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  • This thorough unit is packed with information about some of the most common fallacies: how to spot them, and how to avoid them.
  • Over 30 quotes on the topic of elections and democracy form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • Students exercise logic and creativity to complete sentences with probable causes and predictable effects.
  • Categorical syllogisms, illicit majors, equivocation, amphiboly, and more... it sounds tricky, but this unit clears away the confusion.
  • Excerpts from Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech are reviewed in writing prompts, with an emphasis on rhetoric. Adaptable to a range of grades.
  • Read Kipling's poem on adulthood, and fill in the missing verbs. Then match the lines to their modern-day equivalents. Finally, discussion (or essay) questions to address the themes of the poem: adulthood, coming of age, etc. This lesson is adaptable to a variety of levels.
  • Take these complex sentences from real news leads and break them down into as many simple sentences as possible.
  • Take these sentences (created from real news leads) and combine them into as few complex sentences as possible.
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples."Please give me the job, because my children are sick and I have a broken leg."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples."Gina was so afraid. Her neighbor had a mean dog. Gina was sure it would bite her some day."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "You still read those books? What are you, a baby? Only babies like those books."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "More and more people are buying sports cars. It's time for you to buy one too!"
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "A website I read said milk makes you taller. I know it's true because the website said it was."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "People under the age of 18 should not have the right to vote because only adults should have the right to vote."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "The sun comes up when my rooster crows. My rooster makes the sun rise."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Either you're born smart, or you eventually flunk out of school."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Marge opposed the governor's plan to fight poverty because it didn't eliminate all poverty."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Mick likes spiders, so he'll be pleased to find some in his shirt."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Everyone has a right to their opinion, even a liar like Ed."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "When Kevin told his father he shouldn't watch so much TV, his father asked him where he wanted to go on vacation next summer."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Cats have kittens. So don't get a cat if you don't want to be a crazy cat lady with a house full of cats."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Diane broke her leg the first time she tried skiing. 'Skiing is dangerous: you always break your leg,' she said."
  • Poster describes the fallacy and gives examples. "Vegetarians want us to live from leaves and grass, and that is ridiculous."
  • Poster describes the fallacy and gives examples. "Of course we should drive big cars. We've always driven big cars."
  • Read each situation. Identify one action (cause) and the consequence (effect). There may be more than one correct answer.
  • Print as many pages as necessary to make a tour guide book for the best sites on Earth to take an alien visitor to see.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a 30 second advertisement script is a fun marketing assignment. It also develops an understanding of the relationships between zoo facilities and their suppliers. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • This form provides leading questions about a animal behavior to help the student gather ideas and background information for future paragraph and essay writing assignments. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the ZooTheme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Zoo".
  • This form provides leading questions about a ecosystems and animal species survival to help the student gather ideas and background information for future paragraph and essay writing assignments. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Zoo".
  • This assignment develops basic research skills that provide background information for future writing or reports. This activity helps students learn about animal species found at the zoo. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Zoo".
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. The term “exotic species” can be clearly understood as you bring the concept into focus with your communicated meaning. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Writing and following directions are important skills to have when putting something together, repeating an experiment, or learning new techniques. This activity helps students describe an animal behavior that helps it survive. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. This activity helps students compare, contrast animal species found at the zoo. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. ELA Standards RI7 RI8 RI9

  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity asks students to consider a zoo safety issue and offer a solution. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about the business or industry as you describe the relationship between zoo facilities and the community. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about the business or industry as you describe the relationship between zoo facilities and their suppliers. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Note taking and paragraph writing are essential study skills. Learn how to take notes on the important content found in nonfiction texts. Learn how to compose strong original paragraphs from the notes taken.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a 30 second advertisement script is a fun marketing assignment. It also develops an understanding of the relationships between aquarium facilities and their suppliers. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Aquarium Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium".
  • This assignment develops basic research skills that provide background information for future writing or reports. This activity helps students learn about animal species found at the aquarium. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Aquarium Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium".
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A case study requires that you investigate and describe the experiences of one or a few in a way that helps your reader understand that there are many others in similar circumstances. Develop an understanding of the relationships between humans and animals. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Aquarium Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium".