Category Archives : 9th Grade


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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Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Teaching the Essay Package

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
22 slides, 1 page, 1 poster
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A


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.)

Print it and go!

Ten pages in PDF format are included.

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English Grammar Cheat Sheet

How to Write a Paragraph

Opinion Piece Bundle

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Superhero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
4 days


Short Story Bundle Unit Plan

Bundle Description

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

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

The unit includes:

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ an anticipation reading guide

❒ a two-page literary element cheat sheet

❒ plot graph

❒ word wall

❒ character trait explanation sheet

❒ characterization activity

❒ writing evaluation (or activity) with evaluation sheet

❒ comprehensive answer key for all activities.

18 pages total

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

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

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ questions for comprehension

❒ a plot chart organizer

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

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

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

❒ a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

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

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

❒ a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

❒ a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

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

Included in the mini-unit is:

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ a prediction chart

❒ an anticipation guide

❒ activity sheet (select important passages in the text for theme and paragraph support)

❒ author’s purpose activity sheet

❒ how to develop a theme sheet with an example

❒ a graphic organizer to help students plan their paragraph

❒ an answer key for all activities

❒ 3-day lesson plan for easy planning

16 pages total

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

The resource includes:

❒ an anticipation guide

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ questions for comprehension

❒ plot graph activity-❒Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

❒ a personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

❒ a comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

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

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

24 pages total

Individual Short Story Mini-Units:

Charles by Shirley Jackson

Rain, Rain, Go away Short Story

Seventh Grade Short Story

The Elevator Short Story

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Opinion Letter with the Novel Holes

Spelling Flip Book

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


FREE Thesis Writing Activity

Product Description

Thesis writing is often an abstract concept for students and it is one of the most important things to know when writing an essay.

This FREE activity will help students to correct problematic thesis statements, while learning how to compose their own.

There are lessons for two periods prepared for you :

1) Attempting to write a thesis statement based on the following topic: Do we have the right to play God when it comes to human life?

2) Group activity where students must identify the weaknesses in 5 thesis statements and rewrite them to make them better.

Included:

❒ A comprehensive lesson plan (two days)

❒ The Student Activity Sheet

❒ Comprehensive Answer Sheet

5 pages total

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Essay Writing Flip Book

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Thesis Writing Activity

Thesis Writing Poster

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Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 days


Spelling Flip Book

Product Description

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

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

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

I’ve also included a color copy and an answer key – a total of 18 pages.

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English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Opinion Piece Bundle

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Sentences Grammar Circles For Easy & Effective Grammar

Superhero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

It’s teaching made easy!

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


Creative Writing Bundle

Bundle Description

This Creative Writing bundle has been created to teach students the basic elements of writing. It begins with a PowerPoint to introduce how students should approach creative writing and includes activities to help students create believable and interesting characters, how to build suspense, and basics of the elements of fiction and plot.

Check out the individual resources for more information.

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Free Thesis Writing Activity

Paragraph Writing Activity (Frankenstein)

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Superhero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
13 pages and 11 slides
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Hamlet Bundle

Bundle Description

This resource now has a new format. Please note that MOST evaluations are still available in Word format for easy modifications.

One entire month of planning done for you – I dare you to enjoy Shakespeare.

I love teaching Shakespeare’s plays, and I want you to love it too. I’ve been teaching and improving this unit for over ten years. All of the thinking has been done for you. I love annotating my plays and books. I’ve taken all of the annotations made in my play over the years and incorporated them in a guide to help you guide students and help students understand. Many people (including teachers) get overwhelmed with Shakespeare because of the language. This unit has been created with the student in mind. The activities are thorough, but simple enough for students to understand and enjoy the play.

This unit has everything a teacher needs to teach Hamlet. Just photocopy and teach. Seriously it’s that easy. There’s no longer a need for hours of research and piecing together bits of information and activity sheets you don’t know what to do with.

This is a whole, complete unit, from scene summaries, important notes and annotations notes to help students understand what they are reading. I have also included an introduction to the play, a student guide, a teacher guide with detailed lesson plans, quizzes, a creative assignment, and tests (all with answers and evaluation grids), and a comprehensive answer key. Everything has its place and teaches a specific skill.

The unit is appropriate for students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

The unit includes :

❒An attractive, interactive, multimedia PowerPoint presentation introducing the play (17 slides)

❒A Student Study Guide (with activities, Act, and scene questions…) and various activities (16 pages)

❒Study Questions are available in two different formats – Print saver (with all questions on one page – students write their answers on a separate sheet) and Long Form (Where space is provided for students to write their answers directly on the question sheet)

❒A Teacher Guide (with detailed, comprehensive lessons, unit plan, and additional notes to guide students.) -9 pages and 17 complete lessons. The teacher Guide includes journal and discussion prompts and list of speaking roles if reading out loud in class)to help with time management and organization.

❒18 pages of comprehensive scene summaries and important notes for each scene (annotations for each scene) ***THIS IS A TEACHER FAVORITE!

A creative Hamlet Guess Who? Game to help students understand the characters. (What’s fun about this game is that it can be played from the beginning of the play right to the end, and students’ answers will change depending on the act they are reading.) LOTS OF FUN!

❒A comprehensive answer key for all questions and activities. (24 pages)

❒Comprehension quiz on Acts 1 and 2 in Word format for easy modifications (with evaluation grid) and answer key.

❒Option 1: Mid-play evaluation – The Parody – creative writing and analysis (in Word format for easy modifications – with evaluation grid)

❒Option 2: Mid-play evaluation – The Parody – a creative group presentation (Only available in PDF format)

❒Summary guide (highlighting the significant events from each scene with important analytical information) – Throughout my years of teaching this play, I have amounted excellent notes and annotations, listing the most significant actions throughout each scene. I have retyped these annotations to help you teach the play, so your students will understand it (and so will you). (18 pages)

❒The culminating evaluation includes three different versions of the final unit test with evaluation grid and answer key (in Word for easy modifications)

Includes a total of 115 pages.

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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Total Pages
163 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
N/A


Essay Writing Flip Book

Product Description

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!


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Thesis Writing Activity

Thesis Writing Poster

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Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE Frankenstein Debate

Product Description

The Frankenstein Debate Package includes topics for students, a Procedure Sheet to help teachers take notes during the debate, as well as an evaluation sheet.

This free activity is part of a larger unit:

Frankenstein No Prep Unit

I hope you enjoy this resource.

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Frankenstein Activity

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The Yellow Wallpaper No Prep Mini-Unit

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “JUSTICE graphic, printable protest sign, library display, Dr. Cornel West”

by Virtually Real

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

“Justice: what love looks like in public”

Modified and visualized from the words of Dr. Cornel West

Printable PDF files

  • full page sign (black words, white background – space to add #hashtag)
  • full page sign (white words, black background)
  • rectangular stickers/page (black words, white background)
  • rectangular stickers/page (white words, black background)

PNG images files

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Frankenstein Workbook

Product Description

***New – The Frankenstein Workbook is now distance learning ready. The activities are all available on Google Slides where students can insert their answers.

The Frankenstein Workbook was created as a different way to learn from Mary Shelley’s novel. (1831 edition)

The Student Workbook has 30 pages that focus on themes, symbols, important quotes, characterization, romantic and gothic literature, biblical and literary allusions, and elements of the plot.

The format includes symbols to help guide students in theme development and allow them to build on characterization, symbolism, and meaningful allusions in the novel in a clear and more visual way.

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PRODUCT CONTENT:

Student Workbook x1 (30 pages)

Answer Key x1

Copy of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner x1

Annotated copy of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner x1

Please note that this is a digital download in PDF format and that the pages are not editable.

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WORKBOOK CONTENT:

❒ Background information

❒ Anticipation Guide and Introductory Activity

❒ Letters 1-4

❒ Chapters 1&2

❒ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (allusion in the novel)

❒ Chapters 3, 4 & 5

❒ Chapters 6, 7 & 8

❒ Chapters 9 & 10

❒ Chapters 11 & 12

❒ An activity

❒ Supplementary activity – Nature in Romantic Literature

❒ Chapter 13 (activity)

❒ Chapters 14 & 15

❒ Chapter 16

❒ Chapters 17 & 18

❒ Chapter 19

❒ Chapters 20 &21

❒ Chapter 22

❒ Chapters 23 & 24`

❒ Activity on symbolism

❒ Activity on theme development

The activities are available in a booklet format or individually.

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Frankenstein No Prep Unit

Frankenstein Activity

Frankenstein Bundle

Frankenstein Debate

Paragraph Writing Activity (Frankenstein)

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


Rain, Rain, Go Away Short Story Mini-Unit

Product Description

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

The resource includes:

❒ An anticipation guide

❒ A copy of the short story

❒ Questions for comprehension

❒ Plot graph activity

❒ Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

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

❒ A comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

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

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

24 pages total

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Charles by Shirley Jackson

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Short Story Bundle

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


Free Poetry Lesson: Analyzing Poetry (NO PREP)

Product Description

FREE LESSON – This mini-unit on Walt Whitman’s “I Heard the Learned Astronomer” and “A Noiseless, Patient Spider,” teaches students how to analyze poetry. Students must learn to observe, connect, make inferences, and draw conclusions on themes.

This mini-guide includes:

❒ a detailed lesson plan for the teacher

❒ poems for students

❒ answer key and poetry annotation

This mini-guide includes six pages. I hope you enjoy it.

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Analyze This!

ELA Literature Study Unit

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I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry

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Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
90 minutes


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Frost Clocks”

by Venus Brown

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

These clip-art clocks are saved as 300 dpi png files.
They include frost styled clock faces
stylized minute, hour, and second hands
flat black hour and minute hands
plus outlines of the clock-face and hands

These can be layered and arranged with the clock hands displaying any time you like.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Frost-clocks-531189

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Wuthering Heights Student Workbook

  • Product Description

Wuthering Heights Student Workbook contains everything a teacher needs to teach Bronte’s novel. Instead of the boring question and answer format, the Student Workbook prompts students’ ideas about characters, asks them to comment on significant quotes, and to notice some of the essential techniques used by the author such as symbolism, allusions, themes, etc. in each of the chapters. I have created this resource for my own classes, and students love the meaningful format. Instead of writing information about themes, symbolism, characterization, etc. on separate sheets apart from the chapter questions, everything is integrated in a simplified way.

In addition, a comprehensive answer key is also provided for the teacher. You now have all of the flexibility needed for your lesson plans with all of the work provided for you.

More specifically, the Student Workbook contains work on (42 activity pages):

❒ Important information from each chapter

❒ Setting description and symbolism

❒ Characterization (you can see the characters develop as the students’ read)

❒ Gothic elements

❒ Symbolism

❒ Themes

❒ Supernatural occurrences

❒ Significant quotes

❒ Narration

❒ Allusions

❒ Sociogram (to show characters’ relationships)

❒ Inferencing questions to further students’ understanding

❒ Family tree (to help students remember who is who)

❒ Conflicts

❒ Literary techniques used by the author

❒ Characterization chart

Please see the product preview for more information.

This resource includes 84 pages in total. Please see the preview for further details.

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The Yellow Wallpaper No Prep Mini-Unit

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Total Pages
84 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 months


Sentences – Grammar Circles for easy and effective grammar

Product Description

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

Simplify your life and make grammar fun and effective.

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

I found a solution!

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

The package includes:

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

Activities included focus on:

❒ the logistics of the sentence (the basic parts)

❒ the prepositional phrase

❒ the adjective phrase

❒ the adverb phrase

❒ the verbal phrase

❒ the appositive phrase

❒ the independent and subordinate clauses

❒ subjects and predicates

❒ fragments

❒ run-on sentences

❒ types of sentences

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

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

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

(27 pages total for this unit)

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


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.

NEW – Now includes editable, blank cards.

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Total Pages
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Answer Key
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Free: Exploring the Elements of Fiction in Creative Writing

Product Description

As an introduction to story writing and the creative writing process, these visual notes are a great way for students to understand what that process is and what it is not.

Note sheet includes the following topics:

❒ What makes a story good?

❒ What about the plot?

❒ Narrative unity

❒ Building suspense

❒ Includes practical examples as explanations

The resource also includes a chart to help students think about the important elements in their own stories.

Please see the preview for more details.

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Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Poetic Device & Elements-Introducing Students to the Terms”

by English Oh My

7th – 12th Grade

*A great sheet to introduce poetic elements to your students. On the sheet are 12 different poetic terms, with boxes for the students to write in the definitions.

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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).


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Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
N/A


Opinion Piece Bundle

Product Description

How to write an effective Opinion Piece Bundle includes:

❒ notes for students (What is an opinion piece? How do we write an opinion piece?…)

❒work process sheets to help students organize their ideas

❒ work process sheets to help students organize their ideastool for teaching)

❒ a student self-evaluation and teacher evaluation

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ELA Literature Study Unit

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How to Write a Paragraph

Opinion Letter with the Novel Holes

Sentences Grammar Circles For Easy & Effective Grammar

Spelling Flip Book


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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


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.

NEW – Now includes editable, blank cards.

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Poetry Unit for Senior Students

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


Free: Exploring the Elements of Fiction in Creative Writing

Product Description

As an introduction to story writing and the creative writing process, these visual notes are a great way for students to understand what that process is and what it is not.

Note sheet includes the following topics:

❒ What makes a story good?

❒ What about the plot?

❒ Narrative unity

❒ Building suspense

❒ Includes practical examples as explanations

The resource also includes a chart to help students think about the important elements in their own stories.

Please see the preview for more details.

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Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


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).

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Short Story Bundle

Spelling Flip Book

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Comment Bank

Product Description

Do you run out of meaningful criticism for your students’ high school papers and work?

I created this comment bank because I had the same problem. After a little while, you don’t know what to write on a student’s test.

The Comment Bank has been constructed to save the Language Arts teacher time when offering constructive and helpful comments on students’ evaluations. Marking papers in any Language Arts class is always a lengthy process. Increasingly, teachers are being asked to write more detailed comments to highlight students’ strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes we run out of ideas. Being the vigilant teachers we are, and wanting to help our students achieve their potential is and will always be one of our priorities. To this end, when marking students’ papers, writing down everything we want to say to them about their papers would be a very lengthy process. I have decided to share my personal comment bank with you.

The bank comments on the following areas:

❒Structure

❒Communication

❒The next step

❒Mechanics

❒Style

❒Persuasion

❒Analysis


The package contains 7 pages of comments, which are divided by levels of accomplishment A, B, C and D. (levels 100 to 50)

Included in this package are over 120 comments for students. You can get inspiration from these pages to handwrite your comments, or you can do what I do and copy/paste your comments into a word document, print, and staple the comment to the students’ evaluations. This is a real time saver. Parents, students, and school administration LOVE this method of feedback. And, this way, it takes much less time to be much more efficient. I hope you enjoy it!

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Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Bundle

Creating a Board Game Assessment Tool

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Rubrics: Self Evaluation and teacher assessment rubrics

Product Description

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

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

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

Helps the teacher justify the final mark;

❒ Helps the teacher create meaningful evaluation grids;

❒ Helps to identify students’ weaknesses and strengths;

❒ Helps parents and students better understand the task required;

❒ Helps teachers create rubrics for the final evaluation.

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

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

❒ Newspaper article

❒ Short story writing (intermediate and senior)

❒ Essay writing (various different types)

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

❒ Independent study unit

❒ Research paper

❒ Skits

❒ Board game

❒ Group work

❒ Opinion piece

❒ Editorial

❒ Friendly letter

❒ Debate

❒ Movie review

❒ Journals

❒ Scrapbook

❒ Seminar

❒ Speech

❒ Riddle writing

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Comment Bank

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Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

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


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Reading Quote of the Week Collection”

by Secondary Sara

4th – 12th Grade

Inspire your readers with fresh “food for thought” on why reading is important and enjoyable. This collection of 40 reading quotes gives you one quote per week in the school year, with a few to spare!

The quotes are mostly general thoughts on reading by famous authors or people, but a few are direct quotes from books, including:

• Dr. Seuss

• JK Rowling

• Lemony Snicket

• Harper Lee

• Ralph Waldo Emerson

• Walter Dean Myers

• Walt Disney

With this list of quotes, you can:

• Project the quote on a SMARTboard or screen for discussion, or as the basis of a written response.

• Print the PPT in black and white or color, and spiral bind it so you have a ready-made book of quotes to display in your room year after year!

You might also enjoy my FREE Writing Quote of the Week Product.

NOTE: This product is included in my Bell-Ringers for English Class Bundle. Check it out to save 20% on a year of class warm-ups!

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My other reading & literature materials:

• My bundle of teaching materials for The Giver

• The Little Mermaid: Short Story vs. Movie Unit

• “The Gift of the Magi” Collaborative Literary Analysis Unit

• Movie vs. Text Activity Bundle

• Book of the Month (Independent Reading Program) for Grades 6-8 or Book of the Month (Independent Reading Program) for Grades 9-12

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Short Story Bundle Unit Plan

Bundle Description

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

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

The unit includes:

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ an anticipation reading guide

❒ a two-page literary element cheat sheet

❒ plot graph

❒ word wall

❒ character trait explanation sheet

❒ characterization activity

❒ writing evaluation (or activity) with evaluation sheet

❒ comprehensive answer key for all activities.

18 pages total

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

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

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ questions for comprehension

❒ a plot chart organizer

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

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

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

❒ a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

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

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

❒ a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

❒ a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

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

Included in the mini-unit is:

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ a prediction chart

❒ an anticipation guide

❒ activity sheet (select important passages in the text for theme and paragraph support)

❒ author’s purpose activity sheet

❒ how to develop a theme sheet with an example

❒ a graphic organizer to help students plan their paragraph

❒ an answer key for all activities

❒ 3-day lesson plan for easy planning

16 pages total

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

The resource includes:

❒ an anticipation guide

❒ a copy of the short story

❒ questions for comprehension

❒ plot graph activity-❒Information sheet on characterization and an accompanying activity

❒ a personal word wall to improve students’ vocabulary and understanding

❒ a comprehensive answer key for all activities

Also included are two evaluations with evaluation grids:

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

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

24 pages total

Individual Short Story Mini-Units:

Charles by Shirley Jackson

Rain, Rain, Go away Short Story

Seventh Grade Short Story

The Elevator Short Story

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


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.)

Print it and go!

Ten pages in PDF format are included.

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
4 days


The Yellow Wallpaper Mini-Unit

Product Description

The Yellow Wallpaper Mini-Unit” is perfect for teaching students to analyze literature in a meaningful way. All of the prep work and thinking has been done for you. This truly is a print-and-go resource. The mini-unit includes 5 lesson plans, an interactive PowerPoint presentation to introduce the story’s historical context, student activities, as well as a detailed answer key. The mini-unit also includes a creative writing piece which allows students to play around with voice and situate themselves within the context of the times.

This lesson is suitable for grades 9 to 12.

60 pages and 19 slides total in this unit.

See below for further details.

The PowerPoint is an interactive presentation with information about the author, the context of the time, notes on feminist literature and its history, information about Weir Mitchell and the rest cure, experts form François Poullain de la Barre’s “The Woman as Good as the Man, and an excerpt from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Émile, or On Education” to help students understand women’s frustrations and the want for change.

The Lesson Plans contain 5 comprehensive lessons, which fully explore this work’s mastery and teaches students to think critically by annotating the work. The lesson plans include journal topics, class discussions, and exit tickets, as well as learning goals for each lesson for students to fully grasp the importance of this work.

The student Activities include an activity on symbolism, an activity on theme, a tutorial on how to develop themes in paragraph form (this is an important skill for ELA students), an example of a developed theme, and a paragraph organizer.

Two copies of the short story are included – a copy of the short story with space for students to annotate the work and an annotated copy for the teacher or for differentiated learning as the case may be. (Provided in Word as well as PDF format to allow you to add your own annotations.)

Two evaluations are also included: (All evaluations are available Word and PDF format to suit students’ needs.)

❒One evaluation is a creative writing assignment where students assume the voice of a man during the 1890’s responding to Mary Wollstonecraft’s views on women’s rights.

❒Also included is an analysis evaluation where students must develop one of the themes from the work. (A sample answer is provided with rubric)

A comprehensive answer key is provided for all work.

Please see the preview for a more visual explanation.

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Total Pages
60 pages and 19 slides
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Week