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Entire English Curriculum (minus novel units) Common Core Aligned

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This product is my entire 8th grade English curriculum (Minus the novel studies and Washington D.C. Field Trip), but it could work for 7-10 grades depending on your states standards.

Background about me:
I have been teaching 7/8 grade English for 8 years. I have worked with standard, inclusion, and advanced classes.

Awards:
Last year I won teacher of the year for my division and teacher technology of the year for my region.

Standardized Test Scores
In my state, (which is Virginia and has SOLS) students take two standardized tests in reading and writing/editing concepts. In the past four years of using this curriculum I have create I earned an average of 97.5% in writing and 93.75% in reading which isn't too shabby!

Snapshot of my classroom:
As soon as my students walk into my classroom they have a bell ringer that covers all aspects of topics covered within the classroom, and a journal question that requires them to write 3-5 sentences daily. (Journal Qs really help to get to know students personally)

I made it my personal goal a few years ago to introduce almost every literary concept in my classroom with songs and movie clips so that the segue into identifying them in literature would be smoother and less painful for the kids! I scoured every resource I could think of to find songs and movie clips to do this. Every single literary concept I teach has either a prezi with movie clips and/or songs. Kids LOVE this!

I created an entire year program in which students interact with root words, prefixes, suffices, and context clues three times a week. Monday students get a list of 6 roots/prefixes that they must define and place in context or the correct multiple meaning. On Wednesdays students read a high interest nonfiction article with Mondays prefixes and roots within the article (they must use knowledge of the roots and context to determine the meaning of the word). There are 5 comprehension and analytical questions on each article. On Fridays students take a 20 question multiple-choice test on the words of the week.

For writing I teach a modified version of Step-Up-to-Writing which incorporates colors into the writing process, which has worked wonders for me! I like to give students a wide range of writing prompts so they are prepared for any possibility. I also like to err on the side of caution when it comes to editing and proofreading and have my students edit a myriad of sentences.

My students have weekly homework that they must read one assigned story from the textbook and fill out a short story form on the story that we go over every Friday.

What is included in this product?:

This year's lesson plans is the free preview item (I have now updated my lesson plans to be common core aligned). Everything that you see there is included in this (Aside from the novel units) and more. I have created so much that I rotate things out each year so I don't get bored!

I created this option because quite a few people wanted the option of the rest of my materials apart from the novel units.

******The text that I use for homework are also not included because they are in my textbook, but almost every single one of those is available online*****)

List of what you will be receiving:
-----Foreshadowing-----
Foreshadowing Prezi
Foreshadowing Test
Identifying Foreshadowing in Songs
Foreshadowing Charts for 4 stories
Foreshadowing Lesson Plan
Conflict, symbolism, foreshadowing in Red Riding Hood Movie

-----Figurative Language -----
Figurative Language in Popular songs
Figurative Language Prezi
Figurative Language Prezi Version One
Identifying Figurative Language in Music Activity
Figurative Language PowerPoint and Game
Figurative Language Sort
Figurative Language Lesson Plan
Figurative Language Homework Sheet
Figurative Language Quiz

-----Symbolism -----
Disney Color Symbolism Activity
Identifying Symbolism in Songs
Identifying, explaining, and understanding Literary Symbolism
Literary Symbolism Prezi
Symbolism In Dreams Activity
Symbolism test with Answer Key
Technology Symbolism Activity
Symbolism Lesson Plan
CSI Symbolism Powerpoint review game

-----Point of View -----
Explore the three types of point of view!
Identifying Point of View Practice worksheets
Point of View in Songs Activity
Point of View Prezi
Point of View Test with Key
Point of view Lesson Plan
Three types of Point of View Powerpoint

-----Conflict -----
Conflict Assignment Utilizing Technology
Conflict Test with Key
Literary Conflict PowerPoint
Literary Conflict Prezi
Conflict Lesson Plan

