Over the last 19 years, I have taught 7th grade through junior college English and reading and I am currently working as the literacy coach in a high school. The lesson plans that I share here could come from any of those grade levels and cover a variety of subject areas. With the push toward the Common Core, I have been focusing on helping the teachers at my school incorporate more reading, writing, and higher-order thinking into their lesson plans. I am reworking my TpT profile/lessons to align with this goal also. Thus, the creation of HOT Shot: Soar into the Common Core with Higher Order Thinking. However, despite the catchy-logo/title, I am now (and always will be) a teacher first! I assure you that the lessons you're purchasing on this site are lessons I have used successfully with students. I hope that your students will get as much out of the lessons as mine do.