This resource round-up is packed with secondary ELA and Social Studies resources to help your students build the critical thinking and writing skills they’ll need beyond high school.

We’re featuring Annotation and Soapstone Activities, Poetry Vocabulary Tasks, Literature Assessments, and more.

Use these resources (half of them are free!) to help empower your students with the literacy skills they’ll need to be critical agents of change.


Master the Informative Essay: Peer Evaluation Sheet and Planning Guide - FREE!
Master the Informative Essay: Peer Evaluation Sheet and Planning Guide – FREE! by 21stCenturyLit

It’s FREE!

“This resource includes an informative essay planning guide that will help students craft their essay. It also includes a detailed peer evaluation checklist to facilitate with peer feedback.”

Rhetorical Devices Through Cinema: Engaging Rhetoric and SOAPSTone Activities
Rhetorical Devices Through Cinema: Engaging Rhetoric and SOAPSTone Activities by 21stCenturyLit

“Help students learn and practice analyzing text for rhetorical devices with these engaging and relevant movie speech worksheets. Video links, SOAPSTone charts, and analysis questions are included for each movie scene.”

4 Types of Sentences Grammar Practice - Color By Code!
4 Types of Sentences Grammar Practice – Color By Code! by Tween Spirit

It’s FREE!

“Everything upper elementary and middle school students need to review the 4 types of sentences is right here in this FUN coloring activity! This is a great activity to keep kids engaged in studying before a test or as a formative assessment since kids and tweens enjoy coloring!”

Poetry Vocabulary and Figurative Language Task Cards
Poetry Vocabulary and Figurative Language Task Cards by Tween Spirit

“This upper elementary review of figurative language and poetry is a fun and versatile way to teach and engage students in poetry and writing styles.”

“The Great Gatsby”: Reading Quizzes with Answer Keys by Darrick Puffer

It’s FREE!

“If you’re studying The Great Gatsby, these quizzes are good reading checks to see if your students are on track (and to make sure they read the novel).”

Romeo & Juliet: Assessments for All Five Acts (Tests align with Common Core)
“Romeo & Juliet: Assessments for All Five Acts (Tests align with Common Core)” by Darrick Puffer

“This assessment for Romeo and Juliet is perfect for a classroom studying Shakespeare’s play. There are assessments for each of the acts, and they all are aligned with Common Core to make it easy for the teacher (and, of course, answers keys come with it).”