Category Archives : 8th Grade


Short Story Bundle Unit Plan

Bundle Description

The Short Story Bundle is 4 short story mini-units for the price of one. See the preview for more details.

Seventh Grade Short Story Mini Unit is a great way to start any literature unit. Suitable from grade seven to ten, this unit reviews literary elements and allows students to practice identifying all important elements.

The unit includes:

-A Copy of the short story

-An anticipation reading guide

-a two-page literary element cheat sheet

-plot graph

-word wall

-Character trait explanation sheet

-Characterization activity

-Writing evaluation (or activity) with evaluation sheet

-Comprehensive answer key for all activities.

18 pages total

“The Elevator” Short Story Mini-Unit is a one-stop-shop for teaching the short story. Other than photocopies, all of the work has been done for you.

This mini-unit is suitable for grades 7 through 10 and includes:

-a copy of the short story

-questions for comprehension

-a plot chart organizer

-activity to help students discover the author’s purpose for writing

-an instructional sheet on how to develop themes (with a practical example)

-an instructional sheet on how to develop a theme in paragraph form

-a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

-an example of a completed graphic organizer to plan the paragraph

-an example of a paragraph for “The Elevator.”

-a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

-a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

This short story mini-unit features Shirley Jackson’s short story “Charles.” Appropriate for grades 7 to 10, the lessons focus on the development of theme and paragraphs.

Included in the mini-unit is:

• A copy of the short story

• A prediction chart

• An anticipation guide

• Activity sheet (select important passages in the text for theme and paragraph support)

• Author’s purpose activity sheet

• How to develop a theme sheet with an example

• A graphic organizer to help students plan their paragraph

• An answer key for all activities

• 3-day lesson plan for easy planning

16 pages total

The Rain Rain Go Away Mini Unit includes all materials to teach this short story. Students also get the opportunity to be creative and collaborate with others in the creative process. This unit is always a hit in my class.

The resource includes:

-An anticipation guide

-A copy of the short story

-Questions for comprehension

-Plot graph activity

-Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

-A personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

-A comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

-An individual evaluation where the student must write an alternate ending to the story

-A group evaluation where students must work collaboratively to produce an alternate ending

24 pages total

Individual Short Story Mini-Units:

The Elevator Short Story Mini Unit

Rain, Rain, Go Away Short Story Mini Unit

Seventh Grade Mini Unit

Charles Short Story Mini Unit

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Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
74 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks


FREE PARENT FLYER–Great Gifts for Children

Great Gifts for Kids

The most valuable gifts for children don’t cost a penny. This free, one page flyer is a good reminder to parents in our materialistic society about gifts that promote happy memories and richer relationships. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Great-Gifts-For-Children-2193017


Free Contract for Rewriting an Evaluation – Self-Evaluation

Product Description

Contract for rewriting evaluations:

If your experiences are like mine, you often have students asking to redo work or to be given extra credit assignments. Personally, I believe in giving my students every opportunity to succeed. However, the sad reality is that students often decide to rely on our good and gracious nature and choose only to work after the fact. Meaning that students choose to “slack off” and retake the work later. In order to avoid this problem, I have created a self-evaluation sheet that students must complete (in detail) in order to have the opportunity to redo an evaluation. And, based on the students’ answers, the teacher can choose to allow a retake or not.
In addition, I often make students complete this sheet when first receiving a corrected evaluation (even when no retake is possible). It allows students to look at their work critically. In reality, a student who cannot identify his strengths and weaknesses won’t be able to successfully retake their evaluation or to do better on the next one.

It’s been a super useful tool for me. I have senior students who all expect to have 90% averages, which isn’t realistic. This helps me with both students, parents, and administration.

It’s teaching made easy!

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Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Christmas Bookmarks and Certificates”

by Readable Creations

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

The bookmarks and certificates presented in this download have decorative Christmas designs – great for all the shining stars in your classroom this Festive Season.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Bookmarks-and-Certificates-410541

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Spelling Flip Book

Product Description

The Spelling Flip Book is designed to help young learners become familiar with spelling rules and to incorporate them into their work.

Students can color and personalize their flip books to enhance the spelling learning experience.

I always like encouraging my students to use their flip books as reference sheets when they are working to promote good spelling habits. The goal is that eventually, by using the flip book when working, the student will begin to remember common errors made in the past and correct them. I have had much success with this strategy in my classes.

I’ve also included a color copy and an answer key – a total of 18 pages.
It’s teaching made easy!

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Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

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Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)

Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

Death of a Salesman (No prep required)

Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)

Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)

Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students

Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “The Bridge Home: Chapters 1-7”

by Making ELA Matter

5th – 9th Grade

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is one of the novels selected for this year’s Global Read Aloud. This will be my fifth year participating in the Global Read Aloud, and the resources I design for my classroom will be shared here in my store free for the duration of the read-aloud.

This resource is designed to cover chapters 1-7 of the novel. Chapter handouts require students to recall key details, examine passages for literary devices, apply literary terms, and make predictions and connections.

What’s included:

  • Suggested guidelines for using this resource
  • Vocabulary Activity for chapters 1-7
  • Questions/Activities for Chapters 1-7
  • “A Closer Look” page for determining literary elements and literary devices
  • Answer keys for all pages

I will be uploading resources that accompany the read-aloud weekly. Follow my store to receive updates when these new resources are uploaded.

Thank you for visiting my store!

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The Elevator Short Story Mini-Unit

Product Description

“The Elevator” Short Story Mini-Unit is a one-stop-shop for teaching the short story. Other than photocopies, all of the work has been done for you.

This mini-unit is suitable for grades 7 through 10 and includes:

-a copy of the short story

-questions for comprehension

-a plot chart organizer

-activity to help students discover the author’s purpose for writing

-an instructional sheet on how to develop themes (with a practical example)

-an instructional sheet on how to develop a theme in paragraph form

-a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

-an example of a completed graphic organizer to plan the paragraph

-an example of a paragraph for “The Elevator.”

-a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

-a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A


Rain, Rain, Go Away Short Story Mini-Unit

Product Description

The Rain Rain Go Away Mini Unit includes all materials to teach this short story. Students also get the opportunity to be creative and collaborate with others in the creative process. This unit is always a hit in my class.

The resource includes:

-An anticipation guide

-A copy of the short story

-Questions for comprehension

-Plot graph activity

-Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

-A personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

-A comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

-An individual evaluation where the student must write an alternate ending to the story

-A group evaluation where students must work collaboratively to produce an alternate ending

24 pages total

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 Week


Speech Evaluation with drop down boxes

Product Description

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

Automated Comment Generator for SPEECHES

This document has been created to help teachers evaluate students during the speech evaluation. 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: elements of persuasion and argumentation, communication, the quality of information, the quality of sources, and the quality of visual aids.

Please see the preview for a better idea of how this product can help you to assess your students.It’s teaching made easy!

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Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

FREE Group Work Comment Sheet with Drop Down Boxes

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Product Description

Teach grammar in a creative and meaningful way. No more boring grammar. grammar

Simplify your life and make grammar fun and effective.

One of the biggest challenges I had in my English classes was how to fit in grammar with everything else I had to teach. I would give students grammar pages, and then we would correct them together. It was tedious, and it took forever! What’s more is that students were not learning the way I wanted them to. They wouldn’t apply what they had learned from the grammar pages and activities.

I found a solution!

Grammar Circles. Grammar Circles are very similar to literature circles in the sense that students are teaching one another grammar. It is a fun and functional way to teach and learn grammar. Although this may be done individually, it can also be completed as a group where students, through a specific process outlined in the package, teach one another grammar. They also correct the work together, so the teacher has very little to do.

The package includes:

1) A Student Packet – which contains the Literature Circle directions, the notes, directions, and activities, and a “Mark Calculation” page to keep track of their marks. (16 pages)

Activities included focus on:

-the logistics of the sentence (the basic parts)

-the prepositional phrase

-the adjective phrase

-the adverb phrase

-the verbal phrase

-the appositive phrase

-the independent and subordinate clauses

-subjects and predicates

-fragments

-run-on sentences

-types of sentences

2) A teacher Guide with easy to follow instructions on how to organize the Grammar Circles.

3) The Answer Key – devised to allow students to correct their work and learn from one another.

For those who are from Ontario, Canada – this unit adheres to the Grade 9 English Curriculum (academic). The unit can be taught in any grade to about sentences.

(27 pages total for this unit)

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Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A


Seventh Grade Short Story Mini Unit

Product Description

Seventh Grade Short Story Mini-Unit is a great way to start any literature unit. Suitable from grade seven to ten, this unit reviews literary elements and allows students to practice identifying all important elements.

