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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.
English Grammar Bundle
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English Grammar Bundle

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Improve your students'/child's grammar skills with this fun and engaging bundle. This bundle is ideal for all ESL and ELL students and for the students who are preparing for KET and FCE exams. It includes 8 detailed worksheets on Gerunds and Infinitives, Reported Speech, Passive Voice and Conditionals with: *detailed explanations of the rules * gap-fill and sentence transformation exercises * sentence completions * reading response activities *creative writing activities based on videos. This is intended for use by one teacher. It is not to be redistributed to an entire school or district. It may not be redistributed or sold online. Enjoy! Thanks for taking the time to stop by my store! @aysinalp1 Follow 21st Century Literacies Shop
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.
Evaluating Websites
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Evaluating Websites

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The amount of information available on the Internet is astonishing, and it keeps growing. Therefore, students should learn this critical skill to determine whether the information they have found is relevant and reliable. In this unit based on evaluating websites students: * Read a text on website evaluation * Do a vocabulary activity on prefixes and suffixes * Answer the questions about the text * Visit a website and do the activities there to learn more about website evaluation * Choose a website among the ones given in the list and evaluate it by answering the questions in a graphic organizer * Prepare a 5–8 - minute oral presentation on it by using the information in the organizer and following the oral presentation guidelines * Evaluate their own oral presentation and their peers' by filling in the self and peer assessment forms * Prepare a leaflet on website evaluation for younger students. The lesson also includes two rubrics - one for the oral presentation and the other for the leaflet. This unit can be used with English Language Learners as well.
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
PRESENT AND PAST TENSES BUNDLE
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PRESENT AND PAST TENSES BUNDLE

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This resource for KS2 or KS3 is also ideal for ESL students. It comprises of 9 different worksheets aimed at teaching and practicing Simple Present, Simple Past, Past Continuous, Present Perfect, Present Perfect Progressive, Past Perfect and Past Perfect Progressive. It includes explanations on the usage of each tense, examples, several grammar exercises from fill in the blanks to transformations, reading and writing activities.
Evaluating Websites
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Evaluating Websites

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The amount of information available on the Internet is astonishing, and it keeps growing. Therefore, students should learn this critical skill to determine whether the information they have found is relevant and reliable. In this unit based on evaluating websites students: * Read a text on website evaluation * Do a vocabulary activity on prefixes and suffixes * Answer the questions about the text * Visit a website and do the activities there to learn more about website evaluation * Choose a website among the ones given in the list and evaluate it by answering the questions in a graphic organizer * Prepare a 5–8 - minute oral presentation on it by using the information in the organizer and following the oral presentation guidelines * Evaluate their own oral presentation and their peers' by filling in the self and peer assessment forms * Prepare a leaflet on website evaluation for younger students. The lesson also includes two rubrics - one for the oral presentation and the other for the leaflet. This unit can be used with English Language Learners as well.
21st Century Research Guide for KS3 & KS4
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21st Century Research Guide for KS3 & KS4

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Digital literacy is more than knowing about how and when to use the tools. It is the ability to process information by locating, understanding, analyzing, evaluating, creating, and sharing it using digital technology. In the past, we used to do it with printed materials, but now technology provides access to a much wider range of learning resources available at all times and allows us to communicate information in a variety of media beyond word and text; so, looking up information in the library in traditional ways is obviously not enough. To be literate today requires navigating a connected world offering students endless information with which they can interact in many different ways. Our students are familiar with technology but they use it for social purposes. They know how to copy and paste but they don’t know how to process information with the help of technology. They should master the critical skills to conduct research effectively and come up with creative projects instead of copy-pasted ones. For more information, you can read this post http://aysinalp.edublogs.org/2015/08/05/how-to-integrate-the-new-literacies-into-our-curriculum-part-3-information-literacy/ on my blog. This 21st century research guide contains information on research skills, links to web research guides, alternative search engines other than Google, Web 2.0 tools to conduct research and to present effectively, information on evaluating the quality of content and websites, academic integrity guidelines with emphasis on plagiarism, copyright, summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and citing appropriately, tips on preparing and giving effective presentations. You can use this guide to teach your students A-Z 21st century research skills. You can also post this guide on your school website or classroom blog.
21st CENTURY SUPERHEROES PACK
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21st CENTURY SUPERHEROES PACK

