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

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
30 Exit Tickets for ANY Subject! Grades 3-9
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30 Exit Tickets for ANY Subject! Grades 3-9

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Exit tickets are the perfect way to quickly assess your students’ understanding of the lesson! This set of creatively designed exit tickets work for any subject area and are ideal for upper-elementary or lower-secondary students (grades 3-9). They are an even mix of quick checks that take 1-2 minutes and short answer questions that may take up to 5 minutes. Many of the tickets use Bloom’s Taxonomy sentence stems to check for knowledge and comprehension, and encourage students to analyze or evaluate the material or teaching method. The last two exit tickets provide writing space for students to answer an essential question that YOU post on the board or projector. You can keep a set of these essential question tickets on hand for quick comprehension checks! There are also a few exit tickets that require you to assign the students a specific topic or concept to write about. For example, the prompt may ask them to “give an example of” or “compare and contrast.” Use these exit tickets as often as you’d like! Print on white or colored paper (they will print in black and white). Your students will love the fun designs and themes! Written in American English.
50 Debate Topics: Think, Research, Write, Speak Persuasively!
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50 Debate Topics: Think, Research, Write, Speak Persuasively!

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This list of 50 debate topics will keep your students engaged and allow them to practice their thinking, research, writing, speaking, and argumentation skills! All topics are school appropriate and the wording can be modified by the teacher. The topics are divided into the following categories: School and education Government, judicial system & military Science & environment Technology, ethics & society SAMPLE TOPICS: -Should students be required to wear school uniforms? -Should schools block access to all social media sites (while on campus)? -Should the United States help third world countries? -Should the United States have a draft for military service? -Should the United States end its use of the penny? -Is human activity a substantial cause of global climate change? -Are there more disadvantages to recycling than advantages? -Are professional athletes overpaid? **Written in American English.
Create an App Expository Writing Activity, Secondary
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Create an App Expository Writing Activity, Secondary

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As we all know, students are obsessed with their technology-- phones, laptops, tablets! This 3-part expository writing activity for secondary students is a FUN way to get students thinking outside the box while writing about something they love! After reflecting on the apps they use every day, students are given the opportunity to create their own unique, never-before-seen app that their classmates will review. Part 1: Design the app cover and fill out an “App Store” page with brief overview. Part 2: Write an expository essay (review of key terms and essay format included). Part 3: Conduct a peer rotation session where each student reviews three of their classmate’s apps. There is a five-star review section and space for comments. This activity may take 2-3 class periods, depending on how much time they are given to create, write, and review. To add an additional activity, allow students to orally present their apps for the class. It never hurts to throw some public speaking in the mix! *Written in American English.
Audience Etiquette for Kids (Elementary)
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Audience Etiquette for Kids (Elementary)

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Preparing your students to be engaged and respectful audience members can be fun with this lesson and follow-up performance reflection made just for elementary students! You can use all of these activities in one day or spread them out over several days before attending a field trip, concert, or public speaking event with the class. The discussion cards will allow you to talk through real-life scenarios with your students so they will know the correct and respectful way to handle themselves during a presentation or performance. Reward cards are also included to acknowledge students who follow the rules of audience etiquette! Lesson Includes: Audience etiquette rules Discussion (or quick write) cards Student audience etiquette questions LEVEL 1 (lower elementary) Student audience etiquette questions LEVEL 2 (upper elementary) Post-performance reflection LEVEL 1 Post-performance reflection and audience etiquette survey LEVEL 2 (2 pages) Audience etiquette class poster-- full-color (separate PDF file) Audience etiquette reward cards **Written in American English.
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!
Prove It! Research and Citation Activities for 5th-8th Grade Students
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Prove It! Research and Citation Activities for 5th-8th Grade Students

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On each set of “Prove It!” worksheets, students are provided with five statements to research online (website list provided). The statements may be true or false. It is the students’ job to make that determination based on textual evidence. Using the “suggested websites” at the top of the page, the students should search key words in the question to locate the specific information. If the statement is false, students should write a sentence (evidence) from a source that includes the correct information. If the statement is true, they should write a sentence (evidence) from a source to verify the statement. Finally, the student should provide any information they can in the right column about the source where they found the textual evidence. Tell students that there may or may not be an author and/or date provided on the website. They should at least write the web address and title of the webpage or article. It is at your discretion whether students search additional websites from those provided on each assignment. However, all answers may be found on the websites listed. Older students should be able to find the textual evidence on their own, as they may have more experience navigating new websites. However, younger students may be more successful working in pairs. Included in File: *Prove It! #1 (Topic: Whales) *Prove It! #2 (Topic: Weather) *Prove It! #3 (Topic: Reptiles) *Prove It! #4 (Topic: Solar System) *Prove It! #5 (Topic: The Human Heart) *Answer Keys Written in American English.
Building the 5-Paragraph Essay (Upper Elem/Middle School)
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Building the 5-Paragraph Essay (Upper Elem/Middle School)

