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ROMEO AND JULIET Shakespearean Insults
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ROMEO AND JULIET Shakespearean Insults

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ROMEO AND JULIET Shakespearean Insults PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare). ······························································································································· Shakespeare can feel like a different language to students, and that can be a hindrance to them wanting to try. This activity is a great way to help them get more familiar with the language of the day when Romeo and Juliet was written. Students will look at three columns of Romeo and Juliet vocabulary and combine them into some dashingly witty insults. And once they're having fun with that language, then we're ready to start reading Romeo and Juliet. What's that, you say? You think we're peevish horn-mad jack-a-napes? Watch it, we just might bite our thumbs at you! :) Enjoy Romeo and Juliet!
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 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!
ROMEO AND JULIET What's the Worst Crime?
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ROMEO AND JULIET What's the Worst Crime?

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ROMEO AND JULIET What's the Worst Crime? PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare). ······························································································································· After students have begun reading Romeo and Juliet, they will look at a list of 14 social offenses -- some serious, some not-so-serious, and some so minor they won't believe they're even on the list. The catch is . . . all these offenses happen in Romeo and Juliet. Students will then need to analyze and discuss the ethics and morality packed into each "crime." They'll rank them from worst to least, then decide what punishment should appropriately fit the crime. Students can then get a glimpse into a bunch of public punishments that were commonly used during Romeo and Juliet's time period. The discussion about the severity of these compared to our penalties today is always lively. This activity always raises some fun and thoughtful discussion during our Romeo and Juliet units. Enjoy Romeo and Juliet!
GIVER Essay and Speech (Persuasive)
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GIVER Essay and Speech (Persuasive)

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GIVER Essay and Speech (Persuasive) TEXT: The Giver by Lois Lowry GRADE LEVEL: 6-12 COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ······························································································································· Students are given 3 persuasive topics about The Giver: > Theme - Getting rid of pain > Character - Carrying the memories > Setting - Personal Rights They can then choose to write an essay or deliver a speech on their ideas from The Giver. The grading rubrics are included for easy, effective grading and feedback. 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 Unit Teaching Package (by Gary Paulsen)
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HATCHET Unit Teaching Package (by Gary Paulsen)

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HATCHET Unit Teaching Package (by Gary Paulsen) TEXT: HATCHET by Gary Paulsen LEVEL: 5th-8th TOTAL: 145 slides/pgs Pacing Guide and Answer Keys included » 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. ··· Crash Map Activity - Students try to solve where Brian crashed - 3pg - RL.2 · Crash Tally Activity - Students track a tally of how many days Brian has been stranded - 1pg - RL.2 · Plot Chart Organizer Diagram Arc - organize the 6 parts of the plot - 1pg - RL.2 · Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict - Students analyze the 6 different types of conflict in stories - 1pg - RL.2 · Characters Organizer - analyze the main characters using novel quotes - 4pg - RL.3 · Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - PowerPoint - 1/2 writing assignments to spur much deeper conversational thinking - 28-question PowerPoint - RL.1 · 14 Comprehension Pop Quizzes - 5-question pop quiz per 1-2 chapters - 30-slide PowerPoint - 28pgs of Printables - 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. - RL.10 · Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment - 150 vocabulary words from novel - five 30-question lists & quizzes - 20pg Bundle includes list of words, quiz, and answer keys - RL.4 · Sensory Language Organizer - analyze the sensory language in novel - 1pg - RL.4 · Figurative Language Worksheet - analyze and complete 51 figures of speech specific to the novel - 6pg bundle - Similes, Metaphors, Idioms, Hyperboles, Analogies, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Puns, Irony - RL.4 ··· Symbols Analyzer - analyze the hatchet as a symbol in the novel - 1pg - RL.4 ··· Essay and Speech - 3 response to literature essay options for students to choose from; optional delivery of essay as a speech - Includes essay topics & speech grading rubrics - 6pg - W.1 ··· Movie vs. Novel Comparison - 2-page Worksheet - Students compare & contrast the movie and novel - RL.7 *** 145 pgs/slides total *** Enjoy Hatchet! And remember, “so much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.”
ROMEO AND JULIET Final Projects
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ROMEO AND JULIET Final Projects

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ROMEO AND JULIET Final Projects PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.10 ···················································································· This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare). ···················································································· Students are given the choice of 10 different creative final projects to show their learning and understanding of the meanings in Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. > Acting > Memorizing > Filmmaking > Puppetry > Set Design > Costume Design > Dramatic Monologue > Songwriting The coolest part about this is that the students get to choose their Romeo and Juliet project! Every option will stretch their abilities and comfort, giving them a unique opportunity to show their understanding. INCLUDED: > 10 Creative Project Options > Sign-up sheets to spread the projects over all the topics > 1/2 page Grading Rubrics Enjoy Romeo and Juliet!
MANIAC MAGEE Google Earth Introduction Tour
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MANIAC MAGEE Google Earth Introduction Tour

