# Monthly Archives: March 2017

## Themes in Frankenstein

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Themes in Frankenstein is a meaningful activity for students who are developing themes in Shelley’s novel.

Forget about spending hours developing theses themes yourself. The work is already done for you.

The resource contains three student activity pages and five pages for the answer key.

Total Pages
8
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Teaching Duration
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## FREE MATH LESSON – “Algebra 1 Tool: Quadratic Formula Song”

Everyone knows that music makes things easier to remember. Do you know the quadratic formula song? Maybe not. Maybe you do but you don’t want to put yourself out there and sing it to your students. Now you don’t have to! I’ve sung it for you. This file has 2 different versions of the quadratic formula song (one is suitable for “looping”). It’s not going to win any Grammys, but it serves its purpose.

Here are other Algebra 1-related resources you may find helpful:

Solving 1 step equations using addition or subtraction Power Point Lesson

Solving 1 step equations with multiplication and division Power Point Lesson

Solving 2 step 1 variable equations Power Point Lesson

Fun puzzles to practice Algebra 1 concepts

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## Comprehension Questions and Answers for Frankenstein

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This unit is a part of a larger and more comprehensive unit called Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)

If what you’re looking for are thematic and comprehension questions with answer key, look not further.

I have included only the most important thematic questions to help students engage in reading and avoid busy work. All questions are meaningful.

Take a look at the preview for more details.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Total Pages
9
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A

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## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Common Core Alignment – Daily Dazzle E Bell Ringer -8th Grade”

by Judith M Darling – Razzle Dazzle Learning

This is a FREE Common Core alignment for Daily Dazzle E. Each question has been aligned either specifically or generally. This alignment is for the DDE bundles and the DDE book.

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## Thesis Writing Poster

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As any English teacher can tell you, the thesis statement is the most important part of the essay. It defines the arguments and orients the reader. Unfortunately, many students have difficulty with the thesis statement. This is why I have created the “7 Steps to Writing an Effective Thesis Statement” poster.

The poster is a step by step guide on how to write the thesis starting with selecting a topic the student understands and walks them through the process until the end.

I am making the poster available in different formats for facility of use in the classroom:

– The first format measures 70 cm (27.6 inches) (easy printing) PDF
– The second format measure 97 cm (38.2) – information can be more easily read from further away (easy printing) PDF
– One smaller poster PDF
– An image format JPEG

You may also be interested in the following resources:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

Teaching The Essay Package

Total Pages
4 different formats of posters
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Thinking about Butterflies: Analogy Chart FREEBIE!”

by Jayne Gammons

Take a peek at this smart chart freebie; then flutter over to my store to check out the unit!
The three-page freebie includes:
*empty analogy chart
*cut-and-paste butterflies and caterpillars
*writing frame for use following the chart

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## Poetry Unit (for senior students)

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Poetry Unit for Senior Students (Bundled)

Many teachers hate teaching poetry because they don’t know where to begin. This unit will make you and your students love poetry. This complete, no prep unit is a great way to start! This 2 and a half week unit includes a student guide, 12 detailed lesson plans, 2 multimedia presentations (no internet connection required), a detailed answer key with annotated poems, and an end of the unit evaluation with answer key.

Just print it and teach it.

This HUGE bundle includes individual lessons devised to teach students the importance of:

• Figurative language (its uses and effects)
• How to understand and apply symbolism and imagery
• The importance of rhythm
• The importance of tone and attitude in a poem
• Types of poetry
• How to analyse poetry
• How to appreciate poetry (even when you don’t understand it)

This unit’s focus is the analysis of poetry and teaches students how to make inferences, which is a skill they must learn for their other subjects as well.

Poems include authors such as: Emily Dickenson, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Thomas Gray, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Alfred Noyes, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost, Pearl Jam, Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman. The Unit includes 21 different poems.

The unit has been conceived to last 12 days – with 65 minute periods (although they are easy to modify).

The unit includes:

1 – The teacher guide (Contains 12 comprehensive lesson plans to teach the poems included in the unit. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO TEACH THIS UNIT HAS BEEN DONE FOR YOU. )

2 – The student package (Contains students’ notes , poems, and questions) (26 pages)

3 – The answer key includes annotated poems and answers to all student activities (saving you time).

