Student Lawyers: Criminal Court Cases with PowerPoint CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1

Student Lawyers: Criminal Court Cases with PowerPoint CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1

Product Description Students will get the opportunity to be lawyers and prosecute or defend an accused person in a criminal trial (11 total). Each group will consist of 2 lawyers (prosecuting and defending), and an accused person. The teacher will act as the judge and guide the jury as they vote on the verdict. The majority vote determines the verdict. This unit includes court brief handouts, directions, and PowerPoint explaining how the cases will proceed. Visit my store for much more helpful and free stuff! Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.A Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.B Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.C Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.D Establish and maintain a formal style. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.E Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. This lesson is student-centered meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator --happier teachers --happier students --happier administrators
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"Why Monkeys Live in Trees" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

"Why Monkeys Live in Trees" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

This 13-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on Julius Lester's short story/folk tale/ myth "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free file of the text. Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated!Editable MS Word Doc. This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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"The Market Square Dog" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

"The Market Square Dog" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

This 14-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz is on James Herriot's short story "The Market Square Dog" and has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) along with one optional essay question with lined paper to familiarize students with the format of standardized testing. It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free file of the text. Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Editable MS Word Doc. This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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"The Drive-In Movies" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Test/Quiz

"The Drive-In Movies" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Test/Quiz

This 14-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on Gary Soto's short story "The Drive-In Movies" has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) along with one optional essay question with lined paper to familiarize students with the format of standardized testing. It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free PDF version of the text and writing rubric. Answer key included. Editable Word doc. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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"The Homecoming" by Laurence Yep Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Test/Quiz

"The Homecoming" by Laurence Yep Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Test/Quiz

This 15-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on "The Homecoming" by Laurence Yep has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free file of the text. Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Editable Word doc! This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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"Stray" by Cynthia Rylant Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz Test

"Stray" by Cynthia Rylant Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz Test

This 14-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on Cynthia Rylant’s short story “Stray” has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free PDF version of the text. Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Editable MS Word Doc.
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"Greyling" Short Story Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz Test

"Greyling" Short Story Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz Test

This 15-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) along with one optional essay question with lined paper to familiarize students with the format of standardized testing. It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free PDF version of the text. Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated!
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My Heart Is in the Highlands Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

My Heart Is in the Highlands Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

This 10-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz is on Jane Yolen's "My Heart Is in the Highlands" and has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) along with one optional essay question with lined paper to familiarize students with the format of standardized testing. It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free PDF version of the text. Answer key included. Editable Word Doc. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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“The Jacket” by Gary Soto MC Reading Comprehension Quiz Test

“The Jacket” by Gary Soto MC Reading Comprehension Quiz Test

This 15-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students literal and interpretive understanding of the story, summarization, making inferences, vocabulary, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Linked to free PDF of story and answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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“Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

“Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

This 21-question multiple-choice reading comprehension test on Gary Soto’s short story “Seventh Grade” has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). The linked text is to a free PDF version of the story with numbered lines for easy student navigation and referencing. Great for assessing student comprehension as well as use of reading strategies such as highlighting and annotation. Linked annotation handout included as well as answer key. Editable Word Doc! This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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Rocky Movie Lesson Plan, Viewing Guide/Quiz/Test, and Essay Questions

Rocky Movie Lesson Plan, Viewing Guide/Quiz/Test, and Essay Questions

This lesson’s purpose is to help students comprehend and analyze the first Rocky movie (1979) through a literary lens. Topics on this viewing guide and quiz include plot development, characterization, character arc of change, figurative language, and literary devices. It includes fifty multiple-choice questions (modeled after the SAT & ACT exam questions) and two open-ended essay questions. Questions are from all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). Questions are in chronological order with the film. Answer key included. Objectives/US Standards (SUGGESTED) (From Corestandards.com): Students are expected to: • Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. • Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor. • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
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Through the Night Zombie Novel Reading Comprehension Practice Worksheets

Through the Night Zombie Novel Reading Comprehension Practice Worksheets

This lesson plan is a collection of short reading passages from the upcoming book Through the Night: A Zombie Novel Book One by Carlos Salinas. This is only the first reading passage and many more will be added to my store as I write the book and create them (so follow me for updates ) Its high-interest story of young teens surviving a zombie apocalypse is aimed at young adult, teen, and new adult readers. Themes include: survival, honor, love, bullying, friendship, kindness, and triumph of the human spirit. It aims at engaging students in a gripping story while helping them improve their reading comprehension and use of reading strategies. This reading passage has six multiple-choice questions, twelve pages total, with answer key included. The questions range from the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy to its higher levels. Questions include topics of story events as well as literary devices. These reading passages are ideal as homework, independent practice, warm-ups and do-nows. Feedback is welcome so please feel free to leave a comment on this lesson or send me a message! Thank you in advance.
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The Summoner’s Tale Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

The Summoner’s Tale Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

This lesson is aimed to help comprehension and analysis of “The Summoner’s Tale” from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The quiz has seventeen multiple-choice questions that will require students to analyze the tales at higher levels of cognition. The questions are purposely ordered to begin at the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and progressively work up the levels with each successive question. More quizzes and tests will be added at my store as they are written. The answer key is included and this word document is editable!
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The Friar’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

The Friar’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

This lesson is aimed to help comprehension and analysis of “The Friar’s Tale” from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The quiz has fifteen multiple-choice questions as well as two open-ended essay questions that will require students to analyze the tales at higher levels of cognition. The questions are purposely ordered to begin at the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and progressively work up the levels with each successive question. Includes link to printable version of the tale. Answer key included and feedback is welcomed!
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The Tell-Tale Heart Reading Comprehension Test Quiz and Essay Questions