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MANIAC MAGEE Google Earth is a high-engagement way to give an Introduction Tour of the geography of the novel's world. The first time I busted out Google Earth on the projector to introduce a unit, students were riveted. And they still are...every time. TEXT: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9 ·······································································.········································ This resource can be purchased as part of MANIAC MAGEE Unit Teaching Package bundle. ················································································································ West Hector Street, East Hector Street, Elmwood Park Zoo, and Bridgeport ...they even get to see a 3D view of the train station where Maniac races the train every week down the trail rail. It's rockin awesome. This Google Earth tour has 17+ important locations saved for you to visit with your students: * P.1 Hector and Birch, Little League Fields * P.2 West Hector Street, East Hector Street * P.5 Schuylkill River * P.5 Hollidaysburg, PA * P.8 Two Mills * P.13 728 Sycamore Place * P.16 803 Oriole Street - Finsterwald * P.29 Elmwood Park Zoo * P.33 East Chestnut, East Marshall, Green Street, Arch Street * P.84 Two Mills YMCA * P.122 Bridgeport, Conshohocken, East Norriton, West Norriton, Jeffersonville, Plymouth, Worcester * P.141 Elm Street Train Station, Poley Park, Racing Against the Train * P.176 Swede Street INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOADING THE TOUR: NOTE: If you haven't used Google Earth before, you'll want to leave yourself enough time to download the program and acquaint yourself a little bit with it. But guaranteed...this interactivity is totally worth it!!! We've filmed a YouTube video tutorial to acquaint you with the software. (1) Make sure you have the ability to unzip a folder to view the content inside. We've filmed a YouTube video tutorial to acquaint you with unzipping files. (2) Make sure your computer has the program Google Earth. It is a powerful, free program available through www.Google.com. (3) Open Google Earth (4) Click "File > Open" (5) Locate your "MANIACMAGEEGoogleEarthTour.kmz" file on your computer. (6) In Google Earth under the heading "Temporary Places," you should now see a list of locations. (7) You can then save the tour into your Google Earth for easy future use. (8) And if you click on any of the location links, the map will zoom in straight to that location. (9) Please let us know if you need any further assistance. (10) Enjoy!
HATCHET Vocabulary List and Quiz (30 words, chs 1-3)
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HATCHET Vocabulary List and Quiz (30 words, chs 1-3)

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HATCHET Vocabulary List and Quiz (30 words, chs 1-3) NOVEL: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen LEVEL: middle school (5-8) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4 ··································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of HATCHET Unit Teaching Package bundle. ··································································································· These 30 vocabulary words from chapters 1-3 of HATCHET will help students engage in the language of HATCHET 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 (30 words total): > 30-Word Vocabulary List from chapters 1-3 > 30-Question Quiz > Answer Key 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 Hatchet!
ROMEO AND JULIET Essay (Response to Literature)
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ROMEO AND JULIET Essay (Response to Literature)

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ROMEO AND JULIET Essay (Response to Literature) PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1 ···················································································· This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare). ···················································································· Students are given 6 potential topics about characters in ROMEO AND JULIET and whether they are to blame for the tragedy. INCLUDED: > Essay topic handout > Essay Guided Outline > Grading Rubric > Sample Essay > Quote Trackers for students to organize supporting quotes for each topic They will then write an essay on their ideas from Romeo and Juliet. The grading rubrics are included for easy, effective grading and feedback.
HATCHET PreReading Bias
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HATCHET PreReading Bias

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HATCHET PreReading Bias TEXT: HATCHET by Gary Paulsen LEVEL: 5th - 8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ··································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of HATCHET Unit Teaching Package bundle. ··································································································· Before reading the novel Hatchet, this activity will get students thinking about and discussing (and maybe even engaging in some friendly arguing!). Then after the novel is done, students will revisit these questions to consider how their minds have stayed the same or changed based on the events, characters, and themes they've just read about and felt. INCLUDED: * Printable Handout * PowerPoint Presentation to accompany discussion So sit back and get ready for some deep, engaging conversation! Enjoy Hatchet! And remember, "so much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking."
MANIAC MAGEE 13 Pop Quizzes Bundle
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MANIAC MAGEE 13 Pop Quizzes Bundle

