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Use this free MLA formatting student handbook with the most important style guidelines that students should follow. Simply print, use double sided photocopying, fold and you have a ready-made-booklet! The handbook covers these topics: General Information, Formatting Page One, In-Text Citations, Quotations, Plagiarism, Works Cited, and more! This is part of my English Student Booklet Bundle!
Have your students in their seat when the bell rings! Begin each of your middle or high school English classes with these engaging daily bell ringer routines! Included are literary terms, video journals, discussion prompts, and quotes. This is a free two week sample of my Full Year English Bell Ringers that includes everything you need to start each class off with an engaging short activity! All you have to do is choose the day of the week for each bell ringer, and your planning is complete.
Use this modern and creative Twitter profile sheet to get to know your students at the start of the year. In the format of a Twitter page, students will provide useful information about their interests, goals, habits, family, and learning style! Simply print, place on the students’ desks, and you have something for them to get started on when they arrive. This is included in my Best-Selling Back-To-School Resource Bundle!
This resource allows students to edit grammar, spelling, and punctuation in a fun and modern way! Students will have the chance to read social media status updates to find errors and correct them!
Your download includes four free task cards, detailed answer key, and teacher notes. This resource can be used as a bell-ringer, station assignment, or as a pair/group activity. If you would like more task cards, try out my full resource (Editing Social Media Bundle) that includes 45 cards and a presentation!
Bring Twitter into your classroom with these fun exit passes that can be used with any subject. Not only are they relevant to teens today, but they are also a great way for students to demonstrate their learning! Try using the exit passes as a formative assessment to see if students understood a concept or use it as a way for students to ask questions about something they didn’t understand. A poster is included, so you can display the tweets in class! This exit pass is a free sample of my Exit Passes Bundle For Any Subject!
In this assignment, students scan QR codes using their phones or iPads, read or watch the information about Shakespeare’s life and times brought up by the QR code, and answer questions on the assignment sheet. An answer key is included! If not all your students have smart phones, links are included for students to use a school computer. This is included in my Shakespeare Pre-Reading Bundle. You might also want to check out my unit plans for Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
Have your students break down the meaning of difficult words with this free vocabulary graphic organizer. Rather than simply memorizing a definition, students determine the part of speech, antonyms, synonyms, their own definition, and sentences using the word! This resource includes two sizes for your convenience and can be used with a variety of vocabulary activities. I use this with my Word Of The Day/Week Resource that I use as a weekly Bell Ringer.
This resource includes printable pages of bookmarks that have definitions for the main literary devices used for analyzing fiction. These will help remind students of the meanings of common literary terms like setting, plot, atmosphere, character, narrator, conflict, theme, tone, and foreshadowing. The download includes 2 colour versions, and one in black and white. Use them as a study tool, give them as a gift, or use them during independent reading. These bookmarks are included in my Story Elements Resource Bundle.
Use this fun free activity to have students demonstrate their understanding of characterization in a unique and modern way. The assignment asks students to write a text messaging conversation between any two characters from a novel or short story. This is an excellent post-reading activity for any fictional reading and students absolutely love it! It also looks great on display in your classroom or the hall. If you like this resource, you might want to check out my best-selling 50 Creative Assignments For Any Reading.
Have your students reflect on their own learning/ behavior as well as the course with this free course evaluation. This is something I like to use at the end of every course I teach. It allows students to reflect on their contribution to the course and also provides me with feedback which I can use to inform my instruction. The best part? It can be used for ANY subject area! Are you looking for other fun ways to end your school year? Check out my End Of The Year Activities.
Inference can be a challenging concept/skill to teach. These two ready-to-print posters are helpful reminders for students to understand the meaning of inferential thinking. The first poster shows students how an inference is made (background + clues from the text), while the second poster includes examples of inference thinking stems. Print them at home or take the files to your local printer to enlarge them. If you are teaching inference, you might want to check out my Best-Selling Inference Resource Bundle.
If you are anything like me, your desk might be covered with sticky note reminders of things you have to complete/attend. I was getting so overwhelmed by this that I created a desk planner that eliminated the paper mess on my desk. All you have to do is laminate the style you prefer, attach to your desk, and fill it in with a sharp dry erase marker! I keep a small board eraser nearby to erase the tasks I have completed. This planner is included in my Back To School Resource Bundle.