4 – Included is a test with multiple choice questions as well as a development question. All answers are included. (Word format for easy changes)

5 – 2 PowerPoint presentations – one multimedia presentation to introduce the unit (17 slides) and the second to reinforce the use of imagery and symbolism (19 slides) – NO INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED

A total of 63 pages + 36 slides are included in this package.

This unit is complete, and does all of the thinking for you. All you need to do is to print out and photocopy the student package and you’re set.

Check out my other NO PREP poetry units:

Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students

Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

If individual lessons are what you are looking for, try these, which are part of this unit:

Poetry and Imagery – Langston Hughes

Tone in poetry – Robert Frost

Rhythm in Poetry

Poetry Lesson on Sonnets (Shakespeare and Browning)

Free Poetry Lesson: Analysing Poetry (NO PREP)

Lesson on Allegory and Symbolism Analysis in Poetry is ready to teach (NO PREP).

Total Pages
65
Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Sadlier-Oxford Level E Unit 1 Activity”

by Different Drummer Secondary Resources

This is one of my favorite vocabulary activities to do with students. It asks them to re-write the part of speech, definition, synonyms and antonyms for two words within the unit and then create a sentence using BOTH words. The purpose of this activity is to encourage students to find the connections between words and how they relate to one another. Teachers can assess their processing, how they use words in a sentence, their grammar and punctuation all in one exercise.

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## Thesis Writing Activity

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We all know that the thesis statement is the most important part of the essay. This is also the part of the essay with which students have the most difficulty.

When you are able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a work, you are able to write better yourself.

Topic: Is knowledge good or destructive? The subject is interesting, and can be used along with many different types of literature, or on its own.

In this bundle, I’ve included an interactive PowerPoint presentation that includes the following:

-The definition of a thesis statement
-How to write a thesis statement (and the steps to take leading up to the thesis)
-5 examples of thesis statements, where students must identify both the weaknesses and the strengths
-10 slides explaining the strengths in the examples and the weaknesses in the examples
-1 example of a well-written thesis statement, and an explanation about why it’s good.

To accompany the PowerPoint presentation, I’ve included a student activity sheet with a list of all of the examples written in the PPT. (PDF format)

Also included is a lesson plan with details regarding the PowerPoint and activity sheet.

As a bonus, I’ve also included 2 posters listing the 7 essential steps to writing a great thesis. I’ve included an image format and a PDF format for easy printing.

-the first poster measures 70 cm (27.6 inches)
-the second poster, which students can actually read from far away, measures 97 cm (38.2 inches)

You may also be interested in these products as well:
Grammar Cheat Sheet
Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Sheets and Teacher Assessment Rubrics
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

Total Pages
22 slides, 1 page, 1 poster
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A

## FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “The Perfect Planet Close Reading Passage, Text-Dependent Questions & More {FREE}”

by Kristine Nannini

The Perfect Planet Close Reading Passage, Text-Dependent Questions & More

This is a FREE sample of my Close Reading Resources! Try out this sample, and if you like it, check out all of my other Close Reading resources by clicking the links below.

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I created this resource to help students read complex texts independently and for a specific purpose. I’ve researched several strategies for close reading and have developed a process that will make your teaching more effective, and help your students develop skills to read for deeper meaning.

This resource contains everything you will need to implement close reading in your classroom! I’ve included THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE PASSAGE for you to easily differentiate in your classroom! There are also text-dependent questions and a writing prompt for your students to cite evidence from the text.

In addition, with all of the cross-curricular themes included in the passages, you can also use this pack during science, to study planets, space, and more!

Included in this resource:

One Leveled Passage:
Included in this resource is one planet-themed reading passages. The passage contains text features that your students must analyze. There are three levels of the passage so you can easily differentiate with your students. The levels are based on word count and Lexile levels which can be found in the top left corner of each passage.

The Perfect Planet – Lexile: 960L
The Perfect Planet – Lexile: 780L
The Perfect Planet – Lexile: 660L

Understanding the Standards Teacher Guide
This printable helps teachers understand the purpose of each reading, and how each reading ties into specific Common Core Anchor Standards. I’ve outlined what each student should focus on, and the learning targets for each reading.

Printable Implementation Guide
This printable gives step-by-step instructions for implementing close reading in your classroom. It can be used as your own personal reference and/or can be handed out to students prior to the first read. I’ve also included this printable with a spring theme.

Printable Annotation Guides (Mark Up the Text)
These printable annotation guides help students quickly annotate or mark up the text using symbols. I’ve included two different levels of this resource.

This poster is a visual reminder to help students understand their role as a close reader.

Text-Dependent Questions and Writing Prompts
The passage includes text-dependent questions for each of the three themes or categories in the Common Core Anchor Standards (Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas). The passage also includes one writing prompt that is to be completed after the third read. This writing prompt requires students to synthesize or make connections by combining their thinking and knowledge with evidence from the text. Answer keys are included.

Graphic Organizers
In addition to the text-dependent questions, I’ve also included the following graphic organizers:
•Key Ideas and Details Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)
•Main Idea Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)
•Vocabulary Graphic Organizer (with and without lines)

RI.1, RI.2, RI.3, RI.4, RI.5, RI.6, RI.7, RI.8, RI.9, RI.10

Perfect for grades 3 through 6!

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Thank you, and enjoy!
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.

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## Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

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The Fishbowl activity is mostly useful during literature circles or in a novel study. Quite literally, the group in the center is being watched by the rest of the class, while they are discussing elements of fiction. This activity is a very important tool in order to teach students how group discussions should run, what is to be said, and how it is to be said. Many times the leader of the discussion doesn’t know how to prompt members to elaborate upon their contributions. This will certainly help.

In addition, it is often difficult for a teacher to evaluate these discussions, which is the reason I have created this package. It is easy to use and you can merely check boxes to quickly assess each member of the groups.

This package contains:
• An explanation of The Fishbowl Activity
• How to run a Fishbowl Activity (within the realm of a literature circle)
• Why such an activity is important
• Evaluation sheets one can use to easily evaluate the discussions and roles of students

Total Pages
8
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Teaching Duration
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## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Spring Creative Writing Exercises”

by Tracee Orman

FREE Spring Creative Writing Exercises contains two writing activities for your students to practice their creative thinking skills.

For additional writing exercises and prompts, see my Spring Creative Writing Activities and Handouts

I also have: Fall Creative Writing Activities

And another FREE resource:
Winter Creative Writing Activities

Created by Tracee Orman
Mrs. Orman’s Classroom

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## Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

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Please note that this document does not work with a Mac computer.

Automated Comment Generator for THE ESSAY

This document has been created to help teachers evaluate students’ essays quickly and efficiently while including as many detailed comments as possible. It is created in a Microsoft Word document so that you can easily modify it to suit your particular classroom needs. (You also have the option to copy and paste the entire page, or certain elements.) The document is completely modifiable, even the comments. The “grunt work” has been done for you.

This quickens the evaluation process and will help the teacher to write down information more quickly. This particular document has been embedded with drop down boxes with comments on: persuasion, information presented, analysis, style, structure, communication, sources and format.

Take a look at the preview for a better idea of what this product can do for you.

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## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FLASH FREEBIE!!! Happy Handwriting! Coloring and Handwriting Come Together”

by The Primary Techie

Coloring + Handwriting = Happy! My kids hate handwriting, but love coloring the little picture in the corner of my old handwriting worksheets. Do you know the ones I am talking about? Ya, those ones! I need them to practice writing their letters, so I created these sheets to give them more of what they want – COLORING! This set includes 26 handwriting sheets (one for each letter of the alphabet). After they write, they have the challenge of only coloring the pictures that begin with the letter they wrote. Handwriting, coloring, and beginning sounds! It’s a home run!

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## Opinion Piece Bundle

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How to write an effective Opinion Piece Bundle includes:

-notes for students (What is an opinion piece? How do we write an opinion piece?…)
-work process sheets to help students organize their ideas
-an example of an effective opinion piece (an effective tool for teaching)
-a student self-evaluation and teacher evaluation

Total Pages
6
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Teaching Duration
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## FREE MISC. LESSON – “Treble and Bass Pitch with a SPRING Theme”

by MusicTeacherResources

SPRING Treble and Bass Pitch Worksheet

Name and draw the notes in the TREBLE and BASS in color and in black line for the students to color!!!