The unit includes:

-A copy of the short story

-An anticipation reading guide

-a two-page literary element cheat sheet

-plot graph

-word wall

-Character trait explanation sheet

-Characterization activity

-Writing evaluation (or activity) with an evaluation sheet

-A comprehensive answer key for all activities.

18 pages total

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 days


FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “Free Dichotomous Classification Key to Holiday Giving and Community Service”

by Amy Brown Science

6th – 12th Grade

Combine scientific classification using dichotomous classification keys with holiday fun and community service!

Teach your middle and high school students how to use a dichotomous classification key while instructing them on the importance of holiday giving and community service.

Students will use this “scientific” classification key to identify the scientific name of various candies and toiletries. As the activity progresses, students will place the candies in small stockings and the toiletries in Ziplock bags so that they can be donated to local food banks, homeless shelters or nursing homes.

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Earth’s History and the Origin of Life on Earth PowerPoint with Notes for Student and Teacher

Graphic Organizer for Writing Science Lab Reports

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November 2019 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher
entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog link-up, sign up here….
The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative.
 If you decide to join, be sure to mention one of our names.

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Empathy and Digital Citizenship
I can only speak for myself,
but I bet that many of us have not even thought about speaking with our
students concerning using good manners when commenting on that blog
post, or stating opinions on social media sites.  Not only do our
classes need to be educated about online etiquette, or netiquette
but they have to learn to be careful about what kind of information they share online.
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 For the Love of Bookmaking
November . . . the time of year when students are starting to get antsy for Winter Break, yet it’s still not close enough. Teachers are tired, parent conference time and report cards are here, the time change has made it darker earlier. . . Bookmaking is the perfect solution for reinvigorating your students’ writing in any content area!
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Enough
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Our family has a reunion every year at Thanksgiving time. We are
scattered all over the country (actually all over the world) now, but
each year as many as possible try to meet up for a banquet cooked by
professional chefs (yay!) rather than by any of us.

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 The value of learning about number lines
 Number lines help your students to learn skills they will need for the rest of their lives. Use these tips all year long!
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The Superintendent’s Tears
 We made our superintendent cry. Read about how we did it .
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 Meaningful Activities to Do Before Winter Break
 Here are two free activities to use before the Winter Holidays.
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 Supporting Reluctant Writers
By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn easy, effective tips for supporting reluctant writers in your 4th through 8th grade classroom.

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Gentle Rebellion 101: A Teaching Story
By Tracy Willis of Mossy Oak Musings

 “Once upon a time, there was a fearsome dandelion fighter. Every week, he rode a 20 horsepower mower across an immaculate lawn… a lawn manicured so carefully that when the neighborhood association whipped out its Home Depot measuring tape, no matter where they measured, his grass was exactly 1 1/2 inches tall… ” 
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 Looking deeper at craft and structure in the Common Core
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR

 Looking deeper at craft and structure in the Common Core

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 Five Tips for Your Native American Lessons
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

 Tips to make your Native American unit a success.
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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Free Winter Holiday Lessons By The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs MC – 2018”

by Victoria Leon

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

We hope you enjoy these free holiday lessons by The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative! 

  • Emergent Reader Sampler: Christmas
  • Twenty-five Kisses till Christmas
  • English Gingerbread Colors
  • Christmas Language Sequencing: Free Sample
  • Free Sample of Fall Halloween Harvest Odd Even Math for Young Learners
  • Winter Blends FREEBIE
  • Christmas Writing – I Need Help!
  • Reading for the Common Core Bookmark
  • 3rd Grade Math for December – FREEBIE!
  • Read Draw Write Stocking Stuffers Multiplication Worksheet Sneak Peek
  • Mindful Thoughts Journal: Winter Break / Problem Solving Mindfulness Activities
  • FREE Winter Multiplication Activities NO PREP
  • A, B, C’s of Number Tiles – Problem Solving Math Activities – FREE Version
  • Happy Hanukkah Coloring Banner
  • FREE Communication Boards for Hanukkah and Christmas for AAC Users
  • More Free Lessons

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPEN THIS FILE or you have any questions, feel free to email me at vleon999@yahoo.com. 

Wishing you the very best during the holiday season,

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I Have, Who has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language and Poetry

Product Description

The goal of this game is to help students memorize and understand FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE through the use of games. Playing rather than memorizing is a fun activity that will engage students in a classroom.

