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While just a quick review of word usage, this ten question activity could be a great filler activity. Learners could hone their vocabulary and spelling skills using this quiz which can be done both online or as a worksheet.
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The DREAM Act and the American Dream
Should the US extend government support of higher education to immigrants who have entered the country illegally? To prepare to address this hot-button topic, class members take the American Citizenship Test, annotate an article that...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
If you're interested in implementing Socratic seminars into your classroom, then you definitely don't want to miss this fantastic resource. Here you'll find an outline of the basic seminar procedure, differentiation strategies, student...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Creating Interesting Characters
What makes a story interesting? Complex characters! As part of a series of worksheets that prepares middle schoolers to write their own novel, the exercises included explain the role of the protagonist, the antagonist, and the supporting...
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Nevada: The State of Sin?
Here is the big question: "Why does Nevada base much of its economy on illicit behaviors?" To uncover the answer, the class reads two articles and discusses how the state of Nevada has used its Tenth Amendment rights to build their...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Similes and metaphors make writing more beautiful and detailed, but can be a little harder to decipher during a first reading. Use a passage from The Man Who Loved Words to show young readers how to think through passages that contain...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 4
Can dogs feel shame? Explore the anthropomorphic connection between human emotions and animal behavior—or lack thereof—with a instructional activity about Temple Grandin's book, Animals in Translation. Ninth graders continue a close...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
eReading: Gulliver's Travels, Lilliput
The story of Gulliver's travels to Lilliput is a classic tale that includes the type of wonder and adventure children love to read about. However, some children have difficulty reading text with fluency and tend to lose interest, or...
4th - 7th English Language Arts
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Novel Study
"There is something irresistible about popcorn" and about activities designed to accompany the reading of a really good book. The nine activities in this packet support the reading of Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery Award winning...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Magazine for Every Interest
Magazines are usually high-interest reads with strong visuals and eye-catching titles. Use magazines to examine writing style and peak interest in reading. Once partners have reviewed an article, they compare it to a second article, and...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable