Merchant of Venice
The Rhetor's ToolboxResources for connection, collaboration, critical thinking, and cultivating learning in the ELA classroomTeaching Shakespeare? You Need These Anchor Charts!
If you have ever taught Shakespeare’s plays or sonnets, then you know students can struggle to unlock the language and meaning of the text. The following two anchor charts have been tremendou…
Literary Analysis Classroom Poster
Free poster! This poster has helped my students to draft quality literary responses to numerous pieces of literature! This poster is a part of my literary analysis unit. This unit will teach students an easy, step-by-step process for developing a rich, insightful, and well supported literary analysis. #literaryanalysis #literaryanalysisfreebie #respondingtoreading #readingresponse
Romeo and Juliet Bundle
I find that teaching Shakespearean Sonnets to ninth graders, it is easier to embed them within the larger Romeo and Juliet unit instead of allocating two whole weeks to the craft. The reason being two fold. First, they will most likely encounter the Sonnet in deeper context in 11th or 12th grade dep...
Ozymandias Webquest - Google Slides - Distance learning
Combine three of an English Teachers favorite things! Poetry all wrapped together in a webquest. It's the perfect solution to the age old question, how do we make poetry interactive and interesting? Well, we give students the technology they crave and an Egyptian Pharaoh known for his military po...
Modernism - Southern Gothic - A Rose for Emily
A Rose for Emily is the classic tale of Southern Heroine turned grotesque, complete with the classic grotesque death and decay of the setting that is stereotypical of the Southern Gothic Genre. I have created a simple chart style handout outlining characteristics of Southern Gothic writing
Using Frozen for Mood vs Tone
With two very different movie trailers for Disney's Frozen, students will investigate how authors use tone to create mood in a work. Student's will watch the origional trailer and decide on the mood and fill in techniques used to create it. They will then do the same for
Lewis Carroll -- Jabberwocky -- Nonsense words, Sound Devices, Biography
Jabberwocky is a poem that many children love due to the sing song cadence of it. However, when it comes down to understanding what is being said, they are at a loss. This unit introduces Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky in three contexts. First as a standalone poem in it's entirety.
Imagism Poetry - Unit Study - Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H.D. Cummings
Imagism Poetry may be one of my favorite units to teach because of the rich imagery and figurative language embedded in the poetry. This unit asks students to close read and annotate poems by the biggest writers of the time period. As an added bonus, I have thrown in a poem published this year
Shakespeare Sonnet 73 -- Finding tone, mood, voice -- Use of Metaphor
Sonnet 73 is important from an educator's point of view because it has been included in the Text Exemplars for Common Core State Standards for grades 9-10. Realistically, this just means that the text exhibits the sample of complexity that is expected within the high school curriculum.