Help your middle and high school students understand basic comma rules with this fun, modern activity! Included is a student handout with comma rules for the most common errors that students make. The handout can also be used as a class poster! Also included are six cell phone text messaging task cards where students must add commas based on the rules on the handout. A teacher answer key is also included. If you like this, you might want to check out my Grammar Resource Bundle.
Create a “wall” for your classroom where they can post status updates which pertain to content you are learning in the class. Students can write a question, comment, or respond to a question at the end of class using the ready-to-use exit passes! This is an excellent way to formatively assess what your students took from the lesson. I print and laminate the 2 different sizes of response cards, and have the students use dry erase markers so they can easily be reused. This is included in my Exit Passes Resource Bundle.
Use this free writing activity to get your students excited about writing poetry. The resource includes detailed instructions for how to write an Antonym Diamante poem as well as a sheet for a rough draft and a good copy. This poem is always a hit with my students and even my reluctant writers are able to enjoy it because of the formulaic structure. If you like this activity, you might want to check out my Poetry Resource Bundle. It includes 300 pages of presentations, writing activities, and assignments!
Use this exit assignment to check your students’ understanding of content in ANY subject! The assignment also helps students categorize and summarize information in a fun and creative way. Students will use the worksheet to make a ‘fake’ internet search of the topic of study. They will invent four website addresses (URL) that connect to subtopics, and they will write information related to that topic. Looking for other creative ways to end class? Check out my Exit Passes For Any Subject.
This fun activity will not only keep your students engaged, but will also help them review some of the most important story terms. This foldable fortune teller (sometimes called a cootie-catcher) can easily be folded by your students, and they can use it take class notes or to quiz each other on the most important elements of a story. The terms covered are genre, climax, main characters, plot, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. This is included in my Story Elements Bundle.
This free resource is used to support instruction on proper paragraph writing using the “Hamburger Paragraph Method.” In the top bun students introduce/hook the reader to their topic. In the middle sections (veggies, condiments, burger etc.) they give reasons, support, quotes, details, explanations etc to support the topic sentence. The bottom bun gives a concluding statement that summarizes the topic sentence. Use this resource with my Essay Writing Resource Bundle.
Use this funny grammar poster to brighten up your classroom and get your students laughing! The poster reads, “When comforting a grammar teacher, I always say softly, ‘There, their, they’re.'” Students always get a kick out of it, and it allows them to consider the different meanings of these homophones. Print it on regular paper or take it to your local printer and have them enlarge it to make a bigger classroom poster! This is included in my Grammar Poster Set and my Grammar Resource Bundle.
This poster includes 10 “tearable” puns that students can rip off to keep or show their friends. All you have to do is print the sheet, cut in between the puns, and attach it to your wall! I am always surprised at how quickly all the puns are gone, and I often hear students reading them to their friends or teachers. This poster is included in my Figurative Language Bundle that includes lots of fun activities, presentations, graphic organizers, and assignments to teach figurative language!
This free poster with Gandhi’s most famous quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world” looks great on any classroom wall or on a hallway bulletin board. It is also something I use in class as a springboard for classroom discussion when I introduce the Quote of the Week. Print it on regular sized paper or take it to your local printer and have them enlarge it to make a bigger classroom poster! If you like this, you might want to check out my Year Of English Bell Ringers that incorporates weekly quotes.
This fun, interactive simulation of the memory transmissions in The Giver by Lois Lowry will allow students to empathize with Jonas and also play the role of The Giver! In the activity, the teacher becomes the Giver and transmits historically significant memories to students. They will also get to shift to the role of The Giver and transmit a new memory to Jonas. after completing this activity, your students will understand the value of keeping the world’s memories safe. This is a part of my Complete Unit Plan For The Giver.
Brighten up your classroom with a free ready-to-print poster and student bookmarks inspired by R.J. Palacio’s best-selling novel, Wonder! The poster and bookmarks feature the most popular quote from the novel (Mr. Browne’s first precept): “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Give the bookmarks out when you catch a student doing something kind. If you are teaching Wonder, you might want to check out my Wonder Unit Plan. It has over 250 pages/slides!
This free creative assignment will allow you to bring the Christmas spirit into your middle and high school English classes while also meeting curriculum outcomes. After students have read a fictional short story or novel, they go Christmas shopping for that character and choose three gifts. They must support the gifts they choose with textual references and evidence from the reading. Looking for other holiday assignments to use in your English class? Check out my Christmas Reading & Writing Bundle.