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Middle and High School teaching resources for the English Language classroom.

Middle and High School teaching resources for the English Language classroom.
Finding Nemo and the Hero's Journey
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Finding Nemo and the Hero's Journey

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Fiinding Nemo is the perfect example of the Hero's Journey, a narrative pattern that is a constant in drama, storytelling, and myth. The archetype, AKA The Hero, is central to all stories. Finding Nemo incorporates The Ordinary World, The Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call, Meeting the Mentor, Crossing the Threshold, Tests, Allies and Enemies, The Ordeal, The Reward, The Road Back, and The Resurrection. Use this PDF as a way to introduce these important story elements to your students in an engaging and accessible way. It is also here as a PPT with notes and can be edited for your use.
Teaching the Hero's Journey and Story Plot Elements using Disney's Moana
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Teaching the Hero's Journey and Story Plot Elements using Disney's Moana

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Teaching the Hero’s Journey by itself doesn’t quite cover everything we need students to understand about story. The Story Plot elements don’t touch on the hero and what it takes for readers to feel satisfied at the end. But how do you blend these two approaches to story together? With Disney’s Moana, of course! The Hero’s Journey is universal narrative pattern that is a constant in drama, storytelling, and myth. The archetype, AKA The Hero, is central to all stories. The Story Plot Elements (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution) are a basic framework for story. In reality, the two are intertwined. One cannot exist without the other. This PPT/PDF (both are provided here) will take you through the movie Moana, looking at both the Hero’s Journey and the Story Plot Elements. What better way to see these concepts in action? Moana incorporates The Ordinary World, The Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call, Meeting the Mentor, Crossing the Threshold, Tests, Allies and Enemies, The Ordeal, The Reward, The Road Back, and The Resurrection. It also has the fundamental Story Plot Elements (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution). Use this resource as a way to introduce these important concepts to your students in an engaging and accessible way. The PPT includes note to help you talk through the slide show. It can be edited for your use. The slide show is 56 slides, is replete with pictures from Moana, and will have students engaged throughout!
Higher Level Thinking with Question Stems
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Higher Level Thinking with Question Stems

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High content with 43 pages of materials for a complete lesson. Higher-level thinking is the key to rigor in the classroom. This curriculum document can be used and adapted in many ways, but detailed instructions are included for using the activity in cooperative groups and targeting each level of questioning. Included Value $15.00: • 6 Levels of questioning: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation. Each level includes 6 question stems and are printable in color or on a white background. • Student Response Sheet. Based on the curriculum document, students work together and use higher level thinking to craft text dependent questions based on the provided question stems and texts. • Two sets of texts including Poetry, Infographics, Fiction, Persuasive, Biography, and Nonfiction. All text are open source/public domain.
Customizable Open House PPT
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Customizable Open House PPT

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Creating Power Point presentations is time-consuming. Use your time for lesson planning and your personal life! Instead of recreating the wheel, use this completely customizable PPT for Open House or Back to School Night. It’s a great way to introduce your parent and student population to you, your teaching philosophy, content to be covered, and more.