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The activities in this pack have been designed to improve students’ confidence in writing, to enhance collaboration, critical and creative thinking skills, and to encourage independent thinking skills. Your students will have great fun while completing the activities in this pack. As a warm-up activity, students will be directed to a website where they will watch five short videos on different superheroes and do the gap-filling task about each video. They will then: • Complete a diagram, • Make a word cloud, • Write their own definition of a superhero, • Create their own superhero by using an avatar and write a descriptive paragraph about it, • Fill in a Venn diagram and write a compare-contrast paragraph, • Write a journal/blog entry based on a quote, • Work collaboratively to create a step-by-step “How to...” guide. The pack includes a PowerPoint, a rubric, self and peer assessment forms on writing a compare-contrast paragraph. It also includes a video for the students to watch before they start doing their final project. It requires group work so that the students can improve collaboration skills. There is 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. Since each group will prepare their projects in different formats, there is not a rubric for the guidebook. Instead, the students have been given links that will help them prepare their own rubric after they choose their medium for presentation and plan the project. If you think it is too hard for your students, you can prepare a rubric with them together in class to help them get involved in the learning process instead of giving them one prepared by you. Each activity in this pack is connected with the next one and they all prepare the students to complete the last activity, which is a collaborative project. This project requires the students to use tech in the classroom as they are asked to prepare a digital guidebook. Several links for the tools are available in the pack and the students are asked to choose the best medium to deliver their message in order to improve their digital fluency skills. One device per group will be enough to complete this project. If your students don’t have or aren’t allowed to use devices in the classroom, they can do the project with pen and paper. The warm-up activity, preparing a word cloud and creating an avatar for their superheroes also require the use of tech in the classroom and the students have been given the links for these activities, too. If your students don’t have or aren’t allowed to use devices in the classroom, they can do these with pen and paper as well or alternatively, you can assign them to do these tasks at home and bring them to school the next day.
VIDEO-BASED CREATIVE WRITING
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VIDEO-BASED CREATIVE WRITING

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This four-page creative writing activity based on BBC's short video, 'The Supporting Act' is ideal both for ELA and ESL students. It includes two graphic organizers to scaffold writing a summary, before the creative writing activity. Play the video until 00:59 and ask your students to predict the rest of it. At the end of the creative writing project, you can also show this video https://vimeo.com/82282346 to your students for fun.
IGCSE LEARNING GUIDE: A GREAT END-OF-THE-YEAR REFLECTION ACTIVITY
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IGCSE LEARNING GUIDE: A GREAT END-OF-THE-YEAR REFLECTION ACTIVITY

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This is a great reflection activity for the students preparing for exams. I have designed it for my students who are taking the IGCSE English exam but it can easily be adapted to any other exam such as SAT, IELTS, TOEFL your students are preparing for. It gives the students an opportunity to revise the key concepts they have learned throughout the year and to consider the rules, study tips, do’s and don’ts of the exam while they are working in groups to prepare a learning guide for the students who are going to take this exam prep course and the exam next year. My students told me that it helped them a lot to internalize all the rules and the expectations of the exam and get a good grade. This activity also helps to polish up students’ critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, multimedia and oral presentation skills. Since the students have been asked to prepare a digital learning guide, they are required to use tech tools effectively and creatively. The pack includes three rubrics for multimedia presentation, oral presentation and group work; self and peer evaluation forms; a list on different presentation tools with links; tips and links on public speaking, oral presentations, and group presentations. The most exciting part of this project for the students was the presentation as I took them to the classes of the students who are going to take this course and exam next year to present. If you have time and if you can arrange that, please do so as it becomes a real life experience and makes the project much more meaningful for the students. If not, you can publish the presentations on your class blog, the school website or share it in Google docs. Apart from the time allotted for the presentation, the students spent 8 (40-minute) lessons to finalize the project: • 2 lessons for brainstorming and outlining. • 3 lessons for preparing the guide • 2 lessons for bringing the pieces together and finalizing the presentation • 1 lesson on rehearsing for the presentation
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.
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.
CREATIVE BOOK REPORTS
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CREATIVE BOOK REPORTS

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Are you tired of boring worksheets and traditional book reports? Do you want to integrate 21st Century literacies into traditional literacy activities to engage your reluctant readers in fun, creative, and challenging tasks? Do you want to create colorful and eye-catching bulletin board displays - all created by your students - to impress your administrators and parents? Do you want to save yourself money and valuable time in planning? If you answered “YES” to these questions, then this 39-page Value Pack is ideal for you and your students. There are 6 creative book reports in this pack and each report consists of different tasks that require different types of creative writing and design. Students are asked to write poems, letters, a news report, journal entries, a book review, a blurb, a proposal for a film project, an obituary; design a newspaper, ads, comic strips, a film poster, an alternative book cover; create book trailers, digital presentations, a social media profile page for their favorite character, an ABC book, crossword puzzles; prepare and give a persuasive speech to sell their ideas; decorate a box, and many more other activities. The pack includes rubrics for each project. There also links for letter generators, comic creators, movie makers, digital posters, copyright-friendly image and audio resources, book trailer websites, etc. I give this pack to my students at the beginning of the school year. We study two novels in class per term and students read a book of their own choice each term. After they finish reading each novel, they choose one option from the pack and complete it according to the due dates I give them. They are free to choose the book report they want for each novel they have read but they have to choose a different one each time. So, by the end of the school year, they complete all the book reports in the pack. We display them in our classroom and in the hallway. I also post their book trailers and digital posters on our class blog and school website. If your students have iPads, you can ask them to use apps such as Book Creator. If you haven’t tried book trailers below, the following links may be helpful. http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/How+to+make+a+book+trailer http://library.conroeisd.net/book_trailers http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=13228%20 http://www.slideshare.net/bibliokat/book-trailers
CREATIVE BOOK REPORTS
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CREATIVE BOOK REPORTS

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Are you tired of boring worksheets and traditional book reports? Do you want to integrate 21st Century literacies into traditional literacy activities to engage your reluctant readers in fun, creative, and challenging tasks? Do you want to create colourful and eye-catching bulletin board displays - all created by your students - to impress your administrators and parents? Do you want to save yourself money and valuable time in planning? If you answered “YES” to these questions, then this 39-page Value Pack is ideal for you and your students. There are 6 creative book reports in this pack and each report consists of different tasks that require different types of creative writing and design. Students are asked to write poems, letters, a news report, journal entries, a book review, a blurb, a proposal for a film project, an obituary; design a newspaper, ads, comic strips, a film poster, an alternative book cover; create book trailers, digital presentations, a social media profile page for their favourite character, an ABC book, crossword puzzles; prepare and give a persuasive speech to sell their ideas; decorate a box, and many more other activities. The pack includes rubrics for each project. There also links for letter generators, comic creators, movie makers, digital posters, copyright-friendly image and audio resources, book trailer websites, etc. I give this pack to my students at the beginning of the school year. We study two novels in class per term and students read a book of their own choice each term. After they finish reading each novel, they choose one option from the pack and complete it according to the due dates I give them. They are free to choose the book report they want for each novel they have read but they have to choose a different one each time. So, by the end of the school year, they complete all the book reports in the pack. We display them in our classroom and in the hallway. I also post their book trailers and digital posters on our class blog and school website. If your students have iPads, you can ask them to use apps such as Book Creator. If you haven’t tried book trailers below, the following links may be helpful: http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/How+to+make+a+book+trailer http://library.conroeisd.net/book_trailers http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=13228%20 http://www.slideshare.net/bibliokat/book-trailers
2 “BACK TO SCHOOL” ACTIVITIES THAT YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE
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2 “BACK TO SCHOOL” ACTIVITIES THAT YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE

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I guarantee you that your students will love doing these activities during the first week of the school year and you will become the most popular teacher at the school. All you have to do is to design a Welcome Back to School cover page for the first activity with two cartoons. The questions on page 1 and 2 are about the cartoons that you are going to choose, so please read them before you choose the cartoons. If you follow this link http://tinyurl.com/z3vk5rb or this one http://tinyurl.com/hagfo3u, you will find several cartoons to choose from. This fun activity will also help your students to understand media messages, learn how to analyze cartoons, and to think critically. Both activities require students to reflect on the meaning of education and learning and how they learn best. The journal entry they are going to write, the cartoon and the video they are going to make will not only enhance their creative skills but will give you lots hints about their expectations from you as their teacher. Have a great school year!
CLOSE READING BUNDLE
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CLOSE READING BUNDLE

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Close reading is a perfect strategy that will help you scaffold your students with challenging texts. Your students will find it very useful not only as a text-taking strategy, but also as a technique that helps them become better readers and critical thinkers. This bundle includes a lesson plan with a list of annotation marks, a list of steps that will guide the students, a text for close reading and questions.
CLOSE READING BUNDLE
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CLOSE READING BUNDLE

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Close reading is a perfect strategy that will help you scaffold your students with challenging texts. Your students will find it very useful not only as a text-taking strategy, but also as a technique that helps them become better readers and critical thinkers. This bundle includes a lesson plan with a list of annotation marks, a list of steps that will guide the students, a text for close reading and questions.