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English/Language Arts Complete Curriculum Bundle- Grades 7-9; CCSS Aligned

This English/Language Arts Massive Curriculum Bundle includes 14 large teaching units. Many of these units are unit bundles themselves pushing the number of units up to 20 complete teaching units!


Every lesson is CCSS Aligned; these CCSS Standards are outlined within each of the individual units (links below).

All units are digital for applications in a 1:1 Google Drive classroom if you wish. PDF, Word, PowerPoint applications are also included for easy printing.

Each unit has detailed lesson plans to support your instruction, and a pacing guide/outline is provided as well. See the Preview for a sneak peek at a basic version of this pacing guide! Each unit is described below, and a link is provided to the original unit/lessons.

Save nearly $28.00 with this bundle!

1. Close Reading Strategies:
Teach your students how to use close reading strategies to improve reading comprehension and written analysis. This gradual release method will encourage your students to completely rethink how they view themselves as readers.
Close Reading Strategies (Text Annotation to Support Reading Comprehension)

2. Plot Elements Game!
The plot/literary elements game activity fosters a shared writing experience for students in the creation of a fun, creative, and often hilarious story.
Students then analyze this story for its flawed plot elements based on their understanding of literary elements.
Plot/Literary Elements GAME!

3. Summarizing Fiction
Teach your students how to create a concise and objective summary of a fiction text with this simple, easy, step-by-step method. Students will be able to effectively condense a complete summary into three sentences. Students will be able to identify the protagonist, the character motivation, the conflict, rising action, and the resolution in these three sentences! This step-by-step method will make this process easy for your students.
Summarizing Fiction Lesson, Guided and Collaborative Practice, and Assessment!



4. Summarizing Nonfiction
Teach your students how to create a concise summary of nonfiction texts that are free from personal judgements or opinions with this simple, easy, step-by-step method. Students will be able to effectively condense any nonfiction text into a few short sentences that fully encompass the main ideas of any nonfiction article/text. Students will also learn to how to effectively annotate the text and create marginal notes to manage the often challenging world of nonfiction reading.
Summarizing Nonfiction Lesson, Graphic Organizers, 12 Differentiated Texts, CCSS

5. In-Text Citation (Parenthetical Citation)
This unit includes a Google Slides/PowerPoint presentation to teach the MLA 8th Edition rules for in-text citation (parenthetical citation), an MLA trouble-shooting guide for students, a digital and printable interactive notebook, quality examples from real literature, Bell Ringer practice, and a unique summative assessment.
In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment


6. Suspense and “The Monkey’s Paw”
Introduce your students to suspense techniques and plot development within the ultra suspenseful story, “The Monkey’s Paw”! This iconic short story will leave your students on the edge of their seats as they read to discover what will happen with these three terrible wishes.
“The Monkey’s Paw” Complete Short Story Bundle with The Suspense Unit Bundle!

7. Literary Analysis:
Literary Analysis Made Easy!
Teach your students this easy step-by-step process for developing a rich, insightful, and well supported literary analysis. Breaking down this challenging process for students allows for further depth in each key area of a quality response!
Literary Analysis Made Easy


9. Tone and Mood:
This complete unit bundle will teach your students how to understand the complex topic of tone and mood in literature!
1. Lesson on Tone and Mood
2. Lesson on Connotation/Denotation
3. Tone and Mood Exploration through music, video games, film, art, literature, photography, and memes!
4. Tone and Mood Mini-Lesson
5. Tone and Mood Notes
6. Tone and Mood Project- over 8 choices for summative assessments!
7. Bell Ringer Activities- for each day of the unit!
Tone and Mood in Literature

10. “Cemetery Path” Short Story Unit Bundle
The ultimate short story bundle! “Cemetery Path” by Leonard Q. Ross is an excellent, scary, thrilling short story to engage your learners.
This complete pack meets 6 CCSS standards, and contains 9 specific lessons in reading, writing, and speaking.
Short Story Unit Bundle – “Cemetery Path” with Tone and Mood

11. Analyzing Rhetoric Unit Bundle:
Ethos, Pathos Logos Unit
Logical Fallacies Unit
Analyzing Rhetoric Unit
Rhetoric Bell Ringers
Rhetorical Analysis Unit Bundle

12. Writing the Argument Essay:
Teach your students how to write that argument essay with this complete unit bundle!
Writing the Argument Essay Complete Unit Bundle + Student Interactive Notebook

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

14. 6 Word Memoir
Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a NOVEL in 6 words.
His response?
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
6 incredibly powerful words that seem to tell an entire story. This is the challenge I pose to my students within the last few weeks of the school year. Write your own memoir in six incredibly powerful, carefully chosen words.
6 Word Memoir Lesson and Assessment

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April Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s April and so many groovy things are happening this month, Easter, Passover, spring vacation and so much more. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas.

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If You Love Jelly Beans

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Can’t you just smell spring in the air? Daffodils beginning to bloom, Lilac trees starting to flower, and Lilies of the Valley popping up. I just love the aroma. Not only is my birthday in April but it brings us Passover, Easter, and one that you may never have heard of, can you guess? If you said Jelly Bean Day, you’d be right. It’s April 22nd.


Plan a Portfolio Party

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Plan a celebration for your young writers as they bloom in the Spring!


April Math FUN!

By Sara Snyder of Snyder Classroom

Make Math FUN this Spring! These spring math riddles are great for reviewing previous topics or practicing current skills. These riddles can be helpful in your classroom at this busy time of year. (And sneak a little fun into the classroom) I have made these math riddles to combine fun and learning for this time of year.


How Many Ways are Words Related?

