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Social & Emotional Learning in Middle School: Responsible Decision-Making

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Making choices can be scary, especially for middle schoolers. With so many pressures it's hard sometimes to know what to do. Here's a collection of unit and lesson plans, activities and projects, videos and worksheets designed to help...
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Echoes & Reflections: Teaching the Holocaust, Inspiring the Classroom

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection includes 11 units designed to help instructors consider the complexities of teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. The lessons provide students with accurate information and sensitive instruction as they examine...
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Dealing with Dilemmas: Upstanders, Bystanders and Whistle-Blowers

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
There are upstanders, bystanders, and whistle-blowers when it comes to dealing with dilemmas. The four lessons in this unit module ask young scholars to think about injustice and how to resolve difficult situations. Learners research...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 4: Reading for Research and Writing an Argument: Insecticides: Costs vs. Benefits

For Teachers 6th Standards
In Module 4, sixth-graders research the question of whether the benefits of DDT outweigh its harmful consequences. Unit 1 challenges investigators to read a novel, informational text, and watch videos to gather evidence about DDT’s uses,...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3b: Understanding Perspectives: Sustaining the Oceans

For Teachers 6th Standards
The topic of ocean conservation and the impact of human activities on ocean life is the focus of three units in Module 3B. The first unit challenges sixth graders to read Mark Kurlansky’s illustrated book, World without Fish: How Kids...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3a: Understanding Perspectives: The Land of the Golden Mountain

For Teachers 6th Standards
How does an author’s culture influence their perspective and point of view? Moreover, how does an author’s purpose affect their point of view? These are the questions middle schoolers investigate in a three-unit module that uses works by...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3B, Unit 2: Narrator’s Point of View and Evidence of Author’s Perspective in Flush

For Teachers 6th Standards
The 12 lessons in the second module unit examine how an author’s point of view and perspective is influenced by his or her geographic location. Florida resident Carl Hiassens’s young adult novel, Flush, about a young man whose father...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 3a: Unit 1: Narrator’s Point of View and Evidence of Author’s Perspective in Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th Standards
The first unit in this three-module set introduces sixth-graders to a study of how authors’ culture influences and is evident in their writing. Laurence Yep’s novel, Dragonwings, and his biography The Lost Garden serve as the core texts....
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 1: Myths: Not Just Long Ago

For Teachers 6th Standards
Rick Riordan’s, The Lightning Thief is the anchor text in a three-unit module that explores the archetypal storyline of the hero’s journey. Sixth graders examine the many mythical illusions in Riordan’s tale. Additionally, they read...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA Module 1, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Percy Jackson and the Hero’s Journey

For Teachers 6th Standards
Introduce sixth graders to mythology, its purposes, and its elements. The study begins with 13 lessons in Module 1, Unit 1 collection. Pupils practice their close reading skills with Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief as well as with...
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Reading Literature: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Seventh grade is a great opportunity to take your literature unit to the next cognitive level. Challenge middle schoolers with a collection of Common Core aligned projects, lessons, and activities, all designed to enhance the learning...
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Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Transform drafting into crafting with a collection of materials designed to enrich your seventh grade writing unit. Each resource addresses one or more Common Core standards for persuasive writing, informational writing, and narrative...
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Reading Literature: 6th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th Standards
Be prepared to educate enthusiastic readers with a collection that touches on each literature standard addressed in the English language arts Common Core State Standards. Included in the collection are units, lesson plans, worksheets,...
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Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do you determine the main idea of a text? What clues can readers use to identify what is stated, as well as what is implied by a passage? Reading comprehension and reading comprehension strategies for both fiction and nonfiction are...
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Reading Informational Text: 6th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th Standards
Obtain the tools you need to teach informational text with a collection that addresses each standard found in the Common Core English Language Arts State Standards. The collection includes units, lesson plans, worksheets, printables, and...
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Where the Red Fern Grows Worksheet Collection

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
If your class is reading Where the Red Fern Grows, make sure you have this set of worksheets to help with comprehension, deeper thinking, and literary device application. Whether you print these and hand them out or just use them as...
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The "Final Solution"

