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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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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Language Arts Primary Vocabulary Quiz

Language Arts Primary Vocabulary Quiz

An answer-match 20-question quiz with key. Words included are 1. word wall ______ 2. plot ______ 3. theme______ 4. setting ______ 5. characterization______ 6. conflict ______ 7. reader's notebook ______ 8. rubric ______ 9. narrative ______ 10. topic ______ 11. prewriting ______ 12. draft ______ 13. revising ______ 14. editing ______ 15. publishing ______ 16. portfolio ______ 17. organization ______ 18. conventions ______ 19. mentor text ______ 20. anchor story______ in an editable Word document!
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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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Body Systems Science Research Project

Body Systems Science Research Project

Helps students investigate body systems including the circulatory (heart & blood), respiratory, skeletal, muscular, digestive, excretory, reproductive, integumentary (skin/hair/nails), nervous, and endocrine (glands/hormones) system. Editable Word document! Includes rubric, helpful instructional videos, works cited page, and other helpful internet links. This lesson is student-centered meaning: -it allows you to become a facilitator -happier teachers -happier students -happier administrators
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The Little Book of Big Quotes ebook by Carlos Salinas Motivation and Inspiration

The Little Book of Big Quotes ebook by Carlos Salinas Motivation and Inspiration

A collection of inspirational, motivational, truthful, philosophical, and thought-provoking quotes. Themes include, friendship, perseverance, goals, strength, positive attitudes, life, death, sorrow, and joy, among many others. Great for personal reflection or group discussion. Thanks! Ideal for expository, persuasive, journaling, narrative, and almost any other writing prompts. Recommended for teachers, students, coaches, and just about everyone else. Visit my store for more!
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Freedom Writers Movie Film Questions and Project Lesson Plan

Freedom Writers Movie Film Questions and Project Lesson Plan

A lesson plan including 20 Multiple-choice questions, 2 short-answer essay questions, characterization chart for important movie characters, 5 standardized-test-style essay question with planning space and lined paper (to imitate the real thing!), research project question suggestions and student checklist, detailed plot summary of the movie, links to helpful resources, and works cited pages. Keys included.
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The Speckled Band (Sherlock Holmes) & Elements of Literature Text/Exam Complete Lesson

The Speckled Band (Sherlock Holmes) & Elements of Literature Text/Exam Complete Lesson

This complete lesson plan comes with PowerPoint review game and reading comprehension test. The test has multiple-choice reading comprehension questions on "The Speckled Band", a story usually read in 6th and 7th grade. it has an application question for connotation using the words "skinny" and "scrawny". The last 2 questions are short answer. 20 questions total. Answer key included. Includes links to movie, jeopardy review game, and student annotation guide. Comes in zip folder with editable Word document and PowerPoint Presentation! This lesson is student-centered meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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Student Personal Thesaurus Handout

Student Personal Thesaurus Handout

A teacher-made thesaurus for common, overused words (like "good", "bad", "sad", etc.) to keep in their notes and to use when writing to extend their vocabulary. Perfect for language arts teachers! Includes sections for words belonging to each of the five senses (with a picture of each sense) to help students create sensory writing. 2 pages total. Editable Word document. This lesson is student-centered meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator --happier teachers --happier students --happier administrators
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Space & Solar System Video Links and Questions

Space & Solar System Video Links and Questions

The activity comes with 4 YouTube video links (entitled: The NASA moon landing, Life on Mars?, Galileo's Story, and Life on a Space Shuttle) along with small-group discussion questions. This activity worked great with my 7th graders and really engaged them in discussions. I would play the video twice and then let them discuss and answer the questions. This lesson is student-centered meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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Letter of advice to character in literature (Model)

Letter of advice to character in literature (Model)

A sample letter of advice to Dr. Frankenstein from his friend Henry Clerval and another to Nemo from Finding Nemo. These letters model how the student should write the letter to any literature character of their choice or the one assigned. Can be made into a transparency or blown up for better viewing. Includes helpful internet links. Editable Word document. This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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How Your Decisions Affect You Motivational Self Improvement

How Your Decisions Affect You Motivational Self Improvement

Eight pages of reflective worksheets where students reflect on their past poor choices and their effects and consequences on their life. They discuss and think about better choices they can make now and in the future with graphic organizers. Great for a group discussion. Helpful video and website links and handouts. Visit my store for much more helpful and free stuff!
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Earth's natural resources Quiz 7 questions W/ Key

Earth's natural resources Quiz 7 questions W/ Key

7 multiple-choice questions about the types of natural resources and the effects of human actions. Helpful internet links and answer key included! Editable Word document. This lesson is student-centered, meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator! --happier teachers! --happier students! --happier administrators!
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