Category Archives : 9th Grade


Essay Writing Flip Book

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The Essay Writing Flip Book is a resource that I created for my students for essay writing. Even when they have learned the basics of the essay, they soon forget important details. This guide is an ‘at a glance’ resource where students can quickly find the information they need so that they can concentrate on the bulk of their arguments.

The Flip Book contains:

-Pre-writing: finding a topic, understanding it, writing a thesis statement

-Introduction writing: tips for writing and starting an intro, and proper format

-The body of the essay – paragraph format, how to build arguments, and other tips

-Quotations (2 pages) – how to use quotes in an essay, how to incorporate quotes, in text- citation using MLA format, etc.

-Transitions – how and why to use them, a list of commonly used transitional words and expressions

-MLA format

-Revision Checklist

8 pages of information in all!

It’s teaching made easy!


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Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

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 9 pages

Answer Key N/A

Teaching Duration N/A


Grammar Review: History of Sports

Perfect review for the end of the school year! Grade 6-12 students can review important grammar skills while reading interesting stories about how some popular sports developed. The set contains 10 stories with Answer Keys + an explanation for every correction.  A short writing prompt, a corrected version in paragraph form, and instructions for team play are also included.

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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

Pages total 58 pages

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Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Poetry Through Song Unit
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

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages 58 pages

Answer Key Included with rubric

Teaching Duration 1 Week


We Teach So Hard…Episode 35 Outdoor Education: The Antidote for Waning Attention

Do we hear wailing and the gnashing of teeth? The end is near, and your students are squirrely and CHECKED OUT. Don’t freak out! Take them outside! In this episode of WE TEACH SO HARD, we share fun end-of-year ideas for taking the learning and teaching outside. Spring is in the air, don’t despair! Take it outside. Student engagement will soar!

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The Elevator Short Story Mini Unit

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“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


Poetry: A Lesson on Imagery – Langston Hughes

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This is a lesson on poetry and imagery

This mini bundle includes the poems of Langston Hughes and has a focus on the importance of imagery. More specifically, the lesson is based on two poems: A Dream Deferred and Mother to Son.

This lesson is part of a larger poetry bundle:
Click here to preview the Poetry Unit for Senior Students

This lesson will take two full periods.

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.
-an activity on PowerPoint to teach students about imagery

The entire unit contains six pages+ 19 PowerPoint slides

I hope you enjoy your purchase!

It’s teaching made easy! 

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Poetry Through Song Unit
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 8 pages

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration 2 hours


FREE MISC. LESSON – “How To: Using One Lock Box for Your Classroom Escape Game, Video for Teachers”

by Julie Faulkner

6th – 12th Grade

You’ve been wanting to try an escape game with a lock box in your classroom, but you just aren’t sure how to set it all up. In this quick video tutorial, I’ll share several tips for using a physical lock box — even if you have just one — for your break out game experience!

Are you ready to unlock the fun? Get one my escape games here!

MLA Escape Box

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Escape Box

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Escape Box

The Great Gatsby Escape Box

New Year’s Escape Game

Fahrenheit 451 Escape Game

Macbeth Escape Game

Mini Escape Game: Parts of an Essay

Mini Escape Game: Halloween Yearbook Team Building

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

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Julie’s Classroom Stories on Facebook

Teaching Tidbits Newsletter with Email-Only Freebies

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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

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages 22 slides, 1 page, 1 poster

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration N/A


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Lord of the Flies Chapter 1 Questions and Answer Key”

by The English Teacher’s Pet

6th – 12th Grade

Looking for a great tool for discussion or guided questions? 

Included in this FREE download are character, plot, setting, and theme questions relating to the events of Chapter 1 in William Golding’s classic novel, Lord of the Flies. An answer key has also been added for your perusal. 

Please visit my store to purchase the entire set of novel questions!
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If you like this product, you may also like:

Lord of the Flies Novel Unit Bundle.

Lord of the Flies Chapter Questions and Answer Key.

Lord of the Flies Introduction PowerPoint.

Lord of the Flies Symbolism Project.

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Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

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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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Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters (FREE)

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages 27 pages

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration N/A


We Teach So Hard…Episode 34 Granola and Peace Signs…Lesson Ideas for Earth Day

 

We’ve got the future of the planet in our classrooms. Earth Day is a fantastic opportunity to begin conservation conversations and education with your students with the intent that Earth Day might be celebrated EVERY DAY. This episode is chocked full of ideas to use with your students throughout the spring months…literacy, math, science and social studies! We’ve got all the bases covered for your Earth Day celebrations.

Listen on iTunes here

Like what you hear? Then give us a shout out, leave us a comment or a rating. Or better yet, comment with an idea for a future podcast topic.

The Earth Day Special (referenced in the podcast) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz0HzS1O-ug

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Much Ado About Nothing Unit

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“Much Ado About Nothing Unit” is a complete, no prep unit that is ready to teach the instant you download it. I love Shakespeare, especially his comedies, and I really want students and teachers alike to love it too. The activities and accompanying lessons in this unit demystifies Shakespeare and makes it relatable to students. The unit included all lesson plans with 16 comprehensive lessons and reading schedule (with learning objective listed for each lesson), all student activities, evaluations, rubrics, comprehensive answer keys for all work and assignments, and fun bonus materials to suit your students’ interests.

The unit is appropriate for grades 9 through 12.

Take a look at the unit preview for more visual details. The unit includes:

A total of 100 pages in PDF and 12 PowerPoint slides are included in this unit.

Act and Scene Guide (Includes the characters found in the scene and the approximate reading time.)

Teacher Guide (lesson plans) – 16 easy to follow lessons, learning objectives, reading schedule, with included reading prompts, journal entries, and exit tickets (or closing activities.)

Students Activities include:

❒ Pre-Reading Activity

❒ Act 1 Comprehension questions

❒ Act 2 Comprehension questions

❒ Act 3 Comprehension questions

❒ Acts 4-5 Comprehension questions

❒ Who’s who in Act 1

❒ Literary Devices (Act 1)

❒ Characterization Activity

❒ Subplot Activity

❒ The Plan (conflict)

❒ Dogberry’s Malapropisms

❒ Much Ado About Noting (theme work)

❒ Activity on Symbolism

❒ Activity on Theme

Comprehensive Answer Key for ALL activities.

Evaluations include:

❒ Quiz on Acts 1 and 2 (With answer key and rubric)

❒ Beatrice vs. Benedick (oral presentation skits)- rubric is included

❒ Fake News – newspaper article (writing activity) – with rubric

❒ unit test – with answer key and rubric

❒ Song analysis Activity for theme review (optional evaluation or activity) – with rubric

Optional bonus activities are also included

❒ A love letter activity (Optional evaluation – rubric included)

❒ A Dear Abby activity

❒ Behind the Mask – an anti-bullying campaign (can be used as an evaluation – rubric included)

❒ Additional journal topics

To further student learning, a Guess Who? For Much Ado game is included. This is a fun way to learn about the characters in the play. And, as the play progresses, students’ questioning must change to keep track of character growth. (30 slides)

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Death of a Salesman – No Prep Unit

Frankenstein No Prep Unit

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages 98 Pages and 30 Slides

Answer Key Included with rubric

Teaching Duration 1 month


FREE MATH LESSON – “Straight Line Equations | Skills Poster | UK”

by LittleStreams

8th – 10th Grade

A classroom poster showing how to find the linear equation from a line graph. 

US version also available

Straight Line Graphs & Equations Printables & Worksheets also available
USA PACK – UK PACK

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Parts of Speech Grammar Circles (Superhero Themed)

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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 LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Grammar Stations: EDITABLE Practice & Intervention for ANY Topic (Secondary ELA)”

by Secondary Sara

7th – 10th Grade

Use this stations activity to help PRACTICE a grammar topic in a variety of ways, get students moving, AND have a chance to intervene with students who need more help!

This EDITABLE stations set was made to fit perfectly with my grammar program. HOWEVER, you can modify this to fit more closely with whatever materials and resources are available in your school!

This 10-page download includes…
• Teacher’s Guide
• 8 Station Signs that tell students what to do at each location
• Bonus: BOTH the editable version AND the ready-to-print PDF are included!

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April Teacher Talk



Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s April already, the school year is almost over.  Now it’s time to look forward toward spring vacation if it hasn’t already come and gone. Stop by our blog linky and see what great tips and advice are there just for you.

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 Spring Activities
Begin with mud and splash into fun learning this Spring.
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Music to Calm the Soul and Enhance Learning
“Music is the electrical soil in
which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” –Ludwig van Beethoven. Why
is it that for many of us, music is an essential part of our personal
lives yet when we go to work or school we turn it off?
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 The Elephant in the Classroom
 Where is the elephant in the classroom? The recent college admissions scandal might give us a clue.
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 Scaredy Squirrel – Mentor Text
 What happens when Scaredy Squirrel visits YOUR home? This free writing activity will get your writers excited!
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 I Feel Bad for People Who Say They Feel Badly
 Do you know how to decide between the words bad and badly? Many people don’t.
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 7 Tips to Help Students Revise Their Essay
 Try out these 7 helpful tips to guide your students during the revising phase. Your writers can use these tips throughout during the writing process.
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 How to Start Book Clubs in Your Classroom
 Are you considering using book clubs in your classroom? Learn five things you should do before you introduce book clubs to your class.
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 Make Mistakes on Purpose
 When students have the opportunity to correct the teacher, it reinforces that language point, assesses the students’ understanding of that language point, gives the learner confidence, and teaches students to problem-solve.
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 Exploring Patterns With Project-Based Learning: Rotations, Reflections & Translations

Explore 4th and 5th grade geometry concepts with project-based learning. It’s always surprising who excels with this type of project, and who finds them challenging. This one doesn’t disappoint!
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Whole Body Learning
 Geometry was a daunting subject for me in high school. So when I started teaching, I was determined to think of a way to teach geometry that was fun and interactive.
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Evaluating a Fish bowl 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

It’s teaching made easy!

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
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 8 pages

Answer Key N/A

Teaching Duration N/A


FREE MATH LESSON – “Solving Systems by Graphing Investigation Activity”

by The Enlightened Elephant

7th – 11th Grade

In this inquiry based, discovery activity students graph two lines and then answer questions about solutions to equations and points on the lines of the equations. The goal of this activity is for students to observe that the solution to a system will occur where the graphs of the lines intersect and that systems can be solved by graphing. Students construct their own meaning and understanding, and will be making observations and answering critical thinking questions that will help them to make sense of the solutions to a system of equations. 

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Building Suspense in Creative Writing

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In creative writing, the only thing that will keep the reader engaged in your story until the last page is by building effective suspense. This resource includes a visual chart of the different types of suspense to include in writing and includes relevant examples and tips to achieve it.

In addition, also included in this resource are two suspense building activities and 4 pages of notes on how to effectively build suspense within any type of story.

Please see the preview for more details.

You may also be interested in the following products that are part of my Creative Writing Series:

Introduction to Creative Writing PowerPoint

Exploring the Elements of Fiction in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Activity

Creative Characters in Creative Writing

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Total Pages 6 pages

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “ESL Lesson for TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter Freebie”

by Real Cool English

9th – 12th Grade

FREEBIE! ESL lesson based on a TED talk by Mark Bezos and is designed for intermediate and above ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. This no-prep lesson contains complete lesson notes and answer keys as well as ideas for expansion activities.

This lesson is ideal for use in the flipped classroom. The video can be assigned for homework and discussion questions can be done in pairs or small groups during class. Lesson activities can either be done in groups or at home and discussed during the next class. 

6/12/18 Update: Now includes a separate student version without answer key to give the option to send the lesson to your students electronically.

