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I am a junior College Writing Coach and former 8th grade ELA instructor. I love creating engaging and unique lessons for students and teachers because I think that learning should be desired, not dreaded.

I am a junior College Writing Coach and former 8th grade ELA instructor. I love creating engaging and unique lessons for students and teachers because I think that learning should be desired, not dreaded.
The Outsiders: Class Mock Trial Activity -- Students Become the Characters
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The Outsiders: Class Mock Trial Activity -- Students Become the Characters

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THE OUTSIDERS: JOHNNY ON TRIAL: Mock Trial: This is one of the most fun, yet academically engaging lessons I have done with my kids. With this activity, they are challenged to go deep into the novel and interact with characterization and plot development.This activity also challenges them to engage their writing, group collaboration, and public speaking skills. The activity is a Mock Trial for Johnny Cade and his role in the murder of Bob Sheldon. It is the students' job to decide if Johnny acted in self defense or if he is guilty of second degree murder. The packet guides the students through the process of the trial with easy-to-follow instructions which means no prep for you! A grading rubric is also included. (I have noted the duration is two days, but this activity can be extended for longer if needed). The packet includes the following: 1) Instructions/Note for the Teacher 2) General Instructions and Steps for the students 3) Terminology sheet of basic "Courtroom Lingo" 4) Character Role sheets for the following: *Johnny Cade *Ponyboy Curtis *Randy Adderson *Arresting Officer (not a true character to the novel) *Defense Lawyer *Prosecuting Lawyer *Judge *Jury Member Optional Roles include: *Cherry Valance *Marcia *Dally Winston *Darry Curtis 5) Jury Member Official "Verdict" Votes 6) Easy-to-Read GRADING RUBRIC
Rhetoric / Rhetorical Appeal Writing: Ethos, Pathos, Logos
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Rhetoric / Rhetorical Appeal Writing: Ethos, Pathos, Logos

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<strong>RHETORICAL APPEAL IN WRITING</strong> As a college instructor for Composition, I have found that most first year college students have never been exposed to rhetorical appeal or they are very confused by the concept. I have tried to develop a visually appealing and straight-forward introduction to the concept of rhetoric that may be used in high school and college courses. (This packet could also be used in advanced middle school courses) This packet offers your students the following: 27-SLIDE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION WITH VIDEO –Defines Ethos, Pathos, Logos – Provides Examples of Ethos, Pathos, Logos –Challenges students to test their knowledge on Ethos, Pathos, Logos –Final Video presentation of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in Commercial Advertisements STUDENT NOTES –Fill-in-the-blank graphic organizer to help students comprehend, practice, and review Ethos, Pathos, Logos RHETORICAL APPEAL ACTIVITY –Instructions for an activity that challenges the students to implement Ethos, Pathos, Logos within their own commercial advertisement (print or video) –Ready to use Rubric (one that includes scoring and one that is blank to allow you to choose your own points per element)
The Outsiders: Chapter Comprehension Quizzes
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The Outsiders: Chapter Comprehension Quizzes

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THE OUTSIDERS 10-QUESTION CHAPTER QUIZZES: I am not a huge proponent for multiple choice assessment, but sometimes with novel units, you do need a quick way to hold them accountable and to asses their comprehension. These are BASIC QUESTIONS* about the chapters, so if they are actually reading, they will get these correct. (*I note this because they are very basic plot and character elements used just as an assessment to make sure they are following along. The EXAM I offer in my store is much more detailed and thorough). There are three comprehension quizzes that cover Chapters 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12. There are ten multiple choice questions per quiz and an Answer Key is included. *****************************************************************************
The Giver: 50+ Chapter Questions for Class Discussion and Individual Assessment
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The Giver: 50+ Chapter Questions for Class Discussion and Individual Assessment

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THE GIVER CHAPTER QUESTIONS: This is a packet of over 50 chapter questions that can be used as a tool for you to facilitate class discussion and/or given to your students for individual reflection. The questions are reflective of main points or themes that require critical thinking skills. Many of the questions challenge students to think outside of the novel and reflect on our own society and encourage growth as individuals.
The Giver Unit Activity: Mock Ceremony of Twelve for Students
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The Giver Unit Activity: Mock Ceremony of Twelve for Students

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THE GIVER MOCK CEREMONY OF TWELVE: This is a fun and engaging activity to do with your students as you read The Giver, by Lois Lowry. This Mock Ceremony of Twelve allows your students to actively engage with the novel as they play the roles as citizens of the community. There is a writing portion of the activity that encourages persuasive writing, as well as a public speaking aspect. The packet includes instructions and a "script" for you, guidelines and worksheets for the students, and job assignments. If you need an activity to really get them interested in the novel, this is the one!
The Diary of Anne Frank Complete Unit Comprehension Exam
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The Diary of Anne Frank Complete Unit Comprehension Exam

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******** 3) 50 QUESTION UNIT EXAM (PLUS ESSAY PROMPT) 50 question unit exam that includes 25 multiple choice comprehension/critical thinking questions, 15 character and terminology matching questions, and 10 grammar and vocabulary questions (optional). Answer key provided. This packet also includes an Essay prompt that may be used as part of the exam (based on how much time your class periods allow for assessment) or assigned as an individual take-home or in-class essay. A Rubric, a Brainstorming Sheet, an Outline Sheet, and a Final Draft Sheet are provided. (The latter three are optional based on your preference.) *****************************************************************************
The Giver: Complete Unit Packet (Projects, Chapter Questions, Exam and more)
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The Giver: Complete Unit Packet (Projects, Chapter Questions, Exam and more)

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******** THE GIVER UNIT PACKET: This is a UNIT PACKET for The Giver by Lois Lowry. The packet includes the following: 1) TIMELINE UNIT PROJECT This project encourages student engagement throughout the entire progression of the novel. It includes a guideline with instructions for the students, a graphic organizer for note-taking, and an easy-to-grade rubric for you.This can be done individually, in pairs, or in groups. 2) MOCK CEREMONY OF TWELVE The most fun you'll have all year... This is a fun and engaging activity to do with your students as you read. This Mock Ceremony allows your students to actively engage with the novel as they play the roles as citizens of the community. There is a writing portion of the activity that encourages persuasive writing, as well as a public speaking aspect. The packet includes instructions and a "script" for you, guidelines and worksheets for the students, and job assignments. 3) CHAPTER DISCUSSION QUESTIONS This is a packet of over 50 chapter questions that can be used as a tool for you to facilitate class discussion and/or given to your students for individual reflection. The questions are reflective of main points or themes that require critical thinking skills. Many of the questions challenge students to think outside of the novel and reflect on our own society and encourage growth as individuals. 4) CHAPTER VOCABULARY GRAPHIC ORGANIZER This is a comprehensive unit packet of Vocabulary with over 50 Vocabulary terms used in the novel. Providing students with this packet allows for closer reading and engagement with the novel. The Vocabulary Graphic Organizer is a column chart that instructs the students to write how the word is used in context with the book (page numbers included), provide a definition, and create a new sentence. 5) 45 QUESTION UNIT EXAM (PLUS ESSAY PROMPT) 45-Question Unit Exam that includes 25 multiple choice comprehension/critical thinking questions, 15 character and terminology matching questions, and 5 plot diagram questions. Easy-to-read Answer Key. Also included is an Essay prompt that may be used as part of the exam (based on how much time your class periods allow for assessment) or assigned as an individual take-home or in-class essay. A Rubric, a Brainstorming Sheet, an Outline Sheet, and a Final Draft Sheet are provided. (The latter three are optional based on your preference.) 6) STUDENT UTOPIA PROJECT Get your students excited about reading this novel by starting off the unit with The Utopia Project. . .While this is a project designed to introduce students to the novel, it may be done during any portion of the unit. The purpose of this project is to not only introduce the novel, but to get your students actively thinking about the setting and theme of a Utopian vs. Dystopian world. Included in this product are guidelines to help your students create an advertisement or visual depiction of their perfect, Utopian society. Also included is a Rubric for quick and easy grading. *****************************************************************************
Grammar: VERBALS Unit Activity to introduce Gerunds, Infinitives, Participles
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Grammar: VERBALS Unit Activity to introduce Gerunds, Infinitives, Participles

