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Vocabulary

 32 SAT Vocabulary Lists
32 SAT Vocabulary Lists and quizzes
This is a bundled set of 32 SAT vocabulary lists with accompanying quizzes and answer keys. Each test is composed of a matching segment (15 words)and then an original fill-in-the-blank section (10 words), which forms a serialized short story about teenagers and their conflicts. A culminating written assignment follows the 32nd quiz. ($8.00)
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Vocabulary Word Clouds for SAT Lists 1-32
Vocabulary Word Clouds for SAT Lists Vocabulary study can be lackluster, but the following 32 Word Clouds and 30 activities will turn humdrum into curiosity,and this inquisitiveness will spark learning. These Word Clouds correspond with my product: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-SAT-Word-Lists-and-Quizzes-480-words. Along with these 32 vocabulary-inspired designs, I offer thirty exercises designed to increase the students understanding of these 480 words, to increase their ability to use them correctly and to make the words a part of their lives. Teachers can choose an exercise to focus on a needed area of comprehension, to accompany a literature-based or general writing assignment or during a study of the parts of speech. ($8.00)
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Vocabulary: A Midsummer Nights' Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream VocabularyThis product, to go along with the study of A Midsummer Night's Dream, includes: a 25-word list with the parts of speech and definitions, a word cloud composed of the words, ten exercises for increasing students' understanding as well as oral and written use of the words, a quiz and an answer key. This study will definitely help the students' comprehension of the play while increasing their vocabularies. ($2.00)
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Vocabulary PowerPoint: Troublesome Words
This PowerPoint includes four word lists, each with a practice exercise and then a 30 point quiz for each list. The sixteen slides in this show review the usage of words such as affect/effect, lie/lay, further/farther and many more. I include an answer key for the practices and the quizzes. Following each word list is a practice session. You need these lessons to save your sanity when reading essays that use rise when the writers means raise, for example, and any time they mix-up these Troublesome Words. Enjoy.
Vocabulary PowerPoint: Confusing Word Usage

These exercises as well as the quizzes use the characters: Mrs. Hardcase, an English teacher, Dave Demittis (Demented Dave) the principal, and students: Bubba, Zelda and Bertha in a variety of escapades. They are the same characters that I created and use in my SAT Word Lists (also posted on this site). Students have always enjoyed their teenage antics. If you prefer not to use this product as a PowerPoint, print it off (using the Full-Page option) so students have a hard copy to use for this word study.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-PowerPoint-Troublesome-Words-32451($5.00)
Activity: Word Up With the Power of Words
VocabularyUsage Activities grades 6-12With this  quartet of vocabulary activities, students will show their ability to use words in a variety of contexts while exhibiting their range of thinking skills from simple to complex. These activities allow them to reveal their understanding of all aspects of various vocabulary words as well as their analytic and critical-thinking skills. Hmm, I Feel Like Writing a _________  and Back to the Scheduled Program Following This Commercial are individual activities. How To _________ and  Story Time are teamed activities.
Suggestion: Teachers, either hand out this complete packet and choose which one students should complete in class on the day you select, or hand out this packet and let students select an individual or a teamed activity to finish. Once an activity has been chosen, a student can’t use it again until he/she has completed all four of them. This Common Core and Bloom's Taxonomy aligned product includes four activities and complete teacher notes. Download a few more ideas you can employ to turn your students into word fanatics.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Vocabulary-Activity-Word-Up-With-the-Power-of-Words-676190 ($3.00)

Vocabulary Word Lists: 12 Months of Lists+3 Bonus Lists

Middle and High School SAT Vocabulary LessonsELA Colleagues: Who couldn't use 12 months worth of vocabulary lists, complete with definitions and the parts of speech? When young people understand the nuances of word meanings and usage besides just memorizing them, they will score higher on SAT and other standardized tests. Most importantly, they will be able to clearly communicate their thoughts, ideas and beliefs, and will comprehend what they read and what other people say.

Included in this packet are 12 vocabulary lists, each one composed of 20 words. Every word is defined and includes its main part of speech. Although suffixes will often change a word’s usage in a sentence, these vocabulary words show only the part of speech for the spelling of the word as given in the lists.
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Vocabulary: Twelve More Lists
Vocabulary: 12 More Lists
When I was in the classroom, I would sometimes give students a Word of the Day in lieu of a weekly vocabulary list. That is how I created the original Vocabulary: Twelve Months of Lists. Here are 12 more! As before, each list is composed of 20 words with definitions and their parts of speech. After a while, I, too, wanted to offer students a list a week; that’s how all 24 lists came into existence. Add to these my 32 lists (15 words each list) that compose my “Vocabulary SAT Word Lists and Quizzes (480 words)” (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-SAT-Word-Lists-and-Quizzes-480-words-2640) and you have 56 weeks of words. That is 960 words!

My FREEBIE product, Vocabulary: 31 Ideas for Teaching Vocabulary (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-31-Ideas-for-Teaching-Vocabulary-634378offers 31 ways students can practice using the words in various writing and speaking activities.
Download  these 12 lists from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-Twelve-More-Lists-868825 ($2.00)

Vocabulary - FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS!

Vocabulary Lessons grades 6-12When Middle School and High School students understand the nuances of word meanings and usage besides just memorizing them, they will score higher on SAT and other standardized tests. Most importantly, they will be able to clearly communicate their thoughts, ideas and beliefs, and will comprehend what they read and what other people say.


FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS! is 11 pages of Task Card vocabulary lessons with 32 individual cards for pairs, small group and whole class activities. Students select the card to complete, write the Name, Number and Title of the vocabulary word list they are using on the back of the card and then list the words that they are including in the activity under that. Next, they complete the activity on notebook paper, staple the Task Card to the paper, and turn it in. Download thes Vocabulary Task Cards from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-WORDS-1840502 ($4.00)



Writing

Writing: Activity: Write Right! Time for Spring Cleaning
Activity: Write Right! Time for Spring Cleaning

For this activity, students will spring clean their writing homes. This posting focuses on three aspects of writing:
1. Writing Hang-Ups
2. Sensory Imagery, and
3. Ideas buried in the past.
Although each seems like a separate entity from the others, it is not. Students need to expel the roadblocks that stymie their chances for writing success before they can mine their hearts and minds for ideas where they can incorporate sensory imagery. These Common Core and Bloom's Taxonomy aligned activities may be taught individually or as a unit.The key is that students will use them to sweep away the cobwebs that clog their creative endeavors. ($2.00)
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Writing:31 Activities - "March Maneuvers 'Sprint into Spring'"
Writing:31 Activities - "March Maneuvers 'Sprint into Spring'"
'Sprint into Spring' with thirty-one Common Core aligned writing activities that will tone up students’ winter-weary brains.
Included in this packet:
• Thirty-One writing activities with directions and writing requirements
• A March calendar of celebrations with at least 2 per day ranging from the first day
 of the month to the last. Download this product from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing31-Activities-March-Maneuvers-Sprint-into-Spring-584169 ($2.75)



Reading Comprehension & Writing Activities-Fabulous Five Packet

Middle School and High School Writing Lessons
February, not April, is the cruelest month with hints of spring wafting in the air followed by Polar Vortex blasts. This packet offers FIVE activities for Developing Reading Comprehension, Writing and Higher Level Thinking Skills that will hook students into learning, not spring dreaming. 
This packet offers FIVE activities for Developing 
Reading Comprehension, Writing and Higher Level Thinking Skills. 
What is Included? 
Reading Comprehension
1. This is What I’m Hungry For!
Thirty Discussion/Writing Topics for Literature, and
2. Friend or Foe?
Writing and Higher Level Thinking Skills
1. Then and Now Prewriting Activity
2. Playing With Color Worksheet, and
3. Brain Bumps:Twenty Writing Suggestions to End Idea Vacuums.
These activities allow students to show their understanding of all aspects of the elements of literature as well as their analytic and critical-thinking skills in their writing and talking. ($4.00) 
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Writing & Analysis Activity: The Me I Want You to Know
Middle School and High School Writing & Analysis Activity
Looking for a Back to School exercise for Middle School and High School students that will perform double duty? My Writing & Analysis Activity: The Me I Want You to Know will serve as a First Day activity to help you to get to know your students' thoughts and beliefs. Then, when you are studying a story, offer it to your charges as a writing and analysis activity on a character. In both the personal and the story lessons, students will show their own round, flat, static and dynamic- attributes, or a character's, by choosing specific details to discuss the topics on the activity sheet. For the story lesson, they will pick their answers based on the information that they gathered from their reading. Both of these activities allow students to show their understanding of all aspects of a person's character-theirs and fictional people- as well as their analytic and critical-thinking skills. 

