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I'm a middle and high school English and language arts teacher who hopes to share a love of literature.

I'm a middle and high school English and language arts teacher who hopes to share a love of literature.
Of Mice and Men Complete Unit

Of Mice and Men Complete Unit

Complete unit pack with 4 pre-reading informational texts to build historical background (perfect for group presentations or gallery walks), vocabulary lists, character chart, dialect decoder, chapter reading questions of various depths of analysis, and summative essay prompt with rubric.
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Apostrophes

Apostrophes

PowerPoint presentation, notes organiser, and 5 worksheets to practice the rules of apostrophes.
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Sympathy and Caged Bird by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Maya Angelou

Sympathy and Caged Bird by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Maya Angelou

This poetry resource includes a handout that contains lined versions of the poems, guiding questions and graphic organizers regarding theme, imagery, symbolism, and tone; and writing assignments to compare, contrast, and interpret allusion and intertextuality. PowerPoint contains essential vocabulary and literary terms, historical context, discussion questions, three writing assignments.
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Poetry Graphic Organizer

Poetry Graphic Organizer

Poetry graphic organiser that works with any poem. Helps students analyse historical context, paraphrasing, literary devices, mood and tone, and rhyme and meter.
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Using Participles to Enhance Your Writing

Using Participles to Enhance Your Writing

This PowerPoint explains present and past participles and how to use them as modifiers and to combine sentences. There are 3 worksheets to practice identifying participles, as well as to practice combining sentences. There is a foldable template for an interactive notebook as well.
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Discussion Exit Tickets

Discussion Exit Tickets

Pass these out at the beginning of the lesson. Students must use them to participate in whole class or group discussion. Use them in place of exit tickets. Great way to scaffold for ELL. Laminate them and re-use them!
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Blank Task Cards

Blank Task Cards

3 sets of 24 blank task cards. Each set comes with custom front and back. Print, laminate back-to-back, and cut them out. They work best if cut out before and after laminating, although an extra time-consuming step. Use permanent marker and wash for re-use!
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The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty

The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty

For KS3: Lesson with handout pre-reading questions, text, and post-reading discussion questions. PowerPoint includes vocabulary and lesson on varying sentences lengths for pacing and creating tension, reviewing participles and introducing students to mentor sentences.
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There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

PowerPoint including vocabulary for dictionary races; review of personification; discussion questions; table to identify and interpret uses of personification; short writing prompt. Printable graphic organiser handout to correspond to personification table.
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Gothic Horror Unit Plan and Resources

Gothic Horror Unit Plan and Resources

4 week unit plan with referenced readings, activities, and PowerPoint. Excerpts include: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Castle of Otranto, The Red Room, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Focus on imagery and its effects.
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Of Mice and Men Complete Unit

Of Mice and Men Complete Unit

Complete unit pack with 4 pre-reading informational texts to build historical background (perfect for group presentations or gallery walks), vocabulary lists, character chart, dialect decoder, chapter reading questions of various depths of analysis, and summative essay prompt with rubric.
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Book Group Discussion Record

Book Group Discussion Record

To help pupils increase their depth of analysis during discussion, provide textual evidence to encourage close reading, and record what has been discusses for future reference. Handout can be used for any text length, poetry or prose, on-going literature circles or short term group work.
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Creative Writing Unit

Creative Writing Unit

PowerPoint to introduce students to basic elements of creative fiction; graphic organisers for character development, plot graphs and storyboarding; peer review activity; and student checklist.
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Harlem by Langston Hughes

Harlem by Langston Hughes

This PowerPoint and foldable activity explicitly demonstrates to students the difference between paraphrasing and analysis. It breaks down the poem line by line, analysing each use of imagery in the poem, culminating in a PEEL paragraph writing prompt.
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Close Reading Task Cards

Close Reading Task Cards

These task cards are intended to be used with any fiction text: poem or prose. Print them and cut them out; they are intended to be two-sided, with a colorful number on one side and a corresponding close reading question on the flip side, and then laminated. They are best used in groups or stations, as the questions are of varying depths of analysis. Sentence frames are provided as supports on many cards.
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Make a Metaphor Task Cards

Make a Metaphor Task Cards

Task cards and graphic organizer for students to practice distinguishing between the three literary devices, as well as identifying the tone of each one. They use the mentor sentences, or sentence frames, to create their own version of the literary device while conveying the tone identified. These task cards can be used as an application activity in pairs or groups; as a timed activity during a stations rotation; or ask exit tickets (without the graphic organizer).
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Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

Along with a lined copy of the story, there's a PowerPoint that focuses on characterization, drawing inferences while providing textual evidence, and generating hypotheses. There are also two handouts that correspond to the PowerPoint. Learning is focused on characterization and using textual evidence.
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