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VERBALS UNIT ACTIVITY: CLOZE TEST: ☑ Common Core Standard: (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A) ☑ This is an activity to help introduce gerunds, infinitives, and participles. ☑ A Cloze Test is a way to measure a student’s prior knowledge on a subject by asking the student to fill in the missing words that have been removed from a passage. This Cloze Test will measure how much the student knows (or is able to predict) about GERUNDS, INFINITIVES, and PARTICIPLES. ☑ After completing the test, you will give the students the correct terminology (TIP: always fun to make it a COMPETITION! Whoever gets the most correct gets candy, 5 points on exam, etc). ☑ Once they have all of the answers, they will be able to use this as a guide for review before assignments and quiz or exam. ☑ Easy-to-read Answer Keys always included in my products
Grammar: Verbals INFINITIVES Practice Worksheets (Common Core Aligned)
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Grammar: Verbals INFINITIVES Practice Worksheets (Common Core Aligned)

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VERBALS INFINITIVES PRACTICE WORKSHEETS: ☑ Common Core Standard: (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A) ☑ Four 15-Question Worksheets that allow for practice with infinitives through context, creating sentences, and distinguishing between prepositional/participle phrases and infinitives. ☑ A clear definition and color-coded examples of infinitives included. ☑ Easy-to-read Answer Keys always included in my products
Grammar: VERBALS UNIT 50+ Pages (Gerunds Infinitives Participles) Common Core
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Grammar: VERBALS UNIT 50+ Pages (Gerunds Infinitives Participles) Common Core

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8th GRADE GRAMMAR COMMON CORE: VERBALS UNIT: ☑ A 50-page packet that helps you introduce the Verbals unit, provide practice, and assess student knowledge upon completion of the unit. ☑ Common Core Standard: (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A) INCLUDED IN THE PACKET: ☑ 1) CLOZE TEST: This is an activity to help introduce gerunds, infinitives, and participles. A Cloze Test measures a student’s prior knowledge by asking the student to fill in the missing words that have been removed from a passage. Once they have taken the cloze test, you will give the students the correct terminology so they may use the handout as a guide for review (TIP: always fun to make it a COMPETITION! Whoever gets the most correct gets candy, 5 points on exam, etc). ☑ 2) DEFINITION AND PRACTICE WORKSHEETS: Handouts with the definition and examples of Gerunds and Participles. (A definition for Infinitives is included in the first page of practice worksheets) All are color-coded to help with visual learning. 4-5 Practice Worksheets for each Verbal. The worksheets offer practice by determining the specific usage of the verbal through context, creating sentences, identifying phrases, and using the verbal for certain parts of speech. ☑ 3) UNIT EXAM: 30-Question Unit exam for student comprehension with Verbals (Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles). The first portion of the exam asks students to identify the verbals within the given sentences through tasks such as indicating where the verbal is within the sentence, and how the verbal is functioning (as an adjective, verb, etc.). The last section of the exam asks students to identify the verbals within a paragraph (in context) and indicate if the verbal is a gerund, infinitive, or participle. The writing portion requires the same, but they are to create their own paragraph. This last section can be optional depending on your preference. ☑ Easy-to-grade answer keys for all products are always included.
Earth Day Writing Activity: Letter to Our Planet
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Earth Day Writing Activity: Letter to Our Planet

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******** A LETTER TO OUR PLANET EARTH: Earth Day can come and go with some of our students never truly having the opportunity to reflect on the impact they can have with the environment. This letter-writing activity allows them to do so. They are asked to describe some of Earth's greatest natural wonders, how the planet affects our survival as a human race, man's impact (negative and positive) on the environment, and how they can change their daily routines in order to help preserve planet Earth. There are instructions, suggestions/prompts for each paragraph, a letter-formatting template, and a final draft template included. Easy, thoughtful activity with NO PREP for you! Recommended Grades: 5th-10th
The Giver Activity: Unit Project "My Utopia" (Preview the novel)
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The Giver Activity: Unit Project "My Utopia" (Preview the novel)

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THE GIVER UTOPIA PROJECT: Get your students excited about reading this novel by starting off the unit with The Utopia Project. . .While this is a project designed to introduce students to the novel, it may be done during any portion of the unit. The purpose of this project is to not only introduce the novel, but to get your students actively thinking about the setting and theme of a Utopian vs. Dystopian world. Included in this product are guidelines to help your students create an advertisement or visual depiction of their perfect, Utopian society. Also included is a Rubric for quick and easy grading.
Grammar Activity: Homophone BINGO! Powerpoint and Bingo Cards
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Grammar Activity: Homophone BINGO! Powerpoint and Bingo Cards

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strong> GRAMMAR GAME: HOMOPHONE BINGO!: "They're always confusing their "there" with their "they're." BINGO! Grammar does NOT have to be boring! Make it fun with this engaging Powerpoint-driven Bingo Game to help students learn Homophones. This Bingo Game focuses on the most commonly misused homophones (see below). Can be used for a lesson, a review, or just a fun "Friday Reward Day!" The game contains 30 individual BINGO cards--Each card includes the 24 homophones and one free space. There are 6 rounds and 72 Questions included in the easy-to-use Powerpoint. Instructions and Answer Key are provided for you. The Homophones included in this game are: There, They're, Their By, Bye Here, Hear To, Too, Two Sea, See No, Know Weight, Wait Right, Write Hole, Whole Red, Read Eight, Ate *****************************************************************************
Earth Day Writing Activity: A Letter to Our Planet Earth
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Earth Day Writing Activity: A Letter to Our Planet Earth

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<strong>A LETTER TO OUR PLANET EARTH:</strong> Earth Day can come and go with some of our students never truly having the opportunity to reflect on the impact they can have with the environment. This letter-writing activity allows them to do so. They are asked to describe some of Earth’s greatest natural wonders, how the planet affects our survival as a human race, man’s impact (negative and positive) on the environment, and how they can change their daily routines in order to help preserve planet Earth. There are instructions, suggestions/prompts for each paragraph, a letter-formatting template, and a final draft template included. Easy, thoughtful activity with NO PREP for you!
The Outsiders Activity: Characterization / Analysis & Student Self-Reflection
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The Outsiders Activity: Characterization / Analysis & Student Self-Reflection

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THE OUTSIDERS CHARACTERIZATION ACTIVITY This is a deeply engaging activity for your students to not only learn how to analyze/characterize literature, but learn how to reflect and grow as individuals through reading. What is included: 1) Powerpoint Presentation with definition and examples of Dynamic, Static, Round, and Flat Characters; Characterization (Indirect and Direct) 2) Student Guided Notes: Two options to correspond with the PowerPoint (fill-in notes or ready-to-use) 3) Character Brainstorming Sheets: Students will be given an acronym (T.R.A.I.T.S.) to help them remember what to consider when analyzing characters. Upon filling out the brainstorming work, there is an option for a paragraph or essay portion of Characterization (for one or all of the characters included). 4) Self-Reflection: I think one of the most important aspects of character analysis in literature is the opportunity for Self-Reflection. In characters, we often can see similar or very dissimilar traits within ourselves. This portion of the packet allows students to complete the same process of characterizing they did with the characters, but for themselves. With this, hopefully they are able to be given some insight as to why reading is so important.
Grammar: Verbals UNIT EXAM (Gerunds, Infinitives, Participles)
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Grammar: Verbals UNIT EXAM (Gerunds, Infinitives, Participles)