Writing Warm-ups: Mental Stretches
Middle School and High School Writing Warm-ups
This is a list of 50 brief writing ideas to help students to think outside of the box. Although I begin my creative writing classes with this activity, it can be used in any English class to help the students to exercise their thinking. Depending on the topic, give only five to ten minutes for them to write before having students share their responses with the class. The purpose is for the students to be spontaneous and not to over think the topic given them. Most of these ideas can be used for 6th to 12th graders. ($1.25)
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Creative Writing Magazine Project
Middle School and High School Creative Writing Magazine Project
Although I have used this project every Third Quarter in my creative writing classes, I have adapted it on a smaller scale for my English 12 classes. In the latter, the students choose a literary period, an author or poet, or a theme and create a magazine. For the English classes, the written selections should be 75% of an author(s) work(s) and 25% original students' work where they follow the criteria of the period, the author's style or show their understanding of the theme. I suggest that this be 8 or 12 pages instead of 16 pages. When used in the creative writing classes, the percentages for the written work should be 75% original and 25% other writers. ($2.50)
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Writing Plays: Stage Directions
Middle School and High School Writing Plays Stage Directions
This handout can be used with creative writing, English or drama students when the assignment is to write a play. It offers an outline of the stage direction elements and other play essentials that the scriptwriter needs to include in the manuscript. It can be used by instructors for teaching and by students for note-taking. ($1.25)
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Creative Writing Syllabus
Middle School and High School Creative Writing Syllabus
This posting offers my syllabus for my Creative Writing 1 class (CW 2 and CW 3 are also offered due to student interest).Feel free to use any of it in developing your own writing class. I will be happy to correspond with you about how and why I teach what I do. Enjoy, and WRITE!
I have left this as a Word document and not a pdf so teachers can use this format if they so desire. ($2.00)
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Language Arts: Writing-Be Be BE SPECIFIC Worksheet
Language Arts: Writing-Be Be BE SPECIFIC Worksheet


This is a terrific worksheet for students to practice how to write creatively.It helps them to choose specific rather than general words when creating their stories or poems. This exercise motivates the students to follow the first two commandments of writing creatively: "Show, Don't Tell" and "Create Word Pictures." ($1.25)
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Language Arts Activity - "C'mon in to My House"
Middle School and High School writing & analysis lesson
Every house has a story. Every student has a story. In Part 1 of this product, Language Arts Activity – “C’mon in to My House,” students will relate the details of a situation that took place in their home of choice by using the elements of literature. Then they will analyze how these elements form the framework of a family and their home.

In Part 2, students will do the same thing, but this time, with a character from the story that they are studying in class. At the end of this segment of the activity, students will analyze how all of the elements work together to build a story’s structure, just like they work together to compose a family and their home.

For each segment of this activity, students will also draw the floorplan for each home that serves as the setting for that part, and will include the characters that played a part in the situation. They should add any other embellishments that they feel are integral to the situation, and which help illustrate their summaries.

