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Resources for grades 1-12 including speech, debate, ELA and bulletin board/classroom decor and posters!

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Resources for grades 1-12 including speech, debate, ELA and bulletin board/classroom decor and posters!
Public Speaking Activities & Ice Breakers
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Public Speaking Activities & Ice Breakers

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Speaking in front of the class or a group can be intimidating for many students, so why not make it fun? This activity pack includes directions for 7 public speaking events and ice breakers. Activity Titles: -What’s My Bag? -As Seen on TV (Shown on preview) -5 Minute Speed Debating -Tallest Tower -I’ve Got Your Back! -Interviews & Introductions -Our Island** Each page includes a detailed description of the activity and supply list. Activities range from 10 minutes to a full class period. All activities can be modified for your class size! Most activities begin with group work then progress into full-class share time. Written in American English.
Middle School Summer Reading, Writing & Character Analysis Activity Pack
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Middle School Summer Reading, Writing & Character Analysis Activity Pack

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This is just for you, middle school teachers! Summer reading, character analysis, and writing are made easy with this summer-themed activity kit! Everything you need to get started (or enhance your current activities) is included in this activity pack. INCLUDED IN PDF ZIP FILE: *Reading & Summary Log *Punch Card Book Marks (3 designs, printable in full-color and B&W) *16 Summer-Themed Writing Task Cards *Task Card Writing Response Page To use with a summer reading book: *I Spy Figurative Language! *Direct & Indirect Characterization *Internal & External Conflict *Plot Diagram Although activities are meant to be used for students to analyze their summer reading books, they can also be used with short stories (especially if the summer school term is short). The writing task cards and response page are great for warm-ups, early finishers, sub work, time-fillers, write-pair-share, or however you see fit! * Written in American English.* Feel free to ask questions before purchasing. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Enjoy!
Logical Fallacies: Identifying 12 Flawed Arguments
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Logical Fallacies: Identifying 12 Flawed Arguments

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Logical fallacies are all around us in advertising, the media, and in daily conversations! Students should learn how to identify these sometimes confusing persuasive techniques. This is a great unit for speech, debate, law, English, and public speaking classes! The zip file includes logical fallacy posters (or can be used as a word wall), student handout/notes with definitions, worksheet/activity, and definition cards (may be used as task cards or flash cards). Logical fallacies defined: -Ad hominem -Slippery slope -Red herring -Straw man -Begging the question -Hasty generalization -False dichotomy -Ad populum -Appeal to authority -Emotional appeal -No true scotsman -Appeal to nature Written in American English.
Ethos, Logos, Pathos (Aristotle's Modes of Persuasion)
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Ethos, Logos, Pathos (Aristotle's Modes of Persuasion)

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Persuasive messages are all around us! This lesson teaches students to identify and implement Aristotle’s 3 modes of persuasion (rhetorical appeals): ethos, logos & pathos. Appropriate for secondary students, this zip file includes 3 color and B&W posters, student notes, “Identifying Ethos, Logos & Pathos in Historical Speeches” activity, and an “Editorial Writing” activity. The student notes introduce key terms and provide a detailed diagram of Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle. The 2 activities are perfect for speech, debate, ELA, creative writing, or social studies classrooms. There is not an answer key for the activities, as student answers will vary. There is an excellent opportunity for group and classroom discussion during/after each activity. Written in American English.
Travel the World! Country Project (upper elementary/secondary)
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Travel the World! Country Project (upper elementary/secondary)

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Your upper elementary/secondary students will enjoy playing travel agent as they complete this informative 3-part project! Allow students to choose a country from the list of 195 countries provided and review the project requirements with the class using the student guidelines page. A project rubric is provided for easy grading. If time allows, consider encouraging students to present information about their country and browse each other’s brochures. Modify this project (or point values on rubric) to meet the needs of your learners! PDF Zip File Includes 13 pages of resources! -List of 195 countries -Travel brochure template (print front/back) -Project guidelines -Research outline -Essay pages -Project rubric -Percentage/conversion chart for rubric Written in American English.
Diversity Poster-- FREEBIE!
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Diversity Poster-- FREEBIE!

