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I am a teacher, blogger, and teacher trainer with more than 30 years of experience in education. I like to explore new possibilities to engage learners and enhance their learning experiences. I am the author of the blog, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century http://aysinalp.edublogs.org / where I share my reflections and insights on learning and technology.

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I am a teacher, blogger, and teacher trainer with more than 30 years of experience in education. I like to explore new possibilities to engage learners and enhance their learning experiences. I am the author of the blog, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century http://aysinalp.edublogs.org / where I share my reflections and insights on learning and technology.
Creative Writing Tasks for KS3 Students
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Creative Writing Tasks for KS3 Students

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You can find 48 creative writing tasks with picture prompts in these ppts. Unlike technical, academic, and other forms of writing, creative writing fosters imagination and allows students to have a voice. Therefore, it is one of the most effective ways to enhance creativity in the classroom. I share this ppt with the students at the beginning of the year and they choose one topic each month. It is one of their favorite tasks.
Creative Writing Tasks for KS1 Students
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Creative Writing Tasks for KS1 Students

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You can find 23 creative writing tasks with picture prompts in these ppts. Unlike technical, academic, and other forms of writing, creative writing fosters imagination and allows students to have a voice. Therefore, it is one of the most effective ways to enhance creativity in the classroom. I share this ppt with the students at the beginning of the year and they choose one topic each month. It is one of their favorite tasks.
Coronavirus
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Coronavirus

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You can share this presentation on Covid-19 with your students by using the PowerPoint in the attachment or the Google slides in this link. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BULlRRE_Ee6pEXbvARkcwZnumIEbk3biR6f1gltEKIY/edit?usp=sharing Your students can write can write into the slides version and send it back to you if you post it as an assignment in Google Classroom and choose ‘Make a copy for each student.’
THE ART OF ASKING QUESTIONS: AN INQUIRY-BASED UNIT
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THE ART OF ASKING QUESTIONS: AN INQUIRY-BASED UNIT

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This 19-page lesson is a great opportunity for the 21st century learners to learn about and practice the art of asking questions based on a digital story. Students first answer the questions after watching episode 1. They then learn about asking read on the lines/between the lines/beyond the lines questions, watch episode 2, and ask different types of questions about it. In part III, they learn about higher order thinking questions, analyze the chart on questioning for quality thinking, watch episode 3, and ask lower and higher order thinking questions about it. In the final section, they conduct research on one of the 3 countries used as the setting of the episodes they have watched. They learn about the tools they can use to research, to evaluate and narrow down the information they have found, and to cite sources. They also learn what a big question is and come up with a driving question to conduct their research. Finally, they learn how to share their findings with their peers by preparing a visual presentation and a speech. If you have a class blog or a school website, you can share their presentations with the entire world, which will be much more motivating for your students. The pack also includes a 21st Century style KWHLQ chart adapted from Silvia Tolisano’s KWHLAQ chart http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/06/12/an-update-to-the-upgraded-kwl-for-the-21st-century/, a research guide for the students, detailed information on public speaking and presentation skills, self and peer evaluation sheets, and an oral presentation rubric. The entire unit is suitable for ESL learners as well. If for any reason you are disappointed or not satisfied with this product,please contact me at aysin.alp1@gmail.com so I have a chance to make it right. Your suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for visiting my shop
The Soundtrack of My Life
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The Soundtrack of My Life

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This is a fun beginning of the year activity to get to know your students and help them to readjust to the school system by doing a relaxing, fun activity. It is suitable for both virtual and face-to face learning. Including music in the activity will spice up your lesson while allowing your students to be creative. It will also allow them to reflect on their lives and share the turning points in their lives with the whole class and with you, which will help to you build positive relationships with them and build a positive classroom community. I posted the Power Point version here, and you can find the links for Google Slides versions in the Teachers Guide. Enjoy:) Please visit my shop at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/aysinalp58 to see more resources.
Remote Learning Bundle
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Remote Learning Bundle

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There are creative lessons that your students will enjoy doing in this bundle, all of which are differentiated. You can use them both for virtual or face-to-face learning.
CHRISTMAS HOMEWORK
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CHRISTMAS HOMEWORK

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This resource can be used with learners at all ages including ESL students. It includes two videos and a lyrics listening and gap filling activity. The writing activities will enhance both critical thinking and language skills of the learners. The journal writing activity is great for character education and teaching values. There is also a Google slides version with more detailed activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY, DIGITAL LITERACY, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING & MORE...
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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY, DIGITAL LITERACY, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING & MORE...

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This 33-page cross-curricular pack is ideal for the teachers who want to prepare their students for the requirements and the challenges of the century that we live in. The activities cover all the 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, effective communication, and problem-solving skills. After the warm-up activities, students watch an ecological rock opera on extinction and answer questions about it. They then • write a journal entry on how the lyrics relate to the problem in the story and how they give a powerful message, • write the lyrics of a new song for the rock opera, design a comic strip to convey the message of their song, • create a video about an animal facing extinction or an animation on environmental issues, • write a letter to one of the world leaders about environmental issues, • prepare a 10-minute Ted talk style speech on environmental problems and their solutions for them using the information they have learned, • conduct a school-wide project on an environmental issue of their own choice. All the activities are guided and students are given several resources to choose from to make a video or animation, to write the lyrics, to design a comic strip, to give an effective speech, and to prepare an effective presentation. Most of the activities require group work so that the students can improve collaboration skills. The pack includes a brief guide on how to collaborate effectively and why collaboration is an effective skill. There is also a teamwork rubric that evaluates each student’s performance as an effective team member. There is a rubric for each activity, self and peer evaluation forms, a reflection activity, and a learning journal for the students to fill in.
MALALA GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP PROJECT
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MALALA GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP PROJECT

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This inquiry unit on Malala is presented both on a 55- slide Power Point and a Google slide deck with tens of links to a variety of media for students to explore and create information. There are 16 graphic organizers, 2 posters and 3 projects in it which you can differentiate according to the abilities and interests of your students. You will find everything about differentiation in the 6-page UbD lesson plan, which also includes several external links and additional lesson ideas for the teacher, which will help you connect quality instructional content to the essential skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. In the first part of the unit, students will watch videos, read and research various types of non-fiction, complete several scaffolded tasks, and participate into class discussions before they write their own version of Malala’s biography to inspire others. They will collect everything they have created in this part in a foldable lapbook. In the second part, they will research and discuss what makes a hero and our rights and responsibilities as digital citizens. They will use the information in written, speaking and visual presentations. The activities have been designed for classrooms where all students have access to technology but can easily be adapted for classrooms where only the teacher has access to technology. They include several opportunities for students to connect beyond the classroom, collaborate, create (and show what they know), share and reflect upon their learning at each stage of the learning process. If possible, please use the slides version, which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Yad5O2GAV4cDq5PqPmLDx5CfUP7pBh3swEfCYodX7MY/edit?usp=sharing Please click on File>Make a Copy so that you can edit the resource. If you are using Google classroom, upload it to Google Classroom as an assignment and choose ‘Make a copy for each student’ option. This way, your students will have an interactive version of the lesson as well. Please don’t share it with your students before you read the lesson plan. If your students don’t have access to technology in the classroom, you can print the resources that you want to share with them. Thank you for downloading this resource. Please visit my shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/aysinalp58 to see my other resources
Refugee Text Set and Project
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Refugee Text Set and Project

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Here is a great resource for the refugee week. It includes texts, videos, games, graphic organizers, reflection forms, a creative writing activity and a project. There are two rubrics: one for the creative writing activity and another one for the project. You can use it either as a distance learning resource or in the classroom. I have added Word and PDF versions so that you can make changes in it if you want. I also gave the link to the Google document that you can share with your students at the top of the Word and PDF versions.
Digital Citizenship Project Choice Board
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Digital Citizenship Project Choice Board

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This differentiated choice board will give your students the opportunity to learn about digital citizenship as well as practicing the 4 C’s (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication) . My students had great fun while doing this activity. You may do it in a different way but I allowed them to choose the task they want to work on and their partners to promote student voice and choice in the classroom. The activities in the first row (horizontal) are for groups of three, in the middle row for students who want to work individually, and the ones in the final row are for the students who want to work in pairs. You can assign the tasks in the middle row for a pair of low achievers in order to enhance collaboration as they are relatively easier and shorter. Please read the instructions to use this document which also includes the Google Drive link for the PDF document. Using the Drive link will give you the opportunity to share this document with your students digitally and edit it. On the second page, there are discussion, vocabulary, and reflection tasks for the students to complete. I hope you and your students will enjoy it:)
"The Present" Creative Writing Pack
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"The Present" Creative Writing Pack

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Great print and teach vocabulary and writing practice for students based on the awesome video, The Present, which ran on over 180 short film festivals and won more than 50 awards. The activities include writing a summary, a tweet, a journal entry, a film review with a rubric, creating a word cloud, colour-coding parts of speech in a text, and filling in a vocabulary journal. The pack also includes some questions to enhance critical thinking skills and links that will help students write their film review. Suitable for ESL students as well.
READING STRATEGIES PACK FOR ANY NOVEL
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READING STRATEGIES PACK FOR ANY NOVEL

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You can use this 88- slide pack with any novel (or short story) you are teaching. It is suitable for both virtual and face-to face learning and includes everything you will need while you are teaching the novel. There are 23 graphic organizers, 3 projects, 1 Instagram template and 1 choice board with optional activities, which you can use either digitally or as hard copies. Each strategy is introduced on color-coded slides with information and activities. Students then use that strategy to analyze the novel they are reading by completing different activities. There is also a comprehensive Teachers Guide with detailed information on how to use this template, additional ideas, and links. The link to the Google Slides version of the Power Point template is in the Teachers Guide. Please don’t start using the templates before you read the Teachers Guide. Some of the activities may be too difficult or easy for your students. You can delete them as there are many activities in this unit or you can differentiate them by giving different activities to different students according to their reading and writing levels. You can also add more questions, delete some slides, or change some of the questions to make it work for you and your students. If you like this pack, please visit my shop at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/aysinalp58 to see the other resources. Enjoy:)
Reading and Writing Bundle for ESL and ELL
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Reading and Writing Bundle for ESL and ELL

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Improve your students’ reading and writing skills with this fun and engaging bundle. The activities in the bundle are ideal for mixed ability classes and many of them are differentiated.
Back to School Bundle
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Back to School Bundle

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This fun pack contains back to school activities that you can use while teaching virtually or face to face during the first weeks of school so that you can get to know your students better and build positive relationships with them.
Welcome Back to School
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Welcome Back to School

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There are two resources in this pack for the first week/s of school suitable for both virtual and face-to-face learning. I posted the Power Point versions here, and you can find the links for Google Slides versions in the Teacher’s Guide. Both activities will allow you to get to know your students better and build positive relationships with them. Since each student is going to complete them individually, they are naturally differentiated. Enjoy:)
Refugee Text Set and Multimedia Project
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Refugee Text Set and Multimedia Project

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Here is a great resource for the refugee week. It includes texts, videos, games, graphic organizers, reflection forms, a creative writing activity and a project. There are two rubrics: one for the creative writing activity and another one for the project. You can use it either as a distance learning resource or in the classroom. I have added Word and PDF versions so that you can make changes in it if you want. I also gave the link to the Google document that you can share with your students at the top of the Word and PDF versions.
Welcome Back to School
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Welcome Back to School

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There are two resources in this pack for the first week/s of school suitable for both virtual and face-to-face learning. I posted the Power Point versions here, and you can find the links for Google Slides versions in the Teacher’s Guide. Both activities will allow you to get to know your students better and build positive relationships with them. Since each student is going to complete them individually, they are naturally differentiated. Enjoy:)
Digital Citizenship Project Choice Board
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Digital Citizenship Project Choice Board

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This differentiated choice board will give your students the opportunity to learn about digital citizenship as well as practicing the 4 C’s (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication) . My students had great fun while doing this activity. You may do it in a different way but I allowed them to choose the task they want to work on and their partners to promote student voice and choice in the classroom. The activities in the first row (horizontal) are for groups of three, in the middle row for students who want to work individually, and the ones in the final row are for the students who want to work in pairs. You can assign the tasks in the middle row for a pair of low achievers in order to enhance collaboration as they are relatively easier and shorter. Please read the instructions to use this document which also includes the Google dRive link for the PDF document. Using the Drive link will give you the opportunity to share this document with your students digitally and edit it. On the second page there are discussion, vocabulary and reflection activities for the students to complete. I hope you and your students will enjoy it:)