-----Inferences-----
Inference Activity/Worksheet (Learn from my Fail)
Making Inferences Activity using Pictures
Making Inferences Prezi
Making Inferences Prezi New Version
Inference PowerPoint
Twitter Ordeal by Cheque activity
Inference Lesson Plan
What is it inference activity
The house Inference Activity
Made out of Meat Inference Activity
Inference Test

-----Theme-----
Identifying and finding Theme
Identifying Literary Theme in Popular Songs
Literary Theme PowerPoint
Literary Theme Prezi
Theme Test with Answer Key
Theme Lesson Plan
Theme Homework option

-----Tone and Mood-----
Author's Tone Activity Worksheet
Author's Tone and Mood Prezi
Author's Tone and Mood Test with answer key
Tone and Mood in Songs activity and PowerPoint
Tone and Mood Lesson Plan

-----Plot Diagrams-----
Plot Diagram Prezi Presentation
Identify Elements of Plot Diagram in Songs

-----Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources -----
Entire year of Daily and Weekly Lesson plans for 8th grade English
Lesson Plans for the 2012-2013 year
180 slides of Daily Bell work/Warmups/Bell Ringers for English
25+ English Substitute Plan activities and forms
Letters to parents/guardians
Cheating Form
Student Behavior Tracker
Behavior Log
Classroom Rules

-----Writing and Editing -----
Step by Step grammar and punctuation Powerpoint
Punctuation/Grammar RAFT
How to Write an Essay using Step up to Writing (New and Old versions)
Complete Writing and Editing/Proofreading Unit
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives Prezi
Adjectives Practice and Descriptive Writing
25page Bundle of Writing prompts, writing checklist, writing rubric
Writing BINGO for differentiated instruction or early finishers
Writing Process Prezi with handout

-----Root Words and Context -----
A-Z Common Root Words Activity
Entire year of Root Word, Prefix, Suffix Practice (With answer Key)
Updated!!!Entire year of Root Word, Prefix, Suffix Practice (With answer Key)
Visual Root Words Part 1

-----Static and Dynamic-----
Static and Dynamic Character PowerPoint using Shel Silverstein
Static or Dynamic Quiz with Answer Key

-----Miscellaneous Extras-----
Reading and Writing BINGO for differentiated instruction or early finishers
Persuasive Writing Activity (cross curricular math and history
Literary Terms Flash cards with graphics
Essential Questions or exit slips for English
English Test Bundle: 8+ tests with answer key
Comparing and Contrasting Poetry
Career Research Project and PowerPoint
First Day of School Learning Styles and Prezi
Learning Styles Activities
RAFT for writing
Texting vs Formal vs Informal Language
English in the Real World
Character Cell Phone Hacks
New Years Goal setting activities
Differentiated-Questioning-and-Real-World-Application-Full-Bundle

-----PowerPoints-----
Career Research Project and PowerPoint
Static and Dynamic Character PowerPoint using Shel Silverstein
Three types of Point of View Powerpoint
Literary Conflic PowerPoint
Literary Theme PowerPoint
Tone and Mood in Songs activity and PowerPoint
180 slides of Daily Bell work/Warmups/Bell Ringers for English
Entire year of Random Fact of the day
Entire year of Journal Questions
540 Slides of Daily Bell work/Warmups/Bell Ringers for English
Step by Step grammar and punctuation Powerpoint
How to Write an Essay using Step up to Writing

-----Identifying Literary Elements in Songs-----
Identify Elements of Plot Diagram in Songs
Tone and Mood in Songs activity and PowerPoint
Identifying Literary Theme in Popular Songs
Point of View in Songs Activity
Identifying Symbolism in Songs
Figurative Language in Popular songs
Identifying Foreshadowing in Songs

-----Prezis-----
Ancient China Prezi
Writing Process Prezi with handout
Plot Diagram Prezi Presentation
Author's Tone and Mood Prezi Literary Theme Prezi
Making Inferences Prezi
Making Inferences Prezi New Version Literary Conflict Prezi
Point of View Prezi Literary Symbolism Prezi
Figurative Language Prezi
Figurative Language Prezi Version One
Foreshadowing Prezi
Poetry Elements Prezi