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VERBALS UNIT EXAM: 30-Question Unit exam for student comprehension with Verbals (Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles). ☑ Common Core Standard: (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A) ☑ The first portion of the exam asks students to identify the verbals within the given sentences through tasks such as indicating where the verbal is within the sentence, and how the verbal is functioning (as an adjective, verb, etc.). ☑ The last section of the exam asks students to identify the verbals within a paragraph (in context) and indicate if the verbal is a gerund, infinitive, or participle. The writing portion requires the same, but they are to create their own paragraph. This last section can be optional depending on your preference. ☑ Easy-to-read Answer Keys always included in my products
Diary of Anne Frank Lesson: Characterization / Analysis and Self-Reflection
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Diary of Anne Frank Lesson: Characterization / Analysis and Self-Reflection

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ANNE FRANK CHARACTERIZATION ACTIVITY This is a deeply engaging activity for your students to not only learn how to analyze/characterize literature, but learn how to reflect and grow as individuals through reading. What is included: 1) Powerpoint Presentation with definition and examples of Dynamic, Static, Round, and Flat Characters; Characterization (Indirect and Direct) 2) Student Guided Notes: Two options to correspond with the PowerPoint (fill-in notes or ready-to-use) 3) Character Brainstorming Sheets: Students will be given an acronym (T.R.A.I.T.S.) to help them remember what to consider when analyzing characters. Upon filling out the brainstorming work, there is an option for a paragraph or essay portion of Characterization (for one or all of the characters included). 4) Self-Reflection: I think one of the most important aspects of character analysis in literature is the opportunity for Self-Reflection. In characters, we often can see similar or very dissimilar traits within ourselves. This portion of the packet allows students to complete the same process of characterizing they did with the characters, but for themselves. With this, hopefully they are able to be given some insight as to why reading is so important.
Grammar: Verbals GERUNDS Practice Worksheets (Common Core Aligned)
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Grammar: Verbals GERUNDS Practice Worksheets (Common Core Aligned)

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VERBALS GERUNDS PRACTICE WORKSHEETS: ☑ Common Core Standard: (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A) ☑ 2-page handout that breaks down the definition of a Gerund and how it plays a part in certain parts of speech. I have tried to make understanding the Gerund as clearly as possible with this handout by using color-coding and providing easy-to-follow examples. (My students really struggled with the Gerund before creating this packet). Included in the handout is a "trick" that helps them decide if the -ing word in the sentence is a gerund or a participle. ☑ Five worksheets that offer practice by determining Gerund use through context, creating sentences, identifying Gerund phrases, and using Gerunds as an object of a preposition. ☑ Easy-to-read Answer Keys always included in my products
Grammar: Verbals PARTICIPLES Practice Worksheets (Common Core Aligned)
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Grammar: Verbals PARTICIPLES Practice Worksheets (Common Core Aligned)

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VERBALS PARTICIPLES PRACTICE WORKSHEETS: ☑ Common Core Standard: (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.1.A) ☑ 2-page handout that breaks down the definition of a Participle and how it functions as a multi-part verb and an adjective. I have created this handout with color-coding to help students visualize the varying parts of speech in order to understand the Participle. ☑ Five worksheets that offer practice by determining Participle usage through context, creating sentences, identifying Participles phrases, and using Participles as multi-part verbs and adjectives. ☑ Easy-to-read Answer Keys always included in my products
The Giver Unit Lessons: Chapter Vocabulary Graphic Organizers Activity
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The Giver Unit Lessons: Chapter Vocabulary Graphic Organizers Activity

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THE GIVER CHAPTER VOCABULARY AND QUIZZES: This is a comprehensive unit packet of Vocabulary with over 50 Vocabulary terms used in the novel. Providing students with this packet allows for closer reading and engagement with the novel. The Vocabulary Graphic Organizer is a column chart that instructs the students to write how the word is used in context with the book (page numbers included), provide a definition, and create a new sentence.