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Back-To-School Writing Assessments your Secondary Students Will Love!

These Back-to-School Writing Assessments will have your students engaged and excited to share about their summer with unique prompts they have not seen before! There are 12 different unique prompts, providing students voice and choice! These prompts will ask students to think deeply and creatively as they draft their written works. You will be able to assess their ability to craft detailed, descriptive stories, while assessing their sentence structure, grammar, etc.

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Looking for more resources for your classroom? Check out my Massive ELA Bundle! English/Language Arts Massive Curriculum Bundle, CCSS Aligned, Grades 7-9

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In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment
Analyze an Author’s Argument with Atticus Finch’s Closing Arguments-
Rhetorical Analysis Unit Bundle
Tone and Mood in Literature
Literary Analysis Made Easy


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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Complete Summer School Curriculum- EVERYTHING you need to teach English/LA at the middle level!

Complete ELA Summer School Bundle from Teach BeTween the Lines will provide you all of the lessons, materials, and activities to teach summer school- ZERO prep involved! From introduction activities and procedure slides (introduced using fun memes) to specific reading and writing strategies that have been the most beneficial to my struggling readers and writers. This unit is completely digital for use with Google Apps or Microsoft One Drive, and is also completely printable.

For many years, I too taught summer school. There are so many benefits to taking on this very important role, but I will admit that I was driven by the money! I also distinctly remember not wanting to spend all of my precious summer planning and crafting curriculum! That is why I created this unit bundle! Let my experiences do the work for you! What I have done is compile lessons from my curriculum that will most benefit the struggling reader and writer. I start summer school by teaching close reading strategies (which I call “talking to the text). Then I spend the remainder of summer school continuing to practice these strategies through every unit. The first few days of this unit bundle include detailed lesson plans to help you best support your students with these close reading strategies. Then, each added unit contains its own detailed lesson plans. A unit outline will support your planning of each of these lessons! This unit bundle will give you everything you need to teach summer school in a way that dramatically improves the reading and writing skills of your students!

See the preview for a visual of each of these units or click on the links below to view each product individually!

Close Reading Strategies (Text Annotation to Support Reading Comprehension)Teach your students how to use close reading strategies to improve reading comprehension and written analysis. This gradual release method will encourage your
Summarizing Fiction Lesson, Guided and Collaborative Practice, and Assessment!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
Summarizing Nonfiction Lesson, Graphic Organizers, & 12 Differentiated TextsTeach 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
In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment, MLA 8th EditionThe MLA 8th edition lesson on incorporating textual evidence (quotations with parenthetical citations) will help your students learn: -How to create an in-text citation with and without an author’s name. -How to lead into or out of a quote with the student’s own words. -How to pepper a quote.
Plot/Literary 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.
Compound Sentences with FANBOYS Lesson, Stations, Practice, & AssessmentTeach your students how to create compound sentences with FANBOYS conjunctions! This Lesson will provide your students with explicit explanations using mentor
Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs Lesson, Practice, Games, and AssessmentTeach your students how to create compound sentences with semicolons, and compound sentences with semicolons and conjunctive adverbs! This Lesson will provide
Complete Tone and Mood in Literature Bundle + Connotation and DenotationTeach 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
Short Story Unit Bundle – “Cemetery Path” with Tone and MoodThe ultimate short story bundle! “Cemetery Path” by Leonard Q. Ross is an excellent, scary, thrilling short story to engage your learners. This complete pack

PLUS:
-30 Page Reader’s Workshop/Independent Reading Book Log
-Introductions, a get-to-know you game, and classroom procedures memes!

Save nearly ten dollars with this unit bundle!

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Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs Lesson, Practice, Games, and Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSS Aligned

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Other Writing Lessons/Units You May Want to Consider!
Introductory Phrases with AAAWWUBBIS, Lesson, Stations, Games, Practice, Poster!
Compound Sentences with FANBOYS Lesson, Stations, Practice, & Assessment
Writing the Argument Essay Complete Unit Bundle + Student Interactive Notebook
Literary Analysis Made Easy (Digital and Printable!)
In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment, MLA 8th Edition

Free Writing Support!
Sentence Structure Posters
To Be Verb Poster Freebie
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Literary Analysis- Digital & Printable!