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## Tone in poetry – Robert Frost

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Lesson on tone in poetry

This mini bundle includes Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and has a focus on the importance of tone.

The mini bundle includes:
– a detailed lesson plan for the teacher
– student notes (the poems) and activity
– an annotated copy of the poems as well as a comprehensive answer key.

The entire unit contains 5 pages.

This lesson is part of a more comprehensive bundle:

I hope you enjoy your purchase!

Total Pages
5
Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour

## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Alphabet Word Work Mats”

by The Hazel Owl

These alphabet mats are great for alphabet word work activities during center times. Students use the mats and other materials to practice letter formation. Can be used with crayons, markers, wikki stix, molding dough, shaving cream, etc.

To convert into word-making activities, print the mats 4 or 6 to a page and cut into smaller cards!

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## Rhythm in Poetry

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Teach students the importance of rhythm in poetry.

This lesson includes Emily Dickenson’s “If I Could Not Stop for Death” as well as Pearl Jam’s “Last Kiss” lyrics to discover (hands on) the importance of rhythm in poetry. Often, Language Arts teachers are weaker in this area because it is a little more technical than merely looking at the language.

The lesson includes:
– a detailed lesson plan for the teacher
– student notes (the poems) and activities
– an annotated copy of the poems as well as a comprehensive answer key

The entire unit contains 6 pages and it will most likely take two periods to complete.

This lesson is part of a larger unit:
Click here for a preview of the Poetry Unit for senior Students unit

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Total Pages
6
Included
Teaching Duration
2 Days

## FREE MISC. LESSON – “Free Holy Week – Easter Sequencing Cards – Craft by Charlotte’s Clips”

by Charlotte’s Clips

Free Holy Week – Easter Sequencing Cards to be used during Lent.

1. A worksheet which is numbered with ordinal numbers.
2. Put in a pocket chart so students can sequencing the events.
3. Color, cut, and glue the cards into the shape of a cross.

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Holy Week Clip art

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## Grammar- Complete Sentence Structure Unit Bundle- Understanding Commas!

This complete unit bundle includes everything you need to teach sentence structure and comma placement to your students. Each unit will support students in creating:
-compound sentences
-complex sentences
-a variety of introductory phrases to vary sentence beginnings
– appositives to vary sentence structure, create interest, create explanations, and a strong writer’s voice.
– bell ringer practice with all sentence structures to provide support all year long
– nine beautiful classroom posters with mentor sentences to support student understanding while creating a visual display.
– extensive mentor sentence examples pulled from quality literature sources!
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Compound Sentences with FANBOYS Lesson
Compound Sentences with FANBOYS Lesson, Stations, Practice, & Assessment

Teach your students how to create compound sentences with FANBOYS conjunctions! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations using mentor

Teach your students how to create compound sentences with FANBOYS conjunctions! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations using mentor sentences, a fun stations activity, practice, application activities, a summative assessment, and 3 beautiful classroom posters!

The lesson consists of 31 PowerPoint/Google Slides to show your students how to craft these tricky compound sentences. Mentor sentences foster classroom discussions, demonstrate quality writing, and model the correct use of FANBOYS. Students will be able to identify each independent clause, and combine them with the appropriate conjunction. Each conjunction is explained in an easy to remember and visually appealing method.

Stations Activity gets your students up, moving, and collaborating. Students will examine mentor sentences, create and craft compound sentences using each conjunction.

Practice Word Document/Google Document will allow your students to practice combining two simple sentences with these conjunctions for a formative assessment.

Finding Examples Activity will have your students searching for their own mentor sentences with their reading. Students can then work with you to create a bulletin board of compound sentence examples.

Summative Assessment asks students to create compound sentences authentically within a piece of writing.

3 Beautifully designed classroom anchor charts/ posters for your room!

CCSS Aligned

No Prep Plans

48 Slides, 15 Pages
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Introductory Phrases with AAAWWUBBIS

Introductory Phrases with AAAWWUBBIS, Lesson, Stations, Games, Practice, Poster!

Teach your students how to create complex sentences with AAAWWUBBIS Introductory Phrases! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations

Teach your students how to create complex sentences with AAAWWUBBIS Introductory Phrases! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations using mentor sentences, a fun stations activity, a fun game, practice, application activities, a potential summative assessment, and a beautiful classroom poster!

