Salem Witch Trials Reading with Questions
In 1692 a group of adolescent girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, became subject to strange fits after hearing tales told by a West Indian slave. They accused several women of being witches. The townspeople were appalled but not surprised: Belief in witchcraft was widespread throughout 17th-century America and Europe. Town officials convened a court to hear the charges of witchcraft. Within a month, six women were convicted and hanged.
Jack the Ripper: Tone & Bias in the Media Coverage of this Infamous Murder Case
Jack the Ripper. One of the most notorious serial killers of all time. And he was never caught. There are over 100 theories about his identity. If you're looking for a high-interest nonfiction topic to get your students interested in analyzing nonfiction, this is it! This activity has two parts...
Analyzing Informational Text Manila Folders & Annotation Stations + DIGITAL
Analyzing Informational Text Using Manila Folders AND Annotation Stations are designed to help students understand the deeper meaning behind scholarly sources.With the Common Core Standards being introduced, there is a strong emphasis on incorporating informational text in the ELA classroom. This p...
NonFiction Text Structure Sort
Non-fiction sort board, cards and recording sheet. This sorting activity is intended for use at a literacy center. How does this work?The student places the six category cards on the marked spots. Next, they place the appropriate definition cards under the category cards. Then, they sort the 18 n...
Thurgood Marshall Text Features Pages
Text Features: I was looking for a way to incorporate text features and review Social Studies standards. I hope your class enjoys these pages as much as mine does! This is an excellent way to incorporate ELA into your SS curriculum. Thurgood Marshall- There are TWO text feature page included here.
Nonfiction Text Structures Digital & Print | Google Classroom Distance Learning
This Nonfiction Text Structure Resource Bundle is a complete pack of HIGH-INTEREST resources to help you fully teach, practice, and assess the five main text structures; Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, Problem and Solution, Chronological/Sequence, AND Description. Includes a PRINTABLE and D...
Teaching Text Features - School and the City
This year was my fourth time around teaching text features, and I decided that it was an area that I could show improvement. I think text features are a difficult concept for young students to learn because it’s typically rote memorization of a lot of funny words that they don’t understand the importance of. ... Read More about Teaching Text Features
Text Structure Task Cards | PDF and Digital | Distance Learning
This set of 32 task cards will give your upper elementary and middle school students an opportunity to practice reading nonfiction passages and identifying the five types of text structures. These are the informational text structures addressed in Common Core Reading standards. It addresses the fol...
Distance Learning Whole Year Mini Lessons for Reading Informational Texts
In person, blended, or digital? No problem! You'll love the flexibility of this resource. Digital and print! No planning! 23 easy-to-use mini lessons have everything to make teaching reading (any) informational text a snap! Provide the scaffolding your students need or increase rigor by using with ...
Martin Luther King Jr: March on DC, SCLC, Birmingham (4th and 5th Common Core)
This is the second in a two part series of student reading and Common Core activities to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This download includes the March on Washington, the Letter From Birmingham Jail, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and it contai...
Paired Texts Fiction to Nonfiction Print and Digital Distance Learning
This Paired Texts unit in print and digital for Google Classroom™ (and other top educational platforms) targets reading comprehension using two different passages, (one fiction and one nonfiction) on the same themed topic. This packet is loaded with 8 passages (4 sets of paired texts) including 2 hi...
The Middle School Mouth
Had to share a quick picture of a text I recieved from a parent (who is also a co-worker). It made my day as I so respect this teacher and love the child. Since my student's mother is a 7th grade language arts teacher at my school, I assumed that my student would want to be in her mother's room. I guess once again I understand what happens when one assumes (but this time it was a good lesson to learn). I also received a large bag of white chocolate popcorn from this students as well…
Grammar Third Grade Activities: Common and Proper Nouns
This common and proper noun unit includes a mini lesson, student notebook activity, writing activity, task cards and an assessment. This unit is geared towards helping students to understand what common and proper nouns are and to capitalize proper nouns.The activities are designed to be short so th...
ELA Interactive Notebook Activities BUNDLE (essay, grammar, punctuation, etc.)
This English Language Arts interactive notebook bundle can be used as writing skills mini-lessons throughout the year and are a perfect addition to an existing interactive notebook or perhaps the start of a new one. Each file foldable file includes (1) its individual foldables, (2) mix and match fla...
Text Structure Reading Strategy Unit Notes Practice Assessment Distance Learning
This Text Structure Reading Strategy Unit can be used to both teach a new strategy or as reading comprehension support. This unit includes activities to introduce, practice, and assess students' understanding of the reading skill. Teachers first introduce a skill with notes and small or whole group ...
Character Analysis PowerPoint and Essay for Interactive Notebooks
This Character Analysis lesson for Interactive Notebooks (ISNs) works with any novel. It uses video clips, fairy tales, and a PowerPoint to introduce students to the concept of analyzing character, and then moves to the target text. Students finish with an analytical essay about a character in the t...
Literary Devices Interactive Dictionary: Exploring Figurative Language + Digital
Literacy Devices Interactive Dictionary: Exploring Figurative Language | This product includes 40+ pages of interactive activities for students. This product provides an interactive way for teachers to engage their students in the learning of new concepts, figurative language, and literary devices.
Interactive Notebook Check
As a science teacher with around 200 students I needed to find a way to quickly grade interactive notebooks while also providing feedback to students. After trying several different grading methods I developed this quick and easy grading checklist that allows you to grade interactive notebooks at a...
Early Finisher Work
NO PREP FINISH THE PICTURE/ FINISH THE DRAWING - 40 PICS
Engage the children with these open ended finish the drawing worksheets which promotes creativity and helps develop a wide variety of creative, critical, visual, and spatial reasoning skills. Allow their imagination to take flight! I use these in my class, it is great to see how every child thinks d...
Beginning of the Year Team Building Updates
How has your summer vacation been going? Mine has been both relaxing and busy at the same time. I have been working like a busy bee planning for my mid-August nuptials! If you follow me on Instagram, then you’re definitely up to date on all things wedding! I’ve also been making more of an effort […]
Word Work for Big Kids: Vocabulary Activities
#herodeals These vocabulary activities are perfect for upper elementary and work for any word list. As a 5th grade teacher, I had so much trouble finding appropriate, challenging vocabulary activities for my upper elementary students. That's why I created these vocabulary activities for any word lis...
FREE Early Finishers Code Problems || Distance Learning
This free early finishers and gifted idea is a life saver!The activity is ✎ easily differentiated for any computation, any level, and works for rational and irrational numbers. It is super easy to prepare. ▶️ For more about how we use these FREE early finisher tasks in our classrooms, click here.Afte...
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How to Introduce Diverse Perspectives in the ELA Classroom
Last week, I posted these seven strategies for adding diverse perspectives to your ELA classroom on my Instagram account. I wanted to give this information a permanent place on my blog. Plus, I had some great follow-up questions that I...READ MORE
Calling IN: A Strategy for White Teachers Who Want to Disrupt Racism | The Educators Room
Last year I revisited James Baldwin’s “A Talk to Teachers” before starting the school year. I encouraged myself and other teachers committed to social justice to “go for broke.” I did lots of work I felt proud of in our classroom last year, working with our 5th graders to understand, analyze, and combat racism. They culminated […]
Identity Work with Kids!
Identity work for students of all ages allows students to be seen, valued and celebrated in classrooms. In order for educators to authentically do this work, they must do this work on their own. Teachers must do this type of work on themselves. Although this is one week worth of work, feel free to s...
Black History Trailblazers by LoveTeachBless | Teachers Pay Teachers
This product was created for students to learn more about the trailblazers in Black history to be celebrated. There are 40 trailblazers to choose from, however, with these 40 amazing Black trailblazers, there are easily 40+ more. A teacher could use this product to teach students a trailblazer a day...
Culturize Book Study
This book study was created as a teacher/educator book study from the book, Culturize written by Jimmy Casas. This book study is for teachers/educators who have purchased their book and want to further discuss and dig deeper into their reflections and thoughts about how this book can transform their...