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Nazi policies shifted from deportation and imprisonment to extermination of the Jewish people in death camps in the "Final Solution." Learners examine photos of artifacts, read poetry written by survivors, analyze testimony from...
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Survivors and Liberators

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The end was just the beginning. The period immediately after the end of World War II and the Holocaust is often called "The Return to Life" as survivors looked to reunite and recreate broken families and shattered lives. A two-lesson...
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The Ghettos

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young historians examine primary sources, including diaries, poems, and photographs, to consider the conditions in the ghettos and how they fit into the escalation of the Third Reich's plot against the Jewish people. 
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Primary Sources in Lesson Planning Unit Outline

For Teachers 6th Standards
How can we effectively bring about change when faced with injustice in our society? Learners explore the Great Depression and Mexican Revolution through Esperanza Rising, a historical fiction novel taught through literature circles. The...
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Reading Closely for Textual Details: "The Wolf You Feed"

For Teachers 6th Standards
Close reading doesn't mean to literally read text close to your face, but rather to pay attention to particular details in order to develop a deep and purposeful understanding of text. The first part of a five-part resource provides an...
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Reading Closely Teacher Manual

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Wolves are the subject of a series of images, informational texts, videos, websites, and narratives. The activities prompt learners to use close reading skills, including reading closely for textual details, making evidence-based claims,...
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Dr. Seuss in the Classroom

For Teachers 6th Standards
Explore the works of Dr. Seuss, such as Horton Hears a Who, Horton Hatches and Egg, The Sneetches and Other Stories, The Lorax, The Butter Battle Book, and Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. Each story lesson includes reading...
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Common Core Teaching and Learning Strategies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here's a resource that deserves a place in your curriculum library, whether or not your school has adopted the Common Core. Designed for middle and high school language arts classes, the packet is packed with teaching tips, materials,...
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The Glorious Whitewasher

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young readers can be exposed to the literary works of Mark Twain as they interact with challenging text and gain experience by reading the complex passages of chapter two "The Glorious Whitewasher" from his famous book, The Adventures of...
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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer...
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"I Can” Common Core! 6th Grade Reading

For Teachers 6th Standards
It is much easier for kids to know they have reached a goal when that goal is clearly defined. By providing sixth graders with a checklist of Common Core reading standards written in "I can" format, each child can keep track of his own...
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How Sublime: Exploring and Measuring the Triple Point of Dry Ice

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Solid, liquid, or gas? Or all three? Young chemists make observations of dry ice and measure the pressure associated with its triple point. Pre-lab exercises include drawing Lewis structures and explaining bonding theories. An...
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Making of a Monster

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Over the course of a week, the class will study how monsters are portrayed throughout literature. But why? Monsters in science fiction or horror often depict the darker side of human nature; they are described for their horrific physical...
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Experience and Perspective

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders make connections between past experiences and perspective. They read Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith. Then, they analyze a character's history and state the past experiences that form their perspective. In the...
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Citing Evidence and Building Vocabulary: “The Exterminator”

For Teachers 6th Standards
New ReviewIt is an out-of-body experience. Scholars take a look at the sidebars outside the body of the text in The Exterminator. They discuss the purpose of this type of text feature and work to determine the gist. Learners write unfamiliar...
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Analyzing Point of View and Figurative Language: Noah’s Point of View of Lice Peeking

For Teachers 6th Standards
Read along with me. Two learners read the parts of Noah and Lice in Flush as the rest of the class follows along. Readers look for unfamiliar words and the use of figurative language in the text. They complete graphic organizers and...
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Learning from the Narrator’s Point of View: Introducing Flush

For Teachers 6th Standards
It is all down the drain. Scholars read chapter one of Flush and write any unfamiliar words in their word catchers and identify the narrator and point of view of the story. Pupils complete a point of view anchor chart and use Thought,...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment: Finding Evidence of Carl Hiaasen’s Perspective in Flush and Illustrating Perspective

For Teachers 6th Standards
The end is here. Scholars work independently on End of Unit 2 Assessment: Finding Evidence of Carl Hiaasen’s Perspective in Flush and Illustrating Perspective. Learners use their graphic organizers and text to write to a prompt asking...
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Finding Evidence of Carl Hiaasen’s Perspective in Flush

