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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.

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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused, and advanced worksheets and activities for students and teachers.
Things Fall Apart (Achebe) Complete Advanced Teaching BUNDLE + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Things Fall Apart (Achebe) Complete Advanced Teaching BUNDLE + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Things Fall Apart resources and included a comprehensive range of activities for the entire novel. Each unit included in this comprehensive bundle focuses on different aspects of this African classic worth teaching (and standards-aligned) Examples of the activities included in each unit are: 1. Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for each chapter of Things Fall Apart 2. Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for each chapter (a great way to quickly review comprehension and reading with students, these quote hunt quizzes can be used as a springboard for close reading and other activities. 3. The Novel In Context - These activities focus on various aspects of the novel’s context of composition and interpretation, including the history of Nigeria, colonization, the role of women, Igbo culture, traditions, etc. 4. Analyzing Language / Characters / Themes / Setting / Symbolism / Allusions / Conflicts etc. - these are a range of guided close reading activities; each focuses on different literary aspects of the novel, selected as most appropriate for each chapter. A great way to facilitate a closer look at key aspects of this literary masterpiece and to practice key close reading and inference skills. 5. Creative Writing Tasks - a range of creative writing prompts and tasks for each chapter, allows your students to engage with the story, characters, main ideas, etc. of the story in a more personal, creative, and empathetic manner. 7. Making Connections - these activities introduce/focus on the various allusions/connections made to other literary works and texts in Things Fall Apart, including Greek tragedy, the concept of the tragic hero, and W. B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (which inspired Achebe’s title of the novel - Things Fall Apart). These are crucial activities and materials to teach a more in’de 8. Teacher’s Guide (Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis) - Each unit of work (for each chapter) includes a comprehensive teacher’s guide, which itself includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of the respective chapter, designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. I’ve also included all my pre-reading and post-reading activities and assessments in this bundle! IMPORTANT! Rate this product & get one product for free: If you provide a rating & feedback for this product, contact me by email to receive one product (except a bundle) sent to you free of charge! Feedback is always appreciated!
Holes (Louis Sachar) Ch. 23-28 - Kissin' Kate Barlow - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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Holes (Louis Sachar) Ch. 23-28 - Kissin' Kate Barlow - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 1, Chapters 23-28 of Louis Sachar’s iconic novel Holes, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 23-28 of the novel. These questions are designed to test comprehension, on the one hand, and to provide prompts for journal-style read-and-respond questions and critical discussions in class. I felt that comprehension questions are too boring/basic for students, and so I wanted to combine the two, to make this more engaging and interesting for all. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and really fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 23-28 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. This works best if teachers try to get students to recognize and contextualize the quotes without using the novel. 3. The Novel in Context: Racism & Social Relations in Holes: This activity uses the tragic story of Katherine Barlow & Sam intertwined into the plotline of Stanley at Camp Green Lake between Ch. 23 and Ch. 28 as a springboard for a more in-depth exploration of the historical context of 1880s Texas, racial segregation, etc., and touches on crucial socio-historical phenomena that are still very much relevant today. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
W. B. Yeats: "The Second Coming" & 'Things Fall Apart' (Achebe) + ANSWERS
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W. B. Yeats: "The Second Coming" & 'Things Fall Apart' (Achebe) + ANSWERS

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This advanced activity is designed to help students understand W. B. Yeats’ iconic yet rather difficult poem “The Second Coming”, with a particular focus on how it is linked to Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. The activity includes: 1. Context of Composition: An introduction to the context shared by both Achebe’s novel and Yeats’ poem. This includes information about how Achebe was inspired by the poem in the choice of both the epigraph at the beginning of the novel and in his choice of title. 2. Annotated Poem text: (“The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats) with annotations for difficult concepts, vocabulary, and terminology required to understand the poem. 3. Yeats’ Vision: A diagram and labeled, explaining how “The Second Coming” envisions Yeats’s cyclical, dual gyres of history (as outlined in his book Vision). 