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By Whimsy and Rigor
Get those creative and critical thinking skills going with this activity designed to help students analyze and deeply understand a character's conflict by asking them to create an app (that does not yet exist!) that could have greatly benefited a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
$3.00
3
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By Whimsy and Rigor
"I am really freaking myself out!""Me too!" "This is fun but terrifying!"That is what my secondary ELA students said as we worked through this activity!Creating tension and suspense is a skill that takes work to develop and refine. And this resource
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.10
$3.00
6
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Get these THREE resources to get you going on the Monday Mania method of weekly vocabulary instruction. (Watch this quick tutorial about that method by clicking here.)The "40 SAT-Based Vocabulary Words-Classroom Display" is a PDF download includes
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (Social Studies - History), Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards, PowerPoint Presentations
$15.00
$13.50
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By Whimsy and Rigor
Get to know your students by having them design a mask! This is an incredibly unusual time, so this back to school activity fits perfectly to capture the moment.Using this blank template, students can either digitally or on paper, design a mask that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.00
4
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Want to help your students write a real novel in 30 days in the spirit of National Novel Writing Month? Well this is what you need!After teaching this whirlwind unit for 10 years, I have learned all the tips and tricks you need to be successful!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.6
$15.00
Digital Download PDF (0.77 MB)
By Whimsy and Rigor
Once students have completed a Genius Hour project, they need to reflect and show off what they have learned and what they have created. That's where the Genius Hour TED Talk HyperDoc comes in! This editable template has all the links you need to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Instructional Technology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities
$3.00
4
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Remember that book PostSecret by Frank Warren? Strangers would write their deepest darkest secrets on a collaged postcard and send them to Warren, an artist and absolute stranger? He would then publish on his blog and what happened after
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Graphic Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$6.00
Online Resource
Google Drive™ folder
By Whimsy and Rigor
It's a Food Truck Festival...and a Delicious Literary Analysis!Obviously food trucks hold delicious morsels. And now, literary food trucks hold magical powers to inspire your students to dive deeply into a novel or short story in a new and inspiring
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Novel Study
$2.00
3
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By Whimsy and Rigor
This virtual flashcard deck helps students associate images with their vocabulary words, further enhancing comprehension. Once purchased, you may edit and share the slide deck with students so they can create their own set of virtual flashcards.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Whimsy and Rigor
My "40 SAT-Based Vocabulary Words-Classroom Display" resource is a PDF download that includes 40 vocabulary words that are ready to print and display in your classroom. There are two versions: one with illustrations to support the students'
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Expose students to the power of poetry using Kobe Bryant's letter to basketball as a model. After leading students on an analysis of Bryant's moving poem and maybe even listening to a YouTube video of his recitation of the poem, have students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.00
1
Digital Download PDF (0.03 MB)
By Whimsy and Rigor
Creating a digital escape room has never been easier because this product not only gives you a template to fully customize, but it also includes 3 video tutorials where I walk you through exactly how to create your own room.Using Google Slides,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies - History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Internet Activities
$6.00
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Walk With Me-Creative Writing-Multiple Perspectives-Point of View-AnalysisGet students to think analytically, make inferences, and practice creative writing by having them metaphorically walk in the footsteps of a real or fictional character.This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.3a, W.6.3b, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$3.00
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Who would you SWIPE RIGHT on?? In this activity, students become characters from the unit you are studying (social justice activists, famous suffragists, innovative scientists, etc), do a little research on their character, and then meet and greet
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Bibliographies
$2.00
2
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By Whimsy and Rigor
40 SAT-based vocabulary words in the form of an easy-to-read sign? That includes the part of speech, the definition, and how the word can help a writer make a point or convey an idea? Yes, please!This PDF download includes 40 vocabulary words that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Word Walls, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$5.00
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By Whimsy and Rigor
Yes! You can make ONE spectacular rubric and use it for ALL written assignments for the whole year! This resource contains two fully EDITABLE rubrics (one for essays and one for creative writing) that you can use all year long to assess students on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Classroom Forms
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.10
$3.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Get your students thinking critically and deeply about any topic by asking them to generate a list of 50 objects relevant to your subject. You can begin by having them brainstorm independently and then with a small group and then as a whole class.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies - History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (0.02 MB)
By Whimsy and Rigor
Comprehension questions are B-O-R-I-N-G but using emojis to check your students' reading comprehension is F-U-N! With this download, you get two handouts-one with 36 emojis and one with 113 emojis and space for students to explain which emoji(s)
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (0.33 MB)
By Whimsy and Rigor
This resource helps students make predictions WITH EVIDENCE from the text. PLUS, it provides room for students to either CONFIRM or ADJUST their predictions after they finish reading the story.This handout can be used with any text and is designed
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.10
$2.00
Online Resource
Google Docs™
By Whimsy and Rigor
Ready to impress your students as you bring pop music into the classroom? Well, maybe not impress, but at least engage them!This Google Slides has 4 examples of similes and metaphors in popular music, featuring Hamilton (prepare for a sing-a-long),
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Multimedia
$2.00
1
Online Resource
Google Slides™
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