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Maniac Magee pop quizzes, comprehension checks, exit tickets ... use these 13 simple quizzes however you'd like. Printable & Powerpoint versions provided for simple implementation. Make sure students are staying on track reading the novel. TEXT: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ·················································································· This resource can be purchased as part of MANIAC MAGEE Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·················································································· This Maniac Magee Pop Quiz Bundle includes: * 12 Pop Quizzes for Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (1 quiz per couple of chapters) * 27-slides of PowerPoint Quizzes & Keys * 24-pages of Printable Quizzes & Keys * The quizzes also work great as Exit Tickets or Comprehension Check packets. The purpose of the questions is not to trick the students. But since some students may have read Maniac Magee 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 MANIAC MAGEE! And remember, if Maniac can wave at people, so can we!
GIVER Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment
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GIVER Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment

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GIVER Vocabulary List and Quiz Assessment TEXT: The Giver by Lois Lowry GRADE LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4 ·························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·························································································································· This 60-word Giver Vocabulary Word List will help students engage in the language of The Giver 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. This 4-page, 60-Word Giver Vocabulary Assessment will help test students on the language of The Giver and see how much they understand of what they're reading. INCLUDED: > 60-Word Vocabulary List > 60-Question Quiz > 2 30-Question Quizzes (same 60 words split into 2 quizzes) 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.A Enjoy The Giver!
OUTSIDERS Subjects and Verbs - Grammar Agreement Package
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OUTSIDERS Subjects and Verbs - Grammar Agreement Package

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OUTSIDERS Subjects and Verbs - Grammar Agreement Package TEXT: OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton GRADE LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton). ······························································································································· Students will learn and practice various subject and verb rules by using examples and ideas from THE OUTSIDERS. Students will love the graphics and topic of this Common Core standards-based learning activity. INCLUDES: - 15-slide PowerPoint notes - 2-page worksheets of quotes from the novel for students to practice different subject and verb agreement rules Enjoy The Outsiders! And Stay Golden!
MANIAC MAGEE Children's Crusade Historical Nonfiction
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MANIAC MAGEE Children's Crusade Historical Nonfiction

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Maniac Magee has so much nonfiction to include in the novel study. In this informational text, learners will study The Children's Crusade that Maniac read all about in the book he borrowed from Amanda Beale. TEXT: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2,3,6,7 Suggested Answer Key Included! ························································································ This resource can be purchased as part of MANIAC MAGEE Unit Teaching Package bundle. ························································································ When page 13 & 29 rolls around, we learn about a book that Amanda Beale lends to Maniac Magee for him to read. The topic is The Children's Crusade, which ends up super interesting to Maniac. This activity will lead students to read some information about The Children's Crusade in which a youth led 30,000 people across Europe on a journey to the Holy Land to try to convert the Muslims and reclaim Jerusalem. Students will learn what The Children's Crusade is, what it was for, how it failed epically, and how Maniac might be on a crusade of his own. A great activity to engage them during the reading journey. INCLUDED: * a 1-page article on The Children's Crusade * a 1-page analysis activity of the article Enjoy Maniac Magee! And remember, if Maniac can wave at people, so can we!
ROMEO AND JULIET Introduction to Shakespeare PowerPoint
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ROMEO AND JULIET Introduction to Shakespeare PowerPoint

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ROMEO AND JULIET Introduction to Shakespeare PowerPoint PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare). ······························································································································· This 19-slide Romeo and Juliet PowerPoint is a great introduction to William Shakespeare and his world. During our travels to England, we took photographs of Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's home, sculptures of the artist, the Globe Theatre, and more. These photographs, as well as historical background about Shakespeare, will be a compelling opening to your reading of Romeo and Juliet. INCLUDES: > pictures of Stratford-upon-Avon > pictures of William Shakespeare's birthplace and home > pictures and illustrations of The Globe Theatre > list of Shakespeare's works > words invented by Shakespeare > famous phrases coined by Shakespeare Enjoy Romeo and Juliet!
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!
HATCHET Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict
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HATCHET Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict

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HATCHET Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict NOVEL: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen LEVEL: middle school (5-8) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 Answer Key Included! ··································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of HATCHET Unit Teaching Package bundle. ··································································································· Middleschoolers will subconsciously enjoy the design of this one-page graphic organizer as they take notes on the 6 different types of conflict in Hatchet. DIRECTIONS: For each of the six types of conflict, try your hardest to describe scenes from Hatchet that match that type. * Person vs. Person * Person vs. Nature * Person vs. Himself * Person vs. Supernatural * Person vs. Society * Person vs. Technology Enjoy Hatchet! And remember, "so much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking."
GIVER Movie vs. Novel Comparison
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GIVER Movie vs. Novel Comparison

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GIVER Movie vs. Novel Comparison TEXT: The Giver by Lois Lowry GRADE LEVEL: 6-12 COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ······························································································································· This 2-page organizer will help your students compare the novel to the movie (theatrical release, August 2014). How is the movie The Giver different? After reading The Giver, 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 The Giver!