4. Comprehension, Close Reading & Analysis Questions for the poem 5. Food for thought and essay questions for additional in-depth reflection and to ensure higher-order thinking and writing skills are also catered to. 6. Analyzing Okonkwo’s Character: The Tragic Hero: This PowerPoint presentation (included here as a PDF to ensure cross-platform compatibility) provides a no-prep guide through teaching Yeats’ poem, and connecting it to an analysis of Okonkwo’s character as a classical tragic hero. The PPT includes: It introduces the poem “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats, Achebe’s source of inspiration for the title of the novel. The presentation includes a glossary of difficult terms for the poem and places it in the context of the novel, to facilitate a deeper understanding of the overall purpose of the novel as well as the wonderful poem by Yeats itself. Comprehension and close-reading questions accompany the poem. Linked to “The Second Coming” and its central message, the presentation introduces the concept of the tragic hero in literature and enables a detailed analysis of how Okonkwo (the novel’s protagonist) is, ultimately, a tragic hero. The PowerPoint includes a final form of assessment that you can optionally use to wrap up the unit about Okonkwo as a tragic hero. NB: I’ve opted for a minimalistic, no-fuss design to allow you to focus on the content rather than the flashy (but ultimately pointless) functions of a PowerPoint. I hope this allows you to seamlessly include the lesson into your study of the novel. 7. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. IMPORTANT! Rate this product & get one product for free: If you provide a rating & feedback for this product, contact me by email to receive one product (except a bundle) sent to you free of charge! Feedback is always appreciated! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
"The White Man's Burden" by Rudyard Kipling ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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"The White Man's Burden" by Rudyard Kipling ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This advanced unit of work focuses on Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden”, esp. in the context of my unit on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart as well as when reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, or indeed any literary text that touches on or revolves around colonization. The unit includes: 1. Introduction to the Poem & Context: This informative text explores the poem’s context of composition as well as the idea of ‘the white man’s burden’ expressed in the poem’s title. Political cartoons and primary sources help to bring the debate to life. 2. Comprehension, Close Reading & Analysis Questions that facilitate in-depth analysis and critical discussion of Kipling’s poem. 3. Extension Activity: This activity uses H. T. Johnson’s poetic response, “Black Man’s Burden” (1899) as a basis for an optional extension discussion. I felt that this is important to include to present the other side of the debate and to provide more historical context for the reception of Kipling’s poem. 4. Model Answers for the close reading & analysis questions, as well as in-depth analysis and commentary of Kipling’s poem, designed and written for those teaching the poem for the first time or for veteran teachers who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study or distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
Holes (Louis Sachar) Complete NO PREP TEACHING BUNDLE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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Holes (Louis Sachar) Complete NO PREP TEACHING BUNDLE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my resources for Holes by Louis Sachar, and included a comprehensive range of activities in order to enable a hassle-free, varied, and standards-aligned teaching of this great novel: Each unit focuses on different aspects worth teaching (and standards-aligned). Here’s a list of the units included and the aspects that each unit focuses on: Before Reading Activities - 5 Things You Need to Know about Holes Chapters 1-3: Palindromes Chapters 4-6: 5 Story Elements (Plot, Setting, Characters, Conflicts, Themes) Chapter 7: Madame Zeroni’s Stories (Creative Writing) Chapters 8-9: Dear Mom / Dear Stanley… (Letter-Writing) Chapters 10-12: Direct & Indirect Characterisation Chapters 13-18: Students Become Teachers (Flipped Classroom Project) Chapters 19-22: Show or Tell: Louis Sachar’s Narrative Style Chapters 23-28: Racism & Social Relations (Historical Context of the Novel) Chapters 29-33: Atmosphere, Mood, Setting, and Symbolism in Holes Chapters 34-40: Imagery & Descriptive Writing Chapters 41-46: Themes in Holes Chapters 47-50: Whole Book Review & Assessment In addition to the various activities designed specifically for reading the chapters listed above, each unit also includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for every chapter of the novel. These questions are designed to test comprehension, on the one hand, and to provide prompts for journal-style read-and-respond questions and critical discussions in class. I felt that comprehension questions are too boring/basic for students, and so I wanted to combine the two, to make this more engaging and interesting for all. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and really fun way to check reading and comprehension every chapter of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. This works best if teachers try to get students to recognize and contextualize the quotes without using the novel. 3. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Also included is a two-part assessment that consists of the following components and is designed as a final, whole-book assessment for Holes: 1. Quiz with Multiple Choice & Short Answer Questions - A range of multiple choice and short answer questions tests knowledge of the plot, characters, setting, themes, symbolism, conflicts, etc. 2. Whole-Book Essay Test Questions & Assessment Rubric - A range of essay questions that students can choose from to respond to in the form of a longer essay. A detailed rubric with assessment criteria is included. 3. Answer Key + Sample Essay Responses - A detailed, straight-forward answer key for Part 1 of the quiz as well as sample essay responses are included. Each part of the assessment can either be used separately or assigned as a comprehensive final summative assessment. Feedback is always appreciated!
