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By The Uncommon Core
This graphic organizer follows the Lucy Calkins Investigative Journalism unit of study for 8th grade. It contains multiple ways for students to organize their thoughts on a news story/event before they generate their final news article for the unit.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Scaffolded Notes
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By The Uncommon Core
This formative assessment is a great way to determine if your students understand how to define subjective text, objective text, and author's bias, in addition to analyzing a subjective article and identifying the authors bias within it. Finally,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Assessment
$4.00
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3.9
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This assessment asks students to a)identify and match the 6 plot elements found within traditional texts (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) and b) read excerpts from familiar short stories (for this assessment
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment
$2.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By The Uncommon Core
This graphic organizer helps students unpack the U.S. Bill of Rights. It includes one column for students to write in the first 10 Amendments, one column for them to write that each amendment means (in their own words), and one column with a
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
$6.00
$3.00
2 ratings
4.0
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This graphic organizer can be used with any text (poem, short story, novel, etc.) to help students grasp how author's tone and reader's mood may shift throughout a single piece of literary work. In the graphic organizer, students are to use text
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$2.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By The Uncommon Core
This assessment includes matching, a short essay, multiple choice and true and false. It tests on students' knowledge of key people, events, social happenings, and tensions that led to the war. (26 questions in total)
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Assessment
$5.00
$2.50
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4.0
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By The Uncommon Core
This student-led activity is a spin on a role play, allowing students to take perspective of different social groups during the Reconstruction era in order to understand that there were multiple ideas of how to re-built/unify the nation after the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
$4.50
1 rating
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By The Uncommon Core
This checklist will help students format their typed news article so that it resembles an actual article they might see in a newspaper. This checklist is specific to Google Docs (especially the Formatting 2 Columns section), although it could be
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Handouts, Printables
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By The Uncommon Core
Using the mentor text "The White Umbrella" by Gish Jen, this graphic organizer allows students to identify what types of characters appear within a text (round, flat, static, dynamic, protagonist, antagonist, minor), in addition to finding text
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
3 ratings
3.8
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By The Uncommon Core
This partner activity requires students to find, identify and use evidence to support the multiple types of memoir elements located in short personal narratives. For example, in 8th grade, I used this organizer for two short narrative stories:
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
3 ratings
3.9
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By The Uncommon Core
This collaborative project was designed to get students thinking about how the various characters in the short historical fiction book "Bull Run" by Paul Fleischmann a) are involved with/connected to the Civil War in different ways and b) that those
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
$2.00
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3.9
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By The Uncommon Core
Learning about history through song is one of the most powerful ways for kids to remember specific events, and emotions tied to those they impacted. This song lyric analysis graphic organizer allows students to look at the lyrics to a popular song
Subjects:
Government, Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
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By The Uncommon Core
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a perfect world? A world run by a perfect government, a world where people treated one another the right way all the time, and a world in which all your favorite things were always in abundance? It
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities
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This graphic organizer is designed to help students identify 8 specific memoir elements (effective introduction, detailed words/phrases, dialogue, inner thinking, impactful language, conflict, lesson learned, effective conclusion) by underlining
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Graphic Organizers
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By The Uncommon Core
Worksheet includes Civil War key vocabulary. Worksheet skills include defining words and summarizing ideas and inferring events.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables
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By The Uncommon Core
These notes include definitions and examples of the terms: symbol, symbolism, metaphor, and extended metaphor. This is an organized grid for students to keep with their class notes or to recreate in their notebooks.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Printables, Scaffolded Notes
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By The Uncommon Core
This simple graphic organizer is a fantastic way to get students invested in certain topics they will be reading or writing about. Simply hand out an organizer to each student, project a series of pictures/visual images (I use photos, charts, maps,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
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By The Uncommon Core
This graphic organizer allows students to think of causes and effects of specific events in two ways: a) the traditional cause first, then the effects and b) the effects first, then possible causes. Included is also a column in which students fill
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers
FREE
2 ratings
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By The Uncommon Core
The intended use for these organizers are to help students consider internal (man. v self) and external conflict (man v. man, man v. nature, man v. society) as they are written into literature, and to formulate an argumentative essay about conflict
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
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University of Wisconsin - Madison graduate

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I have been an 8th grade Balanced Literacy and Social Studies teacher for 3 years. As a newer teacher, finding resources and developing something creative or original with the materials had always been so time consuming until I discovered TpT. I'd like to to pass along some great resources for middle school teachers who are looking to save time!

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