Category Archives : 8th Grade


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

Intermediate Poetry 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 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
4 days


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:

The Elevator Elevator Short Story Mini Unit

Intermediate Poetry 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
24 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 Week


August 2019 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s August Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully those of you who are back to school this month are off to a great beginning with the best classes
ever. 
 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.

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 Is Summer Vacation Over Already?
Someone posted on Facebook that August is like Sunday for teachers! We’re elated when the weekend comes around, and love Saturday, it’s one of our fun days, but then the dreaded Sunday comes, you have to correct papers, do lesson plans, and go to bed at a reasonable hour, you know the routine.  Then there’s the month of August, it just seems to zooooom by and before you know it your summer vacation is like a dream gone by.  But you do Love teaching, it’s your calling. Read on for some first day teaching tips.
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How Morning Meeting Can Become a Sacred Space
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 Adding new practices to make Morning Meeting a peaceful and calm transition to your teaching and learning day.

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 5 Meaningful No-Prep Activities for the First Week of School
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools 

If you’re frantically planning for your first day or week of school, here are five tried & true activities (not busy work!) to keep your students engaged while you get to observe and learn more about them. And be sure to download all the FREEBIES!

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 Developing Powerful, Enthusiastic Readers

 Every teacher wants a classroom filled with powerful and enthusiastic readers. This is a terrific goal for the new school year…and it can be accomplished with
this design.
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 Free Video to Teach Prepositional Phrases
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Here’s a FREE video to teach prepositional phrases.

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 Developing and Writing Effective Lesson Plans for Math
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

 We often hear of research based strategies and how to use them in our classrooms. Having worked at two colleges in the past ten years, I have discovered that some who are doing this research have never been in a classroom or taught anyone under the age of 18! (Sad but True) 

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  Using Math Centers in the Upper Elementary Classroom
By Kris McWilliams of Mistakes Allow Things to Happen

 Thinking about adding Math Centers to your classroom math block? This article will help you take steps to implement a plan in an upper elementary school classroom.

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 Ease New School Year Teacher Anxiety
 By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

 Tips to ease Teachers’ back to school anxiety.

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 Math Games: Observing Your Students Makes Back-to-School a Breeze!
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs 

 Want to know an easy peasy way to really get to know your kiddos at the beginning of the year? Play some math games with them and sit back and watch. This is one teacher’s approach to collecting student data.

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Recommended Reading Board
By Erik Arndt of Insights to English

Create a wall display of books (or better yet: series of books) that your students should consider reading. Make sure to have a variety of formats and genres so that there’s something for everyone!
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 This is the Time to Start Your Year Off Right With an Amazing Close Reading Lesson
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

 This is the time to start your year off right with an amazing close reading
lesson. As the school year starts, this is the best time to start with
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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!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students

Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

The Elevator Short Story Mini Unit

Intermediate Poetry 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 16 pages

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration 3 days


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE “Just Give the Word” Worksheet/Team Activity/Game, Print-and-Teach Fun”

by Laura Randazzo

7th – 10th Grade

Know that awkward moment when you’ve finish a lecture early, all questions have been answered, and there’s still – yikes! – 10 minutes left in the period? Or do you have one of those classes that seems to finish everything about 15 minutes earlier than all of your other sections? 

The solution is to keep ‘em busy until the end of the hour with fun and meaningful activities. This handy “Just Give the Word” print-and-teach worksheet was built to help fill all available class time. The handout can be used as an in-class or homework assignment, substitute teacher materials, or game/contest sheet. A completed example is also included for teacher and student reference.

As a game, place students in teams of two or three and give one sheet to each team. Then, announce the letter you have chosen (pick a common one, like “e,” “s,” or “t”) and the amount of time (anywhere from 5 to 12 minutes) you’re giving teams to work on their answers. You could announce that the team with the highest number of word points will win the sole prize or, even better, announce that any team scoring more than, say, 50 word points will win an extra credit point/a piece of candy/homework pass/whatever. (For lower-level classes, I would give teams 5 minutes to work and then allow the use of a dictionary and/or thesaurus for the remaining contest time.)

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Click here for a full semester of Brain Teasers.
Click here for 250+ Analogies/Logic Puzzlers.
Click here for Word ADDiction, another FREE print-and-go resource.

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Teaching the Argument by Solving Mysteries

Product Description

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

Pages total 58 pages

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Poetry Through Song Unit

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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

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
58 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Week


Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Product Description

Superhero themed Parts of speech Grammar Circle Unit

One of the biggest challenges I had in my English classes was how to fit grammar in 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 other than to facilitate and supervise.

Once these circles have been implemented and students know who their group members are and what they are supposed to do, it is a great prep to leave a supply teacher.

The package includes:

1) A Student Packet – which contains the Literature Circle directions, the notes, and activities, and a “Mark Calculation” page to keep track of their marks. (27 pages)

Activities included focus on:

-nouns

-adjectives

-verbs

-adverbs

-prepositions

-conjunctions

-putting in all together

-correct use of pronouns

-who and whom

-that and which

-who’s and whose

-that and who

-pronoun case

-pronoun agreement

-active and passive voice

-verb tenses (present, past, future)

-verb uses (consistency in verb tenses)

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.

Also included are free Superhero Themed Parts of Speech Posters to decorate your class.

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 learn parts of speech.

(51 pages total for this unit)

You may also be interested in:

Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

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


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Back to School Editable Syllabus”

by Making ELA Matter

6th – 12th Grade

This completely editable syllabus can be used as a back-to-school handout for students or a parent handout for back-to-school night or open house. Included are classroom rules, consequences, necessary supplies, and policies for homework, absent students and late work. Use the parts you like and want to keep, and tailor the sections you need to change to meet your needs. While this syllabus is designed for 8th grade English, it can be easily adapted for any middle school or high school classroom subject.

If you are interested in more back-to-school products, check out my Classroom Rules and Procedures Memes for the Secondary Classroom HERE.

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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!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away 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 16 pages

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration N/A


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Back to School Bookmark FREEBIE”

by The Fun Factory

Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Just for fun! Give your students a cute bookmark for the beginning of school. These are part of a Monkey room decor set. Don’t monkey around!

Related Resources:
MONKEY Themed Classroom Decor Materials Editable PiecesJust for fun! Give your students a cute bookmark for the beginning of school. 

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☺ Back to School Bundle for 1st Grade 486 Pages
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☺ Read and Follow Directions Activities Back to School 1st & 2nd Grades

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Back to School Banner”

by Teacher’s Open House

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

This is a beautiful WELCOME BACK banner made with light and dark blue tones and black and white accents. There are pennants included with a dolphin theme that can be used if desired.

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Short Story Bundle Unit Plan

Product 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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Intermediate Poetry 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

It’s teaching made easy!

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


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Free Back to School Lessons By The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs MC – 2018”

by Victoria Leon

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

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* Sight Word Checklists – Editable

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* Subtraction Fun Facts 0-10: Dog House to Bones 

* Informational Text Response – For Any Text – (Reading-Writing)

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* First Grade Back to School Warm-up Freebie Sampler Pack

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* Back to School – Meet UR Neighbor Foldable Dice – Ready to Play 

* Back to School All About Me Bulletin Board Project to Build Classroom Culture

* FREE Back to School Math Review 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Mini Starter Kit Papers and Frames”

by The Enlightened Elephant

Kindergarten – 12th Grade

This mini starter kit includes 4 chevron papers and 3 simple black and white frames; great for creating product covers and for use while creating other products and resources. All images are .png files. 

Clip art is for personal or commercial use. Link to my store is required in commercial use products. No additional license required. 

Personal Use
These graphics may be used for personal use in documents or items that you create. The documents may be printed and copied for classroom use, but any redistribution of the graphics alone is not permitted. 

Commercial Use
You may use these graphics in products that you create. All graphics must be in a flattened and secure format. Credit must be provided some where on the document for sale.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “{FREE!} Printable Poster: We Can Do Hard Things”

by Blair Turner

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

This is one of my very favorite reminders – for both students and teachers! Send the message that you are a community of capable and determined learners with this fun printable poster. 

Brush lettering is really popular right now – this font is clear and easy to read, so it’s a great addition to your classroom decor that doesn’t sacrifice legibility. This simple motivational poster is quick to print and easy on the ink. 

I hope you enjoy this freebie!

You may also be interested in my motivational quote poster bundle. Make sure to download the preview file for a few extra printable freebies!

**NOTE: If you are using a Mac, make sure to print this file using Adobe Reader, rather than Preview.**

© Blair Turner 2015
Materials are licensed for personal use only.

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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

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Total Pages 1 page

Answer Key N/A

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ELA Literature Study Unit – Use with ANY Work of Literature

Product Description

ELA Literature Study Unit – Use with ANY Work of Literature

This bundle has everything needed to teach any work of literature, to start literature circles, or as an alternative to independent book reports. It also teaches literacy skills which are essential for students to add meaning to content.

Now comes with a fill in the blank PDF for students who prefer using the computer

There are 24 pages in the unit guide that include:

-Anticipation guide

-Prediction chart

-Plot Chart

– Plot chart (graphic organizer)

-List of character traits and a STEAL chart for characterization

-Characterization graphic organizer

-STEAL characterization graphic organizer

-Character traits graphic organizer

-Conflict activity

-Personal word wall

-Important passages (quotes) activity sheet

-Questions for Comprehension (generic- before, during, and after reading)

-Event map

-Chapter summary pages

-Making inferences activity sheet

-Activity on author’s purpose

-Themes and how to develop them

-How to develop themes in paragraph form (using PEEL)

-Paragraph graphic organizer (using PEEL)

-How to answer a test question in paragraph form (using PEEL)

Included are 2 evaluations with rubrics:

1) Writing a journal as one of the characters in the story (focus on characterization)

2) Writing a newspaper article on an event from the story (focus on plot and cause and event)

Characterization poster for the classroom is also included in two different formats (legal size paper required)

It’s teaching made easy!

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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

Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages 31 pages

Answer Key Included with rubric

Teaching Duration N/A


Free Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Product Description

This is a nice visual to help students remember the process of developing themes.

Free Poster to help students remember the steps to take when developing themes in literature.

It’s teaching made easy!

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Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package

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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 1 page

Answer Key N/A

Teaching Duration N/A


FREE MISC. LESSON – “How to Add Animated Photos to the TpT Quote Area”

by Wise Owl Factory

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Updated August 2018
How to Add Animated Photos to the TpT Quote Area

In the Teachers Pay Teachers store, the quote area can be animated to help engage viewers. This is a set of steps which can be used to created animated photos using PowerPoint and free online sites.

Now includes a free blank PowerPoint with correctly sized slides. Just add your own images!

First, watch the free video at YouTube Video Explanation

Please also see a blog post about this product

This is a simple approach to making the animation. There are other possibilities, but this approach should be something most TpT’ers can do with just a very little knowledge of HTML. Step one has a link to a YouTube video demonstration that accompanies this one page PDF. 

The directions are for sellers who have already uploaded products and understand the edit profile function of their stores.

You might also like:
How To Add a Link to a TpT Product Description

Carolyn Wilhelm
Wise Owl Factory

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Summer 2019 Clip Art (Freebie)”

by Under One Roof

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

This set contains 3 summer pictures. Each picture is offered in Full Color and Black and White.

Pictures included:

  • Flip flops
  • Hot dog in bun
  • Girl with sunglasses

I hope you like my first set of clipart. Come back to see more!

If you decide to download this product, please come back and leave feedback.

Thank you,

Abigail Cripe

(Chibi Clips)

@ Under One Roof

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Short Story Bundle Unit Plan

Product 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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It’s teaching made easy!

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


FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “One Room School House 2007 PowerPoint FREE”

by Lisa Frase

Kindergarten – 8th Grade

I made this PowerPoint presentation in preparation for a field trip to local one room school house. This PowerPoint gives students a little background about school in the 1800s.

File Reloaded on 11/8/10 to include a pdf version. If you do not have the same fonts as used in the PowerPoint, you should be able to see the fonts on the pdf. Simply show the pdf on the screen and scroll down to see each page.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Getting Started with Teachers Pay Teachers-Seller University”

by English Oh My

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Are you teacher who has been thinking about starting your own Teachers Pay Teachers store, but you really do not know where to start? Then you are definitely are going to want to check out my Seller University Series.