Included in this purchase is the MASTER SHEET, which contains the answers, attractive STUDENT CARDS, which you can print and cut out in colour (on card stock and laminate for sustainable use), and A SET OF RULES explaining how the game works.

This package contains 23 cards and 12 extra blank cards in case you have a bigger class.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A


Charles by Shirley Jackson Short Story Mini-Unit

Product Description

This short story mini-unit features Shirley Jackson’s short story “Charles.” Appropriate for grades 7 to 10, the lessons focus on the development of theme and paragraphs.

Included in the mini-unit is:

• A copy of the short story

• A prediction chart

• An anticipation guide

• Activity sheet (select important passages in the text for later theme and paragraph support)

• Author’s purpose activity sheet

• How to develop a theme sheet with an example

• A graphic organizer to help student plan their paragraph

• An answer key for all activities

• 3-day lesson plan for easy planning

16 pages total

All the prep work has been done for you.

It’s teaching made easy!

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Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
3 days


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Conflict in “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry”

by From Chopsticks to Mason Jars

7th – 12th Grade

This handout discusses conflict.
It also contains a graphic organizer where students compare/contrast internal and external conflict.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Polar Bears Clip Art by Jeanette Baker”

by Jason’s Online Classroom

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Polar Bears Clip Art – File includes 10 unique custom clip art images (as seen in the first thumbnail image) by Jeanette Baker in both color and black and white outline. Each image includes a PNG version with a transparent background as well as a JPG version with a white background.

About Jeanette
Jeanette Baker is an independent graphic designer and illustrator that sells her products through Jason’s Online Classroom. Do you have a request or suggestion? Email Jeanette!

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COMMERCIAL USE LICENSE INFORMATION
All free or purchased clip art is available for commercial use with credit: “Clip Art created by Jeanette Baker @ Jason’s Online Classroom (www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/Jasons-Online-Classroom)”

TERMS OF USE
With your purchase, you are being granted permission to copy and print the design. All copyrights remain with Jeanette Baker.

USE OF DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
All paid and free clip art from Jason’s Online Classroom is available for personal and commercial use. There is no additional fee required for commercial use.

About Jason’s Online Classroom
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Opinion Letter with the Novel Holes

Product Description

The Opinion Letter with the Novel Holes

Appropriate for grades 7 to 9, students learn how to recognize and write a supported opinion using Louis Sachar’s novel “Holes.”

The bundle includes:

-An activity sheet on “What is a Supported Opinion?” (with answer key)

-Instructions on how to write an effective opinion letter

-The evaluation which contains the instruction sheet and list of topics (that were selected for students of different needs. Students who are high achieving might select one of the more complex topics, while a student who struggles can choose a more obvious one.)

-An evaluation grid is included along with evaluation expectations

-All writing process directions and sheets are included (Pre-Writing or Brainstorming sheet and a Paragraph Organizer)

-Also included is an example of the writing process from beginning to end to help students fully understand what the task entails. (Pre-Writing sheet, Paragraph Organizer and the final draft, which includes format expectations.)

It really is teaching made easy! Print it and go!

Ten pages in PDF format are included.

You may also be interested in the following products:

The Elevator Short Story Mini-Unit

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

FREE Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Spelling Flip Book

Rubrics Self-Evaluation

Fish Bowl Evaluation Bundle

Opinion Piece Bundle

How to Write a Paragraph

ELA Literature Study Unit to Use with ANY Work of Literature

Total Pages 10

Answer Key Included with rubric

Teaching Duration 4 days


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Tiger Rising Novel Study Resources Freebie Kate DiCamillo Common Core”

by James Whitaker

5th – 12th Grade

The Tiger Rising
(by Kate DiCamillo)
Novel Study and Unit Resources Freebie
by James D. Whitaker

*** FULL NOVEL STUDY: THE TIGER RISING NOVEL STUDY ***

Product/Materials Preface [Grades 5-12]

This English Language Arts Novel Study and Unit Resource Freebie is part of my 140+-page Mega Study and celebrates the Kate DiCamillo’s thematically rich novel The Tiger Rising. I was more familiar with DiCamillo’s more upbeat tales: Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, but I recently picked up The Tiger Rising, quickly devoured it, and it is now my favorite of her of novels. So, I thought I’d throw together this thought provoking and powerful novel study to help my colleagues share the endearing story with their students. Nevertheless, the tale is rich in theme and takes us on a tour de force through the mind of a young, grief-stricken protagonist. The story grapples bullying, emotional imprisonment, the search for a kindred spirit and ultimately redemption.

This Freebie Includes (23 pages):

5: Overview of High Order Thinking Concepts in The Tiger Rising
6-7: Character Description Blurb GO with Characters Written In
8: In-depth Synopsis and Chapter Reflection, Analysis, Evaluation Template [Any Chapter]
9: Kate DiCamillo Author Card
10: The Tyger Artwork and Related Pictures
11: Setting: Weather Conditions GO
12: Literal and Figurative Death and Resurrection GO
13: Flashback: Memories of a Beloved Mother GO
14: Six Stages of Plot GO
15: Notes Page GO
16: Causal Root and Divergent Effects GO
17: Character Reflection Response Templates for Rob
18: BLANK
19: The Tyger – William Blake Poem
20: Suitcase GO
21: Titling the Nameless Chapters Activity Sample – Chapters 1-6
22: 5 Stages of Grief and Loss GO
23: Name Origins Activity – Completed
24: Analyzing Symbols GO – With Pictures
25: Coming of Age GO
26: Abstract Concepts List
27: Character Trait Analysis Card – Sistine “Sissy” Bailey
28: character Transition GO – Robert “Rob” Horton, Jr.

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THE TIGER RISING NOVEL STUDY

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**This unit resource also works well with Upper Grade SpEd and ELL students with a focus on Conflict, Duality, Symbolism, and Universal Themes of Human Nature.The words are easy to read but the content is very rich and mature!**

The 140 + Page Novel and Unit Resource Mega Study Includes:

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

5: Overview of High Order Thinking Concepts
6-7: Character Description Blurb GO with Characters Written In
8-9: Character Description Blurb GO Blank
10-19: Synopsis and Chapter Reflection, Analysis, Evaluation Template [3 Chapters/Template]
20: In-depth Synopsis and Chapter Reflection, Analysis, Evaluation Template [1 Chapter]
21: Kate DiCamillo Author Card
22: Michelangelo [The Sistine Chapel] Artist card
23: William Blake [The Tyger] Poet Card
24: The Tyger Pictures and Memorabilia
25: The Changing of Setting Overtime GO
26: Setting: Weather Conditions GO
27: Literal and Figurative Death and Resurrection GO
28: Flashback: Memories of a Beloved Mother GO
29: Character Types and Roles GO
30: Literary Elements Overview GO
31-32: Six Stages of Plot GOs
33-34: Beginning Middle End – Summarizing the Simple Plot GOs
35: Notes Page GO
36: Causal Root and Divergent Effects GO
37: Major Events Timeline GO
38: Character Transition Timeline GO
39: Foreshadowing Timeline GO
40: Flashback Sequences Timeline GO
41: Understanding Character Traits Response Template
42: Character Reflection Question Template
47-48: Analyzing & Evaluating Major Conflicts GO & Response Template
49: Facts and Opinion Recorder GO
50-54: Character Reflection Response Templates for: Rob, Sistine, Robert, Willie May, & Mr. Beauchamp
55: Character Reflection Response Template Blank
56: The Tyger Poem by William Blake
57: Suitcase GO
58: Cause and Effect GO
59: Converging Causes and Climatic Effect GO
60-61: Titling the Nameless Chapters Activity [1-15] & [16-30]
62: Titling the Nameless Chapters Activity Sample – Chapters 1-6
63: 5 Stages of Grief and Loss GO
64: Making Text Connections GO
65-66: Identifying Figurative Language Types GO – 1 w/ Types and 1 Open-Ended
67-68: Classifying Parts of Speech GO – 2 Versions
69: Vocabulary and Word Work GO
70: Identifying Synonyms and Antonyms GO
71: Distinguishing Between Common and Proper Nouns GO
72: Distinguishing between Concrete and Abstract Nouns GO
73: Identifying Subject and Verb GO
74: Classifying Sentence Types GO
75: Identifying Imagery GO
76: Name Origins Activity – Complete
77: Names Origins Activity – Blank
78: Symbolic Characters GO – Names Written In
79: Symbolic Characters GO – Blank/Open-Ended Entries
80: Objects and Colors as Symbols GO – Objects Written In
81: Objects and Colors as Symbols GO – Blank/Open-Ended
82: Places as Symbols GO – Places Written In
83: Objects as Symbols GO – Blank/Open-Ended
84: Motifs GO – Motives Written In
85: Motifs GO – Blank/Open-Ended
86: Dualisms/Dualities GO – Dualities Written In
87: Dualism/Dualities GO – Blank
88: Analyzing Symbols GO – Blank
89: Analyzing Symbols GO – With Pictures
90: Simple Conflict Response Template – 2 Responses
91: Simple Conflict Response Template – In-Depth Response
92: Dialogue Recognition GO
93: Dialogue Analysis GO
94-97: STEAL Indirect Characterization GO 1, 2, 3, 4
98-100: Vocabulary Cards – 3 Different Versions
101: Rob’s Dreams GO with Visuals
102 Open-Ended Response GO with 6 Response Spaces
103: Open-Needed Response GO with 3 Thought Bubbles
104: Similes Analysis GO
105: Locating Similes GO
106-107: Coming of Age GOs – 2 Versions
108-109: Making Predictions GOs –2 Versions
110-111: Making Inferences GOs – 2 Versions
112-113: Determining Importance of Plot Events GO – 2 Versions
114: Interpreting Feelings and Inferring Traits GO
115: 5 Ws and 1 H Event GO
116: Abstract Concept List
117: Building Universal Themes GO
118-120: Formulating Universal Themes Response GO
121-122: Comparing and Contrasting Major Characters T-Charts
123-124: Synonym and Antonym Relationship Webs – 2 Versions
125: Character Trait Graphic Organizer
126-127: Parts of Speech 4 Quadrant GOs – 2 Versions
128: Making Text Connections 4 Quadrant GO
129-133: Character Trait Analysis Cards – 5 Versions/5 Characters
134: Open-Ended Venn Diagram
135: Open-Ended Character Venn Diagram
136: 4 Character Overview GO
137: Rob’s Emotional State Go
138: Tri-Comparison Character Role GO
139: Open-Ended Tri-Comparison GO
140-141: Character Transition GO – 2 Versions – Rob and Sistine
142-145: Text Connection Response Templates – 4 Versions