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Stressed about your students’ scores on the writing portion of upcoming standardized tests? Teaching students to write organized, cohesive essays can be a challenge! “Building the 5-Paragraph Essay” mini-unit breaks down the essay-writing process paragraph-by-paragraph so upper-elementary and middle school students will more easily understand the purpose and requirements of each part of the essay. Everything you will need, including student handouts, writing prompts, outline, writing pages, activities, and a grading rubric is included! PDF ZIP FILE INCLUDES: “Building the 5-Paragraph Essay” Student Handout “When should I use this format?” Student Handout “Toolbox of Transitions” Student Handout “Can You Unscramble a 5-Paragraph Essay?” Activity Informative, Expository & Persuasive Writing Prompts (24 total) Essay Outline Essay Writing Lined Pages “Peer Editing Checklist” Activity Grading Rubric Answer Key *Full-color, printable 18X24 inch (or scaled larger) classroom poster **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.
Bulletin Board Letters & Numbers: 8 Full Sets in 8 Solid Colors
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Bulletin Board Letters & Numbers: 8 Full Sets in 8 Solid Colors

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What a deal! Decorate your bulletin boards, walls, and doors all year long with EIGHT FULL SETS of colorful letters, numbers & special characters. Each set is a different color with a black outline (aqua, royal blue, green, purple, red, orange, yellow & hot pink). Simply print, cut, laminate, and decorate! *Included in each set: Capital letters A-Z, numbers 0-9, punctuation/special characters ? ! & ‘ # . *Full-color, printable PDF files (in a zip file). *Print on standard 8 ½ x 11 paper, laminate, cut & decorate! Save paper and print only the pages you need! *For longer-lasting, more durable letters, print and laminate on white cardstock instead of printer paper. *Some pages had space for multiple letters (for less printing). Feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Enjoy!
Social Media App-Themed Secondary Awards
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Social Media App-Themed Secondary Awards

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Are you having a hard time finding awards that will appeal to your SECONDARY students? Need some end-of-year or anytime encouragement and motivation for the older kids and teens? Your students will LOVE (and RELATE to) these social media, APP-themed awards that acknowledge and compliment their character, behavior, kindness, creativity, and more! *16 APP Designs *Printable in both full-color and B&W (both versions provided) *Print and write/personalize (not editable online) *Full-page awards (8 1/2 X 11) Award APPS include: Twitter, Facebook, WeChat, Musical.ly, Snapchat, Blogger, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype, WhatsApp, Tumblr, Messenger, Pinterest, GroupMe, Reddit & Instagram. (*Example: The Facebook awards says, “Dependable friend and team player!”) Feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Enjoy!
Writing & Public Speaking for Little Kids
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Writing & Public Speaking for Little Kids

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“Writing & Public Speaking Activities for Little Kids” allow students to work on their writing and interpersonal communication skills. These activities will also build students’ confidence when speaking in front of a group. Teachers may want to take this opportunity to discuss public speaking vocabulary, such as volume, rate, eye contact, articulation, and clarity. These activities are perfect to use as ice-breakers, warm-ups, group work, centers, or time fillers! **Activities are labeled LEVEL 1 or LEVEL 2 on the top right of each page. Level 1 activities are most suitable for 1st & 2nd grade and require shorter, less detailed answers and explanations. Teachers may prompt students to elaborate on their answers by asking “Why?” or “How?” Level 2 activities are most suitable for 3rd -5th grade and require more detailed explanations. **Activities that are only provided for Level 2 (see list below) can be simplified for younger students (teacher’s discretion). Feel free to modify activities for your little speakers! Activities: • 2 Roll-N-Speak pages (Level 1) • 2 Roll-N-Speak pages (Level 2) • My Happy Place (Level 1) • My Happy Place (Level 2) • Our Island (partner/group activity, Level 2) • Book Talk (Level 2) • Name Acrostic (Levels 1 & 2) • Picture This! (Level 1) • Picture This! (Level 2) • Classmate Chit-Chat (Level 2) • My Invention (Level 1) • My Invention (Level 2) **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).
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).
Classroom Posters: Individuality Theme
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Classroom Posters: Individuality Theme

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Beautify your classroom with these colorful, floral posters about individuality! These full-color, printable posters come in a set of four. They look great printed at 18X24 inches (or scale larger). Quotes from Dr. Seuss, E.E. Cummings, Judy Garland, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are featured on each poster.