
Literary Theme Park: Review of Literary Elements Activity for Any Text Use this activity to review plot, setting. theme, conflict, characters, and symbolism in connection with any story, novel, or play. This fun activity makes for a great end of a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.5
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By The Literary Maven
These three handouts allow students to practice identifying character traits and categorizing the type of characterization: direct characterization or indirection characterization through speech, thoughts and feelings, effects on other characters,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
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By The Literary Maven
These three handouts allow students to practice categorizing a conflict as internal or external and identifying the specific type of conflict: person versus self, person versus person, person versus nature, or person versus society. Each handout
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3
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By The Literary Maven
Help your students to determine the theme of any fiction or nonfiction text with this graphic organizer. The guiding questions will help your students to identify universal themes and craft a thematic statement. Reinforce the idea of theme by having
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Arts
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.7
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By The Literary Maven
This fill-in plot mountain diagram can be used for note taking or analyzing the plot of a short story, novel, play, or film. There is a box for each of the five parts of the plot mountain: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.5
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By The Literary Maven
Practice with Writer's Style - Common Core Aligned These worksheets allow students to practice analysis of writer’s style. Students will identify diction, tone, language, and sentence structure in four passages on each handout. On one handout, four
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4, RI.7.4, RI.8.4, RI.9-10.4, RI.11-12.4
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By The Literary Maven
Practice with Cause and Effect - Common Core Aligned This worksheet allows students to first practice matching causes and effects, and then write out a series of causes and effects based on a short
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.5, RL.6.1, RL.6.5, RL.7.1, RL.7.5, RL.8.1, RL.8.5, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.5, RI.5.1...
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By The Literary Maven
Summarize, Synthesize Activity For Any Text: Making a Tombstone This activity can be used as an extension activity or an assessment of students' knowledge of an author, character, or historical figure. Ask students to summarize or synthesize
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
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By The Literary Maven
JFK WebQuest and Research Paper - Common Core Aligned These resources accompany an online Webquest on President John F. Kennedy and his achievements. This Webquest and the accompanying materials are highly structured to introduce students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.6...
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By The Literary Maven
Nonfiction Interview Activity - Common Core Aligned In this activity, students work with a partner to interview a 2012 Olympic athlete: Gabrielle Douglas, Serena Williams, Carmelita Jeter, Bryshon Nellum, John Orozco, or Oscar Pistorius. The lesson
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, W.6.4...
$5.00
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By The Literary Maven
A Christmas Carol Themed Activity: During or After Reading Character Analysis Activity for Any Text This activity is designed for use during or after reading any novel (whole class novel study or independent reading) or short story. Similar to "A
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Six years of teaching English 1, 2, 4 (ninth, tenth, and twelfth grade English), Creative Writing, reading intervention classes, and Senior Seminar. Currently a Middle School Literacy Specialist.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that you must bring the learning to the student rather than expect the student to always come to the learning. In an attempt to bring the learning to my students, my store is full of resources to differentiate instruction: stations, menus, choice boards, etc.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Member of The National Writing Project, Curriculum unit published by the Yale National Initiative

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate: English/American Studies, Temple University; Master's: Education, Temple University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Co-host of #2ndaryELA chats for MS & HS ELA teachers. For special product or bundle requests, contact me at brynnallison@theliterarymaven.com.

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