Uncovering Assumptions through Critical Writing
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Learners identify assumptions and propaganda techniques in advertisements. They use these techniques to create their own advertisement for a product and write a business letter persuading a company to produce their product.
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Writing about a Meal
You don't need to be a food critic to describe your meal accurately! A series of activities introduce learners to vivid adjectives when writing about the taste, smell, and feel of food. After working with word choice, parts of a...
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Support your learners as they work on writing paragraphs by providing graphic organizers, outlines, and frames. Sift through this packet to find the perfect organizers and templates to prepare pupils for writing. The resource...
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7th - 12th English Language Arts
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Explore the fables of today along with Aesop's ancient fables. Learners will understand the structure of a fable, critically think about the fable's message, and create a lesson that they would like to teach through a fable. Suggested...
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