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OUTSIDERS PreReading Bias Activity
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OUTSIDERS PreReading Bias Activity NOVEL = The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton LEVEL = 7th-12th COMMON CORE = CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton). ······························································································································· Before reading the novel The Outsiders, 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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
OUTSIDERS Sodapop's Cake Recipe - Non-Fiction Docs
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OUTSIDERS Sodapop's Cake Recipe - Non-Fiction Docs

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OUTSIDERS Sodapop's Cake Recipe - Non-Fiction Docs TEXT: OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton GRADE LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary) COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7 ······························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton). ······························································································································· Students are challenged to answer questions about the non-fiction chocolate cake recipe for Sodapop's famous dessert. Students will love the graphics and topic of this Common Core standards-based learning activity. Enjoy The Outsiders! And Stay Golden!
MANIAC MAGEE Homeless Youths Nonfiction
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MANIAC MAGEE Homeless Youths Nonfiction

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Maniac Magee contains strong situations of youth living homeless and also other various socio-economic statuses. Learners will connect emotionally with this activity as they learn more about kids like them, living without homes. TEXT: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2,3,6,7 Answer Key Included! ···················································································· This resource can be purchased as part of MANIAC MAGEE Unit Teaching Package bundle. ···················································································· Any time after your students have read chapter 28, this activity will lead students to read some information and assess a video about the homeless youths in the United States. Students will learn about the number of youths, the reasons they end up on the streets, and the risks on their lives. A great activity to engage them during the reading journey. INCLUDED: * URL links to fantastic homeless research articles * URL links to YouTube interviews and documentaries about homeless youths * a 1-page analysis activity of the article and and a 1-page writing response to the scenes in the video Enjoy MANIAC MAGEE! And remember, if Maniac can wave at people, so can we!
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!
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!
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 PreReading Bias Activity
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GIVER PreReading Bias Activity

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GIVER PreReading Bias Activity TEXT: THE GIVER by Lois Lowry LEVEL: 6th - 12th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 ·························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of THE GIVER Unit Teaching Package bundle. ·························································································································· Before reading the novel The Giver, 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 The Giver!
WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Figurative Language Bundle
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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Figurative Language Bundle

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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Figurative Language Bundle 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. ···························································································································· Using quotes from Where the Red Fern Grows, students will examine the figurative language and figure out which of the following it is: * Simile * Metaphor * Idiom * Hyperbole * Analogy * Personification * Onomatopoeia * Symbol * Allusion They 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 WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS! And remember, old friends are worth it, a thousand times over!
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!
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!
WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict
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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict

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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict TEXT: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls GRADE LEVEL: 4th-8th COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2 Suggested Answer Key Included! ···························································································································· This resource can be purchased as part of WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Unit Teaching Package bundle. ···························································································································· Students will subconsciously enjoy the design of this one-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 Where the Red Fern Grows that match that type. * Person vs. Person * Person vs. Nature * Person vs. Himself * Person vs. Supernatural * Person vs. Society * Person vs. Technology Enjoy WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS! And remember, old friends are worth it, a thousand times over!