This unit plan maps out the reading and activities for the entirety of Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman. The activities for each day are tied to Common Core State Standards for seventh-grade English
This unit plan maps out the activities for writing a personal narrative. The activities for each day are tied to Common Core State Standard 3 for seventh-grade Language Arts. The topic of this narrative is that of a junior high experience. I
This purchase includes guided notes and a Prezi (NOT a PowerPoint) with the definitions for the different parts of plot (plot, exposition, setting, protagonist, antagonist, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). For more
The zipped file contains the forms to run a junior high journalism writing workshop. The following forms are included in this listing: article checklist, brainstorming graphic organizer, inverted pyramid graphic organizer, peer review, peer edit,
This article analysis assignment requires students to read and analyze a news article from a reputable news sources. Students will summarize the article, articulate what the journalist did that was effective, and make a couple goals for their own
This journalism article rubric is a true rubric, with descriptors for each level, rather than a simple scoring sheet. There are four categories on the rubric: content, objectivity & research, structure & organization, and grammar/fluency. Each
This peer review form details specific things the reviewer needs to look for and also specifies how the writer can make improvements based on what the reviewer found. The reviewer answers 10 questions about the article, and there are 10
This peer edit form focuses on fragments, run-ons (and how to fix them), appositives, capitalization, plurals, and quotation marks. It is rather basic and just gives students a list of things to check for that have already been taught.
This inverted pyramid graphic helps students to organize their news articles with the most important information (including the five W's and how) at the beginning of the article and the least important information at the end of the article.
This brainstorming graphic organizer helps students to identify what they already know about the topic they will be writing about, what they need to learn, and where they can go to find the information. It's a variation on a KWL that helps them to
This checklist guides junior high students through all the necessary steps to complete a publishable news or feature article. I teach an elective journalism class for 8th and 9th graders and run it as a writing workshop with each student writing