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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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Halloween Descriptive Writing Activities (Figurative Language & Imagery)
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Halloween Descriptive Writing Activities (Figurative Language & Imagery)

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Fun and engaging Halloween descriptive writing activities. 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. 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
Argument Analysis Rhetorical Appeals Ethos, Pathos, Logos
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Argument Analysis Rhetorical Appeals Ethos, Pathos, Logos

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Critical analysis of texts is a strong focus of the CCSS. This lesson 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 lesson focuses on identifying and analyzing the use of rhetorical appeals: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. This lesson 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 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.
Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Katniss Characterization
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Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Katniss Characterization

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These Hunger Games lessons focus on the author's use of characterization to develop Katniss as the protagonist. PPT lectures and notes guide students in an understanding of direct and indirect characterization and annotation strategies for literary analysis. The resource provides 7 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 15
Antigone Scene 4 Mythology Allusions Hubris
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Antigone Scene 4 Mythology Allusions Hubris

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Antigone is considered one of the great Greek tragedies. This lesson plan offers a variety of different activities to develop a deep analysis of Scene 4 of this great play. PPT lecture, student notes, and facilitated exercises guide students through: 1) Analysis of Antigone's use of Allusions to Greek Mythology 2) Analysis of Hubris in Greek Tragedy (Antigone) 3) Tragic Hero's Path Graphic Organizer/Analysis This lesson is part of our Antigone Unit This lesson plan includes: PPT Lectures Student Notes Student Worksheets and Exercises Analytical Writing Tasks Total Pages 10 slides 10 pages
Hunger Games Theme Analysis Writing Lessons
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Hunger Games Theme Analysis Writing Lessons

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These Hunger Games lessons focus on developing student skills in literary analysis of the themes within the text. Each lesson provides guided worksheets and 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. This resource includes: 1 PPT Lectures 2 Literary Theme Student Notes 3 Body Paragraph Literary Analysis Writing Exercises 4 Graphic Organizers 5 Sample Paragraphs 6 Literary Analysis Annotation Guidelines PPT and Notes. 7 Graphic Organizers 8 Novel Excerpts 9 Detailed Teacher Resources
Nonfiction Close Reading "Great Speeches
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Nonfiction Close Reading "Great Speeches

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Common Core Aligned. General Mac Arthur's Duty Honor Country speech provides an engaging resource for students to analyze an author's use of figurative language, analyzing the rhetorical situation, mood and tone, rhetorical appeals, author's purpose, and point of view. 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.S” Recognize (purpose, tone, point of view) Evaluate (support) Analyze (rhetoric) Develop (questions and judgments) Summarize (the main idea of the text) This Unit Includes 1. Common Core Alignment 2. Student Notes and Handouts 3. Teacher "day by day" schedule 4. Text for Analysis 5. Writing Task and Rubric 6. PPT lectures to facilitate student notes (54 slides)
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)
Literary Elements Analysis Narrative Conflict
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Literary Elements Analysis Narrative Conflict

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These handouts are a great resource and activity/homework to teach students to analyze an author's use literary conflicts within a narrative. Teacher uses PPT lecture and notes to instruct students on the purpose and types of internal and external conflict. Students will use organizers to track the development of conflict within the narrative. Students then write analysis paragraphs (Reflecting Bloom's Taxonomy) explaining how the conflicts are developed within the narrative and their connection to the student experience.
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
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