For Teachers 6th Standards
Mix and mingle. Scholars travel around the room to music stopping to meet with a classmate when the music stops. They answer questions about Flush at each stop. Learners then work together to identify the evidence they used to determine...
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Carl Hiaasen’s Perspective of Florida: Part 3

For Teachers 6th Standards
What is your perspective? Scholars read Florida: A Paradise of Scandals Excerpt 2 and look for unfamiliar words. They determine author perspective by completing Gathering Evidence of Hiaasen’s Perspective: Part three graphic organizer...
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Carl Hiaasen’s Perspective of Florida: Part 2

For Teachers 6th Standards
Look it up. Scholars read Florida: A Paradise of Scandals Excerpt 1 and use a dictionary to look up any unfamiliar words. They then do a close read of the text and answer text-dependent questions. Learners analyze author perspective by...
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Carl Hiaasen’s Perspective of Florida: Part 1

For Teachers 6th Standards
Share some tips. Scholars read Five Creative Tips from Carl Hiaasen to determine the gist. They think-pair-share their ideas about the text with a partner and then focus on challenging words and answer text-dependent questions.
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing Point of View and Plot Development in Flush

For Teachers 6th Standards
It's the halfway point—there's no turning back now. Scholars work on the mid unit assessment for Flush. For the assessment, learners analyze the point of view and plot development by annotating the text using sticky notes and underlining...
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Analyzing Point of View and Figurative Language: Noah’s Point of View of Florida

For Teachers 6th Standards
Fishing for words. Scholars search for unfamiliar words in pages 27-29 of Flush, place them in their word catchers, and complete part of Noah’s Point of View graphic organizer. After identifying figurative language, learners analyze tone...
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Analyzing Point of View and Figurative Language: Noah’s Point of View of the Coral Queen and Dusty Muleman

For Teachers 6th Standards
Literally, what's the meaning? Scholars read pages seven through nine of Flush and discuss literal and nonliteral meaning with figurative language. Learners work in triads to identify and define unfamiliar words. They then complete a...
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End of Unit Assessment: Finding Evidence of Laurence Yep’s Perspective on Being Chinese in Dragonwings and Determining Connotative Language

For Teachers 6th Standards
There's a fine line between reality and fiction. As an end-of-unit assessment, scholars complete worksheets to analyze how Laurence Yep's perspective on being Chinese factors into his novel Dragonwings. Next, pupils engage in a class...
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Inferring Laurence Yep’s Perspective of Being Chinese, from the “Being Chinese” Excerpt of The Lost Garden

For Teachers 6th Standards
It's all about perspective! Using the resource, scholars read a third excerpt from Laurence Yep's autobiography, The Lost Garden. As they read, individuals complete graphic organizers using clues from the text to infer the author's...
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Finding Evidence of Laurence Yep’s Perspective of the Police in Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th Standards
Perspective is everything. Using a graphic organizer, pupils determine Laurence Yep's perspective of the police in his novel Dragonwings. Additionally, scholars complete anchor charts to identify connotative language in the text.
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Introducing The Lost Garden and Finding Evidence of Laurence Yep’s Perspective on What It’s like to Fit into Another Culture on Pages 66– 67 of Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th Standards
How does culture shape perspective? Pupils consider the question as they read an excerpt from Laurence Yep's autobiography, The Lost Garden. Using a graphic organizer, they gather textual evidence and make inferences about the author's...
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Analyzing Point of View and Figurative Language: Chapter 3

For Teachers 6th Standards
Get to the point ... the point of view, that is! Pupils analyze Laurence Yep's Dragonwings for tone, figurative language, and point of view by completing graphic organizers. Scholars also read an excerpt from the novel and record the...
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Analyzing Point of View and Figurative Language: Chapter 2

For Teachers 6th Standards
Just get to the gist. Scholars work in pairs to find the gist of an excerpt from Laurence Yep's Dragonwings. Pupils also complete graphic organizers to analyze the text for tone, point of view, and figurative language. 
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Learning from the Narrator’s Point of View: Introducing Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th Standards
Journey into the past with Laurence Yep's Dragonwings. Scholars complete anchor charts to analyze techniques the author uses to develop the narrator's point of view in his novel. As they read, pupils also complete word catchers to track...
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Inferring Laurence Yep’s Perspective on the Police, from the Crime in the Neighborhood Excerpt of The Lost Garden

For Teachers 6th Standards
Gist get to the point! Pupils read another excerpt from The Lost Garden, author Laurence Yep's autobiography. Working with partners, scholars annotate the text to look for the gist and record unfamiliar vocabulary in their word catchers. 
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Developing the Narrator’s Point of View, Figurative Language, and Connecting Passages across the Novel Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th Standards
Let's get creative! As part of a mid-unit assessment, scholars create a piece of artwork illustrating the theme from Laurence Yep's novel, Dragonwings. Additionally, pupils use a graphic organizer to identify figurative language in the...
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Analyzing Point of View and Figurative Language: Chapter 1

For Teachers 6th Standards
Check out the view! Scholars complete a graphic organizer to analyze how Laurence Yep develops a character's point of view in Dragonwings. Additionally, pupils re-read parts of the novel and annotate the text on sticky notes, looking for...
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Where We Stand

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Academics learn strategies to share their opinions and agree or disagree with others in a respectful manner. The resource provides scenarios to help individuals form opinions and share them with...
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Vocabulary Strategies and Questions from the Text: Close Reading Part 2 of The Lightning Thief (Chapter 3, Continued)

For Teachers 6th Standards
That is very unexpected! Scholars take a close look at the word unexpectedly from chapter three of The Lightning Thief. They examine the prefix and think of other words that have the same prefix. Learners regroup in their triads and take...
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Inferring about Character: Close Reading of The Lightning Thief (Chapter 3)

For Teachers 6th Standards
Stick it to them! Scholars work to write the gist of sections of text on sticky notes and place them in chapter three of The Lightning Thief. They then share what they wrote with classmates in their triad. The group reads selections of...
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Inferring about Character: Getting to Know Percy (Chapters 1 and 2)

For Teachers 6th Standards
What a character! Scholars look at two chapters in The Lightning Thief to make inferences about the character Percy. They record both the character's challenges and responses. Learners then work in their triads to discuss the gist of...
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Meeting the Main Character: Launching The Lightning Thief (Chapter 1)

For Teachers 6th Standards
Three is company! Scholars work in groups of three to discuss quotes from the first pages of The Lightning Thief. Each group records their thinking on the paper of the quotes before talking about Percy's character using the Making...
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Looking for Alaska

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Looking for Alaska is the subject of a short PBS video that encourages viewers to read John Green's award-winning young adult novel about first love. 
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Pride and Prejudice

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Published in 1813 and considered by many to be the first romance novel, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice still tops the chart as a favorite read. Literary experts share why the tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy continues to win the...
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One Hundred Years of Solitude | The Great American Read

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
One Hundred Years of Solitude introduces readers to magic realism. Told in a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Nobel Prize-winning novel is a candidate for The Great American Read program and aficionados...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Douglas Adams' hysterical send-up of bureaucratic thinking, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is the focus of a Great American Read video that urges viewers to vote for one of the greatest satires since Gulliver's Travels.
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Created for the Great American Read series, a short video encourages viewers to vote for Invisible Man. Musician Wynton Marsalis and Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, among others, share their rationale for why Ralph Ellison's...
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The Catcher in the Rye and First-Person Narrative

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Testimonials for The Catcher in the Rye demonstrate the power of J.D. Salinger's story of a young man who wants to protect innocent children from the phonies in the adult world. Part of the Great American Read series, speakers urge...
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The Symbolism of Sunflower Seeds in Ghost

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a coming-of-age book that resonates with teenagers who have experienced childhood trauma. Explore the novel with an interactive resource that focuses on the author's use of symbolism, particularly with...
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Identifying Points of View through Character Responses in R.J. Palacio's "Wonder"

For Teachers 6th Standards
Readers examine the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio to determine how characters respond differently to situations and events. Readers annotate and analyze the text and carry out group discussion using accountable talk. They work in small...
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Roald Dahl-Inspired Ideas Book