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This FREE diversity poster with a quote by Maya Angelou will not only brighten your classroom, but remind students that there is beauty in our differences! The poster is full-color, printable, and (for best results) 18X24 inches (or scale larger).
Public Speaking Word Wall (20 Vocabulary Words & Definitions)
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Public Speaking Word Wall (20 Vocabulary Words & Definitions)

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Regardless of the subject-area, if a student is giving a presentation or speech, they should know and understand vocabulary associated with public speaking. Good habits start early, so encourage vocal variety and polished performances in your classroom! Included in this PDF are 20 public speaking vocabulary words and definitions (one per page) that can be printed as posters, word walls, flash cards, etc! Print in full color or opt for grayscale. Words include: volume, rate, articulation, enunciation, pitch, inflection, tone, gesture, visual aid, projection, pronunciation, monotone, diction, resonance, optimum pitch, fluency, timbre, dialect, intonation & pause. *(Written in American English)
My First Research Paper (secondary)
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My First Research Paper (secondary)

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“My First Research Paper” will help guide your students through the often frustrating and overwhelming process of writing a research paper! Designed for secondary students, these activities may be modified to meet the needs of your learners. For example, if your students are not ready to incorporate MLA citations into their papers (or if you prefer APA), you can teach the citations and works cited format in a different way. 7th grade teachers may want to keep things more simplified, as 10th grade teachers will want to ensure students fully understand citation/MLA format and guidelines. If you already have activities to teach research paper writing, you may pair these activities with your current materials. These pages are meant to enhance your lesson, not necessarily replace what you are already doing! You are free to use only what you need. You may also use the “Peer Revising & Editing” page for other writing assignments, not just research papers. I hope you find these tools helpful, for both you and your students. Examples are shown on every page to help the students along the way! Included in File (14 pages): -Research Paper Notes & Topic Ideas -Make a Plan! (Brainstorming Activity Page) -Research Outline -Rough Draft Pages (with tips) -Citation Station (Guide for MLA in-text citations & works cited) -Peer Revising & Editing -Final Draft Guidelines & Fill-In Information for Students -Final Paper Rubric **Written in American English.
Occupation Research Project (Research Outline, Essay, Choice Board), Grades 4-8
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Occupation Research Project (Research Outline, Essay, Choice Board), Grades 4-8

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Students love a project when they get to CHOOSE a topic based on their personal interests! The purpose of this 3-part project for grades 4-8 is for students to explore and learn about an occupation that is of interest to them. Often, students say, “I want to be a (insert job) when I grow up,” but they don’t know what that entails. This project requires students to research an occupation of their choice, take notes on a research outline, write an informative essay, and create an eye-catching visual aid. **Please feel free to modify this project to meet the needs of your learners! –Lined pages are provided for the essay. However, some teachers may require students to type the paper or write on notebook paper. –Although an oral presentation is only required for one of the choice board activities, students should be encouraged to share details about their occupation with the class. An idea would be to have a mini job fair in your classroom where students can display and discuss their visual aids. PDF Zip File Includes (10 pages): -Project Guideline Page for Students -Topic List -Visual Aid Choice Board -Research Outline -Informative Essay Writing Pages -Rubric **Written in American English.
10 Short Writing Assignments for Teens and Tweens
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10 Short Writing Assignments for Teens and Tweens

