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I like to think of myself as an "edutainer". I'm an educator who likes to be entertaining, as well. This way I can teach the students, but keep their interest levels peaked, as well. I call it "Teaching With Passion." If I can add video, music, drama, etc. to "Wake Up the Neighborhood" so to speak, then I'll incorporate it into my lessons.

I like to think of myself as an "edutainer". I'm an educator who likes to be entertaining, as well. This way I can teach the students, but keep their interest levels peaked, as well. I call it "Teaching With Passion." If I can add video, music, drama, etc. to "Wake Up the Neighborhood" so to speak, then I'll incorporate it into my lessons.
Making Inferences with Implicit vs. Explicit Text
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Making Inferences with Implicit vs. Explicit Text

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". . . Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings." -Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) I love searching for the connotative or "unsaid" meaning in words. That's why in many of my learning guides, I incorporate music to search for deeper meanings in the written word. This aspect is the basis for this simple lesson guide, Making Inferences with Implicit vs. Explicit Text. The basic premise is that I wrote nine short fictional narrative texts. However, they are very ambiguous, encouraging the students to critically think about what may be going on (i.e what's said explicitly as opposed to what may be implied.) After the nine texts, there are three video clips (embedded from my YouTube channel) from games I've played and recorded. The students apply their critical thinking skills in the same manner as the narrative text process, but they are listening and viewing as opposed to just reading. Note: Two of the video clips come from games that are rated M (for Mature). However, I’ve edited these clips down to simple and short narratives, which do not have language, fighting, etc. As always, the teacher should watch the clip before showing to make sure they are comfortable with the content. A cool component included (if the teacher wishes to do so) is an editable link to my shared OneNote page. Here the teacher (or students) can add some of their inferences from the activities. What's cool is that over time, teachers and students can view other student's inferences from all over. OneNote is a phenomenal Microsoft interactive application, which allows for collaboration and much more. → The way I conduct the process in my classroom is as follows: Step 1: Watch the embedded text video clip to provide background knowledge. Step 2: Give a print out (or have students copy) the text basics notes. Step 3: Have students read the small narrative text story. Step 4: Students fill out correlating graphic organizer. Note: The next steps are up to the teacher, if they’d like to pursue the OneNote portion. Step 5: Students get in groups (3 - 4) to discuss their graphic organizer responses. Step 6: Students conduct a multi-vote within their group for their favorite inference from their group meeting. Step 7: Groups copy and hand in their chosen inference to the teacher. Step 8: Teacher opens up the shared OneNote link to type in the chosen inferences. Step 9: Have the students complete the video text activities. Step 10: Students complete the three formative assessment activities. Total Pages: 46
The Diary of Anne Frank (Play) Literary Study
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The Diary of Anne Frank (Play) Literary Study

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This literary guide brought to you by Wake Up Sunshine analyzes the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank. This heartbreaking diary offers the story of AnneFrank and the two years she spent in hiding from the Nazi regime, during World War II. During these years, Anne along with her family, the Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel, all live in fear; all the while hoping beyond all hope for liberation. Unfortunately, they are all found and sent out to different concentration camps. In the end, the lone survivor, Mr. Frank returns to their former attic, finding Anne’s diary, which is analyzed and studied within this affordable and thought-provoking literary unit. Children will be engaged in a variety of activities, which will improve their reading, writing, comprehension, critical thinking, and language skills. Included in the Unit Page 3: Terms of Use Pages 4 - 6: Core Standards Met Page 7: About Page 8: Before Reading Page 9: Leave Your Mark Pages 10 - 14: Vocabulary Page 15: Talk to the Text (Act 1, Scenes 1 - 3) Page 16: Journal Response 1 (Act 1, Scenes 1 - 3) Pages 17 - 18: Exposition (Interactive Notebook) Page 19: Talk to the Text (Act 1, Scenes 4 - 5) Page 20: Journal Response 2 (Act 1, Scenes 4 - 5) Pages 21 - 22: Setting (Interactive Notebook) Page 23: Talk to the Text (Act 2, Scenes 1 - 2) Page 24: Journal Response (Act 2, Scenes 1 - 2) Page 25: Classification of Ideas Pages 26 - 27: Characterization (Interactive Notebook) Page 28: Talk to the Text (Act 2, Scenes 3 - 5) Page 29: Journal Response 2 (Act 2, Scenes 3 - 5) Pages 30 - 31: Characterization 2 (Interactive Notebook) Page 32: Inferring the Holocaust Page 33: Making Sense of the Diary Page 34: Heart of the Matter Page 35: After Reading Pages 36 - 37: Evaluating Literature (Interactive Notebook) Pages 38 - 41: Assessment Page 42: Answer Key Page 43: References
The Book Thief Easy Literary Guide
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The Book Thief Easy Literary Guide

