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Experience:13 Years Classroom Teaching High School 1 Year Classroom Teaching Middle School 1 Year Director School Newspaper 6 Years Student Development Higher Education Typical lesson follows this basic format using a variety of formats to touch numerous learning modalities. 1. Facilitated Socratic session and/or group activity to stimulate prior knowledge. 2. Interactive Media Presentation presenting subject area and skills with facilitated exercises to check for understanding.
Persuasive & Argument Writing Adding Ethos Pathos Logos Rhetorical Appeals
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Persuasive & Argument Writing Adding Ethos Pathos Logos Rhetorical Appeals

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This lesson plan comes complete with PPT lecture, Student Handouts, Integrated Classroom Exercises, and a Teacher's Guide. Direct Instruction is uniquely integrated with student exercises for Guided Practice and to check for understanding. Students will distinguish between inductive and deductive arguments, evaluate videos to distinguish between persuasion and propaganda, recognize rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos and logos. Student will then use these new skills to evaluate and revise their own essays to incorporate rhetorical appeals into their writing. This Lesson Includes: 1. TEACHER GUIDE: Fully developed lesson plan 2. PPT LECTURE With integrated student exercises 3. STUDENT NOTES AND WORKSHEETS This resource is section of my larger, detailed argument persuasive writing unit with over 80 pages and 160 ppt slides of detailed ppt lectures, student note packets, guided writing exercises, sample paragraphs, and graphic organizers.
Argument Analysis Activity "Do Aliens Exist?"
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Argument Analysis Activity "Do Aliens Exist?"

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Common Core Aligned. Critical analysis of texts is a strong focus of the CCSS. This mini-unit discussing the interesting topic of "Do Aliens Exist?", is designed with PPT lectures, student notes, and engaging activities to help you instruct your students to better understand and evaluate the fundamentals of arguments and persuasive techniques. This activity is part of a larger bundle. Save 50% on the comprehensive "Evaluating Arguments and Persuasion" bundle This Lesson Includes: -Teacher's Guide -Common Core Alignment -PPT Lecture -Student Notes -Engaging Activities -Close Reading Activities Total Pages 34 slides 8 pages
Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream Close Read Rhetorical Analysis
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Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream Close Read Rhetorical Analysis

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Great short unit for Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Black History Month. COMMON CORE ALIGNED: This lesson involves direct instruction, engaging supporting videos, guided rhetorical analysis practice exercises, and a structured rhetorical analysis close reading of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. After direct instruction, students will work alone or in groups to analyze MLK's speech for use of ethos, pathos, logos, and literary devices. Lesson includes 1. Teacher Lesson Plan 2. PPT Facilitated Lecture 3. Student Notes and Exercises 4. Structured Close Read 5. Prompt for Analysis Paragraph 6. Active Listening Exercise 7. Teacher Answer Sheet providing correct response for rhetorical anlysis Lesson Plan: CCSS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.6 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.9 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.A CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.B CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.D ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: 1. What are the elements of Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle 2. What are elements of a rhetorical situation? (SOAPS) 3. How do rhetorical appeals and devices further a text’s purpose ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES (All Students Will Be Able To): 1. Memorize the elements of the rhetorical situation 2. Identify the elements of the rhetorical situation of "I Have A Dream" 3. Identify and analyze the use of rhetorical appeals within “I Have A Dream” DIRECT INSTRUCTION AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES:  DIRECT INSTRUCTION  Definition of Rhetoric and Analysis  Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle  Rhetorical/Literary Devices  STUDENTS COMPLETE CLOSE READ EXERCISE  Either as one exercise or in sections followed by class discussion  TEACHER FACILITATED DISCUSSION  Discuss students’ responses for each section of the close read FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: 1. Student close read worksheet and class discussion. 2. Student paragraphs Total Pages 40 slides 28 pages
Antigone Sophocles Unit
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Antigone Sophocles Unit