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Inspire young authors to dream big and connect with their inner writer with a 13-page packet that showcases the work of the famous author, Roald Dahl. A focus on the story, The BHG, scholars begin their Idea Book, reflect on their...
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Addressing Text Complexity - Making Independent Reading Meaningful

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Many English teachers dream of a classroom full of readers silently enjoying their books. A useful guide helps make that dream become a reality by providing book recommendations for a range of readers. Each suggestion includes the...
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A Guide to the Works of Jacqueline Woodson

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
The works of Jacqueline Woodson introduce readers to diverse characters and themes. A guide covers many of the author's best-known books such as Brown Girl Dreaming and Locomotion. Dive & Discuss and Explore & Extend activities...
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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Children in foster care face a lot of uncertainty in their lives. A guide for the novel One for the Murphys introduces a main character, Carley, who is thrust into the foster care system. Chapter-by-chapter questions cover key details in...
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An Educator's Guide to Al Capone Does My Shirts

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
It's hard to imagine that life on Alcatraz could be dull. A series of intriguing lessons take readers through the novel Al Capone Does my Shirts. Pre-reading questions introduce the text and a range of suggestions, from comic strips to...
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Stories from the Panama Canal

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The stories of the Silver People, the West Indies immigrants hired to work on the Panama Canal, come to life in a lesson about the building of the Panama Canal. Groups research why the canal was built, how it was build, the working...
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Out of the Dust

For Teachers 6th Standards
The Grapes of Wrath may be the most famous novel set during the Dust Bowl, but what other stories cover the same time? The unit focuses on the Karen Hesse novel Out of the Dust. Learners keep a timeline of the Dust Bowl, maintain a...
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Poetry: Writers on Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Poets bring images to life with poetic forms, style and word choice, and figurative language.  A comprehensive poetry unit focuses on key reading skills, literary skills, and writing skills. In addition, every poem within the unit...
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Cogheart and Moonlocket

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Peter Bunzi takes readers to the Victorian era with two stories, Coghaert and Moonlocket. Accompany the literary time warp with a companion packet that offers a plethora of exercises. Learning opportunities include activities for before,...
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Grade 6 English Language Arts and Readiness: Persuasive

For Teachers 6th Standards
What is the best way to compare and contrast viewpoints on the same topic? A persuasive writing unit plan addresses targeted skills, vocabulary, instructional strategies, and suggested resources that would be perfect for developing writers.
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Eleven

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Turning 11 comes with a range of emotions. Explore those emotions by reading the short story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. Readers analyze the main character's reactions to the events of her day. Then, they write an essay describing what...
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Study Guide for A Wrinkle in Time

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which would not be so confused if they had a study guide as great as this. Scholars increase their comprehension of A Wrinkle In Time through many supports such as guided questions, background...
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Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Take an in-depth look into Beverly Cleary's story, Ralph S. Mouse, with a 10-question worksheet that focuses on story elements. Scholars describe the main character, point of view, conflict resolution, and more! Then, conclude with a...
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Ant-Man Saves the Day

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Provide Ant-Man with a flying device to aid in fighting crime. The first installment of a five-part unit has learners designing and building a flying device for Ant-Man. They write a narrative essay describing the engineering process...
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Academic Reading Vocabulary

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
From A to Z, learners define, draw, and find examples of specific reading focus skills in an alphabetized reading vocabulary packet. Words include dialogue, theme, text structure, genre, paraphrase, and many more.
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A Bird Came Down

For Students 6th Standards
Strengthen reading comprehension skills with a response to reading worksheet that focuses on plot. Scholars read Emily Dickinson's "A Bird Came Down" then answer one short answer and four multiple choice questions.
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From "First Crossing"

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young scholars look closely at four tales taken from the collection of short stories, First Crossing edited by Donald R. Galloby. While examining the life of four teenagers and the lives they lead as U.S. immigrants, your enthusiastic...
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Esperanza Rising

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Accompany a reading of the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, with a series of lessons that dive deep into the literary world of a young girl and the journey she takes to start a new life. Lessons and their...
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Hatchet

