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    Middle School Common Core

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    36 engaging quotes about books and reading from a diverse mix of authors, speakers, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and leaders! Just print and laminate for a beautiful display for your classroom, library, or office that will inspire your students to read!

    Ready to print-and-go! This Reading Response Journal emphasizes, "Reading is thinking!" Used individually, in small groups, or whole-class, this is an ideal journal for independent reading, literature circles, or whole-class novel studies. Packed with engaging prompts that encourage close reading, critical thinking, and meaningful writing, this reading journal is perfect for grades 5-8! Model pages, grading rubric, learning objectives, and common core standards are all included.

    Differentiated Short Response Slips for Literature - 27 different common core-aligned short tasks DIFFERENTIATED for 3 levels of learners: struggling, average/grade-level, and advanced. 81 slips in all! Designed in convenient half-sheets. Use with any literature you teach.

    The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of my all-time favorite novels to teach because it lends itself to critical thinking and many thoughtful and meaningful class discussions. My students have always enjoyed reading The Giver as much as I enjoy teaching it! If The Giver is in your plans this year, everything you need to teach it well is in this print-and-go unit! Answer keys, grading rubrics, learning objectives, and Common Core Standards are all included.

    I teach "Night" by Elie Wiesel in English class when students are learning about WWII and the Holocaust in Social Studies. This 5-week unit includes close reading, critical thinking, and literary analysis. Students are required to extrapolate relevant and appropriate inferences from the story throughout the novel and on the unit test. Answer keys, grading rubrics, learning objectives, and Common Core Standards all included.

    This 5-day unit makes interpreting and analyzing poetry very accessible! In this Common Core aligned mini-unit students will closely read five poems from diverse authors. Each poem is accompanied by four analysis tasks. After each reading, students dive deeper into the interpretation and analysis of the poem. Then, based on the work that students have done while reading and responding to the poem, they will construct a detailed analysis of the poem.

    Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse: This historical fiction novel written in verse is jam-packed with strong writing, voice, stunning imagery, and figurative language that will leave the story lingering in students' minds long after the last page has been read! Whether used with whole-class instruction, small groups, academic intervention services, tutoring, or for independent reading, this packet is designed to prompt students to think deeply about the text and to show evidence of their thinkin...

    This authentic assessment allows students to choose from 6 different projects as a culminating activity to "The Giver" by Lois Lowry! Each project includes writing, artwork, and a huge amount of creativity, making this hands-on, collaborative assessment a beautiful addition to student portfolios!

    The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of my all-time favorite novels to teach because it lends itself to critical thinking and many thoughtful and meaningful class discussions. My students have always enjoyed reading The Giver as much as I enjoy teaching it! If The Giver is in your plans this year, everything you need to teach it well is in this print-and-go unit! Answer keys, grading rubrics, learning objectives, and Common Core Standards are all included.

    Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse: This historical fiction novel written in verse is jam-packed with strong writing, voice, stunning imagery, and figurative language that will leave the story lingering in students' minds long after the last page has been read! Whether used with whole-class instruction, small groups, academic intervention services, tutoring, or for independent reading, this packet is designed to prompt students to think deeply about the text and to show evidence of their thinkin...

    Opposing Views to Ignite Essay Have you noticed that some students struggle to see valid points beyond their own opinions? www.teacherspayte... It takes a unique skills to engage a valid exchange where all participants see and value points on either side of sizzling topics. Yet what fun the students have when they learn the skills and tackle topics with getting tackled themselves!

    Save loads of time and 20% when you purchase all 3 "Outsiders" resources in one money-saving bundle! Students always love reading "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton -- this bundle includes a 3-Week Unit Plan, 8 engaging enrichment activities/final projects, and a 6-article newspaper project. Emphasis on the themes of empathy and inclusion make this a perfect middle school novel unit! Student Exemplars, Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and Common Core State Standards are all included.

    Common Core Short Response/Exit Slips for ANY Literature contains 27 different standards-based short tasks designed in convenient half-sheets. Great for short assessment with any literature activity (whole class, literature circles, guided reading groups) or as exit slips or homework.

    3-Day Conflict Mini-Unit that will have your students actively engaged in their learning while mastering the skill of identifying conflict in literature. Each lesson starts with a fun and engaging activity – Famous Conflict Sort, Internal and External Conflict Judging (with paddles), and Conflict Task Cards. Then, students learn about and practice identifying conflict through whole group instruction, small group work, partnerships, and independent practice. So fun!

    Student Assessment of Presentation VIDEO Looking for student-ready lessons to prepare a presentation www.teacherspayte... No prep needed with these ready-to-roll materials that engage a wider range of students' strengths in any class

    Bundled for figurative words speeches and engaging presentations www.teacherspayte... Looking for an entire ELA term of lessons to learn words in context, figurative speech, and multiple intelligence presentations? Save with this term's ready-to-roll student materials.

    Hook your students on a super-engaging series with this literature packet for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare. This 5-week packet fosters close reading, critical thinking, and meaningful writing by pushing students to move beyond comprehension and delve deeply into understanding, applying, analyzing, and evaluating. City of Bones is a high-interest, low-readability book that engages teens and keeps them reading!

    In this unit students will define, interpret, write, read, and analyze six types of figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and hyperbole. Each lesson includes guided instruction, independent writing practice, independent reading practice, and a super fun and engaging figurative language activity. At the end of this unit, students will be able to better understand, write, read and interpret figurative language.

    These are fantastic videos to teach physics, chemistry, math, engineering and more through sports like figure skating and bobsledding. They're only five minutes each and are very well done. They include lesson plans and hands-on exploration ideas, too. All free!

    When students first attempt to write essays involving critical thinking and textual analysis they stumble in a myriad of ways, but I have discovered that there are certain issues that arise over and over. A common stumbling block in writing coherent argumentative essays relates to an inability to apply the basic rules of grammar. Essays are often riddled with misplaced and missing apostrophes. This unit will concentrate on the two of the most common uses and misuses of the apostrophe. $

    This print-'n-go Guided Writing Packet walks students step-by-step through writing and assembling a 2-page newspaper based on “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. Student newspapers include a lead story, an editorial, a setting profile, a character profile, an interview, and their choice of either an obituary, an advice column, or a comic strip. A beautiful addition to student portfolios! Student Exemplars, Rubrics, Learning Objectives, Common Core State Standards all included!

    Middle School students find “The Diary of Anne Frank” captivating. I find it perfect to teach while students are learning about WWII in Social Studies -- it is a powerful introduction to "Night" by Elie Wiesel. The letter students write to Anne at the end of this mini-unit make a beautiful addition to their portfolios! This mini-unit includes scaffolded notes, discussion starters, graphic organizers, and meaningful writing prompts. Learning Objectives and Common Core Standards are included.

    This authentic assessment allows students to choose from 6 different projects as a culminating activity to "The Giver" by Lois Lowry! Each project includes writing, artwork, and a huge amount of creativity, making this hands-on, collaborative assessment a beautiful addition to student portfolios!

    Upper Elementary - Middle School---- In this detailed, common-core aligned, 10-day unit, students will learn about narrative writing and actively participate in the writing process. Students will write personal narratives about an interesting experience that taught them a lesson. Through the study of a mentor text, pre-writing activities, draft guidelines, revision mini-lessons and guides, peer conferencing, and editing, students will write a powerful personal narrative.