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I will definitely respond to all inquiries in a timely fashion.

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Hopefully my products will help strengthen your lessons, help your students learn, and make your life easier. Thank you and enjoy! J.D. Whitaker

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Figurative Language and Poetic Devices Jeopardy Game

Product DescriptionAre you looking for a new way of introducing poetic devices in your class? This PowerPoint document is a great way to review poetic terms or to help students learn them.

I play this game from grade 9 to grade 12 and all of the students love them.

Directions on how to play the game are also included.

It’s teaching made easy!
Total Pages 28 pages

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LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON- Holiday Traditions Grammar Stories

Holiday Traditions Grammar Stories

Timely fun!  Grades 4-8 enjoy discovering the origins of holiday traditions while practicing grammar skills at the same time. This set focuses on most common student grammatical errors, and Answer Keys include explanations for every correction. Perfect for homework, seatwork, or learning centers at this time of year! Grammar practice can be both enjoyable and interesting! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ENGLISH-GRAMMAR-STORIES-HOLIDAY-TRADITIONS-1588369


The Three Paragraph Essay

Product Description

This is a great way to teach students how to structure their essay properly.

The Three Paragraph Essay is a resource that is best used for novice essay writers. It is an excellent way to introduce the expository essay. The 2-page pdf document includes simple step-by-step instructions to teach students how to write an effective three paragraph essay.

I recommend using this material with students who are in grades 7-9. It is an efficient and simple way of learning how to write a proper introduction, a one paragraph development, and a conclusion that serves a purpose.

It’s teaching made easy!

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Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “How To: Writing Lesson Plans, Video for Teachers”

by Julie Faulkner

6th – 12th Grade

In this how-to video tutorial, I’ll explain the way I create daily lesson plans. It’s a simple formula, but it ensures structure and student success.

Planners galore: 3-subject planners, 4-subject planners, 5-subject planners in traditional and digital Google format. Download a free sample page with this video.

See more tips in video format right here on TPT of me sharing ideas from my classroom to yours. The goal?…having your own classroom success story!

