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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 Character Analysis Writing Lessons
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Hunger Games Character Analysis Writing Lessons

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These Hunger Games lessons focus on 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 the direct and indirect characterization of Katniss. 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 Hunger Games Unit This resource includes: 1 PPT Lectures 2 Literary Element Student Notes 3 Body Paragraph Literary Analysis Writing Exercises 4 Graphic Organizers 5 Sample Paragraphs 6 Literary Analysis Annotation Guidelines PPT and Notes. 7 Three different levels of analysis worksheets and graphic organizers 8 Novel Excerpts 9 Detailed Teacher Resources Total Pages 40 slides 36 pages
Argument Analysis "Zombie Apocalypse"
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Argument Analysis "Zombie Apocalypse"

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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 "Would a Zombie Apocalypse be a Serious Threat", 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. The mini-unit includes a complete formal debate including Opening Arguments, Rebuttals, and Closing Arguments. 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 Pages34 slides 14 pages
Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Narrative Conflict
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Hunger Games Close Reading Activities Narrative Conflict

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These Hunger Games lessons focus on the author's use of narrative conflict to develop the plot. PPT lectures and notes guide students in an understanding of internal and external narrative conflict 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 14
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Hunger Games Hero's Journey Activity
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Hunger Games Hero's Journey Activity

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This Hunger games resource provides activities and worksheets to facilitate students' understanding and application Katniss's character and how she reflects Joseph Campbell's theory of The Hero's Journey. PPT lectures and Student Notes guide students in analyzing any novel and how the plot resembles Campbell's Hero's Journey. This resource is part of our Hunger Games Unit Included in this bundle: 1 The Hero's Journey PPT Lecture 2 The Hero's Journey Student Notes 3 The Hero's Journey Graphic Organizers 4 The Hero's Journey Analysis Worksheets 5 The Hero's Journey Writing Task and Prompt Total Pages 27 slides 14 pages
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
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
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)
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
Persuasive Writing Introduction Paragraph
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Persuasive Writing Introduction Paragraph

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This lesson provides guided practice writing process, taking students in a step by step process to draft an introduction paragraph. PPT lecture is integrated with scaffold exercises, walking the students through each element of the introduction: Attention Grabber, Surrounding Context, and Thesis Statement. Students will brainstorm a variety of Attention Grabbers, outline facts to provide context surrounding the debate, learn to address the counter argument, and provide a preview of the reasons their position is superior. 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.
The Necklace Maupassant Short Story Symbols & Theme
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The Necklace Maupassant Short Story Symbols & Theme

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These short story lesson plans use The Necklace 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 symbolism and theme. 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 Short Story Literary Analysis Unit
Non-Fiction Close Reading Vampires
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Non-Fiction Close Reading Vampires

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Getting students to read informational text can be trying, but analyzing the trending vampire craze will spark their interest. The new Common Core State Standards place a greater emphasis on critical thinking and implementing expository and nonfiction texts into the English Language Arts curriculum. Understanding the basics of analyzing the rhetorical situation, mood and tone, and author's purpose and point of view are essential to understanding nonfiction texts. 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) This Unit Includes 1. Common Core Alignment 2. Student Notes and Handouts 3. Teacher "day by day" schedule 4. Articles for Analysis 5. Writing Task and Rubric 6. PPT lectures to facilitate student notes (54 slides)
Lord of the Flies Character Analysis Characterization Exercises
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Lord of the Flies Character Analysis Characterization Exercises

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The characterization of each character in Lord of the Flies is a central part of the message of the novel. This bundle of notes, organizers, and activities focus on developing active reading skills for analyzing the characterization of the main characters within the story. Graphic organizers are provided for students to record the author's use of characterization within the text. Sample analysis paragraphs and templates provide scaffolding for students to write their own character analysis paragraphs.