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Mrs. Nov's Classroom

I love using Socratic circles, Project-Based Learning, affective reflection activities, and metacognitive strategies to help students connect to literature and to build their confidence as writers. I plan my units with the objectives in mind and all of my units come with a detailed "road map" for a teacher to follow while implementing each lesson or activity.

I love using Socratic circles, Project-Based Learning, affective reflection activities, and metacognitive strategies to help students connect to literature and to build their confidence as writers. I plan my units with the objectives in mind and all of my units come with a detailed "road map" for a teacher to follow while implementing each lesson or activity.
Warm up questionnaire: Beowulf
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Warm up questionnaire: Beowulf

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Flexible warm up activity with open ended questions to generate class discussion. This hand out engages students through critical questioning and helps students connect key topics of the text to their own opinions and experiences. Includes a short Teacher's Guide with suggestions of how to use in the classroom.
Rhetorical Analysis Unit
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Rhetorical Analysis Unit

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This unit introduces students to rhetoric and rhetorical analysis. A "Teacher Roadmap" includes a PowerPoint and handouts to help familiarize students with rhetorical terms. The unit also provides whole-class practice activities, group guided practice activities, and finally, an individual paper assignment, complete with a peer editing sheet and grading rubric for the teacher. Speeches for analysis are included. Addresses CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.6,
Fahrenheit 451 comparative paper
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Fahrenheit 451 comparative paper

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A summative writing assignment, this paper is designed for students who are in the process of or who have completed reading the novel Fahrenheit 451. This assignment requires students to use textual quotes, transitional writing phrases, and comparative analysis skills. Handout includes blank template spaces for teachers to customize details of assignment to fit needs of class level/grade. Includes opportunity for students to use other texts and multimedia resources. Grade level: 9-12 Outside Materials: Fahrenheit 451, access to online materials Included Materials: Fahrenheit 451 dystopian paper assignment, Fahrenheit 451 dystopian paper drafting outline, Fahrenheit 451 paper self-editing checklist, Fahrenheit 451 paper rubric, *optional drafting outline example, *optional paper rubric blank version Timeline: 1-4 weeks, depending on students’ abilities Common Core standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.1
Regions in Conflict: Studying Real World Events in an English/Language Arts Class
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Regions in Conflict: Studying Real World Events in an English/Language Arts Class

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Students love this activity! I use it after my students read The Kite Runner, but it can be used to follow up any novel study that addresses global conflict. Students select a current conflict to research, study, present to the class, and engage their peers in dialogue regarding their selected topic. Options for presentations range from low-tech to using online resources. My favorite aspect of this assignment is that students truly get to know their topic because they know their classmates will be asking them thoughtful questions as part of the required assignment. *addresses the following standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.A; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.D; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.6; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.A; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.C; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.D; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.4; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.5; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.6
Great Thinkers Research Paper
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Great Thinkers Research Paper

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This assignment is designed for an ELA classroom, but can also be modified for a social studies assignment. Students use both print and online resources to research a "Great Thinker" who has made an important impact on society. Resources include handouts, PowerPoints, rubrics, and student samples to help students conduct research, formulate a quality thesis statement, create an outline, and revise a draft. Handouts are modifiable for teachers to determine number of sources and grading weights. Common Core Standards: W. 9-10.1, W. 9-10.2, W. 9-10.4, W. 9-10.5, W. 9-10.6, W. 9-10.7, W. 9-10.8, W. 9-10.9, W. 9-10.10, W. 11-12.1, W. 11-12.2, W. 11-12.4, W. 11-12.5, W. 11-12.6, W. 11-12.7, W. 11-12.8, W. 11-12.9, W. 11-12.10
Warm up questionnaire: MacBeth
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Warm up questionnaire: MacBeth

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Flexible warm up activity with open ended questions to generate class discussion. This hand out engages students through critical questioning and helps students connect key topics of the text to their own opinions and experiences. Includes a short Teacher's Guide with suggestions of how to use in the classroom.
Warm up questionnaire: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Warm up questionnaire: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Flexible warm up activity with open ended questions to generate class discussion. This hand out engages students through critical questioning and helps students connect key topics of the text to their own opinions and experiences. Includes a short Teacher's Guide with suggestions of how to use in the classroom.