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This Antigone unit includes 215 PPT slides, 158 printable pages, and over 50 different engaging common core activities. For a close look at the Antigone activities, view the preview. This detailed Antigone unit facilitates a deep analysis of the play within the following categories: 1) Introduction to the Origins of Greek Tragedy 2) Preview of the Oedipus Myth 3) Indirect Characterization and Foil Characters 4) Analysis of the Stages/Traits of a Tragic Hero 5) Analysis of Rhetorical Persuasive Appeals 6) Common Core civil disobedience compare and contrast writing activities 7) Analysis of metaphors, analogies, and figurative language 8) Symbolism and Cause and Effect mapping 9) Analysis of Parodos, Odes, and Paen 10) Analysis of allusions to Greek Mythology 11) Final Unit Test (matching, true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer) 12) Summative Writing Performance Task Each lesson plan includes: PPT Lectures Student Notes Student Worksheets and Exercises Analytical Writing Tasks Teacher Answers and Resources Total Pages 215 slides 158 pages
Persuasive Writing Counter Arguments and Rebuttals
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Persuasive Writing Counter Arguments and Rebuttals

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This lesson provides guided practice writing process, taking students in a step by step process to draft Counter Arguments and Rebuttals. PPT lecture is integrated with scaffolded exercises, walking the students through how to select appropriate counter arguments and attack them directly in their rebuttal. Included with this lesson: 1 PPT Lecture 2 Student Notes 3 Guided Writing Excercises 4 Sample Paragraphs 5 Planning Sheets 6 Graphic Organizers This resource is section of my larger, detailed argument persuasive writing unit with over 80 pages and 160 ppt slides of detailed ppt lectures, student note packets, guided writing exercises, sample paragraphs, and graphic organizers.
Hunger Games Activities Bundle
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Hunger Games Activities Bundle

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This Hunger Games Activities Bundle has over 20 different activities, including chapter questions and vocabulary exercises, to supplement your teaching of The Hunger Games. Students love these fun, interactive activities that challenge their critical thinking skills, such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, character analysis, analyzing symbols, narrative conflict, and plot analysis. This resource is part of our Hunger Games Unit This Activities Bundle Includes: 1. Tribute gift activities 2. Character interview project 3. Character Instagram game/activities 4. Chapter Selfie graphic organizer 5. Detailed chapter analysis worksheets 6. Cause and effect diagrams 7. Character letter to themselves activity 8. District symbols analysis activity 9. Create a symbol activity 10. Compare contrast The Hunger Games to Gladiator Games 11. Over 80 analysis questions organized by chapter 12. Vocabulary terms and activities in context from the novel Total Pages 50
Lord of the Flies Symbols
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Lord of the Flies Symbols

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Common Core Aligned. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW. This detailed collection of resources is designed to help facilitate student understanding of the development of symbols and motifs within Lord of the Flies. Active Listening Exercises and a PPT slide lecture instruct a students with the knowledge of motifs vs. symbols in literature. Students then use the graphic organizer to track the development of motifs and symbols within the novel. Completed organizers (including analysis and quotes from the text) are provided as a teacher resource. Students complete the exercise by using the provided writing templates to complete their own symbol analysis paragraphs. Novel excerpts are provided for student close reading and symbol analysis.
Of Mice and Men Chapter Questions and Vocabulary Packet
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Of Mice and Men Chapter Questions and Vocabulary Packet

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Suppliment your Of Mice and Men teaching with these engaging chapter analysis questions. Literary analysis questions organized by chapters. Vocabulary terms provided in contextual sentences from the novel are used to guide students to create their own vocabulary notebook, including a vocab test with answer keys. This resource is part of our Of Mice and Men Unit and Of Mice and Men Activities Bundle This Resource Includes: 1. Analysis questions organized by chapter 2. Vocabulary exercises in context from the novel. Total Pages13
Of Mice and Men "To A Mouse" Allusion Foreshadowing Activity
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Of Mice and Men "To A Mouse" Allusion Foreshadowing Activity

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This Of Mice and Men activity provides structured exercises to analyze John Steinbeck's allusion to the poem "To A Mouse". Student notes and examples instruct students on the fundamentals of allusions and foreshadowing. Structured exercises guide students on analyzing the poem and how the use of allusion brings meaning to the story and foreshadows the plot. This resource is part of our Of Mice and Men Unit and Of Mice and Men Activities Bundle This Resource Includes: 1. Analysis questions organized by chapter 2. Vocabulary exercises in context from the novel. Total Pages7
Literary Elements Analysis Symbols Motifs
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Literary Elements Analysis Symbols Motifs

