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CERCA Now: Women in English Literature


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Try our QuickCERCAs

Additional reading practice, comprehension checks, and discussion questions in under 15 minutes!

Poetry CERCA Now 1


First in Poetry

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Poetry CERCA Now 2


Literary Sisters

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Poetry CERCA Now 3


Frankenstein at 200 and Why Mary Shelley Was Far More than the Sum of Her Monster’s Parts

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Custom Lessons

Did you know that you can create your own Close Reading & Writing Lessons in ThinkCERCA? 

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How did Phillis Wheatley use poetry to promote change?

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How has Louisa May Alcott's Little Women inspired many generations of creative women since its publication over 150 years ago?

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How did Mary Shelley draw from mythology, concerns of her era, and personal trauma to craft Frankenstein?

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Direct Instruction Lessons

Try our leveled direct instruction lessons for key skills and concepts. Audio support and comprehension checks are included.


Determining and Tracing a Central Idea Through Details

CERCA Slides

Ready-made interactive lessons providing 1+ weeks of instruction for remote, hybrid, or traditional classroom environments. View our growing list of 60+ CERCA Slide sets.

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This set of Cerca Slides is underpinned by the key question, “How do writers use poetry to tell stories about their own lives?”

Students explore point of view, sensory details, and figurative language by analyzing autobiographical poems. Then, students write their own poems on topics ranging from influential figures in their lives to explorations of memory.

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