The lesson consists of 42 PowerPoint/Google Slides to show your students how to craft these tricky compound/complex sentences. Mentor sentences foster classroom discussions, demonstrate quality writing, and model the correct use of introductory phrases and comma placement. Students will be able to identify, explain and apply each AAAWWUBBIS word to craft sentences.

Stations Activity gets your students up, moving, and collaborating. Students will examine mentor sentences, create and craft compound, complex sentences using each AAAWWUBBIS word/phrase.

AAAWWUBBIS Ball Toss game will have your students racing to complete introductory phrase challenges, creating complete engagement through the practice of sentence creation! My students beg to play this game anytime we have a few extra minutes!

Practice Word Document/Google Document will allow your students to practice crafting introductory phrase examples.

Finding Examples Activity will have your students searching for their own mentor sentences with their reading. Students can then work with you to create a bulletin board of compound sentence examples.

3 Beautifully designed classroom anchor charts/ posters for your room!

CCSS Aligned

42 Slides, 71 Pages
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Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs Lesson, Practice, Games, and Assessment

Teach your students how to create compound sentences with semicolons, and compound sentences with semicolons and conjunctive adverbs! This Lesson will provide

Teach your students how to create compound sentences with semicolons, and compound sentences with semicolons and conjunctive adverbs! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations using mentor sentences, two fun games, two great practice activities, application activities, and a potential summative assessment!

The lesson consists of a PowerPoint/Google Slides to show your students how to craft these tricky compound/complex sentences. Mentor sentences foster classroom discussions, demonstrate quality writing, and model the correct use of semicolons with an adverbial conjunction. Students will be able to identify, explain and apply the most common conjunctive adverbs to craft rich and interesting sentences.

Tic-Tac-Know game asks students to practice and apply their knowledge while having a great time playing tic-tac-toe with their peers.

Conjunctive Adverb Ball Toss game will have your students racing to complete semicolon/conjunctive adverb challenges, creating complete engagement through the practice of sentence creation! My students beg to play this game anytime we have a few extra minutes!

Two Practice Word Document/Google Document will allow your students to practice crafting these compound sentences.

Finding Examples Activity will have your students searching for their own mentor sentences within their reading. Students can then work with you to create a bulletin board of compound sentence examples.

CCSS Aligned
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Sentence Structure and Sentence Variety Using Adverbs!

Sentence Structure and Sentence Variety Using Adverbs!

Adverbs create introductory phrases, appositives, and closing phrases!

Teach your students how to use adverbs to create sentence variety with adverbs! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations on sentence structure using mentor sentences, bell ringer practice, interactive notebook, practice activities, application activities, and a potential summative assessment!

The lesson consists of a PowerPoint/Google Slides to show your students how to craft introductory phrases, appositives, and closing phrases with adverbs and adverb phrases. Mentor sentences foster classroom discussions, demonstrate quality writing, and model the correct use of adverbs and commas. Students will be able to identify, explain and apply the adverbs to craft rich and interesting sentences while creating sentence variety in their writing.

Digital and Printable student interactive notebook for taking notes and creating a resource for future use!

Over 25 Bell Ringer Practice Activities- all using quality mentor sentences from literature.

Two Practice Word Documents/Google Documents/PDFs will allow your students to practice crafting these compound sentences.

Finding Examples Activity will have your students searching for mentor sentences within their authentic reading experiences. Students can then work with you to create a bulletin board of sentence examples if you wish.

Unique summative application activity to help students apply adverb sentence structures to their own writing.

CCSS Aligned
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Sentence Structure with the Appositive (the comma basket)

Sentence Structure with the Appositive (the comma basket)

Teach your students how to use commas around their appositive phrases! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations on sentence structure

Teach your students how to use commas around their appositive phrases! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations on sentence structure using mentor sentences, bell ringer practice, two great practice and application activities, and a summative assessment!

The lesson consists of a PowerPoint/Google Slides to show your students how to create complex sentences with an appositive phrase and support students in understanding comma placement. Mentor sentences foster classroom discussions, demonstrate quality writing, and model the correct use of appositive words/phrases and commas. Students will be able to identify, explain and apply the appositives to craft rich and interesting sentences and creating sentence variety in their writing.

