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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.
Hunger Games Chapter Questions and Vocabulary Packet
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Hunger Games Chapter Questions and Vocabulary Packet

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Suppliment your Hunger Games teaching with these engaging chapter analysis questions. Over 80 literary analysis questions, covering chapters 1-27, organized by chapters. Vocabulary terms provided in contextual sentences from the novel are used to guide students to create their own vocabulary notebook (also organized by chapters 1-27). Over 75 different terms including a summative Vocab Test with answer keys. This resource is part of our Hunger Games Unit and Hunger Games Activities Bundle This Resource Includes: 1. Over 80 analysis questions organized by chapter 2. Vocabulary exercises in context from the novel. Total Pages 28
Argument Analysis Unit
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Argument Analysis Unit

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This common core aligned unit focuses on analyzing the fundamentals of argument and persuasion. This bundle is designed with PPT lectures, student notes, and engaging activities to help you instruct your students in concepts such as premise vs. conclusions, persuasive appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), inductive vs deductive reasoning, valid vs. sound, evaluating evidence, viewpoint, bias, the rhetorical situation, mood vs. tone, etc. Up to 2 weeks of material and instruction. Save up to 50% over purchasing each lesson individually. This bundle includes: 1. Understanding the Rhetorical Situation (17 pages 24 slides) Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject 2. Recognizing Viewpoint and Bias (14 pages 12 slides) Facts vs. Opinions, Loaded Words, Tone and Mood 3. Analyzing Rhetorical Appeals (17 pages 12 slides) Ethos, Pathos, Logos 4. Elements and Structure of Arguments (11 pages 16 slides) Premise vs. Conclusion, Inductive vs. Deductive, Valid vs. Sound 5. Analysis of Propaganda and Fallacies (11 pages 20 slides) 6. Engaging Topics and Arguments for Evaluation (17 pages) Analysis notes and worksheets. ("Legalization of Marijuana" and "Do Aliens Exist?" "Would a Zombie Apocalypse be a Serious Threat?" "Should College Athletes be Paid?" "Violent vs Nonviolent Protest") 7. Non-fiction annotation and close reading strategies. Each section has its own editable PPT lecture, with student notes and integrated student activities. At the conclusion of the unit the bundle includes structured worksheets to evaluate a contemporary debate issue, using new knowledge and skills.
Conclusion Paragraph Writing Fundamentals
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Conclusion Paragraph Writing Fundamentals

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The conclusion paragraph is often overlooked and rushed, but a good conclusion is necessary to make you essay valuable to the reader. Using the "R.I.P." acronym (Restatement, Importance, Present Recommendations), this lesson provides a guided practice writing process, taking students through a step by step system to draft the conclusion paragraph. Using PPT direct lecture and guided exercises, students will master how to construct great conclusions that leave the reader challenged ready to act. Included with this lesson 1. TEACHER GUIDE: Full lesson plan 2. PPT LECTURE: ppt slides that coincide with student handouts 3. STUDENT NOTES AND HANDOUTS 4. GRAPHIC ORGANIZER 5. PEER REVIEW EXERCISE
Descriptive Writing Unit Activities
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Descriptive Writing Unit Activities

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This engaging descriptive writing unit focuses on develop students’ use of the following descriptive writing techniques to develop mood and tone: figurative language (simile, metaphor, allusion, and hyperbole), visual imagery, auditory imagery, olfactory imagery, tactile imagery, gustatory imagery, indirect characterization, and connotative diction. Each activity includes PPT lectures, student notes, guided activities, independent practice, and graphic organizers for brainstorming and planning. As a bonus, an engaging and entertaining group activity "Picture Pass Exercise" has been added, to engage students in the writing process. For other writing bundles, click on the link below Writing Resources This unit includes 1. Teacher's Guide 2. Common Core Standards Alignment 3. PPT Lectures (Mood, Tone, Imagery, Figurative Language, Indirect Characterization) 4. Student Notes (Mood, Tone, Imagery, Figurative Language, Indirect Characterization) 5. Guided Descriptive Writing Activities 6. Independent Descriptive Writing Activities 7. Descriptive Writing Graphic Organizers 8. Picture Pass Descriptive Writing Exercise Total Pages 41 slides 28 pages
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
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
Night Elie Wiesel Activities Bundle
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Night Elie Wiesel Activities Bundle