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If you enjoyed this lesson, please check out my other TED talk lessons: 

• ESL Lesson for TED Talk: How a Penny Made Me Feel Like a Millionaire
• ESL Lesson for TED Talk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water
• ESL Lesson for TED Talk – One Second Every Day
• ESL Lesson for TED Talk – How to Make Stress Your Friend
• ESL TED Talk Lesson: What Makes a Good Life?

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• ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle

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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.

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Total Pages 16 pages

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration 3 days


Hamlet Scene Summary Visual Notebook

Product Description

This resource has been created as a substitute for the traditional “questions and answers” method we are used to. As teachers, our goal is to make sure students understand the important elements from the play, but we also want to engage them in a “hands-on” fashion.

Studies demonstrate that Sketch noting and doodling help students retain information and understand concepts better than simply answering questions.

This resource allows students to complete notes during the reading process and use the images and heading provided to help them know what the focus should be on.

This is also an excellent study and review tool.

Included in this resources is:

-a note taking page for every scene in the play

-a note taking page for every soliloquy in the play

-a comprehensive answer key for all scenes and soliloquies

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Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages 48 pages

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration N/A


Free: The Outline – Free Essay Writing Pack

Product Description

The Outline package has been devised as a resource to help guide students develop their essay writing skills. Seeing as the outline is the skeleton of a student’s essay, this document has been devised to help students organize their ideas within the essay format. 

The document is created using a Word format for ease of use and modification. 

It’s teaching made easy!

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

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Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
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 11 pages

Answer Key N/A

Teaching Duration N/A


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Writing a Summary Paragraph All Subjects 6-9”

by AZSunset Cross-Curricular Literacy 4-9

6th – 9th Grade

Detailed guide to summarizing nonfiction text. Includes an original text on teen smoking (both highlighted/underlined and non-highlighted versions); a step-by-step guide to summarizing it with examples from the original text; and the final summary paragraph based on the guide. Writing paragaphs is a great learning tool! May also be appropriate for 5th grade or upper high school. 

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This is a free sample from my 35-page product on writing paragraphs! Includes 9 different models (cause/effect; process; definition; explanation; classification, etc., featuring topics from various subject areas), plus many more resources. Also includes a blank version of the step-by-step guide to summarizing for students for fill in using your text assignment (not included in the free sample). Check it out!
Paragraphs as a Learning Tool for All Subjects

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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.

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Total Pages 11 pages

Answer Key ncluded

Teaching Duration N/A


Thesis Writing Activity

Product Description

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)

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– Grammar Cheat Sheet

– Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Sheets and Teacher Assessment Rubrics

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Total Pages 22 slides, 1 page, 1 poster

Answer Key Included

Teaching Duration N/A


We Teach So Hard…Episode 32 Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Sunshine is Yellow & National Poetry Month is COOL!

April is National Poetry Month and we at We Teach So Hard have collectively decided that it is one of our favorite months! Poetry can rock your readers and writers workshops. It doesn’t have to be intimidating, and we show you how. This podcast is filled with fabulous ideas for incorporating poetry in your classroom. Be sure to check out our blog posts too! They are overflowing with FREE poetry ideas this week, just for you! From free verse to formulaic patterns, from reading strategies to writing tools, we’ve got you covered!

Listen on iTunes here
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Learning to read sounds in French

Product Description

Les sons – from my Learn to Read series features 96 flashcards to help students learn French. The cards teach students the different sounds as well as vocabulary with pictures to facilitate the reading process.

The following sounds are highlighted:

– ch – ou – ui – en, em – an – au
– eau – in – om – ein – oi – on
– eu – gu – gn – ai – ei – er
– qu – ille – ail – eille – euille – 
– ien – illon 

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Total Pages 90 pages

Answer Key Does not apply

Teaching Duration N/A


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Happy Earth Day Stickers”

by Science Etc

Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Here are some great little stickers to help you celebrate earth day. There are three different colored stickers in this file. Print to labels specified in the download and have fun!
Science, Etc.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


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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