For Teachers 6th Standards
Accompany a novel study of Hatchet by Gary Paulson with a unit consisting of 16 lessons focused on physical and emotional survival. Reading the story along with a variety of informational texts, scholars compare and contrast reading...
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What’s Your Point of View?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Work on deciphering the point of view of various pieces of literature. As readers review the concepts of first, second, and third person perspective, they apply what they know to different passages.
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Narrator’s Point of View Flow Chart

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
How can you tell what point of view a narrator is using, and why does it matter when reading or writing? Use a handy flow chart to determine whether or not your narrator is telling the story from a first or third person point of view.
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Change the Point of View: Third Person to First Person

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Use Jack London's The Call of the Wild to help young writers learn the difference between first and third person points of view. After they read a passage from the novel, they rewrite it in the first person point of view.
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Change the Point of View: First Person and Third Person

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
How is a story different when told from various points of view? Learn about first and third person points of view with an activity based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Readers examine a passage written in first person, then...
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Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution Teaching Guide

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
Sophia's War, Avi's novel that tracks the adventures of Sophia Calderwood, a fictional character, as well as the true stories of British Major John Andre and General Benedict Arnold during the American Revolution, is the anchor text of...
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Journeys: A Common Core State Standards Unit for A Wrinkle in Time and Companion Texts

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
You won't find any wrinkles in your instruction with this unit guide on Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. The 34-page document includes everything from instructional questions and learning tasks aligned to Common Core State...
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The Cay

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Support your instruction of The Cay by Theodore Taylor with this extensive unit of materials. Provided here are prereading activities, worksheets and discussion questions for the entire book, and reading quizzes that you can use to check...
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Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Looking for materials to accompany your study of Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes? Look no further! Included here is everything you need to go alongside your unit: worksheets, graphic organizers, writing assignments, an assessment,...
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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Build a unit around The Outsiders, and use these materials to help! Included here is a group of prereading activities to choose from and a list of tasks. Different than specific lesson plans for The Outsiders, these tasks are made up of...
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The Outsiders , discussion

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Keep Ponyboy, Darry, Dally, and all the other characters straight in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders by taking down notes on the graphic organizer provided here. Also included are discussion questions for before and after reading that you...
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Jamie Nabozny: Bullying: Language, Literature and Life

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Class members identify bullying in contemporary texts and role play how they might change those scenes to examples of anti-bullying. They then re-define their initial definitions of bullying and discuss what they would like to see as...
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Voices In the Park

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Explore the impact a narrator's point of view has on a story with a reading of the children's book, Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. Written in four different voices, the story is told and retold from different perspectives to...
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Common Core Constructed Response Organizer

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Get your writers ready to compose a constructed response essay in response to either an informational or fictional text. Pupils note down the big idea they wish to address as well as up to nine examples from the text that they wish to...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 5

For Teachers 6th Standards
Building on the previous activity in this series of lesson seeds, this plan focuses on the use of dialect in Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. Class members examine specific lines of text, use their reading journals to respond to the...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 4

For Teachers 6th Standards
Get started with The Cay. First, provide some background information and images that relate to the novel. Then pupils can create double-entry journals. Once that is complete, read the first two chapters, encouraging individuals to record...
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read

For Teachers 6th Standards
The second lesson plan of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and...
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 1: Poem

For Teachers 6th Standards
While originally created to accompany The Cay, this poetry instructional activity could be used on it's own, especially if you are working on dialect. Class members conduct a close reading of "When Malindy Sings" by Paul Laurence Dunbar...
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Where the Red Fern Grows Chapter 1 Worksheet

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Break down Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls into manageable chunks by focusing on plot points and literary elements in specific chapters. This resource is all about the first chapter, and asks pupils to use complete sentences to...
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A Reading Guide to Island of the Blue Dolphins

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book....
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Analyzing Point of View

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Knowing how to identify point of view is very important when approaching a text. Using the short story "Saved by a Seal," a short video demonstrates how to note and analyze the narrator's point of view, and its effect on the story's...
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Explain How the Author Develops Point of View

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Study point of view from the author's perspective! Using "The Wind's Visit," kids explore poetry and point of view with context clues about characters and their actions. The video is a good way to clear up a concept that can be...
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The Voice That Challenged a Nation

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Included here are step-by-step instructions for conducting a close reading of The Voice That Challenged a Nation by Russell Freedman. After an individual and class reading, class members read carefully through the text excerpt,...
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Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text.  Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and...
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I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a...
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Interpreting Perspective

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Work on characterization with a narrative writing lesson, in which middle schoolers interpret a character's perspective. They discuss family traditions and examine how culture can influence a character's perspective. Next, they read...
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What's the Point of View?