In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment, MLA 8th Edition

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The MLA 8th edition lesson on incorporating textual evidence (quotations with parenthetical citations) will help your students learn:

-How to create an in-text citation with and without an author’s name.

-How to lead into or out of a quote with the student’s own words.

-How to pepper a quote.

-How to delete parts of the quote to seamlessly incorporate the evidence into the student’s paragraph.

-How to incorporate the title and/or author in signal phrases prior to a quotation.

-Block style quotations.

-How to cite dialogue

-Examples from quality literature for each type of citation.

-Text Evidence Trouble-Shooting Guide teaches students to fix common mistakes such as orphaned quotes, transition phrases, summarizing instead of analyzing, and big, chunky quotes. Support and examples are provided through this document, and the lesson activity that accompanies it.

-5 Days of Bell Ringer Practice Activities

Practice:
-Three practice documents (Google Doc, PDF, and Word document) using examples from literature. (Could be used as a quick quiz)

Summative Assessment:
Students are given three passages, one fiction and two non-fiction texts- with relating themes (social justice). They are asked to close read, then respond to the given prompt using evidence from two of the three sources. They are supported in doing so with detailed graphic organizers, and asked to seamlessly incorporate text evidence for the assessment.

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Update on 2/13/2017- Improvements include:
-Updated graphics on the teacher slides
-Discussion slides added to create a deeper understanding with the in-text trouble shooting guide
-Complete digital (and printable) interactive notebook for students. This is over 50 pages in length and will take students through the entire unit in one document for easy link and go- or print and go- teaching!
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Other top selling lessons to consider (since your shopping anyway!):
Tone and Mood in Literature
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


FREE Language Arts Posters- Sentence Structure Posters

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FREE!

 

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

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

PDF and Word versions provided!

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Writing the Argument Essay Complete Unit Bundle + Student Interactive Notebook

FANBOYS- teach compound sentences with these conjunctions! 


Rhetorical Analysis Unit Bundle

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Save money with this unit bundle! Four products in one!

Teach students how to analyze an author’s arguments with any given argument! Perfect for personalizing or differentiating learning as it provides a great deal of voice and choice for your learners!

Analyzing an author’s arguments can be challenging for students; however, this step-by-step method will make this skill clear and easy while creating an in-depth analysis! Everything to teach rhetoric, and logical fallacies is included. Show your students how to analyze the rhetoric/fallacies/message/language of any author’s argument.

Combines the following four complete units!
1. Ethos, Pathos, Logos
2. Logical Fallacies
3. Ethos, Pathos, Logos and Logical Fallacies Bell Ringer activities
4. Argument Analysis Lesson

Links to the following documents are provided for close reading analysis:
Social Justice
• Frederick Douglass Speech
• Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”
• Abraham Lincoln “Second Inaugural Address”
• Letter to Albert G. Hodges
• Martin Luther King Jr. “The March on Washington Address”
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
• William Faulkner Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1949
• “The Sinews of Peace-Iron Curtain Speech”
• “Brandenburg Gate Address” Ronald Reagan
Women’s Rights
• 13 Famous Speeches by Women’s Rights Activists

Includes:
– PowerPoint and Google Presentation on rhetoric and logical fallacies
– PowerPoint Presentation & Google Presentation to introduce this step-by-step method
– Analyzing rhetoric graphic organizer
– Lesson plans for each of the three lessons
– Complete Unit plan for all four teacher packs/units.
– Lesson plans on teaching close reading strategies with these passages
– Google Apps Links to Google Presentations and Google Documents
– Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents included.

CCSS Aligned!

Great test prep!

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Other Analyzing Rhetoric Lessons to Consider:
Analyzing Arguments with Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Ethos, Pathos, Logos- The Three Pillars of Persuasion
Logical Fallacies made Easy!
Rhetoric- Ethos/Pathos/Logos Bell Ringer Activities!
Rhetorical Analysis-Analyzing an Author’s Argument

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