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Hello! I am a passionate teacher and writer that loves to create lessons that are interactive, student-centered, original, and truly help teachers & students. I make custom lesson plans and materials that engage students and help them take ownership of their learning. I have 10 years of teaching experience in upper grades across all subjects (including teaching abroad in Costa Rica!). I have published three books, The Little Book of Big Quotes Vol. I , The Poems Vol. I, and Got the Flow: The Hip

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Hello! I am a passionate teacher and writer that loves to create lessons that are interactive, student-centered, original, and truly help teachers & students. I make custom lesson plans and materials that engage students and help them take ownership of their learning. I have 10 years of teaching experience in upper grades across all subjects (including teaching abroad in Costa Rica!). I have published three books, The Little Book of Big Quotes Vol. I , The Poems Vol. I, and Got the Flow: The Hip
“The Lion and the Bulls” Fable by Aesop Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis & Comprehension Quiz/Test
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“The Lion and the Bulls” Fable by Aesop Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis & Comprehension Quiz/Test

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This 15-question multiple-choice reading analysis/comprehension test/quiz on “The Lion and the Bulls” Fable by Aesop has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the selection, plot development, characterization, author’s purpose, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, and figurative language. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests) to familiarize students with the structure and vocabulary of standardized test questions. Questions are spaced 1.5 lines apart for comfortable reading. The questions also encourage students to go back and re-read key parts of the selection, a crucial skill for comprehension and improving reading stamina. Includes link to free file of the text so each student can get their own copy to annotate (recommended to use this version as others will not match the test questions). Answer key included. Editable MS Word Doc. You can use this product for years and years! Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Objectives/US Standards (SUGGESTED) (From Corestandards.com): Students are expected to: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. 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.
“The Fun They Had” Short Story by Isaac Asimov Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis & Comprehension Test
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“The Fun They Had” Short Story by Isaac Asimov Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis & Comprehension Test

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This 27-question multiple-choice reading analysis/comprehension test/quiz on the short story “The Fun They Had” by Isaac Asimov has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the selection, plot development, characterization, author’s purpose, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, literary devices, and figurative language. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests) to familiarize students with the structure and vocabulary of standardized test questions. Questions are spaced 1.5 lines apart for comfortable reading. The questions also encourage students to go back and re-read key parts of the selection, a crucial skill for comprehension and improving reading stamina. Includes link to free file of the text so each student can get their own copy to annotate. Answer key included. Editable MS Word Doc. You can use this product for years and years! Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Objectives/US Standards (SUGGESTED) (From Corestandards.com): Students are expected to: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. 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. Editable MS Word Doc. You can use this product for years and years! This lesson is student-centered, meaning: –it allows you to become a facilitator! –happier teachers! –happier students! –happier administrators!
Build A Cell Cut Out Activity
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Build A Cell Cut Out Activity

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A fun class activity where students identify the cell organelles and create either an animal or plant cell. The plants cells have a cell wall and chloroplasts. Includes cut out parts and directions. Materials needed: glue, scissors, poster paper, pencil. Visit my store for much more helpful and free stuff! This lesson is student-centered meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator --happier teachers --happier students --happier administrators
Student Lawyers: Criminal Court Cases with PowerPoint CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1
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Student Lawyers: Criminal Court Cases with PowerPoint CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1

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

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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.
"The Scientist Rap" rap & hip-hop music video and song from the book "Got the Flow: The Hip Hop ...
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"The Scientist Rap" rap & hip-hop music video and song from the book "Got the Flow: The Hip Hop ...

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"The Scientist Rap" rap & hip-hop music video and song from the book "Got the Flow: The Hip Hop Diary of a Young Rapper" by Carlos Salinas. Includes printable handout of song lyrics. The main character of the book ("Got the Flow: The Hip-Hop Diary of a Young Rapper") 16-year-old Troy Jones challenges his science teacher that he can write an educational and positive rap song about science without any cursing. He promises to include the legendary scientists: Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Nicola Tesla, and Thomas Edison. His teacher, Mrs. Hass, makes him perform it in front of the entire class for his passing grade. He is determined to become a successful rapper to give his mom a better life. If he can write a clean, educational song, then he is a better rapper for having met the challenge. Inspired by losing his first two rap battles, he is determined to win the third one.
Asexual and Sexual Reproduction graphic organizer for science
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Asexual and Sexual Reproduction graphic organizer for science

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A graphic organizer of 3 columns and 6 rows with the columns labeled "Asexual" and "sexual" reproduction. Each row is labeled: Definition: In your own words, be specific Characteristics of offspring: Advantages: Disadvantages: Drawing/ Illustration: Answer Key included. This lesson is student-centered meaning: --it allows you to become a facilitator --happier teachers --happier students --happier administrators
Body Systems Science Research Project
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Body Systems Science Research Project

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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
How to Develop Good Habits, Reach Your Goals, and Improve Your Life (preview)
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How to Develop Good Habits, Reach Your Goals, and Improve Your Life (preview)

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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 *preview* 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! 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!
“Turkeys” by Bailey White Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test
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“Turkeys” by Bailey White Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