10-Minute Grammar

Red Light Green Light, A Method for Analyzing Model Papers

Classroom Discussions

Gallery Walks

Teaching Novels with Difficult Content

Writing Formulas

Human Plot Charts

Teaching Allusions

Classroom Escape Games

Teaching Claims, Counterclaims, and Rebuttals

Setting Stations with Task Cards in Large Classes

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Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook

The Plot Line Newsletter with Email-Only Freebies

Original Cover Photography © Julie Faulkner

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON–Root Words Crossword Puzzle


Improve and enlarge vocabulary! Effective, enjoyable, and easy to use.Students can boost word power while having fun as they complete three different crossword puzzles. They learn new words while grasping the influence of Latin and Greek roots in English. A bonus page of Rather Questions helps to imprint the roots with more new vocabulary from these roots. Beneficial and engaging! Vocabulary improvement does not have to be boring!

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English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Product Description

This “Cheat Sheet” was designed to help students while writing in English. This at a glance 2 page sheet is colorful and has an easy to find layout to help students remember certain important things while they write.

I allow my students to use this in class when writing a test. This is not a grammar lesson, but it will remind students about the grammar they’ve learned in the past.

Some of the reminders included:

– parts of speech

– transitional words

– quotation marks (how and when to use them)

– basic sentence structure

– spelling tips (plurals of nouns and IE rule)

– puncutaion rules (apostrophe, colon, semicolon

The other side of the page has comma rules:

– with coordinate conjunctions

-with introductory elements

– with other elements (dates, parenthetical expression, nouns in a direct address)

– with adjectives

-with appositives

It also contains tips on things to avoid, such as writing a paragraph shorter than 4 sentences. And, it contains a list of things to do, such as make sure that your paragraphs contain at least 2 pieces of evidence.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
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Rubrics: Self Evaluation and teacher assessment rubrics

Product Description

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer evaluations.

Included within this document are over 20 different self-evaluation grids.

These self-evaluation grids are also very helpful to teachers:

 Helps the teacher justify the final mark;

Helps the teacher create meaningful evaluation grids;

 Helps to identify students’ weaknesses and strengths;

 Helps parents and students better understand the task required;

 Helps teachers create rubrics for the final evaluation.

This package was created in a Word document in order to be easily modified and changed according to the individual teacher’s needs.

This self-evaluation package contains self-evaluation grids for:

 Newspaper article

 Short story writing (intermediate and senior)

 Essay writing (various different types)

 Essay evaluation rubrics (for teacher –with and without sources)

 Independent study unit

 Research paper

 Skits

 Board game

 Group work

 Opinion piece

 Editorial

 Friendly letter

 Debate

 Movie review

 Journals

 Scrapbook

 Seminar

 Speech

 Riddle writing

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Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students

Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Life Skills Center (FREE)”

by Simply Special Ed

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

This Year Long Life Skills Bundle is the perfect way to implement a life skills center to your classroom and curriculum!

Try out one skill from my life skills bundle! Folding facecloths is a great place to start life skills centers!

Included for this skill:
– visuals
– Real pictures of each step
– letter home to family
– task analysis
– sorting labels
– data sheets
– certificate of completion

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Life Skills Centers in my Classroom

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Numbers & Chalk- Editable Classroom Rules Poster Set”

by Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Free- please leave feedback. This colorful poster set includes the following 5 classroom rules, all of which are editable:

1. Respect others and yourself.

2. Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.

3. Follow Directions the first time they are given.

4. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

5. Follow all school rules.

Just click the text* to change or modify the classroom rules, no need to download extra fonts! These posters are easy to print on standard copy paper, laminate them for years of use!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Teepee & Native American Borders Clipart”

by Teacher Karma

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Native American Borders Clipart!

These are perfect for your TPT for sale products. You will LOVE these ** 16 ** graphics that are so much FUN! They are absolutely perfect for adding to parent newsletters, literacy and writing stations, activities, printables and student worksheets, class invitations, etc.

These graphics may be added to your classroom materials and resource products that you sell.

There are 16 great graphics included in this download. Each png graphic was created at 300 dpi.

  • Black borders: 8
  • Turquoise borders: 8

What you need to know:

  • These graphics may be added to your classroom materials and resource products that you sell.
  • These graphics are intended for you to create your own teaching resources in a document form. The images must be embedded and NOT easily extracted.
  • In the download, there are instructions on how to give me credit for these images. Please make sure that you are using the graphics within a document, and not an image file.
  • The graphics absolutely may NOT be shared for any reason. You may also NOT use these graphics to create your own clipart. If you have any questions about this, please contact me at the email below.
  • It is fine to use for commercial or personal use, but please read and adhere to the Terms of Use Policy included in the file. 🙂

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Native American BOHO Borders

Borders: Native American Style

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