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Common Core Aligned. This collection of resources is designed to help facilitate student understanding of the development of symbols and motifs within a text. PPT slides and lecture instruct a students with the knowledge of motifs vs. symbols in literature. Students then use the graphic organizer to track the development of motifs and symbols within the novel. Bloom's Taxonomy prompts provide a platform for students to interact with and evaluate the symbols and motifs relative to the plot and theme of the novel. This Lesson Plan Includes: 1. Teacher Instructions 2. Student Handouts (6 pages) 3. Symbol Motif Student Notes 4. Graphic Organizers 5. 3 Analysis prompts 6. PPT Lecture (12 slides)
Of Mice and Men Character Interview Activity
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Of Mice and Men Character Interview Activity

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Students will enjoy this unique way of analyzing the character's view points and ideals within Of Mice and Men. Students imagine they are interviewing George for Life Magazine about the American Dream. Student notes teach students how to form 4 different types of strategic interview questions. 6 different options for assignments require students to analyze conflict, symbols, and other plot elements from Katniss's point of view. This resource is part of our Of Mice and Men Unit and Of Mice and Men Activities Bundle Total Pages 6
Annotation and Close Reading Guidelines Nonfiction
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Annotation and Close Reading Guidelines Nonfiction

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This package includes a a variety of resources to help students develop active reading skills and annotation techniques for informational texts. PPT lecture explains the strategies for active reading and techniques for annotations. Student notes outline each step for annotating texts. Aligned graphic organizer is provided for students to consolidate their annotations. This 4-5 day unit teaches the fundamentals of analyzing informational text with the unique acrostic "R.E.A.D.S" Close “R.E.A.D” Recognize (purpose, tone, point of view) Evaluate (support) Analyze (rhetoric) Develop (questions and judgments) Summarize (the main idea of the text)
Persuasive Argument Writing Unit
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Persuasive Argument Writing Unit

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This Persuasive Writingh Unit provides guided instruction, student exercises, and graphic organizers to facilitate students in writing a persuasive/argument essay. Teacher will use PPT lectures and student notes to provide direct and guided instruction on the principles of persuasion/argument writing. Students will use new concepts and graphic organizers to construct strong thesis statements, develop supporting arguments, construct counter arguments and rebuttals, and compose dynamic conclusion paragraphs. Bundle also includes high quality jpeg posters to display on the wall. Each poster supports a different element of essay writing. This Unit Includes (160 ppt slides, 80 pages, 18 posters): 1. Teacher Unit Planning Guide 2. PPT Lectures for Guided Instruction 3. Student Handouts/Notes with facilitated exercises 4. Graphic Organizers 5. Peer Revision Exercises 6. Supporting Videos 7. Critical Thinking and Argument Analysis Tasks (4 Different Resources)
Persuasive Argument Writing Conclusion Paragraph
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Persuasive Argument Writing Conclusion Paragraph

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This lesson provides guided practice writing process, taking students in a step by step process to draft a conclusion paragraph. PPT lecture is integrated with scaffold exercises, walking the students through each element of the conclusion: Restatement, Establishing Importance or Connection to the Audience, and Presenting Recommendations. Students will complete guided exercises in each area, evaluate a sample conclusion, and then use graphic organizers to complete their own conclusion paragraph. Included with this lesson: 1 PPT Lecture 2 Student Notes 3 Guided Writing Excercises 4 Sample Paragraphs 5 Planning Sheets 6 Graphic Organizers This resource is section of my larger, detailed argument persuasive writing unit with over 80 pages and 160 ppt slides of detailed ppt lectures, student note packets, guided writing exercises, sample paragraphs, and graphic organizers.
Purpose, Point of View, Bias Nonfiction Close Reading
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Purpose, Point of View, Bias Nonfiction Close Reading

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The new Common Core State Standards place a greater emphasis on critical thinking and implementing nonfiction into the English Language Arts curriculum. Understanding the basics of an author's use of internal text structures, loaded words/language, and facts vs. opinions; is essential for analyzing the purpose, bias and point of view of a text. This multi-faceted lesson plan integrates listening skills, reading strategies, and writing skills, as students analyze each of these elements to determine the purpose and bias of a variety of texts. INCLUDED WITH THIS PACKET CCSS Alignment Videos and Active Listening Exercises/Worksheets PPT tools authors use to develop purpose and point of view Purpose and Viewpoint Student’s Notes Guided Practice Worksheets Independent Practice Worksheets Independent Purpose and Bias Exercises
The Monkey's Paw W.W. Jacobs Short Story Foreshadow & Irony
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The Monkey's Paw W.W. Jacobs Short Story Foreshadow & Irony

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These short story lesson plans use The Monkey's Paw as the platform for developing student skills in literary analysis writing. Multiple activities provide guided instruction on how to write a literary analysis paragraph, with detailed lessons that teach students the fundamental literary elements of foreshadowing and irony. Each lesson provides systematic, facilitated writing exercises that address each element of analysis writing: analyzing a prompt, writing statements, deeply analyzing a text, using evidence, writing commentary and explanation, and writing conclusions. Unique acronyms help students remember how to approach each part of an essay. Each lesson includes PPT lectures, student notes, guided practice, and individual practice. To learn more about the unit, look at the detailed preview. This resource is part of our complete Short Story Bundle
Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Short Story Conflict
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Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Short Story Conflict

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These short story lesson plans use The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as the platform for developing student skills in literary analysis writing. Multiple activities provide guided instruction on how to write a literary analysis paragraph, with detailed lessons that teach students the fundamental literary elements of internal and external narrative conflict. Each lesson provides systematic, facilitated writing exercises that address each element of analysis writing: analyzing a prompt, writing statements, deeply analyzing a text, using evidence, writing commentary and explanation, and writing conclusions. Unique acronyms help students remember how to approach each part of an essay. Each lesson includes PPT lectures, student notes, guided practice, and individual practice. To learn more about the unit, look at the detailed preview. This resource is part of our complete Short Story Bundle
Literary Analysis Essay Unit
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Literary Analysis Essay Unit

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This writing bundle focuses on developing student skills in literary analysis essay writing. 5 different packets provide guided instruction on how to write a literary analysis essay with detailed lessons that teach students the fundamental literary elements such as characterization, narrative setting, narrative conflict, symbolism, and theme. Each lesson provides systematic, facilitated writing exercises that address each element of essay writing: analyzing a prompt, writing thesis statements, writing introductions, deeply analyzing a text, using evidence, writing commentary and explanation, and writing conclusions. Unique acronyms help students remember how to approach each part of an essay. Each lesson includes PPT lectures, student notes, guided practice, and individual practice. Added bonus of 28 literary elements posters to support and suppliment the unit. To learn more about the unit, look at the detailed preview. This resource includes: 1 PPT Lectures 2 Literary Element Student Notes 3 Body Paragraph Literary Analysis Writing Exercises 4 Introduction Paragraph Exercises 5 Conclusion Paragraphs 6 Graphic Organizers 7 Sample Paragraphs 8 Literary Analysis Annotation Guidelines PPT and Notes. 9 Three different options for chapter organizer worksheets 9 28 Literary Elements Posters 10 17 Writing Posters
Antigone Introduction to Greek Drama Activities
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Antigone Introduction to Greek Drama Activities

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Antigone is considered one of the great Greek tragedies. Before diving into the play use these engaging activites to introduct students to the origins of Greek Tragedy and the narrative of the Oedipus Myth/Legend. Videos, PPT Lectures, Student Notes are all included. This lesson is part of our complete Antigone Unit. This lesson plan includes: Student Notes Student Worksheets and Exercises PPT Lectures Total Pages: 20 slides 9 pages
Short Story Unit: Literary Analysis & Essay Writing
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Short Story Unit: Literary Analysis & Essay Writing

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This unit includes the full text of 5 classic short stories to teach students fundamental literary elements such as characterization, narrative setting, narrative conflict, foreshadowing, irony, symbolism, and theme. Each lesson provides systematic, facilitated writing exercises that address each element of essay writing: analyzing a prompt, writing thesis statements, writing introductions, deeply analyzing a text, using evidence, writing commentary and explanation, and writing conclusions. Unique acronyms help students remember how to approach each part of an essay. Each lesson includes PPT lectures, student notes, guided practice, and individual practice. Added bonus of 28 literary elements posters and 15 writing posters to support and suppliment the unit. To learn more about the unit, look at the detailed preview. This resource includes: PPT Lectures Literary Element Student Notes Body Paragraph Literary Analysis Writing Exercises Graphic Organizers Sample Paragraphs 15 Writing Posters 29 Literary Elements Posters Full Text and Analysis Questions for "A View from the Summit" Full Text and Analysis Questions for "Masque of the Red Death" Full Text and Analysis Questions for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" Full Text and Analysis Questions for "The Monkey's Paw" Full Text and Analysis Questions for "The Necklace"