This free video is the first video in my Seller University videos which take you step-by-step through getting your store off the ground, as I talk about your store name, your grade level and subject, as well as your creative genius. This video will inspire you to move forward with your store! This video is also followed up by Teachers Pay Teachers 102, Branding Basics.

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I also included free brainstorming worksheets for you to download. See the bit.ly lnk at the end of the video.

HERE IS THE NEXT VIDEO TO THE SERIES:

Branding Basics-Creating Your Store Logo

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Free AAC Core Vocabulary at the Beach – Summer Communicating Fun”

by Susan Berkowitz

Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Enjoy this free resource that provides direction and ideas for implementing AAC at the beach this summer – or any time.

School is out and summer fun is in. Your AAC user might not be getting the same level of intervention during the summer as (s)he gets during the school-year. But that shouldn’t matter, because you know how to infuse AAC use into every-day activities, right?

Includes vocabulary suggestions, directions of Aided Input, general AAC information, and a free topic-based picture communication board for the beach to augment your AAC system.

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How to write a paragraph

Product Description

The Paragraph package is an easy to use document that will help students learn how to write effectively using the proper form.
The document includes a detailed description of the different types of paragraphs as well as how to effectively write the paragraph (with sentence by sentence instructions).

It’s teaching made easy!


Total Pages 3 pages

Answer Key N/A

Teaching Duration N/A


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Literature Analysis- It’s Good to be Me… It’s Good to be You”

by Connie

6th – 12th Grade

Here are two activities when teachers need a few go to lessons for exploring the elements of literature, in this case-Character.

These engaging activities will hook Middle School and High School students into reading and writing about the text that they are studying.The two activities will check off two of your, “Need to Do” boxes. 

Not only will they engage students in their character exploration of the people they meet in their reading, but they will also allow your charges to reveal their own personalities and thoughts. 

This is a great way for young people to turn their private “The Me You Don’t Know” traits and thoughts into their “The Me I Want You to Know” word pictures that they are willing to share publicly. 

Also, these FREE activities fulfill two requirements objectives on most lesson plans- they will jump start students’ higher level thinking skills and give them a chance to exhibit their thinking in their writing.

Young people love to talk about their lives and to offer what they choose about themselves. Here is their chance to do so while they are analyzing literature.

NOTE: although these work as great activities at the beginning of the year for you to get to know your students and for them to learn about each other, they are good throughout the year. As students add to their understanding about types of characters, they will be showing their dynamic and round sides.

This product is aligned with Common Core Standards and Bloom’s Taxonomy:
Reading: R1, 3, 10
Writing: W1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10
Speaking and Listening: SL 3, 4, 
Language: L 1, 2, 6
Bloom’s Taxonomy
• Remember/Understand: describe, discuss, explain, identify, observe
• Apply: illustrate, compose
• Analyze: infer, differentiate, examine, distinguish, determine, deduce
• Evaluate: conclude, discuss, verify, support, select, give your opinion, justify
• Create: hypothesize, imagine, compose

For more reading comprehension and writing ideas that focus on the elements of literature, check out these custom categories
Literary Analysis Activities Grades 6-12

Literature Analysis E-Book Grades 6-9
Enjoy a Teach It Now Day,
Connie

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “7 Freebie Frames! – Commercial use welcome!”

by KB Konnected

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

7 fun frames for your personal or commercial use. All frames with and w/out centers. 
Line art included.
16 images in all!

For commercial use please add a link to my store or blog in your product’s description page. See terms of use in my product or preview download.

Freebie Frames by KB…Konnected is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.kbkonnected2.blogspot.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.kbkonnected2.blogspot.com.

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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
N/A


FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution Activity: Freebie”

by Unitedtoteach

4th – 8th Grade

This is a FREEBIE. It breaks down the different parts of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, so that they are easily remembered. It makes the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution even more personally relevant, because it asks for the students to either draw illustrations for each component, or to cut and paste visuals for each component of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution.

This is a sample to a larger paid product that I have available in my store, about the U.S. Constitution. You can find that product here:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/US-Constitution-Interactive-Notebook-Activities-with-Bulletin-Board-Ideas-1463941

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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!

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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