Newly added to the curriculum:
I vs Me Unit
Quotation Marks Unit
Double Negatives Unit
Comparative and Superlative Unit
Figurative Language Sentence Starters
Teacher Forms
Writing Process Essay
Writer's Folder
Figurative Language in Songs
Functional Text (3 forms)
Comma Prezi
Visual Roots and Prefixes Part 2
193 Video Clips
Flash cards (set of 3)
Computer Lab Activities
Character comparison book and movie
Bell ringer/journal/exit/RFOTD

If you were to buy each of the above from me individually it would cost over $700 dollars!!

Everything is editable to your needs

Tests and RPS units do include answer keys.

My entire curriculum will be shipped to you free of charge on a complimentary USB drive within two business days of purchase.

If you have any other questions feel free to contact me! Kmpotter05@yahoo.com


***If you are interested in a cheaper digital version send me an email at: kmpotter05@yahoo.com and we can chat!
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On  November 17, 2012Mary Geldert (TpT Seller) said:
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On  October 31, 2012,  Buyer said:
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On  October 28, 2012Amy Straw (TpT Seller) said:
LOVE IT. I do not actually teach language arts but I do however teach a support class for students with Special Needs at the HS level. This entire curriculum I am able to use to help support them in their current LA class-
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On  October 23, 2012,  Shari E. said:
This is just what I needed! I teach 7th grade Language Arts and this curriculum is perfect! My students love video clips and power points. Wait until they see the Prezi's! They are amazing. Thank you, the time it will save me is priceless.
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On  October 18, 2012,  Buyer said:
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On  October 18, 2012mskcpotter answered:
Yes, just click the folder marked "tests."
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On  October 16, 2012,  Buyer said:
I am starting to dig into all of the resources, and it's great! A huge time saver, and I truly appreciate your time and effort involved in creating everything!
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On  September 29, 2012,  Buyer said:
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On  September 28, 2012,  Heather Y. said:
A fabulous collection of lessons for 8th graders. I am excited to be using these tools that have been so creatively put together. My students are thorougly enjoying the additions. Thanks!
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Thank you! Hope your year goes well!
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On  August 30, 2012,  Buyer said:
Wonderful! My students love the Prezi's!
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So do mine!
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On  August 19, 2012Robin James (TpT Seller) said:
This is an awesome collection of materials!! Worth every penny and more!! I am amazed at the amount of work that you've put into all of these products!! Thank you so much!! (Thank you for going out of your way for me when I lost the thumb drive!!) These materials would be helpful to anyone that teaches English at a middle school level.
On  August 21, 2012mskcpotter answered:
I am glad you like it and glad I could help you out with the lost one!
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On  August 7, 2012Jackie at School (TpT Seller) said:
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On  August 3, 2012,  Buyer said:
Great product!
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On  April 4, 2014,  Buyer said:
I received this quickly and can't wait to start using it. Thanks!
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On  March 16, 2014,  Gayle S. said:
Aplethora of material!!! Love it!
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On  January 18, 2014,  Buyer said:
This has been awesome and so helpful!!
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On  September 8, 2013,  Julie S. said:
The package is a wonderful resource for the classroom. Some of the files are incomplete (missing answer keys, directions etc...), but for the most part it is a nice addition to the ELA curriculum. If you purchase this, take the time to look through all the files. Some are not with the correct content, but since everything can be edited, you can move things around.
On  September 8, 2013mskcpotter answered:
Thank you I appreciate you leaving feedback.

I would like respond to a few specific parts of your feedback as they are slightly incorrect and I would like to make sure future buyers are aware:

1. Some of the files are incomplete (missing answer keys, directions etc...)
Response: The product description very clearly states which parts of this product have answer keys. Also, there are long form lesson plans that explain everything I use of the resources in detail.