The Tell-Tale Heart Reading Comprehension Test Quiz and Essay Questions

This lesson is aimed to help comprehension and analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”. This quiz has fifteen multiple-choice questions as well as two open-ended essay questions that will require students to analyze the story at higher levels of cognition. The questions are purposely ordered to begin at the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and progressively work up the levels with each successive question. Includes links to free printable story text, videos, and answer key.
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The Physician’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

The Physician’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales Reading Comprehension Test Quiz

This lesson is aimed to help comprehension and analysis of “The Physician’s Tale” from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The quiz has fifteen multiple-choice questions as well as two open-ended essay questions that will require students to analyze the tale at higher levels of cognition. The questions are purposely ordered to begin at the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and progressively work up the levels with each successive question. Includes link to printable PDF version of the tale. Answer key included and feedback is welcomed!
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Gift of the Magi Reading Test/Quiz 6th, 7th, 8th Grade

Gift of the Magi Reading Test/Quiz 6th, 7th, 8th Grade

This 25-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) along with one optional essay question with lined paper to familiarize students with the format of standardized testing. It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the story, characterization, point of view, making inferences, and literary devices. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to free file of the text. Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently. This lesson is student-centered meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator --happier teachers --happier students --happier administrators
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Original Short Story Reading Comprehension Practice Worksheet

Original Short Story Reading Comprehension Practice Worksheet

An original short story entitled "Between Death and Life".This story tells about the death of a man named William Kind (symbolic for the kind of person he was.) Each chapter tells the scene at the emergency room where William dies of a heart attack. The first chapter is told from the perspective of his wife; the second from his son, Michael; the third from the doctor; and the fourth and final chapter is told by William himself. There are review questions after the story for student comprehension and reflection. The margins on the left side were intentionally made wider to facilitate student annotation (see annotation handout linked under “Helpful Resources”) including drawing pictures of events, asking questions, commenting on events, highlighting new vocabulary words, summarizing paragraphs, etc. This is great as a warm-up, class activity, or homework to strengthen reading skills and use of strategies. I am open to feedback and suggestions on how to make this lesson better! Includes 8 multiple-choice questions with answer key. Editable MS Word document.
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Lesson: How to Develop Good Habits, Reach Your Goals, and Improve Your Life

Lesson: How to Develop Good Habits, Reach Your Goals, and Improve Your Life

A Lesson on How to Develop Good Habits, Reach Your Goals, and Improve Your Life: For Teens and Young & New Adults (For Anyone, Really!) I am very excited to share this lesson plan with you folks! I am all about staying motivated and personal growth so I decided to make a lesson to help students set clear, realistic goals, monitor and adjust their progress, break bad habits and form good ones, and key strategies to help keep them motivated throughout the whole process. I studied books by Tony Robbins, Napoleon Hill, Jim Rohn, Sean Covey, John C. Maxwell, Martin Seligman, and countless other successful mentors and coaches and concentrated the strategies, wisdom, and steps needed for effective change for teens and young adults. Some topics discussed and aimed for improvement are: • Psychology (Positive, Cognitive, Social, Behavioral, Industrial, and others) • Psychosomatic Illness • Positive & Negative Reinforcement and Punishment • Behavior Modification Everything in this lesson is worded in teen-friendly language with relatable ideas and situations adolescents would find themselves in. It also includes helpful pictures and graphic organizers for students to interact with the lessons effectively. Some notable Daily Thought titles are: 1. The Beauty and Struggle of Self-Transformation 2. Attitude is 99% of Success...and Write it Down! 3. Hard Truths in Life We Must All Accept...But There’s Good Ones, Too! 4. It’s not your potential that matters - it’s what you actually do! (And Ways to Stay Motivated) 5. Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude! 6. Patience, Small Grasshopper (Instant Gratification VS Delayed Gratification) 7. Time Management (Don’t Spend Your Time...Invest it!) 8. Handling Failure...Because Everyone Fails at Some Point 9. Shifting from the Subconscious to the Conscious 10. Happiness is a Muscle...so Work it Out! Every Daily Thought comes with space for students to personally reflect on the day’s lesson on how it relates to them and how they will implement the strategies and practices personally. This lesson is designed to be worked on and reflected daily and it is very important that the participants adhere to the schedule to achieve the intended desired results. A special note to teachers: This is only Part I of this lesson. I expect the complete lesson to end up being around 45-60 days long and I would very much appreciate any constructive feedback and suggestions from you! Please send to me personally at authorcarlossalinas@gmail.com. I can also add you to my educational materials e-mail newsletter list if you would like to be notified when the complete lesson is available (as well as getting my other lessons for free). I would also love to connect with each and every one of you on my social networks linked below. Thank you in advance!
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The Proton, the Neutron, and the Electron (A Funny Science Short Story)

The Proton, the Neutron, and the Electron (A Funny Science Short Story)

As many students struggle with understanding what atoms are and how they function and behave, this short, comical story was written to help teach and explain it with humor and wordplay. There are three main characters: the proton, the neutron, and the electron. They are having dinner when a hilarious argument ensues (along with scientific wordplay!). Includes nonfiction reading worksheet on atoms, 20 multiple-choice questions on both pieces, and a KWLS chart. I wrote this short story to help teachers like you help your students understand and learn science through humor. I hope you found it helpful and I would love to hear from you on what you think may make this lesson better. Completely customizable Word Document to meet your needs. Includes answer keys and 18 sheets total.
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