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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Movie vs Novel Comparison
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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Movie vs Novel Comparison TEXT: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7 ··································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Unit Teaching Package bundle. ··································································································· This 2-page organizer will help your students compare the novel to the movie. How is the movie different? After reading Where the Red Fern Grows, students will view the film and analyze the differences. This opens up a bunch of fun and critical-thinking conversation about why the movie-makers would change parts of the novel for the film. They are, after all, two different works of art. Enjoy WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS! And remember, old friends are worth it, a thousand times over!
WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Red Fern Art Activity
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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Red Fern Art Activity TEXT: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE = CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1,3 ···························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Unit Teaching Package bundle. ···························································································································· After completing the entire novel, students will have heard the Legend of the Red Fern. The red fern is a legend, not real ... no such plant exists. But within the story and the regional tales, it is very real. Students will use the examples in the text and their imagination to draw what they think the legendary red fern looks like. Using a white, un-lined sheet a paper, draw your Red Fern rendering. The drawing should be as good as possible. The ideas and thoughts in the drawing should be excellent. Remember, your teacher knows you’re not pro artists, so just do your best work and ideas. Enjoy WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS! And remember, old friends are worth it, a thousand times over!
OUTSIDERS Poem Study - Nothing Gold Can Stay
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OUTSIDERS Poem Study - Nothing Gold Can Stay

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OUTSIDERS Poem Study - Nothing Gold Can Stay NOVEL: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton). ······························································································································· While in exile, Johnny & Ponyboy have a moment that includes the legendary Robert Frost poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Students will take a pause from the reading to read and study this poem, its meaning, and how it connects to our novel The Outsiders. Enjoy The Outsiders! And Stay Golden!
GIVER Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict
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GIVER Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict

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GIVER Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict w/ answer key NOVEL = The Giver by Lois Lowry LEVEL = middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE = CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ANSWER KEY: Included ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ······························································································································· Middle and highschoolers will subconsciously enjoy the design of this two-page graphic organizer as they take notes on the 6 different types of conflict. DIRECTIONS: For each of the six types of conflict, try your hardest to describe scenes from The Giver that match that type. * Person vs. Person * Person vs. Nature * Person vs. Himself * Person vs. Supernatural * Person vs. Society * Person vs. Technology Enjoy The Giver!
GIVER Unit Teaching Package (by Lois Lowry)
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GIVER Unit Teaching Package (by Lois Lowry)

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GIVER Unit Teaching Package (by Lois Lowry) NOVEL: The Giver by Lois Lowry LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) TOTAL: 225 slides/pages in lesson plan unit Pacing Guide & Answer Keys included » MEETS COMMON CORE STANDARDS « CONTENTS: * Suggested timeline of how a teacher could plan out the 6-week unit. * Detailed explanations of the goals of each activity & how to conduct the activities in the classroom. · Pre-reading Bias Intro Activity - questions to get students thinking · Introduction to Utopias PowerPoint - Introduces students to concept of utopias/dystopias; provides examples from real life, novels, & film · Utopia Project & Travel Brochure Activity - Students put knowledge of utopias into practice by creating own theoretical utopia (a persuasive travel brochure that explains vision & functionality) - Presentation to class & get asked questions. · Plot Chart Organizer Diagram Arc (6 parts) · Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict · Characters Organizer · Verbals (Infinitives, Participles, Gerunds) Activity & PowerPoint · Phrases & Clauses (Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb) · Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment (60 words) · Ceremony of 12 Simulation - Students are assigned different real life jobs from the top 200 jobs list & write their thoughts of being assigned a job. · Jobs List Organizer - Students catalogue & analyze jobs from community & societal worth · Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - Highly engaging writing & discussion questions · iPod Audio Tracts Tracker - Adds ease to figuring out which iPod audiobook tract matches pages · Pop Quizzes & Keys - 5-questions per section - The purpose is so students who read recently ace the quiz & students who didn’t read recently don’t. · Persuasive Essay & Speech & Rubrics - 3 options (Narrative, Persuasive, Response to Literature) · 5 Final Projects - Creative, Artistic, Differentiated · Pain Gallery - Final Activity and Discussion PowerPoint - Students draw a picture of something painful & anonymously turn in to discuss the various pains of life & how to fix them. · Newbery Award Speech & Response - Students read Lowry’s Newbery speech & think deeply about meaning. · Jeopardy Final Trivia Competition · Movie vs. Novel Comparison Enjoy The Giver! And may your world always be in full color!
OUTSIDERS Setting Graphic Organizer - Physical & Emotional (by S.E. Hinton)
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OUTSIDERS Setting Graphic Organizer - Physical & Emotional (by S.E. Hinton)

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OUTSIDERS Setting Graphic Organizer - Physical & Emotional (by S.E. Hinton) NOVEL = The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton LEVEL = middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE = CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton). ······························································································································· Middleschoolers will subconsciously enjoy the design of this one-page graphic organizer as they take notes on 6 of the different important settings in the story. DIRECTIONS: For each of the six settings, describe the location physically and emotionally. Think about the emotions that end up happening there and describe them. * 1966 * Oklahoma * Ponyboy's House * The Drive-in Theater * The Abandoned Church * The Hospital Enjoy The Outsiders! And Stay Golden!
OUTSIDERS 34 Slang Phrases - Spraypaint Graffiti (by S.E. Hinton)
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OUTSIDERS 34 Slang Phrases - Spraypaint Graffiti (by S.E. Hinton)

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OUTSIDERS 34 Slang Phrases - Spraypaint Graffiti (by S.E. Hinton) NOVEL: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton). ······························��································································································ Middleschoolers will love this Graffiti & Spraypaint design and might even be tricked into enjoying themselves while taking notes on the slang language in the novel. This two-page organizer will help students keep track of the meanings of the 34 slang phrases. Enjoy The Outsiders! And Stay Golden!
GIVER Ceremony of 12 Activity
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GIVER Ceremony of 12 Activity

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GIVER Ceremony of 12 Activity NOVEL = The Giver by Lois Lowry LEVEL = middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE = CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ·························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·························································································································· In The Giver, Jonas and all other 12 year olds go through the Ceremony of Twelve, their society's ritual during which all young people are assigned the job / career they'll work at for their adult years. This Giver activity simulates that ceremony, bringing to life the reality of having a job assigned to you and providing the opportunity for discussion around what would be good and bad about being assigned a job. This Giver activity uses the list of Top 200 Jobs of 2013 from CareerCast.com. You can see the complete list and the criteria for the job rankings HERE!!! Using the Top 25 jobs and the Bottom 25 jobs, students will receive 2 jobs, one from the top and one from the bottom, but they won't know which one is which until after they've written their thoughts about the job and its description. Then we walk through the 52-slide PowerPoint that shows each job's ranking and salary. It's always interesting to see how the students' thoughts about a job changes when they see the rank and the salary. It's also eye-opening for them to see all the potential jobs out there. INCLUDES: > 50 printable job cards (black and white or color) > 1-page writing response handout > 54-slide PowerPoint with jobs, descriptions, rank, and salary Your students will have a great time with this Giver activity! NOTE: Every PowerPoint includes both the PowerPoint Show and the customizable .ppt file. Enjoy The Giver!
GIVER Phrases and Clauses (Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb)
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GIVER Phrases and Clauses (Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb)

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GIVER Phrases and Clauses (Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb) NOVEL: The Giver by Lois Lowry GRADE LEVEL: 7-12 COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.1a ANSWER KEY: Included ·························································································································· This 27-slide/page resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·························································································································· Using examples from the novel THE GIVER, students will study phrases and clauses and determine which part of speech the entire phrase or clauses is functioning as in the sentence. They will practice locating them in sentences and telling the difference between noun, verb, adjective, and adverb clauses and phrases. INCLUDED: * 2-page activity practicing the phrases and clauses * 25-slide practicing the verbals This grammar topic can be difficult, but we've tried to scaffold the learning so students can work their way up from simpler to more difficult as they learn this tough grammar standard. Enjoy The Giver!
HATCHET Crash Map Activity (by Gary Paulsen)
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HATCHET Crash Map Activity (by Gary Paulsen)

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HATCHET Crash Map Activity (by Gary Paulsen) NOVEL: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen LEVEL: middle school (5-8) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ··································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of HATCHET Unit Teaching Package bundle. ··································································································· This problem-solving activity will engage students in trying to figure out where Brian's plane crashed down. They will find quotes from the novel and analyze what that quote clue tells us about his location. INCLUDES: * Map of Canada * Quote and Clue Organizer Enjoy Hatchet!
GIVER Characters Organizer (by Lois Lowry)
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GIVER Characters Organizer (by Lois Lowry)

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GIVER Characters Organizer (by Lois Lowry) NOVEL: The Giver by Lois Lowry LEVEL: 7th-12th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ······························································································································· Students will love this Giver graphics design and might even be tricked into enjoying themselves while taking notes on the characters. This 5-page organizer will help students keep track of their thoughts about the main characters. Students will make notes of the physical descriptions, inner desires, important traits, and anything else they find about the characters. Enjoy The Giver!
WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Vocabulary List and Quiz (chapters 1-4)
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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Vocabulary List and Quiz (chapters 1-4)

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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Vocabulary List and Quiz (chapters 1-4) TEXT: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4 ···························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Unit Teaching Package bundle. ···························································································································· These 20 vocabulary words from chapters 1-4 of Where the Red Fern Grows will help students engage in the language of the story and understand what they're reading (includes page numbers for students to easily find the words in context of the novel). Students are challenged to find the word on the page, figure out its meaning from the sentence, and write their own definition without using a dictionary. INCLUDED: > 20-Word Vocabulary List from chapters 1-4 of Where the Red Fern Grows > 20-Question Quiz from chapters 1-4 of Where the Red Fern Grows Questions are matching and require the student to read a line from the novel, understand the meaning of the words, and fill in the blank with correct-meaning word. Enjoy WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS! And remember, old friends are worth it, a thousand times over!
GIVER Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - PowerPoint
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GIVER Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - PowerPoint

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GIVER Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - PowerPoint TEXT: The Giver by Lois Lowry GRADE LEVEL: 6-12 COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1 ·························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·························································································································· These 16-question writing prompts for THE GIVER never fail to get conversation started. And not just any surface conversation. In response to each question, students will write a short quickwrite essay in a journal writing format. Questions like these get kids thinking deeply about life and talking deeply about the things that really matter. THE GIVER QUESTION TOPICS: * Perfection * Adulthood * Complaints * Color * The Old * Safety * Memories * Back & Back * Famous * Giving * Favorites * Sorry * Pain * Love * War * Legacy NOTE: This file for The Giver has been updated to include both the PowerPoint Show and the customizable .ppt file. Enjoy The Giver!
MANIAC MAGEE Figurative Language Bundle
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MANIAC MAGEE Figurative Language Bundle

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Maniac Magee contains many Figurative Language examples for students to examine. They will need to analyze and determine which of the following it is: > Simile > Metaphor > Idiom > Hyperbole > Analogy > Personification > Onomatopoeia > Allusion > Pun TEXT: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4 ················································································ This resource can be purchased as part of MANIAC MAGEE Unit Teaching Package bundle. ················································································ Students will analyze a page of idioms and compare their literal vs. figurative meanings. They will analyze a page of quotes and determine whether they contain a simile or metaphor. They will analyze quotes and determine the figurative device and explain its meaning. Enjoy Maniac Magee! And remember, if Maniac can wave at people, so can we!
MANIAC MAGEE Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - PowerPoint
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MANIAC MAGEE Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - PowerPoint

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Maniac Magee writing prompts never fail to get conversation started. And not just any surface conversation! In response to the 42 questions, students will write a short quickwrite essay in a journal writing format. Questions like these get kids thinking deeply about life and talking deeply about the things that really matter. Watch our YouTube video tutorial showing deeper into how to teach this resource. TEXT: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1 ·················································································· This resource can be purchased as part of MANIAC MAGEE Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·················································································· MANIAC MAGEE QUICKWRITE WRITING TOPICS: * Legends - (before) PART 1 * Caretakers (ch.1) * Hi (ch.2) * Stunned (ch.3) * Football (ch.4) * Bullying (ch.5) * Athletes (ch.7) * Nicknames (ch.8) * Feelings (ch.9) * Fight (ch.10) * Beale (ch.11) * Address (ch.12) * Bathtub (ch.13) * Names (ch.14) * Known (ch.15) * Colors (ch.16) * Racism (ch.17) * Runaway (ch.18) * Dare (ch.19) * Legendary (ch.20) * Sides (ch.21) PART 2 * Animals (ch.22) * School (ch.23 * Story (ch.24) * One Shot (ch.25) * Books (ch.26) * Read (ch.27) * Home (ch.29) * Better (ch.30) * Presents (ch.31) * Funeral (ch.32 * Waiting (ch.33) * Help (ch.34) * Clean (ch.35) * Important (ch.36) * Bad (ch.38) * Angry (ch.40) * No More (ch.41) * Introduce (ch.42) * Peace (ch.44) * Hero (ch.46) * Live (ch.46) Enjoy MANIAC MAGEE! And remember, if Maniac can wave at people, so can we!
ROMEO AND JULIET Famous Feuds & The Prologue
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ROMEO AND JULIET Famous Feuds & The Prologue

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ROMEO AND JULIET Famous Feuds & The Prologue PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare). ······························································································································· The 12-slide PowerPoint has three parts: (1) a competition to see who can come up with the most famous feuds / rivalries (2) an analysis of The Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, study of its rhythm and rhyme, and (3) an opportunity for the students to try translating the prologue into words they can understand Each of these activities will help students become more familiar with the world of Romeo and Juliet and grow more comfortable with the language of the play. They're going to spend a lot of time reading the original text, so the more we can help their comfort and familiarity with it, the better. Enjoy Romeo and Juliet!
ROMEO AND JULIET Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment
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ROMEO AND JULIET Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment

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ROMEO AND JULIET Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare). ······························································································································· This 30-word Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary Word List will help students engage in the language of Romeo and Juliet and understand what they're reading. Questions are matching (A-J). Enjoy Romeo and Juliet!
OUTSIDERS 12 Pop Quizzes (5 comprehension questions per chapter)
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OUTSIDERS 12 Pop Quizzes (5 comprehension questions per chapter)

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OUTSIDERS 12 Pop Quizzes (5 comprehension questions per chapter) TEXT: OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton GRADE LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.10 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton). ······························································································································· This 26-slide PowerPoint and 12 Printouts has 12 Pop Quizzes for THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton to check for reading comprehension and make sure students are staying on track reading the novel. The purpose of the questions is not to trick the students. But since some students may have read the novel or watched the movie in the past, each question is crafted to see if the students read the chapter sometime recently. They are easily remembered, short-term answers. I've quality tested the quizzes with students. Students who recently read the chapters = should get 4-5 correct Students who did not recently read = should get 0-3 correct NOTE: This file has been updated to include both the PowerPoint Show and the customizable .ppt file. Enjoy The Outsiders! And Stay Golden!
OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton)
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OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton)

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OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton) NOVEL: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) TOTAL: 169 slides/pgs in lesson plan unit Pacing Guide & Answer Keys » MEETS COMMON CORE STANDARDS « CONTENTS: * Suggested timeline of how a teacher could plan out the unit. * Detailed explanations of the goals of each activity and how to conduct the activities in the classroom. · Pre-reading Bias Intro Activity - answer thematic questions to get students thinking · Plot Chart Organizer Diagram - organize 6 parts of the plot · Character Organizer - analyze main characters · Conflict Organizer - analyze 6 types of conflict ··· Setting Organizer - analyze 6 main settings · Slang Used in the Novel - discuss definitions of the slang · Independent vs. Subordinate Clauses - practices the difference between the 2 different types of clauses · Sentence Structures - practices the difference between the 4 different types of sentence structures: Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex - compelling bottle-smashing practice PowerPoint game · 12 Comprehension Pop Quizzes - a 5-question pop quiz per chapter (answer keys) - The purpose of these is so students who read the chapters recently would ace the quiz and students who didn’t read recently would not do well. · Vocabulary List & Rumbles (Quizzes) - 3 20-word exercises - 3 quizzes (Rumbles) (keys) - 2 versions: one with definitions & words matching and one which requires students to with the traditional match definition with the word and one which requires students to recognize the meaning of the word and how it fits in a sentence from the novel · Poem Study - “Nothing Gold Can Stay” - Students study poem and meaning · Sodapop’s Cake Recipe Non-fiction Doc - Information Document Recipe · Drive-In Movie Theatres Non-fiction Doc - Information Document Movie Times · Subject & Verb Agreement PowerPoint & Worksheets - Teaches & assesses agreement rules using lines from text · Quickwrite Journal 10 Writing Prompts · Movie vs. Novel Comparison - compare & contrast movie and novel · 3 Essay Topics & Rubrics - 3 essay options for students to choose from (Narrative, Persuasive, Response to Literature) Enjoy The Outsiders! And Stay Golden!
GIVER Projects - Creative, Artistic, Differentiated
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GIVER Projects - Creative, Artistic, Differentiated

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GIVER Projects - Creative, Artistic, Differentiated NOVEL: The Giver by Lois Lowry LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.10 ·························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·························································································································· These 5 Giver Project ideas will offer the students a choice of the creative project they are most drawn to. Acting, drawing, designing, and more . . . students will stretch their artistic brains as they work to understand the deeper meanings of the novel through creative presentation. > Acting out a live stage scene > Filming a video scene > Creating a mural > Design a costume > Compose a song Grading Rubric provided! Enjoy The Giver!