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"These are the days it never rains, but it pours." -Under Pressure (Queen/David Bowie) Quite possibly one of the most powerful pieces of more recent literature; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is an invaluable piece of literature to share, teach, and discuss with your students. Here at Wake Up Sunshine, this easy-to-follow novel guide offers unique, creative, and simplistic activities to capture the attention and imaginations of your young readers. This easy, yet comprehensive novel guide is an affordable asset to incorporate into your classes literature studies. Included in this novel guide: Frame 3: Terms of Use Frames 4 – 6: Core Anchor Standards Frame 7: Before Reading Questions Frame 8: Vocabulary 1 Frames 9 – 13: Parts 1 – 3 Reading Activities Frames 14 - 16: Parts 1 - 3 Talking About the Text Playing Cards Frames 17 – 20: Interactive Notebook Activities Frame 21: Parts 1 – 3 Quiz Frame 22: Vocabulary 2 Frames 23 – 29: Parts 4 – 6 Reading Activities Frames 30 - 32: Parts 4 - 6 Talking About the Text Playing Cards Frames 33 – 36: Interactive Notebook Activities Frame 37: Parts 4 – 6 Quiz Frame 38: Vocabulary 3 Frames 39 – 48: Parts 7 – 10 Reading Activities Frames 49 - 51: Parts 7 - 10 Talking About the Text Playing Cards Frames 52 – 53: Interactive Notebook Activity Frame 54: Parts 7 – 10 Quiz Frame 55: After Reading Questions Frame 56: Under Pressure (Lyrical Analysis) Frames 57 – 58: Answer Key (Quizzes) Frame 59: Answer Key (Vocabulary) Frames 60 – 64: Final Test Frame 65: Answer Key (Final Test) Frame 66: References
Charlotte's Web Literary Guide
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Charlotte's Web Literary Guide

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This literary guide brought to you by Wake Up Sunshine, brings to life the children's classic, Charlotte's Web. This endearing tale of friendship, love, and loss is one for anyone who loves an incredible story. With any novel study that I create for my students, I take great pride in making them think at higher levels. With this unit, you can count on activities and quizzes beyond the simple fact recall. Additionally, there are interactive notebook activities and Chinese symbol practice for each chapter. Talk about go beyond the normal! Just show how you're incorporating a world language into a beloved children's literary classic . . . now that's unique! This affordable novel study of Charlotte's Web, by Wake Up Sunshine, is created to enhance a child's understanding the importance of friendship and overcoming obstacles. Children will be engaged in a variety of activities, which will improve their reading, writing, comprehension, critical thinking, and language skills. Included in the unit: 3: Terms of Use 4 - 6: Core Standards Met 7 - 12: Chapter 1 Work/Quiz 13 - 18: Chapter 2 Work/Quiz 19 - 24: Chapter 3 Work/Quiz 25 - 30: Chapter 4 Work/Quiz 31 - 36: Chapter 5 Work/Quiz 37 - 42: Chapter 6 Work/Quiz 43 - 48: Chapter 7 Work/Quiz 49 - 54: Chapter 8 Work/Quiz 55 - 60: Chapter 9 Work/Quiz 61 - 66: Chapter 10 Work/Quiz 67 - 71: Chapter 11 Work/Quiz 72 - 76: Chapter 12 Work/Quiz 77 - 81: Chapter 13 Work/Quiz 82 - 86: Chapter 14 Work/Quiz 87 - 91: Chapter 15 Work/Quiz 92 - 96: Chapter 16 Work/Quiz 97 - 101: Chapter 17 Work/Quiz 102 - 106: Chapter 18 Work/Quiz 107 - 111: Chapter 19 Work/Quiz 112 - 116: Chapter 20 Work/Quiz 117 - 121: Chapter 21 Work/Quiz 122 - 126: Chapter 22 Work/Quiz 127 - 128: After Reading - Excito-Graph 129: Book Report Options 130 - 133: Multiple Intelligence Options 134: Writing Prompts 135: Inspiration Through Song 136 - 140: Final Assessment 140 - 166: Answer Key Note: Each chapter has the following components: -vocabulary -discussion questions -activity -world language (Chinese) -comprehension quiz
Easy to Use Literacy Circle Templates
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Easy to Use Literacy Circle Templates

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In essence literature circles are small groups of students who discuss a piece of literature in depth. These simple and affordable literary circle templates will allow a teacher to easily run groups of students to individually work through a novel, with little direction needed. That's the beauty of literary circles. As the teacher, simply sit down next to groups of students as they discuss the piece of literature they are currently reading. This process offers a nice twist on the traditional method of teaching novels (i.e. read and answer comprehension questions.) Included in the Packet: Page 3: Terms of Use Pages 4 – 5: Core Standards Met Page 6: Explanation of Literary Circles Page 7: Discussion Director Poster Page 8: Discussion Director Template Page 9: Discussion Director Student Example Page 10: Passage Master Poster Page 11: Passage Master Template Page 12: Passage Master Student Example Page 13: Illustrator Poster Page 14: Illustrator Template Page 15: Illustrator Student Example Page 16: Connector Poster Page 17: Connector Template Page 18: Connector Student Example Page 19: Vocabulary Master Poster Page 20: Vocabulary Master Template Page 21: Vocabulary Master Student Example
Analytic Writing with Video Games
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Analytic Writing with Video Games

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Calling all teachers who love to break the mold and try some new concepts. This is the essence of what my video game writing guides are all about. If going out on a proverbial limb, with unique content, to grasp those hard to reach student's attention causes concern, then this guide is probably not for you. When I first started developing the video game writing activities, my inspiration was to reach those students of mine who just do not like to write. I had to come up with a creative and unique manner of getting them to put pen to paper (so to speak). Therefore, while playing the games at home, my mind would come up with cool writing activities, etc. that would go well with the action on screen. While some of the games are rated M for Mature, none of the clips for those games showcase what garnered that rating. A good analogy would be how R rated movies have trailers that are approved for general audiences on television. The other games are either E for Everyone, or T for Teen (as in Dark Souls II). When utilizing the video game visual writing activities, I follow the same process for each activity. The process includes: -present the writing focus (i.e. sequence, description, etc.) -hand out the appropriate graphic organizer, template, etc. (or have the students simply copy the given organizer -show the embedded video clip (usually two times, depending on the length) -discuss the information they were able to obtain from the clip If you're looking for a new way in which to entice your students to write and think in a critical manner, this guide may be what you're looking for. I've used it with great success in my own classes; it may be just the innovative idea these students of the "technical age" need to actually want to write.
Getting Interactive and Visible with Question Stems
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Getting Interactive and Visible with Question Stems

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The essence of Getting Interactive and Visible with Question Stems was actually pretty simplistic. As an educator, I have some simple goals within my classroom. With the increasing stresses of fitting in an ever growing list of curriculum requirements, I sometimes feel my students are missing out on some of the very basics, which in the end, I believe to be most important. One of the areas that I feel can often get lost is being an actively engaged reader . . . not only for comprehension, but to also think on synthetic and analytic levels, as well. Therefore, I’ve utilized some of my favorite articles I’ve written for my educational blog as reading material. Some are editorial in nature dealing with how to improve oneself, while others are more factual in the realm of education. Many of the blogs are written with the teacher in mind, but the themes are pretty universal. Regardless, in the end, the students are reading, analyzing, evaluating and definitely learning. Additionally, I’m a huge fan of Harvard Project Zero and their Visible Learning techniques. Hence, Getting Interactive and Visible with Question Stems was born. With this guide, students are provided the opportunity to respond with question stems to effectively communicate their thoughts, concepts, and ideas. This scaffolding process enhances a student’s ability to speak and write more effectively, while formulating their responses. Then, their thinking is taken to a higher level with the Color, Shape, Image activity, which correlates with each article. One will notice that the guide is complete with the meanings of particular colors and shapes. Therefore, students must correlate these abstract concepts with the article’s intended meaning. Then, students must complete a unique form of assessment for each article. The reflection quizzes ask the students to be an evaluator of sorts (instead of simple fact recall) to analyze an article’s overall notion. Finally, the students connect their quiz results into a paragraph graphic organizer, putting the final touches on the entire process. Total Pages = 111
Flowers For Algernon Literary Study
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Flowers For Algernon Literary Study