World War I Poetry Worksheets + Teaching Bundle
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World War I Poetry Worksheets + Teaching Bundle

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This bundle includes all my worksheets, handouts and ready-to-teach (print-and-use) materials for a poetry unit focusing on World War I poetry. The bundle includes: “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen “Attack” by Siegfried Sassoon “Lights Out” by Edward Thomas “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen (Assessment + Essay Writing Tasks) “Drummer Hodge” by Thomas Hardy (pre-WWI Poetry) “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats (post-WWI poetry) Worksheet to help students read and analyse poetry using the SIFTING method. I’ll be teaching this unit shortly and will certainly update the bundle soon! You can purchase each handout separately, too, but you’ll save 56% with this bundle! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 18-19 - White Man's Burden - Activities + ANSWERS
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 18-19 - White Man's Burden - Activities + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 2, Chapters 18-19 of Chinua Achebe’s iconic novel Things Fall Apart, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapters 18-19 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 18-19 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. Making Connections - “The White Man’s Burden”. This activity focuses on Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden”, esp. in the context of my unit on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and includes the following: Introduction to the Poem & Context: This informative text explores the poem’s context of composition as well as the idea of ‘the white man’s burden’ expressed in the poem’s title. Political cartoons and primary sources help to bring the debate to life. Comprehension, Close Reading & Analysis Questions that facilitate in-depth analysis and critical discussion of Kipling’s poem. Extension Activity: This activity uses H. T. Johnson’s poetic response, “Black Man’s Burden” (1899) as a basis for an optional extension discussion. I felt that this is important to include to present the other side of the debate and to provide more historical context for the reception of Kipling’s poem.* 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 23-25 - The Title - Activities + ANSWERS
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 23-25 - The Title - Activities + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 3, Chapters 23-25 of Chinua Achebe’s iconic novel Things Fall Apart, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapters 23-25 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 23-25 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. Making Connections: The Title of the Novel & “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats: This advanced activity is designed to help students understand W. B. Yeats’ iconic yet rather difficult poem “The Second Coming”, with a particular focus on how it is linked to Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. The activity includes: Context of Composition: An introduction to the context shared by both Achebe’s novel and Yeats’ poem. This includes information about how Achebe was inspired by the poem in the choice of both the epigraph at the beginning of the novel and in his choice of title. *** Annotated Poem** text: (“The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats) with annotations for difficult concepts, vocabulary, and terminology required to understand the poem. Yeats’ Vision: A diagram and labeled, explaining how “The Second Coming” envisions Yeats’s cyclical, dual gyres of history (as outlined in his book Vision). **Comprehension, Close Reading & Analysis Questions **for the poem Food for thought and essay questions for additional in-depth reflection and to ensure higher-order thinking and writing skills are also catered to. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. IMPORTANT! Rate this product & get one product for free: If you provide a rating & feedback for this product, contact me by email to receive one product (except a bundle) sent to you free of charge! Feedback is always appreciated!
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 14-15 - Colonial Africa - Activities + ANSWERS
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) Ch. 14-15 - Colonial Africa - Activities + ANSWERS

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This FREE unit of work focuses on Part 2, Chapters 14-15 of Chinua Achebe’s iconic novel Things Fall Apart. As a comprehensive unit for Chapters 14-15 it includes the following: 1. Comprehension, Close Reading & Discussion Questions for Chapters 14-15 of the novel. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and potentially more fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 14-15 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. 3. The Novel in Context - A Brief History of Colonial Africa - This activity provides a brief history of the colonization of Africa by Europe and Western powers, accompanied by comprehension, discussion questions, as well as additional creative writing, prompts, and activities. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides a detailed answer key with model answers for all the activities as well as a teacher’s guide for Chapters 14-15 of the novel - including a summary and analysis of Chapters 14-15. This is designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. **Perfect for independent study and distance learning. ** Feedback is greatly appreciated!