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders explain what a point of view is. They list two different types of examples of third person point of view and identify the difference between a third person limited and third person omniscient . Additionally, they read a...
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What's the Point of View?

For Teachers 6th Standards
What is the point of view? Sixth graders discuss third person limited and omniscient perspectives while reading several short stories. Then, complete a worksheet and share findings with peers. 
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Is Mr. Wolf Really A Bad Guy?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Is the wolf from "The Three Little Pigs" really big and bad, or is he just misunderstood?  To analyze the effect of point of view, middle schoolers read Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and evaluate the information...
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A Novel Study Unit for The Cay

For Teachers 4th - 9th Standards
Novelly written questions are perfect for a novel study guide unit on The Cay. The well-rounded resource contains an anticipation guide for scholars to complete before reading, a variety of questions per chapter of the book, and a post...
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Song of the Trees Handouts

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Climb into a class reading of Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor with this language arts resource. Complete with key vocabulary, reading comprehension questions, study guide, project ideas, and extra credit opportunities, the...
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Teacher's Guide: The Pinballs

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Dive your class into the novel The Pinballs by Betsy Byars with the support of this reading guide. Including short answer questions, a multiple choice comprehension quiz, and extension activities, a variety of materials are provided for...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 8: Character

For Teachers 6th Standards
Characters often change over the course of a story or novel. Use the sample graphic organizer provided here to track how the narrator has responded to the sequence of events in chapter four through six of The Cay. In addition to this...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 9: Climax

For Teachers 6th Standards
Conduct a close reading of chapter 9 of The Cay. Read the chapter again and ask pupils to respond to a list of included text-dependent questions. Finish the class with the provided writing assignment, which asks learners to use textual...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 10: Character Development

For Teachers 6th Standards
Make a study of Timothy and his development as a character over the course of the first half or so of The Cay. This idea focuses in particular on chapters 10 through 12. Learners start out by working on double-entry journals created in...
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Where the Red Fern Grows Chapter 8-9 Worksheet

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Find out how much your learners picked up from a couple of chapters of Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Pupils answer six plot and character analysis questions and tackle similes. The worksheet is adaptable; assign it in class...
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Determine an Author's Bias

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Good readers look for evidence of an author’s bias, of places in the text where information is left out in a way that impacts the accuracy of the information. In this short video, the narrator examines how author John Moir manipulates...
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Points of View Worksheet (RL.6.6)

For Teachers 6th Standards
Do your sixth graders think that speaking in the third person is normal? Show them other options in writing and speaking, and have them identify first, second, and third person point of view from inquires posed for student practice. Add...
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Perspectives and Point of View: Engaging Scenario Unit 1

For Teachers 6th Standards
In groups Middle schoolers work together to analyze texts and author's perspective across media types. They read the Langston Hughes poem, "I Look at the World" and speeches from JFK and MLK. They create a multi-media presentation...
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Lesson Plan 2: So What's a Novel, Anyway?

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
What makes a novel a novel? Class members select a favorite novel, record their impressions on a worksheet, and then come together in groups to discuss the elements common to narrative writing. Next, they identify the characters, the...
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Multiple Perspectives

For Teachers 6th Standards
Analyze multiple perspectives in short stories. Sixth graders examine the point of view of each major character in three different short stories. After reading the stories, they role-play characters and hypothesize about the character's...
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Interpreting Perspective

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders analyze how a character's perspective is influenced by cultural backgrounds. For this language arts lesson, 6th graders discuss traditions and celebrations they participate in. Students read a story and discuss how the...