2. Some are not with the correct content
Response: I actually do not know how to respond to this because I am not sure what you mean. However, all the files are arranged according to top (Ie. figurative language is with figurative language and prezis are in the prezi file). The weekly lesson plans are broken down by CCS and SOLs if you need more guidance as to which files fall under which category.

Thank you.
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On  January 28, 2013,  Tamsen B. said:
My only complaint is that the wording is difficult to read in one or two of the prezis (Alice in Wonderland Context Clues in particular). Font colors, styles, and sizing make some of the information difficult for students to see. Overall, I've had the information for a few months and find it very helpful in developing lessons.
On  January 28, 2013mskcpotter answered:
When you buy the curriculum, I give you access to change anything you want, including access to any/all prezis online so any minor details can be changed. I place detailed instructions on the flash drive on how to do this.

Thanks!
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On  January 11, 2013,  Buyer said:
A lot of thought was put into the entire curriculum package; however, there are two concerns: some of the Prezis have inappropriate video content such as a scene with alcohol (I have not viewed all others) and some of the bell ringer answer slides have evident errors that are not correct. As an educational consumer, I feel this curriculum is a timesaver in that materials are put together; however, much of the content must be edited.
On  January 11, 2013mskcpotter answered:
I went back through all of my prezi clips to try to figure out what you were referencing and the most I could infer is that in one clip a group of people have soda cans and glasses that contain clear liquid (maybe water) at a gathering that seems like a book club.

I do apologize if you found that inappropriate. Since you bought the curriculum you have the ability to edit that particular prezi to remove the offending clip, or skip it entirely.


Thank you.
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On  August 26, 2012,  Buyer said:
Awesome Resource. Great communication. Very innovative & thorough. Can't wait to try some of this stuff out.
On  August 28, 2012mskcpotter answered:
Thank you!
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On  July 15, 2012,  Buyer said:
I've had difficulty getting into the zipped files on the flashdrive you sent. I've spent hours and hours trying with no success. The materials that are not in zipped files are great, but a lot of the files are in zipped folders which my computer says are "empty." This is very frustrating!! I would advise anyone else purchasing this unit to check EVERY file on the flashdrive as soon as you get it to make sure they all open and play correctly. Some of the ones I can open also don't play correctly. I've notified Ms. Potter but the problems remain unsolved which saddens me to say.
On  July 15, 2012mskcpotter answered:
This buyer originally contact me a month ago and said she was having a rough time finically could we work out a deal. I worked with her and we created a package to suit her needs. After I mailed the package I got about 3 emails a day from her asking questions about how to unzip files, how to download files, where to find items which I happily helped her with. I didn't mind this as I regularly email with my customers! After 56 emails from her, she began to tell me that she had an issue with files she had previously been able to open. I checked all my files and asked other buyers if they were having the same issue (They were not).

Bewildered as to why this was happening I bent over backwards to rectify the problem. I sent her every one of the files she asked for via email, created an internet link for files too large to download, and gave her access to prezi files online. 2 more weeks passed and she told me that she couldn't get the links to work and I must be blocking the links from her. I tried again to help her and sent her all the information again. Her only response was that her house burned down so she couldn't turn her computer off.

Another buyer then alerted me to the fact that this customer had the very files she said she couldn't open posted on the internet publicly. I finally contacted TPT with our correspondance and asked what I should do. They instructed me not to respond to her any longer and to let her contact them.

After all is said and done, I unfortunately believe that I was scammed by someone (Who i think never had any intention of paying for this product) I honestly did everything in my power to help.
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On  March 2, 2014Tia Jenkins (TpT Seller) asked:
The new preview program for TPT shows an error when trying to preview your product.
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On  March 2, 2014mskcpotter answered:
I just reuploaded the preview pdf and it is working on my end now so you can give it another try!
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Entire English Curriculum (minus novel units) Common Core Aligned