Digital and Printable student interactive notebook for taking notes and creating a resource for future use!

Ten Bell Ringer Practice Activities- all using quality mentor sentences from literature.
Two Practice Word Documents/Google Documents/PDFs will allow your students to practice crafting these compound sentences.

Finding Examples Activity will have your students searching for mentor sentences within their authentic reading experiences. Students can then work with you to create a bulletin board of sentence examples if you wish.

Unique summative application activity to help students apply these sentence structures to their own writing.

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Sentence Structure Posters
Sentence Structure Posters

Beautiful sentence structure posters are perfect for any middle or high school classroom. Use mentor sentences to show students examples of writing done well.

Beautiful sentence structure posters are perfect for any middle or high school classroom. Use mentor sentences to show students examples of writing done well.

I reference these posters regularly throughout the day in teaching quality writing skills to my students. Simply send to your school’s printer (for poster size documents) or take the file to FedEx or Office Max to create beautiful classroom display that supports students in their learning journey.

PDF and Word versions provided!

## Teaching the Argument by Solving Mysteries

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Teaching the Argument by Solving Mysteries

This is a great introduction to any literature unit. It teaches students the proper approach to literary analysis, which can be used from grades 7 all the way to 12 in any levels of study.

This mini unit contains 8 lessons that teach students the proper way to form an argument. Many times students will use the right information, but they don’t quite know what to do with it. Through a series of crime scenes, students learn how to collect information (data), collect evidence, and explain how this evidence supports a logical conclusion, all while having fun. This unit teaches students skills that are needed in all literature units.
These lessons allow students to learn the importance of collecting data by taking careful notes, how to select only information that will help support a thesis (or a claim), and how to properly use the information by incorporating pertinent explanations to develop an irrefutable argument.

This is a fun way of learning the necessary skills for argumentation.
The unit contains:

A Student Guide with 12 pages of activities and notes
A Teacher Guide with 8 comprehensive lesson plans and activities
An answer Key with 13 pages of answers and sample texts to help model proper format for students
A downloadable Prezi Presentation introducing the argument and how to develop it.
An end unit evaluation with answer key and evaluation grid 6 pages
Material is available as both PDF and in Word format for easy modifications

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## FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “8 Common Formal Paper Issues Handout: HUGE TIME SAVER for ELA Teachers”

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Save yourself time and energy with this easy ELA formal writing freebie.

After grading thousands of papers across the high school grade levels, I’ve summed up the vast majority of corrections I’ve made into this handout.

Print it. Have students tape it in their notebooks. Put it up on your wall. Pass it out before editing workshops. Offer extra credit for interpretive dances of the information.

If your students can master correcting these eight issues, they will be well on their way to college level writing, and your red pen will finally get a break!

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## Themes in Frankenstein

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Themes in Frankenstein is a meaningful activity for students who are developing themes in Shelley’s novel.

Forget about spending hours developing theses themes yourself. The work is already done for you.

The resource contains three student activity pages and five pages for the answer key.

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## FREE MISC. LESSON – “Spring Lamb Easter Digital Paper or Backgrounds”

Digital papers are great to use as backgrounds for product covers, task cards, binder covers, file folder activities, as well as lots of other uses!

This set includes:

• 8 Spring Lamb paper designs.

• High quality 300 dpi files in .png format.

• Sized at 12” x 12″.

• Personal and Commerical use.

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Classroom Printables, Party Printables; Cards and Invitations; Classroom Crafts; Lesson Plans; Scrapbooking, Photography, Stickers; T-shirt Prints; Vinyl Cutting or Decals; Embroidery and more.
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## Now Starring…TBOTEMC & Teacher Talk’s Featured Author!

It’s Teacher Talk’s Featured Author
March 2017
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I’ve been teaching for 24 years, and I still love exploring new approaches to learning and teaching.  My favorite approaches include using art, music, and movement in my lessons. My products reflect the marriage of academics and the arts.  I chose my store name because I am a “wild child.” I love animals, trail running, and hiking…anything to do with nature. My favorite thing about teaching is experiencing that moment when a student loses herself in her learning, forgetting to be resistant. There’s nothing better than, “What are we going to do next, Ms. Willis?”