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This Night by Elie Wiesel Activities Bundle and Literary Analysis Writing Unit has a wide variety of unique and engaging activites. Each lesson develops close reading skills and a deep understanding of literary elements such as: symbolism, characterization, setting mood and tone, narrative conflict, and theme. The writing standards focus on developing student skills in literary analysis essay writing. Detailed 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. This Bundle of Activities Includes: 1. Art, Poetry, Memior Theme Comparison Activity 2. "First They Came" Poem Activity 3. Letters from the cattle car activity 4. United Nations Genocide Conventions Project 5. Holocaust Headlines Activity 6. Chapter Vocabulary Activities 7. Characterization Literary Analysis Writing 8. Setting Mood/Tone Literary Analysis Writing 9. Narrative Conflict Literary Analysis Writing 10. Symbols Literary Analysis Writing 11. Theme Literary Analysis Writing 12. Writng Introduction Paragraphs 13. Writing Conclustion Paragraphs 14. Writing PEEL Body Paragraphs 15. Writing Thesis Statements 16. Writing Topic Sentences 17. Sample Paragraphs 18. Literary Elements PPT 19. Literary Analysis Essay PPT 20. Over 15 Close Reading Passages 21. Annotation and Close Reading Guidelines 22. Graphic Organizers
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
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
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 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.
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
Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Mood and Tone
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Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Mood and Tone

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These Hunger Games lessons focus on the author's use of mood and tone to develop the settings in the novel. PPT lectures and notes guide students in an understanding of diction, figurative language, connotation, and imagery. Notes and PPT provide strategies for annotation strategies for literary analysis. The resource provides 6 different excerpts from the novel, formatted for student annotations, along with graphic organizers to guide student analysis. Great resource to facilitate close reading of specific texts within The Hunger Games. This resource is part of our Hunger Games Unit and Close Reading Bundle This resource includes: 1 Literary Analysis Annoation PPT Lectures 2 Annotation Notes and Examples 2 Literary Elements Student Notes 3 Formatted Close Reading Passages from the Novel 4 Graphic Organizers Total Pages 8 slides 16
Literary Elements Analysis Bundle
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Literary Elements Analysis Bundle

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Common Core Aligned. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW. This toolbox of resources contains everything needed to instruct students in basics of literary narrative devices and organize/analyze literary elements within a novel. PPT lectures with student notes make it easy to provide direct instruction. Graphic Organizers provide scaffolding to aid students in identifying and organizing literary elements found within a text. Bloom's Taxonomy based prompts provide critical thinking activities and progressive assessments for teacher evaluation. Purchased individually the cost would be $26.00. Purchase this bundle for incredible savings at $9.00. Included in this bundle: 1. Introduction to the Plot Chart (26 slides 11 pages) 2. Active Reading and Annotation Guidelines (8 slides 5 pages) 3. Setting Mood and Tone (24 slides 6 pages 4 videos) 4. Characterization (15 slides 8 pages) 5. Narrative Conflicts (12 slides 5 pages) 6. Symbols and Motifs (12 slides 6 pages) 7. Theme (14 slides 4 pages 3 videos) 8. Literary Devices Poster Pack (28 High Quality JPEG Posters) 9. The Hero's Journey (27 slides 13 pages) 10. Character Chapter Organizers (3 pages) 11. Character Instagram Activity (1 page) 12. Cause and Effect Mapping (1 page) 13. Character Letter Activity (1 page)
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.
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)
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
Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Symbolism
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Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Symbolism

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These Hunger Games lessons focus on the author's use of symbolism within the novel. PPT lectures and notes guide students in an understanding of symbolism and annotation strategies for literary analysis. The resource provides 5 different excerpts from the novel, formatted for student annotations, along with graphic organizers to guide student analysis. Great resource to facilitate close reading of specific texts within The Hunger Games. This resource is part of our Hunger Games Unit and Close Reading Bundle This resource includes: 1 Literary Analysis Annoation PPT Lectures 2 Annotation Notes and Examples 2 Literary Elements Student Notes 3 Formatted Close Reading Passages from the Novel 4 Graphic Organizers Total Pages 8 slides 13
Compare and Contrast Essay Writing
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Compare and Contrast Essay Writing

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Compare and Contrast: Make compare and contrast tasks easy and practical for your students with this comprehensive writing packet. PPT lecture coincides with student notes to provide direct instruction and guided practice. Students will benefit from scaffolded exercises designed to generate classroom discussion, graphic organizers to outline brainstorming, thesis templates designed for a variety of purposes, essay planning graphic organizers, and a guided practice paragraph. Included with this product: 1. PPT lecture to support student notes (15 slides) 2. Student notes with integrated exercises (4 pages) 3. Facilitated point-by-point practice paragraph (2 pages) 4. Essay planning graphic organizers (4 pages) 5. Using Venn Diagrams Effectively (3 pages) 6. Teacher's guide
Persuasive Writing Main Argument Body Paragraphs
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Persuasive Writing Main Argument Body Paragraphs

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This lesson provides guided practice writing process, taking students in a step by step process to draft Main Argument body paragraphs. PPT lecture is integrated with scaffolded exercises, walk students through 3 different approaches to constructing main arguments: P.E.E.L. L.E.E.P. DEDUCTIVE SYLLOGISMS Included with this lesson: 1 PPT Lecture 2 Student Notes 3 Guided Writing Exercises 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.