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This 25-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on “Turkeys” by Bailey White has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It tells about the first time she received a letter from her readers and ends at the part where she is asked if she has anything more to declare and she says “Yes, I do.” It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the selection, author’s purpose, making inferences, vocabulary, and summarization. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests) and are spaced 1.5 lines apart for comfortable reading. The questions also encourage students to go back and re-read key parts of the selection, a crucial skill for comprehension and improving reading stamina. Includes link to printable copy of the selection for student annotation (recommended). Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Editable Word Doc. Objectives/US Standards (SUGGESTED) (From Corestandards.com): Students are expected to: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings. 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.RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. This lesson is student-centered, meaning: –it allows you to become a facilitator! –happier teachers! –happier students! –happier administrators!
The Educational Meme Game *Middle School Edition* (“Be a Meme Teacher!”)
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The Educational Meme Game *Middle School Edition* (“Be a Meme Teacher!”)

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With the enormous popularity of the “What Do You Meme” party game, I have created a clean and fun version for teachers and students. Through witty and hilariously sarcastic statements, students will be able to make their own memes involving situations like: breaking your last pencil, seeing your teachers in public, embarrassing moments in teen life, funny classroom events, etc. This set includes 78 text cards and over 90 funny meme pictures. There is also a blank card template so you can create your own text cards! You can also use your own pictures for added, personalized fun. You print them out, laminate them (recommended), cut them out, and then the fun can begin! Great for early-release days, after school programs, or any reward system! Please rate this if you enjoyed it and share with other teachers! Editable Word Doc. Game Instructions: 1. Select game groups of about five people (this works best because there are 78 statement cards in the game plus any you create) 2. Each person draws seven text cards 3. One picture is drawn at random by the player of turn (can be chosen at random by the whoever has their birthday next) 4. The other players then choose their best meme statement text card and submit their card face down to the player of turn (to remain anonymous so as not to influence the player’s choice of the winner) 5. The player of turn (that drew the picture card at random) reads all the statement text cards out loud to the group and then chooses a winner 6. The read text cards are kept out of the remainder of the game 7. The winner then gets the meme picture card 8. The player to the left of the player of turn is next 9. The player with the most meme picture cards at the end wins!
"The Wounded Wolf" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test
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"The Wounded Wolf" Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

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This 18-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on "The Wounded Wolf" by Jean Craighead George 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 figurative language. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests). Includes link to 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!
"Names/Nombres" by Julia Alvarez Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test
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"Names/Nombres" by Julia Alvarez Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

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This 15-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on "Names/Nombres" by Julia Alvarez has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) along with one optional writing response 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!
“Ankylosaurus” Poem by Jack Prelutsky Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis & Comprehension Quiz/Test
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“Ankylosaurus” Poem by Jack Prelutsky Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis & Comprehension Quiz/Test

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This 17-question multiple-choice reading analysis/comprehension test/quiz on “Ankylosaurus” Poem by Jack Prelutsky has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the selection, point of view, vocabulary, and figurative language. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests) and are spaced 1.5 lines apart for comfortable reading. The questions also encourage students to go back and re-read key parts of the selection, a crucial skill for comprehension and improving reading stamina. Includes link to free copy of the text so each student can get their own copy to annotate. Answer key included. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Objectives/US Standards (SUGGESTED) (From Corestandards.com): Students are expected to: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. 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. Editable MS Word Doc. This lesson is student-centered, meaning: –it allows you to become a facilitator! –happier teachers! –happier students! –happier administrators!
“The Luckiest Time of All” Short Story by Lucille Clifton Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis Test
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“The Luckiest Time of All” Short Story by Lucille Clifton Multiple-Choice Reading Analysis Test

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This 28-question multiple-choice reading analysis/comprehension test on the short story “The Luckiest Time of All” by Lucille Clifton has questions from different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It will test students’ literal and interpretive understanding of the selection, plot development, characterization, author’s purpose, point of view, making inferences, vocabulary, literary devices, and figurative language. Questions are modeled after standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and state tests) to familiarize students with the structure and vocabulary of standardized test questions. Questions are spaced 1.5 lines apart for comfortable reading. The questions also encourage students to go back and re-read key parts of the selection, a crucial skill for comprehension and improving reading stamina. Includes link to free file of the text so each student can get their own copy to annotate. Answer key included. Editable MS Word Doc. You can use this product for years and years! Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Objectives/US Standards (SUGGESTED) (From Corestandards.com): Students are expected to: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. 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. Editable MS Word Doc. You can use this product for years and years! This lesson is student-centered, meaning: –it allows you to become a facilitator! –happier teachers! –happier students! –happier administrators!
"The Tail" by Joyce Hansen Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test
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"The Tail" by Joyce Hansen Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quiz/Test

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This 24-question multiple-choice reading test/quiz on "The Tail" by Joyce Hansen 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, literary devices, and figurative language. 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!
How Your Decisions Affect You Motivational Self Improvement
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How Your Decisions Affect You Motivational Self Improvement

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

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

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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.
Freedom Writers Movie Film Questions and Project Lesson Plan
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Freedom Writers Movie Film Questions and Project Lesson Plan

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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.