My best selling product came about because I was looking for a way to excite and challenge my students while teaching fractions, decimals & percents.  You can find it here (click):

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In this math and art project, inspired by Piet Mondrian’s art, we view his art and question the amounts of colors in examples.  We measure the amounts using a transparent overlay, and then figure out the fractional, decimal and percentage amounts of each color.  Students then create their own Mondrian-inspired art using mathematical parameters. There are also reading and writing components to it, too!

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This is another math, art and literacy project.  In this product we learn about  Kandinsky and synesthesia, which fascinates my students. Using critical thinking strategies, students view a color study by Kandinsky, explore circumference, and creative problem solving before collaging their own Kandinsky-inspired artwork.

My favorite thing about writing for TBOTEMC’s Teacher Talk is the virtual collaboration.  It’s exciting to read about other teachers’ classroom journeys.  It’s exciting to be a part of that conversation, too!
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Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.

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There was a time in my life when this quote would’ve terrorized my whole existence (insert traumatized laugh). I remember fifth grade like it was yesterday, because that was the beginning of my obsession with history and my loathing of math. That year, I read every book I could find about the medieval time period. My imagination blossomed with tales of knights and the bubonic plague. And at night, I was tormented with nightmares of rogue long division problems. And now as a fifth grade teacher, when I think of math, it conjures up images of King Arthur, Merlin, death and destruction and the sounds of Gregorian chant.  I can’t help but wonder what my classroom math experiences might have been had my teacher linked the math to something that I love—like medieval history.

One awesome thing about being a teacher is that you get to right the wrongs you may have experienced yourself as a learner.  That’s what I did.  I took my students’ angst about classifying and measuring angles and I turned it into a math and art project, as I wished my fifth grade math teacher had done.
We began by reading about illuminated texts.  I brought this part of the project into my reader’s workshop and used it as a center.  Students read a three page history about illuminated manuscripts and completed a close read. This worked really well, and I was able to extend it into a lesson on nonfiction text structures.
After reading about illuminated texts and the history of monograms, I gave my kids copies of medieval lettering.  They cut out their monograms from these letters and glued them onto another page to examine them more closely.  Together, we explored the angles in each of our letters.  Using highlighters, my students began highlighting the angles they found in their letters. Reviewing acute, obtuse, right and straight angels, as well as supplementary and complementary angles, we began to sort our letters according to their “angle traits.”  We did this in small groups. At first, we eyeballed the angles and then used protractors to measure them.

The last part of this math project was great fun. We closely examined a close up photo of a real illuminated manuscript.  I was able to blow this up on my SMART board using the pdf I had created of the photo. We completed a visible thinking routine called “See-Think-Wonder.”  Students named and noticed the types of pictures painted in around the illuminated letters.
I created an illuminated alphabet using some fantastic gold glitter lettering from Paula Kim Studios. After printing it on cardstock paper, my kids selected their first or last initial and began drawing in details around their gold letter. They were required to sketch in details about their lives around their illuminated letters.

After sketch was complete, we used colored pencils to fill in our drawings with vibrant colors.  My students knew the colors had to be bold and vivid after looking at illuminated manuscript examples.

What are we going to do next in math, Ms. Willis?

This literacy, math and art project was fun. I teach fifth graders, so this was a review of fourth grade learning for them.  It enabled us to review measurement concepts and address learning goals in other curriculum areas. After having taught fourth grade for umpteen million years, I would use this project with fourth graders as an end-of-unit alternative assessment.
Perhaps the BEST part of this learning experience was my students asking, “What are we going to do next in math, Ms. Willis?”  Eyes shining. Faces smiling. No tears. Learning cemented. Not a worksheet in sight.
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## Hamlet Guess Who? Game

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Guess Who? Game for Hamlet is a great way to familiarize students with characters. Included is a game card, the characters cards to cut out, and an instruction sheet. See preview for more details.

The fun thing about this game is that the game changes as the reading progresses. It’s a great way for students to learn characterization and have fun at the same time.

Spice up your Hamlet unit and incorporate a fun and meaningful activity.

This activity is part of a larger unit:
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)