This activity requires students to touch on each of the five parts of the Bloom’s Taxonomy wheel: Remember/Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate and Create. It is also aligned with Common Core Standards, which may be adapted to a state’s specific standards.
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Writing Portfolio: Scavenger Hunt
Middle School and High School Writing Analysis Portfolio
This is a terrific project to encourage students to take ownership of their writing, both the what they say (content) and the how they say it: (Grammar and usage). The repetitive nature of identifying the errors, copying the faulty sentences and then correcting the mistakes truly shows them how often they repeat certain errors. Finally, it forces students to read and revise their graded writing pieces instead of just looking at the grade and filing the paper away. Since the completion of this project, they spend more care and effort on proofreading their other writings. When they are finished, each student will have his or her personal Writing & Grammar book addressing his/her specific weaknesses. When this project was turned in, one young lady stated, "I never realized how often I started sentences with it or there and a to be verb." Other students commented on how frequently they started consecutive sentences with the same word, wrote comma splices or started body paragraphs with facts instead of ideas. I love this project and will use it again and again. ($2.00)
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Writing: Write Right-Analytic Writing Made Easy
Writing: Write Right-Analytic Writing Made Easy
Teaching young people how to think and how to express their thoughts in writing is essential for not only the college-bound students, but also for every child. This product focuses on the parts of essay writing so when it is time for students to write an essay, they are better able to create a focused and supported piece. This is a tremendous aid when teachers of students in grades 4-12 are preparing their children for Standards of Learning tests. I introduce this writing format plan the first day of school, and we refer to it any time a writing assignment is required. Write Right! has become such an integral past of my teaching repertoire, that I can't imagine how I'd survive the school year without it. ($4.00)
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Language Arts: Creative Writing: The Name Game
Middle School and High School Language Arts Creative Writing Lesson
This is terrific creative writing activity to help the students to energize their writing muses. In this assignment, students think of specific names for people, places or things they need in a story. Next, they choose a protagonist and antagonist (as well as any other characters)and the main character's strongest desire. After that, they decide on the protagonist's main emotional motivation and setting and write the first few paragraphs of a story. In order to unleash their creative juices, I offer character and plot handouts. By filling them out, students will organize their ideas into coherent, clear thoughts and will be able to turn a story skeleton into a writing Kodak moment. ($2.50)
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Creative Writing: Publish It!
Middle School and High School Creative Writing Lesson
This is one of my most effective first day assignments. I use it in my creative writing classes, but it could be used in an English class when students are writing poetry, fiction or non-fiction. It includes a picture of Olga(class of '11) and her book (she wrote the book during her Creative Writing 4 class, created the book cover for the assignment and published it on www.blurb.com). The kids really get into this assignment. When all the covers have been turned in, I staple them to the bulletin board. Parents LOVE this on Back-to-School Night. It's also a great way for me to check their writing skills and plan lessons to meet the students' needs. ($1.25)
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Research Project: Theme-Based
High School Research Project: Theme-Based
This project reflects my top three goals for my students: To teach them to think; to teach them to express themselves verbally and in writing and to prepare them for the world outside of high school. It incorporates reading and viewing comprehension and analytic writing. Students choose a theme from twelve universal motifs that I give them. They spend three months reading books and taking notes on them and then make connections between them and various other sources, from current events to poetry, short stories, movies, lyrics, museums, etc. It is an excellent vehicle to help them to understand the connections between school studies and life outside of high school. ($3.00)
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Writing: Top Writer
Writing: Top Writer
Because I am passionate about writing, and also love cooking shows, I have adapted the formats of Chopped and Top Chef into a lesson that challenges students to raise their analytic writing skills. Four times a quarter, I choose the four students who have written the best Thesis Statement for that days writing warm-up topic to compete against each other for the title of TOP WRITER. Their statements form the basis of Round 1:The Appetizer.
(Note: the day's topic always relates to the literature that we are currently reading.)
Three student judges (the trio who earned the highest grades on their last writing assignment) choose the three writers with the best statements to move on to Round 2:The Entre (Main Ideas). The two winners of this step move on to Round 3:The Dessert (Supporting Statements and the Concluding Statement). See the full posting for complete directions, the ten-sentence format, the judges' rubric and a gold star. ($2.50)
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Writing Groups: Strong Fiction
Middle School and High School Writing Groups Criteria
This packet includes an explanation of writing groups and the roles of each member for the students, three peer critique guides for them to use during these sessions and a writing group exit slip each student fills out to show his/her readiness and participation in the exercise. ($2.25)







Language Arts: Writing the Author Worksheet
Middle School and High School Language Arts Writing Activity
This is a fun way to culminate an assignment after students have finished reading a book that they chose to explore. Their mission is to write the author and discuss their thoughts about the book. Teachers can use this assignment to check for reading comprehension and to promote writing skills, both for content and for a business letter format. Take three days for this assignment: one to write the letter (students can write it in class and revise it for homework) and the second day to critique each others' writing. They take it home to complete the final revisions, and then bring the letter with the stamped/addressed envelope in the third day.
Students are really excited when they receive a response from the author. I staple a copy of their original letter to the bulletin board along with the response from the author. For this reason, it is important that the students read a book by a living writer. ($2.00)
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Writing: Research Paper Graphic-Making Connections
Writing: Research Paper Graphic-Making Connections
This product can be used for any research project. It enables students to organize their basic research: Thesis and sources in one place which will stave off frustration for them as they begin to take the notes they will need. Too often, they will copy down information but will forget to acknowledge the source for the material, causing them much anxiety when citing sources within the paper and on the Works Cited page. With this graphic, they will feel less overwhelmed. ($1.25)
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Writing: Critique Group Exit Slip
Students get two of these sheets (4 exit slips, total) per quarter to use when the peer critique writing groups meet. This slip helps them to focus on how they perceive what they are reading, and enables them to make positive and beneficial comments. It eliminates the, "Great," and "I love it" empty remarks. ($1.00)
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 Writing: Let Mother Goose Motivate Writers
Writing: Let Mother Goose Motivate Writers
Mother Goose rhymes are an awesome source to use to get students thinking and writing. I have used them successfully for creative, journalistic and expository writing for more than ten years. Not only do the poems make them giggle, but the writing allows them to use their left and right brains, depending on what they write. Teachers can adapt these assignments for upper elementary through twelfth grade students. ($1.50)
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Middle School and High School Language Arts Activities

Language Arts Activities- Writing About Reading
A folder that we teachers love to feed is the one where we collect topics for writing about reading.  We can never have too many ideas to students to write when their brain isn't sparking any thoughts, or when we want them to write to a prompt. My newest set of activities, Writing About Reading, offers teachers two new activities
1.       Quotation Journals
2.       Writing Journal Topics.

When students have the chance to Read text, to Think about it, to Write about it and then to Speak about what they read and wrote, they will remember so much more about what they are studying. At the same home run! ($2.00)
Activity: Write Right! Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics
Activity: Write Right! Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics
In this listing, I am offering a 14-page Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts. Along with two full pages of Teachers Notes, teachers will find 12 printable handouts that students can use to analyze and critique their own writing as well as their peers. Teachers can choose which ones best fit their students' skills, abilities and needs.
I have used these various forms successfully with regular, Honors /A.P. and SPED students in grades 7-12. The Self-Assessment Sheet: Writing and the Quarter Writing Progress Self-Assessment are great ways to help students take ownership for their writing and the process they choose to follow to complete their work.
If we want our students to become strong writers, we must teach them to talk like writers (verbally and in writing) as well as showing them how to write right. If we want our students to develop confidence in themselves as writers, we must Show them the characteristics of strong writing and Help them to find these strengths in their own writing as well as in others' words-authors they have never met and their peers- and then Let them critique their writing and their peers' pieces.($6.00)
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Language Arts Activities - "Utopian and Dystopian Society Novel Projects"
Middle School and High School Language Arts Activities
"Utopian and Dystopian Society Novel Projects" offers teachers three activities that will add depth to students' ,understanding of these types of societies. Their purpose is to augment the study of any Utopian/Dystopian novel from classics such as Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and George Orwell's "Animal Farm" to contemporary readings such as Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" trilogy and Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series.
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Language Arts Activity - "This is My Future"
Middle School and High School Language Arts Activity
Here is an activity for students to consider their futures. What is their dream career? Where do they see themselves in five, ten, fifteen or twenty years? This thinking and writing assignment allows them to ponder who they are now, where they are going, and what they need academically to help them live their dream.

Usually I used this as a beginning of the year ice breaker so the students could get to know each other and I could learn about them- as young people and as students. It is an engaging preface for the personal narratives that they are required to write for college applications or for any other post high school interviews. ($1.50)

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Writing: What If? 3 Writing Prompts
Writing: What If? 3 Writing Prompts
ELA teachers can never have too many writing prompts. This Middle and High School lesson plan offers 3 new activities for students in grades 6-12 to strengthen their writing, understanding of higher level thinking concepts and speaking skills. The prompts include:
1. Island Survivor Guide
2. Headline: “Teenager Wins Multi- Million Dollar Lottery”, and
3. The Perfect Home
As an added bonus, in the detailed Teacher Notes, I present another lesson option: "TRY THIS: use any of these activities during the study of any fiction or non-fiction piece to check students’ reading comprehension. In these lessons, students will write from the point of view of a teacher- assigned or student-selected character."

Three activities=Infinite Possibilities. Download this writing trio from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-What-If-3-Writing-Prompts-1427588 ($1.50)
Language Arts Activity - Review It!
Middle School and High School Language Arts Activity
Students love to share their opinions about anything school, family, friends (and foes), community and world related. Review It! - a lesson plan for Middle and High School students - offers them the opportunity to develop their reasoning and logic skills as they write a review for a book that they have just finished studying in class. 

Best of all, they share their opinions with the world by publishing this piece on the book's page on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. 

In this language arts lesson, students will show their understanding of the elements of literature as they analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the story as well as the piece’s intent and whether or not it met this purpose. They will choose direct and indirect citations from the story to support their points. Download this Middle and High School Language Arts Lesson. ($3.50) http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Activity-Review-It-1197160

Writing Activity - Banned Books Research Project

Writing Activity - Banned Books Research Project
Here is an engaging product for Banned Book Week, or for teachers to use any time during the school year. 

As students explore various facets of book censorship in schools, they will become more proficient in their reading, critical thinking and writing skills and will gain knowledge about this subject. Whether they choose to investigate the legal, historical, moral or societal aspects of this issue is up to each individual student and his/her personal interest in this topic. ($3.00)  Download this writing activity from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Activity-Banned-Books-Research-Project-321767


Writing Activity - Four Corners

Middle School and High School Writing Activity

These activities allow students to show their analytic and critical-thinking skills in speaking and writing. This activity offers teachers a good writing baseline, so they can assess what areas of writing they need to focus on during the year.
NOTE: This is an excellent activity because it:
1. Makes the students think
2. Teaches them to express themselves verbally in a non-argumentative manner
3. Requires them to listen to others’ opinions
4. Gets the students actively involved on the first day of school. ($1.25)
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Writing Activity - "Unconventional Inventions"

Middle School and High School Language Arts Activity
In these activities, students will exhibit their range of thinking skills from knowledge through evaluation. They will also reveal their analytic and critical-thinking skills in writing and talking.
Although I have used these projects in my creative writing classes, they could be adapted for a journalism class where students need to learn the differences between fact and fiction. They also offer a terrific supplemental activity after reading and discussing "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, "The Hunger Games" or "Divergent" trilogies, or any other novels where the use of propaganda is prevalent, and where unconventional inventions would be useful to the characters. ($2.00)
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Writing Activities - Specific Word Choice and Tone: Talk to Me

Middle School and High School Tone and Word Choice ActivitiesTalking alone doesn’t result in tears, laughter, hugs or anger, though. Word choice, tone, inflection and body language can cause these, as well as a whole gamut of reactions. These Common Core and Bloom’s Taxonomy aligned FREE lessons reinforce previously learned concepts, promote comprehension and instill inductive, deductive, critical and analytic and creative thinking skills orally and in writing. One activity is for individual instruction (Quote Journals: He Said…She Said) and the other is for working in pairs (Acting Out). Together, the variety of skills embedded in all of the handouts address visual and auditory learners. ($1.50)
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Writing Evaluation: Creative Writing Peer Group Exit Slip
Middle School and High School Writing Evaluation
Middle School and High School students receive two of these sheets (4 exit slips, total) per quarter to use when the peer critique writing groups meet. This slip helps them to focus on how they perceive what they are reading, and enables them to make positive and beneficial comments. It eliminates the, "Great," and "I love it" empty remarks. Teachers may use this for English classes for analytic and creative writing activities.  ($1.00) Dowload this writing activity from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Evaluation-Creative-Writing-Peer-Group-Exit-Slip-45522





Writing Activity: My Life's Journey
Middle School and High School Writing Activity: My Life's Journey
All life is a journey. This activity lets students create a pictorial life map from their birth to the present day. The project will be completed totally by using images with brief captions. Although I have used this assignment in conjunction with teaching The Odyssey Literature - The Odyssey Unit Plan, it can accompany any story that involves a journey, such as Into the Wild Unit PlanI used this with Middle School and High School students, but upper elementary students would enjoy this activity, too. This is an engaging project for the first week of school or anytime during the year. ($1.25) Download this activity from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Activity-My-Lifes-Journey-287176


Writing Activities (First Day) - What About Me?

Middle School and High School Writing Activities (First Day)
The first day of school is often filled with so much administrative detail and introductions to the class that teachers don't get a chance to really introduce themselves to the students and vice versa. This product, What About Me?, offers teachers and students a chance to reveal their thoughts and feelings about school and themselves to each other. This is a great way for students to find out what their teachers expect from them, and for teachers to understand what impacts their students academically. Teachers should fill out their sheets ahead of time, but not hand them out to the students until they complete theirs.If there is time in class, students can start their sheets, but might feel more comfortable completing them at home. Teachers should require them to be finished within the first few days of school so they can get to know their learners as soon as possible.  ($1.25) 

Writing Activity: Personal Collage Project

Middle School and High School Writing Project
This one slide posting gives directions for Middle School and High Schoolstudents to make a personal collage using the first letter of their first name. Using pictures, photos, words, phrases, lyrics and quotes by characters (authors) from books they've read, they show who they are, their likes, dislikes, beliefs, etc. Parents love these. They also are good to give to a friend, or teachers can create bulletin boards. this project allows students to show their teachers and peers "The Me I Want You to Know". ($1.25) Download this activity from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Activity-Personal-Collage-Project-172236

Grammar:
Grammar: Banish Those Dialogue Demons
Grammar: Banish Those Dialogue Demons
Middle and High School students need to learn how to follow proper dialogue format.These lessons were born out of frustration after I read yet another secondary student-written short story that showed very little understanding of this concept. I used this lesson every year in grades 7-12 English and creative writing classes with much success. 

The Middle School and High School student duos enjoy creating conversations and conflicts after each person chooses a character and one setting per pair (example: a logger, and an astronaut meet in a cafe in Marrakesh). They don't even complain during the proofreading and revision stages. Character (32) and Setting (16) cards are included.

This 13-page product is aligned with Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.
I used this lesson every year since then in both my English11 and 12 and creative writing classes with much success. The student duos really enjoy creating conversations and conflicts after each person chooses a character and one setting per group (example: a logger, and an astronaut meet in a cafe in Marrakesh). They don't even complain during the proofreading and revision stages. Character (30) and Setting (15) cards are included. This 13-page product is aligned with Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.
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Grammar: Painting Parts of Speech Word Pictures
Grammar: Painting Parts of Speech Word Pictures cover
Although most adolescents can verbalize the definitions of the seven Parts of Speech, many do not comprehend their usage in a sentence. Others are confused by the various roles many words undertake. When I conference with my students about Subject/Verb agreement issues and vague pronoun/antecedent references in their writing, or exhort them not to use Indefinite Pronouns, they look at me as if I am speaking Early Alien.

After labeling every word in a two-paragraph story, highlighting each according to its designated POS color, and then by writing each one under the proper heading, students tend to grasp their usage more clearly. Reinforcement comes when they analyze their work in writing, and when they create, label and color their own sentences. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grammar-Painting-Parts-of-Speech-Word-Pictures-32597 ($2.00)
Grammar: Parts of Speech Test
 Grammar: Parts of Speech Test
This test assesses students understanding of how the Parts of Speech are used in sentences. It can be used on its own after a study of the Parts of Speech, or in conjunction with the Painting Parts of Speech Word Pictures also sold on this site. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grammar-Parts-of-Speech-Test-52586 ($2.00)







Review It! Grammar Game
Middle School and High School Review It! Grammar GameThis game helps students to review the Parts of Speech and Parts of a Sentence. They also decide how many points they want to earn by the cards that they choose to complete. During the activity, students not only identify underlined parts of speech or parts of a sentence, but they compose their own sentences by following sentence patterns.
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Grammar: Active/Passive Voice PowerPoint
Grammar: Active/Passive Voice PowerPointStudents are too passive, according to many college professors. One of the top errors seen in many writing centers is the use of Passive instead of Active voice. In this 14 slide presentation, Bubba and Zelda (my teen characters who appear in many of my lessons) show why Active Voice is preferable in writing. The presentation offers 30 sentences that can be used for practice for quizzes, or for both. Many slides also have sound; I have set it to be manual, as is much of the animation, so teachers can manage the presentation timing themselves. Any of the slides, but especially the four with the exercises could be printed instead of having the students copy the sentences. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Grammar-ActivePassive-Voice-PowerPoint-124125 ($5.00)

Grammar: Prepositions PowerPoint

Grammar: Prepositions PowerPoint
This product can be used to introduce the concept and usage of prepositions, or can be used to review this part of speech for students still having trouble identifying and using them. A seven-slide show, has two teaching slides, two practice sides, a quiz and an answer key. Teachers can print out the slides so students can follow at their seats during the lesson. The quiz should be kept separate from the rest of the pack, and given after the practice work has been checked. This presentation is aligned with Common Core Standard Language 1. ($4.00)
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Grammar- Parts of Speech Activities "Understand This!"
Middle School and High School Grammar- Parts of Speech Activities
Students need to understand the parts of a sentence if they are to write strong sentences of their own.
Part A is a Mad-Libs-based exercise where students must fill in blanks with the required part of speech. In Part B, students are given a series of parts of speech. They are to select words of their choosing to write complete sentences following the given patterns.
Either part may be used over and over to reinforce the students' understanding of the Parts of Speech and how they are used in sentences. ($1.50)

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Grammar -Sentence Error Test
Middle School and High School Grammar -Sentence Error Test
This is a 50-point test. For Part 1, students correct sentences for faulty usage errors- including run-ons, fragments, comma splices, subject/verb agreement and more. In Part 2, they rewrite a paragraph that contains numerous sentence structure errors.
An answer key is included. ($2.50)
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Writing, Grammar - What's so Important? A Coordination/ Subordination Activity

Middle School and High School Writing, Grammar Activity-Coordination/Subordination
When trying to show the importance of ideas, speaking tends to be so much easier. Word choice- along with the chance to instantly replace words for clarity- a tone of voice that expresses which ideas are emphasized, and even the speaker's body language work together to create sentences where thought coordination or subordination are evident. This activity, "What's so Important? A Coordination and Subordination Activity" offers Middle School and High School students three different activities to practice showing What is So Important. This Language Arts Lesson is aligned with the Common Core standards and Bloom's Taxonomy, but will easily meet the needs of individual state's benchmarks. Middle School and High School students will find that their verbal and written misunderstandings will diminish when they master "What's So Important". ($2.75)

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Grammar - PUNCTUATION RULES! Task Cards & Activities

Middle School and High School Grammar - PUNCTUATION RULES! Task Cards & Activities
Between Tweets, Facebook status updates, Pinning,Texting and various other sites limiting characters, students are forgetting how to properly punctuate their longer writing pieces. "PUNCTUATION RULES! Task Cards & Activities," will enable Middle School and High School students to improve therir Language and Writing knowledge and skills.

This 20-page packet includes
~detailed Teacher Notes
~Rules for End Mark Insight, Comma Sense, Colon/Semi-Colon Credibility,Quotation Mark Quality, and Grasping Apostophes and Dashes
~8 Task Cards for each of these 5 categories
~1 Task Cards-Punctuation Review Activity with a Part 2 Writing segment
~Answer Keys for all Task Cards
~2 Alternative Activities: Fill-It-In! a MadLib-type of challenge- with an Answer Key, and Proofreading Pride- a Three-Step Correction Format for students to use with any graded and non-graded writing piece- with specific directions. 

The rules on pages 3-6 and the Three-Step Correction Format on pages 19-20 make PUNCTUATION RULES a multi-school year tool. ($7.00)
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