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The unit overview is designed to incoporate historical fiction novels that focus on the civil war time period.  In addition to the novels, students will build background knowledge by researching issues related to the civil war.  Research will take place electronically and students will create presentations for the class.

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This is a unit plan for a blended learning Spanish class.  I will teach the grammar and the majority of the vocabulary to the students face to face in the classroom.  We will use the computer lab 1-2 times a week to complete enrichment activities that enhance and differentiate learning.

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Students will be able to identify the various types of sentences.  Students will be able to punctuate the various types of sentences with the correct punctuation. 

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Yes, this resource can be used as a working plan for constructing a complete unit for middles schools students who often are bored with textbooks, aricles and other primary sources.

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The following unit is part of the final unit for the Prentice Hall Explorer Astronomy text.  This unit focuses on how the universe formed, the sun, planets, as well as comets, asteriods and meteors.

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This narrative reading unit focuses on historical fiction and emphasizes interaction between readers and text. The readers will learn to connect with the characters, identify the characters’ point of view, and determine the theme of the text. Students will also watch the film in order to analyze literary elements.

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For this lesson, students will learn what theme is, understand what the most common themes are, and analyze the theme of short stories. As a final assessment, students will read a novel and write a 5 paragraph essay analyzing the theme.

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For this assignment, students will learn about the difference between mood and tone in writing. They will watch a video explaining the difference, work through a website with words writers would use to convey tone or mood, and end with an assignment where they will describe the tone or mood in pictures and passages from books.  

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The following unit was created for a tier 3 reading intervention class that typically is 3 or more years below reading level in grades 6-8. This unit is approximately 2 weeks long, although I would revisit main idea throughout the semester since it can be weaved into any topic.

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For this lesson, students will review the different types of figurative language. Then they will watch videos on how figurative language is used in popular movies and music. After they analyze why figurative language is used often in popular media, they will create their own figurative language.

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