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"There's a place I like to hide A doorway that I run through in the night" -Silent Lucidity (Queensryche) The heart breaking, yet deeply symbolic science fiction story, Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keys is a wonderful piece of literature to engage young readers. Doing what Wake Up Sunshine does best, this simple and affordable literary study incorporates creative and high level thinking activities to motivate even the most reluctant readers. Included in the literary study Page 3: Terms of Use Pages 4 – 6: Anchor Core Standards Met Pages 7 – 8: Vocabulary Page 9: Character Arc Page 10: Character Development Page 11: Cornell Notes Page 12: Show and Tell Notes Page 13: Paraphrasing Page 14: Compare and Contrast Pages 15 – 16: Interactive Notebook – Character Page 17: Writing – The Truth About Intelligence Page 18: Passage Please Page 19: Inferring Charlie Page 20: Flowers Hierarchy Pages 21 – 22: Interactive Notebook – Symbolism Page 23: Imagery Journal Response Pages 24 – 28: Flowers for Algernon Final Test Page 29: Flowers for Algernon Final Project Options Page 30: Final Project Rubric Page 31: Final Test Answer Key Page 32: References
Diary of a Worm Lesson Guide
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Diary of a Worm Lesson Guide

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The Diary of a Worm is a wonderful children's picture book about a boy worm. Written in diary format, the worm seems very similar to human beings: he lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and goes to school. However, he can drag mud through the house, never has to get clean, has a spider as a best friend, and most importantly, helps the Earth to breathe. This is the perfect book to engage your emergent reader about the life of a little worm in a big world. Here on Wake Up Sunshine, we offer an affordable, simple five activity unit guide for this timeless classic to encourage your eager, young reader. Included in the unit: a. Five lesson activities b. Comprehension quiz c. Comprehension quiz answer key d. Common Core Standards met e. Poster for classroom
How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence
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How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence

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Many teachers or parents can sympathize with the following comment by their students or child when it comes to writing a paper: "I don't know how to start it." In my experiences, my students can give me plenty of evidence and reasoning details to support an idea; but getting the ball rolling is another game altogether. Here at Wake Up Sunshine, I have a simple and affordable activity to give your students or child plenty of ideas of how to get their papers going. With the use of images, along with suggestions to implement, children are sure to improve at the task of beginning their papers and grasping their reader's attention. As you'll see with the Core Standards Met, writing a topic sentence or claim is imperative throughout many grade levels. This simple unit could be used anywhere from 3rd to 8th grade. It also comes with posters that could be printed off for the key variations of different topic sentence formats! Included in the lesson guide: Page 3: Terms of Use Page 4: Core Standards Met Page 5: What Is a Topic Sentence? Pages 6 – 13: Posters of Topic Sentence Options -Use Quotations of an Expert -Why-What Words -Make a List -Use Numbers -Use an Infinitive -Word Pairs -Combine Two Ideas -Yes, But Words Pages 14 – 30: Topic Sentence Activities Pages 31 – 38: Assessment Page 39: Assessment Answer Key Page 40: References
How to Write an Awesome Closing Sentence
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How to Write an Awesome Closing Sentence

