Poetry Analysis--Group Work; $2. This assignment requires small groups of students to analyze two different poems by the same poet. Included in the file are an assignment explanation sheet, a grading scale, and two worksheets that guide students through a general analysis of each poem. The assignment could easily be adapted for independent work, or expanded to include more than 2 poems.
Character Analysis--2 Activities; $1.50. This worksheet can be used with any work of literature. It requires students to analyze one or more characters from their reading, focusing on describing character traits based on textual evidence, and creating a "personal ad" that reveals these character traits. It forces students to cite support for their ideas, while also allowing them to demonstrate their learning in a fun, creative way.
I learned how to do the MLA format during my senior year at Eastern High School. It was really difficult to understand at times, but it was well worth it in the end to know. I know I will be able to use my skills in this class as well as future writing classes.
Funny Rules I've used in class; FREE! By approaching the issues in a humorous way, these "rules" effectively addressed and solved the problems I had been experiencing with my students. Many of them even asked for a copy of the rules! While a few of the rules in this file are specific to the classes I wrote them for, they can easily be adapted to fit your students--and most are general and can work with most classes of junior high/high school students.
Essay Structure for struggling or young writers; $1.50. It walks students through each paragraph, prompting them with guidelines for writing an introduction, a thesis statement, three body paragraphs with clear topic sentences and support, and a conclusion. It also provides some tips for paragraph development in a separate handout.
Personal Definition Writing; $3.00. 21 pages for teaching an informational writing assignment based on students' personal definitions of words that go beyond the dictionary's definition. Prewriting activities, rubric, revision activities, an example essay, and several sample student paragraphs are provided. This assignment helps students practice their informational writing skills, which is tested on most state standardized assessments, while also allowing them to choose an appealing topic.
Interactive Reading Graphic Organizer; $1. This straightforward graphic organizer/chart prompts students to use active reading strategies before, during, and after reading a text. It can be applied to any text, in any subject area, and can easily be printed and handed to students when you need something to help structure a reading assignment.
Persuasion Packet: Appeals, Devices, and Propaganda
$2.00 for this 8-part instructional plan for teaching students about persuasion and logical fallacies. Engaging handouts and activities (introducing persuasive appeals through a mock letter from the [Your State] Department of Education urging students to do their best on state assessments, a multi-sensory PowerPoint Presentation (which is available under my product listings),identifying both persuasive appeals and propaganda techniques in "Napoleon Dynamite." Students love it!
Creating A Quiz: After Reading Activity; $1. This simple assignment can be give as an "after reading" activity for any text. It gives specific directions for completion, and contains a scoring guide that clearly delineates point values. It also promotes cooperative learning, as students must complete a classmate's quiz for the assignment. It's a great assignment to leave with a sub during an unexpected absence, or to break the monotony!
American Writers Research Project; $2. Students work in pairs to prepare a report about one of the American writers we study in the course. Each pair is given a writer, and researches information about that writer, then provides a brief presentation of that research when we begin studying that writer's work in class.