Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MLK, Jr. Activities

If you're looking for some engaging activities to celebrate the MLK, in your classroom, you've came to the right place!  Last year I found myself searching the web for interesting lessons to help my students learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. while also still trying to cover the Common Core Standards.  That's when I decided to create this activity that includes EVERYTHING you need...just print and go!!!  You can check it out here!

What better way to learn about MLK, Jr. than with music videos???  With this activity, students will gain a better understanding of who Martin Luther King, Jr is. They will also analyze the lyrics/videos of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2, in addition to comparing and contrasting John Legend's version of the song, as it relates to MLK, Jr.

Everything you need to complete this lesson is included:
• Lesson Plan
• Description of activities
• Graphic organizers for analysis of lyrics/video
• After video discussion
• Activity extensions
• Common Core Standards
• Answer Key

Sunday, January 10, 2016

HUGE English Teacher Giveaway Hosted by Secondary Sara

It's a new year, a new semester, and a new opportunity to connect with other secondary English teachers! I joined other middle and high school teachers in a GIVEAWAY for ELA! Enter any or all of the three opportunities below to win incredible prizes. All three contests close at the end of the day on Sunday, January 17th, so don't wait to enter!

Prize #1:

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Prize #2: 

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Good Luck, and Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year's Giveaway & Linky

I'm so excited to be linking up with the Middle School Mob, who I also blog for, in order to be a part of this amazing New Year's Giveaway!

Twelve teacher-authors have donated excellent products to help the lucky winner get their 2016 off to a great start!  We will also be sharing some activities we do with our students to celebrate the New Year.

Since my students will be working on characterization, I will have them complete my New Year's Character Reflection Task Cards.  There are 20 task cards that require students to think critically about the character(s) being addressed, as well as to support their answers with evidence.  I also made a sample of this product with 8 of the task cards that can be downloaded here for FREE!

Check out some other great activities to use with your students after the Christmas break!  And don't forget to sign up for the giveaway for a chance to win some great products!!!


In addition to our linky, we're giving away 12 of our best-selling resources. We've even included some products that are perfect for bringing in the New Year with your students! Make sure to enter using the Rafflecopter below.

Lit with Lyns - Argumentative Writing Process & Task Cards
EB Academic Camps - New Year's Unit & Activities for Middle School
Caffeine and Lesson Plans - PROBE Notebook: A Creative Yearlong ELA Research Project
Just Add Students - Poetry Analysis - "A Day" by Emily Dickinson
Raising Rigor and Readers - Winter Reading and Writing Activities
Anchored in Reading - ELA Text Dependent Analysis Questions - Author's Craft Task Cards
Teach Inspire Change - Student Behavior & Parent Communications Binder
Mrs. Spangler in the Middle - The Giver Reading Comprehension Games - Four in All!
Tori Gorosave: A Middle School English Teacher's Journey - Expository Close Reading: The History of New Year's
Edison Education - Multiplying and Dividing Integers
Koch's Odds 'N Ends - Student Worksheet for Self-Review / Analysis of Test Results
The Marvelous Middle - Looking Back Looking Forward New Year's Activity

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