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These 10 short writing assignments for teens and tweens are a great way to assess student writing, leave with sub, or use as “filler” activities as needed. I keep a few copied and tucked away so I’m always covered if an extra assignment is needed! Each 2-page writing activity includes a review of key literary terms, important information needed for the assignment (format, guidelines, etc.) and a writing activity. These writing assignments can take anywhere from 20 minutes to a full class period. Feel free to time students or give them as long as they need. To stretch an activity, have students read aloud for the class or in small groups. The poetry activity is especially fun to read aloud! Writing assignments included: 1.) Descriptive writing: picture prompt 2.) Persuasive writing: letter to school board 3.) Narrative writing: overcoming challenge essay 4.) Editorial writing: school hot topic editorial 5.) Expository writing: bullying essay 6.) Poetry writing: free verse and haiku 7.) Compare and contrast writing: topic choices provided 8.) Opinion writing: social media essay 9.) Creative writing: sentence starter prompt 10.) Journal writing: two writing prompts Written in American English.
10 Propaganda Techniques Mini-Unit, Secondary Education
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10 Propaganda Techniques Mini-Unit, Secondary Education

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his propaganda mini-unit has everything you need to teach your students about persuasive techniques used in advertising and media! The zip file includes: -PowerPoint -Student notes outline (to go with PowerPoint) -Internet scavenger hunt activity -Identifying propaganda techniques in news headlines activity (with answer key) -Flash cards (printable foldable template) -Colorful classroom propaganda poster -Quiz with answer key My students really enjoy this unit! If you have time for a project, students can make a propaganda book with clipped ads (from magazines or internet) and display in a creative book to present to the class. This mini-unit is perfect for any secondary ELA, speech, debate, or social studies class! Written in American English.
Debate Vocabulary Word Wall
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Debate Vocabulary Word Wall

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Teaching a unit over argumentation, debate, or persuasive speaking? These 30 words are basic vocabulary words that every debater should learn and use in rounds! Print each on a full page or 2+ per page to create a FUN and colorful word wall!! You can also print these (several per page) and have students make flash cards with definitions! **BONUS debate vocabulary list with definitions included in file!
Impromptu Speaking for Tweens & Teens
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Impromptu Speaking for Tweens & Teens

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Make impromptu speaking FUN with these easy-to-understand student guidelines, impromptu formats, class practice activity, and 50 topics! Modify this lesson to meet the needs of your learners; you can even write your own topics based on your subject-area. Emphasize that impromptu speaking takes a lot of practice (rarely does anyone deliver a perfect speech the first time). You can also explain that impromptu speaking will help develop their quick thinking, organizational, and vocal skills such as fluency and articulation. Printable PDF File Contents: “What is Impromptu Speaking?” Student Notes & Guidelines (2 pages) Timed Class Activity: Speech Prep & Outline Practice (1 page) 50 Impromptu Speaking Topics (3 pages) Impromptu Speech Grading Rubric (1 page) Written in American English.
Inferencing & Making Predictions with Animal Pictures (Google Slides)
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Inferencing & Making Predictions with Animal Pictures (Google Slides)

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“Inferencing and Making Predictions with Animal Pictures” is an engaging digital activity created for students in lower-mid elementary (although older students may enjoy the activity as well). Created in Google Slides, this inferencing activity can be easily posted on Google Classroom—it’s perfect for distance learning! Included in this digital activity: -Opening slide (definition of inferencing and directions for activity) -12 picture slides with four questions per slide (Questions ask students to inference, predict, and make observations.) The Google slides are easy to navigate and include all necessary text boxes. Check out the PREVIEW to get a sneak peek! Notes about this digital activity: *A link to the digital file will be provided on a PDF document. After clicking the file link, you will be prompted to “Make a Copy.” *This activity/project may be posted on Google Classroom and was made with Google Slides. *When posting this assignment on Google Classroom, be sure to select “make a copy for each student.” *Only the text box areas where students can type information are editable. Backgrounds and pictures are locked in place. The textboxes are already sized, inserted in appropriate places, and ready for students to type their information. *Perfect activity for distance learning! No printing necessary! *Please only share this digital activity with your students.
Environmental Informative Speech & Technology-Based Presentation
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Environmental Informative Speech & Technology-Based Presentation

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This environmental issues informative speech and presentation is perfect for any ELA, science, or public speaking secondary class! Students will learn the basics of informative speaking, speech writing, research/citing sources, and creating a technology-based visual aid. They will also learn a LOT about issues affecting our planet. Not only will they present, but they will fill out a peer critique chart as they listen to their classmates. An easy-to-grade rubric is included and tips to help students become more confident, less anxious speakers! Included in this 11-page PDF file: Table of Contents Informative Speech Guidelines Visual Aid & Note Card Guidelines Tips for Using Technology-Based Visual Aids Topic List Sample Informative Speech Outline Informative Speech Research Outline Speech Grading Rubric Peer Critique Charts **American English
100th Day of School Lapbook
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100th Day of School Lapbook

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Kids love celebrating the 100th day of school! This 100th Day of School Lapbook is a fun activity that allows students to reflect on the past 100 days and to predict how they will continue to change, grow, and learn in the next 100 days or even 100 years! Each student will need one manilla file folder and a printed packet of the 20 template boxes (various sizes). Print the pages front-side only. File folders of any color will work! Other necessary supplies include glue, scissors, and markers/crayons. A student directions page is attached to show them how to assemble the lapbook and an example layout design is shown. With a variety of template boxes to choose from, every student will create a unique lapbook! Printables are all black and white so students can color, add glitter, decorations, or anything that makes their project stand out! If time allows, encourage students to share their lapbooks with the class and display around the room. Feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Enjoy and happy 100th day! **American English Follow me on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/speechdebateELAetc/
Groundhog Day Activities (Elementary)
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Groundhog Day Activities (Elementary)

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Your students will enjoy this set of writing, reading comprehension, and word games to celebrate Groundhog Day! Best suited for mid-upper elementary, this set includes the following five activities: History of Groundhog Day passage and reading comprehension multiple choice questions and quick write Short story starter prompt (with two writing pages) Groundhog Day word search (20 words) Maze (Help the groundhog out of his burrow) Make-a-Word game (points earned to make words from Punxsutawney Phil) All pages (black ink only) are in a PDF zip file so easy to print and go! Special thanks to www.mycutegraphics.com for the adorable groundhog clipart! **American English https://www.pinterest.com/speechdebateELAetc/ to follow me on Pinterest!
Clean Desk Notes-- FREEBIE!
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Clean Desk Notes-- FREEBIE!

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Clean desk notes are a great classroom management tool to acknowledge students who are taking pride in their personal work space! Write a note on the back or pair with a small treat, and make your students feel special! *6 printable designs *Full color and black/white/gray *FREE!
Holidays Around the World Research Project, Upper Elementary & Middle School
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Holidays Around the World Research Project, Upper Elementary & Middle School

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This 3-part project for upper elementary and middle school students is a great teaching and learning tool for students to research and share information about cultures, holidays, and traditions around the world! Students may research a holiday listed on the provided topic list or choose a holiday that is celebrated in a country of their choice. The holidays on the topic list (28 listed) are not limited to winter months, but are a variety of celebrations throughout the year. This file contains an outline to guide student research, directions and printable information boxes for students to create a lapbook visual aid, speech presentation outline, and grading rubric. Modify the project to meet the needs and learning levels of your students! Supplies: • Manila folders (one per student) • Glue and scissors • Map pencils, crayons, or markers • Access to printer (for students to print pictures) • Optional: colored paper to print information boxes Table of Contents: Student information sheet Page 2 Topic list Page 3 Research outline Page 4-5 Lapbook visual aid directions Page 6 Information boxes (for lapbook visual aid) Pages 7-9 Speech presentation outline Page 10-11 3-Part grading rubric Page 12 **Written in American English.
Reading Log for ALL Subjects-- FREEBIE!
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Reading Log for ALL Subjects-- FREEBIE!

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What’s better than a FREEBIE that can be used for any subject? This reading log not only requires students to record the date, time, and page numbers, but also provides space for them to write a short summary of the reading. Writing a few sentences to summarize the passages/pages require students to think through and process what they read and holds them accountable for the reading assignment. Use for ANY reading assignment-- chapter books & novels, textbooks, assigned passages, articles, etc. The file includes two pages for front/back printing (in black and white).