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A proper closing sentence is paramount to concluding a solid paragraph or any piece of writing. Unfortunately, along with writing an opening, the closing is often the most difficult portion for a student (and adults) to write. Well, here at Wake Up Sunshine, I've already got you covered on Link-YHow to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence, so it made sense to create an easy-to-use and affordable guide for the closing sentence! With the use of images, along with suggestions to implement, children are sure to improve at the task of ending their papers and grasping and bringing their writing to proper closure. Writing a closing sentence is important throughout many grade levels. While the core standards are listed as 6th grade, this simple unit could be used anywhere from 3rd to 8th grade. It also comes with posters that could be printed off for the key variations of different closing sentence formats! Included in the Lesson Guide Page 3: Terms of Use Page 4: Core Standards Met Page 5: What Is a Closing Sentence? Pages 6 – 11: Posters of Closing Sentence Options Page 12: Your Turn Page 13: Big Idea Practice Page 14: Consequence Practice Page 15: Paint a Picture Practice Page 16: Ha, Ha Practice Page 17: Mirror Image Practice Page 18: Quote It Practice Page 19: Your Turn Again Pages 20 – 25: Closing Sentence Activities Pages 26 – 38: Assessment Page 39: References
The Holocaust: A Project Based Learning Opportunity
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The Holocaust: A Project Based Learning Opportunity

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"These are the days it never rains but it pours." Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie) In essence, project-based learning is an educational opportunity geared towards the learner. In contrast to typical classroom instruction, project-based learning provides the autonomy for students to investigate a topic worthy of in-depth investigation. By creating some manner of final product (i.e. video, model, performance, etc., students get an opportunity to showcase their learning process. Furthermore, students often have more “buy in” or are motivated to higher levels because of the freedom offered to them. Overall, by taking part in investigations, dialogue, peer review, students are continuously building and acquiring additional knowledge. The Holocaust - A Project Based Learning Opportunity is a project I use within my class with great success. Keep in mind that as the educator, you must be willing to relinquish control when it comes to the product creation. Once you've given the "go ahead" on the group's proposal form, the ball is in the hands of the students. However, you may be pleasantly surprised when the student's minds are not limited to strict expectations! Note: While certainly up to the educator, below is the process order I like to follow while taking part in the Holocaust Project Based Learning opportunity. Keep in mind the estimated month long teaching duration is for the completion of the product. The Guiding Task portions will not take this long, on their own. 1. Setting the stage 2. Guiding Task explanation 3. Guiding Task 1 (building a background) 4. Guiding Task 2 (visible learning to enhance learning) 5. Group teams and assign roles 6. Create Entry Event 7. Product planning 8. Product Proposal 9. Product development, collaboration, discussion, and peer reviews 10. Live for Today 11. Extension Possibilities (if educator wishes to do so) Total Pages: 74
Ender's Game Literature Unit
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Ender's Game Literature Unit

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One of my favorite portions of the year is teaching my students the science fiction novel, Ender's Game. The best part is blowing their minds at the end, by alluding to the fact that Ender's Game is a metaphorical allusion to the Holocaust. Result . . . mind blown! That's why once this unit is complete, we go immediately into . . . The Diary of Anne Frank (Play) Literary Study This epic and affordable literary guide brought to you by Wake Up Sunshine, brings to life this dark fictional universe. This tale of revenge, distrust, and coming of age is one for anyone who loves an incredible and deep story. With any novel study that I create for my students, I take great pride in making them think at higher levels. With this unit, you can count on activities and quizzes beyond the simple fact recall. The unit also offers an idea of how to tie music into the final writing product. In fact, most of my units utilize music in some capacity. Why? Studies have shown that listening to music strengthens the brain and literally alters its structure, by promoting higher level thinking. Think of it as lifting weights with your brain. Total Pages = 118
Analyzing a Biography Activities
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Analyzing a Biography Activities

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A biography, in its simplest terms, is the story of another person's life, as told by another individual. An autobiography is the story of another person's life as recorded or written by that specific individual. Here at Wake Up Sunshine, this simple and free guide will allow students to break apart and diagnose different elements of any biographical book they choose to investigate. The lesson guide utilizes various graphic organizers and manners of investigation to dig deeper into the format of a biography; and the story of their chosen individual's life.