By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Individuals who use AAC need to learn to take a conscious path to the words they need. If they want an apple, they need to think about how to navigate to categories -> to food -> to fruit -> to apple. SLPs can help them learn how to do this.


6 Tips to Support English Language Learners in Your Classroom

By Kathy Simpson of Sunshine and Lollipops

Do you have English Language Learners in your classroom? If you do…you will want to take a look at this post and discover 6 easy and fun tips to support your ELL students. I am sure you will LOVE #1!


Apollo 13: The Ultimate STEM Challenges

By Kerry Tracy of Kerry Tracy

The Apollo 13 mission shows how seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome with scientific reasoning and problem solving. Specifically, the carbon dioxide filter fix shows why STEM Challenges are so much more than just “fun.”


The Magic of a Circle

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Using only a circle, students fold and learn a multitude of geometric terms. This is a fantastic way to teach geometry and for students to experience more than just shapes!


Increase Engagement and Maintain Rigor-Hands-on Fun in the Upper Grade and Middle School Classroom

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Maintaining student motivation is important during any time of year, but it’s even more crucial when they return from a break. I save several of my “great” activities for those Mondays after a week off.


Poppies & Pantoums: Poetry Comes Alive with Georgia O’Keefe

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

4th and 5th grade students explore the life of Georgia O’Keefe via a biography and her fabulous artwork. We look closely at the natural world using photographs and author Pantoum poems, a cool poetic form from Malaysia. We recuperate from our testing angst with a poppy craft.


Painting Poetry: Children’s Voices

By Virginia Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

We hope that you will take one minute out of your busy day to enjoy a slideshow of our paintings of poems. We hope that you enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoyed painting them!


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Complete Tone and Mood in Literature Bundle + Connotation and Denotation

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Grades 9-12+

Teach your students how to understand the complex topic of tone and mood in literature!
1. Lesson on Tone and Mood
2. Lesson on Connotation/Denotation
3. Tone and Mood Exploration through music, video games, film, art, literature, photography, and memes!
4. Tone and Mood Mini-Lesson
5. Tone and Mood Notes
6. Tone and Mood Project- over 8 choices for summative assessments!
7. Bell Ringer Activities- for each day of the unit!

Lesson on Tone and Mood: Students learn more about tone and mood through literature, film trailers, art, and advertisements. Class discussions are built into the PowerPoint and Google Slides Presentation.

Lesson on Connotation/Denotation: Students learn the impact of word choice on the author’s tone. Lesson includes a collaborative and engaging student activity to practice and apply skills! My students rave about it!

Tone and Mood Exploration: Students explore tone and mood through music, video games, film, art, literature, photography, and memes! This collaborative (or independent) activity is student driven. Differentiated worksheets support students of all levels! Students practice and apply their knowledge of tone to varying subjects and mediums. It is perfect to show students that similar subjects can take on a vary different tone given the context.

Tone and Mood Mini-Lesson: Offer struggling students extra support with this small group mini-lesson and note taking guide. Google Slides/Doc and PowerPoint/Word options provided!

Tone and Mood Summative Assessment: Offer students voice and choice with 9 different engaging and interesting summative assessment options for demonstrating knowledge of the standard. All rigorous assessment options ask students to think critically and synthesize knowledge gleaned throughout the unit.

I have recently opened my teaching style to include a personalized learning platform of teaching and learning. I have started offering more voice and choice in learning options, as well as assessment options. I have included both a standard set of lesson plans, as well as a personalized learning plan and 9 day outline of teaching, coaching, and assessing options for both models of instruction.

If your students are new to the personalized learning model, I have included a Google Slides/PowerPoint Presentation to introduce and support your learners as you shift in your teaching style.

Google Slides and Google Document links provided as well as Word, PowerPoint, and PDF Documents included.

CCSS Standards:

I am happy to support you throughout this unit, offer advice, suggestions, or feedback as you work to personalize learning. Email me at teachbetweenthelinestpt@gmail.com

I also have a blog series dedicated to supporting teachers as they personalize learning- feel free to check this out for more detailed implementation ideas: So, You Have Been Asked To Personalize Learning- What Now?

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In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment
Analyzing Arguments with Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Analyze an Author’s Argument with Atticus Finch’s Closing Arguments-
Ethos, Pathos, Logos- The Three Pillars of Persuasion
Rhetorical Analysis Unit Bundle
Rhetoric- Ethos/Pathos/Logos Bell Ringer Activities!
Allusions in Literature Unit Bundle- Allusion Lessons
Logical Fallacies made Easy!
Literary Analysis Made Easy

Raising Creative Writers in the Classroom

By Deann Marin (Socrates Lantern)



Ever wonder what makes a creative writer? See what these educators are doing to inspire their students to love writing.


Creative Writing Tips from Pixar

By Lisa Robles of Lisa TeachR’s Classroom

                              Want some writing tips from best storytellers around? I found this great info-graphic detailing the top 22 tips from Pixar. I took a few and discuss how to use them in a classroom.


 How to Teach Creative Writing Every Day

By Marypat Mahoney of Just Add Students

Students love creative writing activities. But all too often, we have to put those fun activities on the back burner. Here is an easy way to engage students in creative writing in every class.


Poetry Workshop

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Usually when I tell my students that we are going to learn how to write poems, some of them say, “I can’t write a poem,” or “Yuck, Poetry!.” By the end of the workshop, which takes about 2-3 weeks, most of the kids realize that they can in fact write all sorts of poems and they even like it.


By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

By far, the best idea I have ever found to create better writers is to make sure that kids are writing every day. Good writers are people who write.



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