Vivid Verb Challenge
Middle schoolers practice using vivid verbs in their writing. In teams, students use different verbs to participate in a challenge.
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Teaching the Short Story - Teacher's Packet
Get your writers composing their own short stories by following some or all of the ideas included here. You'll find short lessons and activities, handouts and assignment pages, sample paragraphs and sentences, and all sorts of great...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Workshop
What's the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing? Show class members how to find the main ideas from informational text and condense it, restate it, or quote it directly with a series of educational activities based on two...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
More Than Rhyme: Poetry Fundamentals
One of the many challenges in creating a poetry unit is selecting illustrative poems and designing activities to accompany each lesson. Here's a carefully crafted resource that can be used as a poetry unit or the individual lessons can...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Putting It All Together: Tone Analysis
Ever wonder if your ELA lessons are hitting all of Bloom's levels? Here are eight pages of close reading questions that gradually build from the lowest to the highest levels of Bloom's taxonomy. This particular lesson focuses on a short...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Spice Up Your Writing Using Action Verbs
Challenge your class to use their verbs wisely. Action verbs can add an extra dimension to writing, as this presentation demonstrates. Writers revise a paragraph with the teacher in order to improve the verb choice. For homework, they...
8th - 12th English Language Arts
Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston
Do you know why woodpeckers have red heads? Why the possum has no hair on its tail? Why a cat has nine lives? Find out by downloading this resource that uses Zora Neale Hurston's collection Mules and Men as the basis of a study of...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable