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This packet includes everything you need to introduce students to the text structure of cause and effect. Introduce cause and effect through a ...
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Readers often have trouble with the text structure of compare and contrast. In this file, you'll find nine texts at multiple levels to help you s...
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Eight informational texts for teaching the text structure of problem and solution! Texts include before and after reading activities to help stud...
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Revised for 2012! This folder includes "Text Structure Card Match", a whole class activity suitable for reviewing text structures. In addition, y...
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This unit includes PowerPoints, activities, and texts to help you teach focused lessons for summarizing success. These activities complement the ...
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I created these scripts to help my students understand important nonfiction text structures. There are now 6 scripts (chronological order, cause ...
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This resource pack has everything you need for teaching the text structure of chronological order. You'll receive a teaching guide with helpful t...
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This file contains everything that you need to start teaching students how to find topics and main ideas. Two PowerPoints, multiple practice page...
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Looking for a quick way to improve student summaries? This mini-unit includes 5 detailed lesson plans, a Powerpoint, teaching materials, and stor...
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By Emily Kissner. This presentation introduces the story elements of characters, setting, conflict, plot, and theme. Pictures, questions, and mea...
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This 22-file unit includes resources to teach readers in grades 3-6 about theme. Students will be able to identify and support themes in texts. Y...
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Revised for 2013! This file includes resources, lesson plans, and stories for teaching students how to infer character emotions and character tra...
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Revised for 2013! This unit includes everything you need to start teaching persuasive writing to intermediate writers. You'll find a Powerpoint t...
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Molly's Pilgrim is a classic book for third and fourth graders. This unit includes Common Core aligned activities to help readers learn important...
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By Emily Kissner. Completely revised and updated for 2012. Everything you need to teach personal narratives to meet Common Core Standards. Studen...
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This file contains everything you need to introduce the text structure of description. You can begin with a PowerPoint that outlines the key part...
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Help students to make text-based inferences with these passages. Five passages, all with a secret agent theme, help students to use critical deta...
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This mini-unit includes a variety of activities for helping students to understand and interpret the figurative language devices of personificati...
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This 2-week unit plan helps students to understand poetic structure, speaker in poetry, and rhyme scheme. Included are: -9 lesson plans with tea...
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Buyer re: Description Texts for Teaching Text Structure
are you going to offer the nonfiction text structures as a bundle? Would totally buy that
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Susan Mack  (TpT Seller)
Emily,

Will you have April reading homework available. I have been using the other months and I love the material.
Susan Mack
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Yes! I am working on April and should have it up by the end of the week. Thanks for asking!
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Hi Emily,
I have your Independent Reading Assignment. I am wondering if you have created any rubrics or assessments for it?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! That is a folder that I have been meaning to update for awhile. I will try to add rubrics by the end of the week. (Sometimes I get involved in multiple projects...if you don't see an update, kindly email me at elkissn@yahoo.com and I'll send the files your way!)
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Lora H. re: Chronological Order Texts for Teaching Text Structure
Do you have a reading level on your text?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! Grade levels and approximate guided reading levels are listed in the Teaching Guide. Levels range from grades 3-7, with most in the 4-6 range. If you would like information regarding Lexiles, please write to me at elkissn@yahoo.com. Thanks!
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Buyer
I purchased your text structure compare & contrast & cause & effect. When I try to download the zipped files, I get a message that the files are corrupted. Please advise on what has happened to the files. Thanks!
Rebecca W.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Some operating systems do not do well with zipped folders of mixed file types, which will cause the corrupted file message to appear. In addition, there are both .docx and .doc files, which can sometimes cause problems. Some ideas:
-Try using Firefox or Chrome. They seem to do better.
-Email me at elkissn@yahoo.com if you are still having problems.
Thanks!
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Carrie Bickford  (TpT Seller)
DO you have any reader's theaters for teaching qualities of writing? I purchased the text structures RT set and loved it, was hoping you have something similar to that but about elements/traits of writing.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
At this point in time I do not have any scripts for those topics, but it is a great idea!
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Karen G.
Reading Intervention for Academic Vocabulary and Fluency Part 3
Emily ~ This is what I am referring to in my previous question ~ There are some that appear to be exactly the same thing with the same passages, yet different names. I have purchased three different products, but am not seeing the differences. Please help me to understand. Thanks.
February 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
This product was originally in multiple parts back when the maximum file size was only 50 MB. Several months ago I consolidated the entire thing and it is now one product for $8, offered here:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Intervention-for-Academic-Vocabulary-Text-Structure-and-Fluency-272633

I deleted the old products. However, I put the new one under the old Part 3 and renamed it so that previous buyers could still have access to updates. The entire thing is now $8.

Sorry for any confusion! I'll have to go and update my blog links.
February 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Karen G.
Emily ~ I was trying to find the vocabulary intervention products you had posted earlier. I purchased them and was trying to find more information about them. When I click on the link, it takes me to your page, but the products are not there. Have you removed them from the site?

Thanks
February 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Karen G. re: Introduction to Text Structure
Hi Emily ~ Do you know the lexile levels for the text? When you create new products, this would be very helpful for me (and maybe others).
February 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I updated the Introduction to Text Structure files to include the Lexiles! Chronological Order has also been updated. If there are any others that you need, please let me know--you can email me at elkissn@yahoo.com. Thanks for writing!
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Hi Emily,

Your products are fantastic! Do you have a bundle for all of the text structures. I would like to purchase the set. Thanks for making my life so much easier!
February 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for your compliments! Unfortunately, putting all of my text structure items together would create a huge file that exceeds the maximum file size allowed on TpT. I do have an "Introduction to Text Structure" bundle that includes all of the text structures for readers in grades 2-4.
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Can you email when you have added the state assessment like questions for the intervention bundles? Thanks!
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I will do that! I was presenting at a conference this week and got somewhat behind. :)
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Sarah R.
I purchased some sets from you and the compare and contrast story of Vernal Pools or Puddles has a summary at the end. What is supposed to go in the blank: Copepods and __________ live in both, but...

Also, do you have answer keys for any of your packets? Didn't know if I was just not seeing them.
Thanks,
Sarah
February 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Some texts have answers at the end of them, but not all.

You have found an error with that blank. I will re-upload with that corrected.
February 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
I have your reading intervention product and it is great. However, I am wondering if there are questions that go along with the stories. We have just finished Red-Tailed Hawks and since we are in preparation for the state assessment coming up in April, it would be nice to have some extra practice using your intervention. I love all your stuff!
February 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I'm glad that you like the intervention! Sure, I'll add some multiple choice questions. Maybe by the weekend? Check for an update to the product on Sunday or early next week. :)
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Kristina F.
Thank you!
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Kristina F.
Thank you!
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Kristina F.
That would be great, Emily, so that I can use it this week. I plan to buy the packet when you post it because my kids did great with it last month. Thank you for your quick response!
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I finally got it done and posted! It is called "February Reading Homework" and should be ready. Please write to me if there are any problems. elkissn@yahoo.com
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Kristina F.
Emily,
I love the reading homework that you created. I just finished the January packet with my class, and was wondering if you have done a packet for February. I did not see one in your store.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Yes! I am finishing it today. I have taken the old "Winter Reading Homework" and am changing it to February.

The items are ready, but I just need to finalize the cover and answer key. I can email you the first one if you like: elkissn@yahoo.com.
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Patrick K.
Dear Emily,
I was printing out the graphic organizers for the chronological order texts and didn't see one for the "Oysters and the Chesapeake" article. Is there a way you could send me that organizer?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I've added the graphic organizer and questions for "Oysters and the Chesapeake." Thanks for writing!
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Patrick K.
Emily,
Thanks for adding the pdfs. Will I need to purchase the sets again or will I be able to download the new files when they're ready?
January 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
You never need to re-purchase items. :) If you have purchased it, new versions will always be available to you when they come out. And do check back--I frequently add updates and new texts.
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Patrick K.
Emily,
I downloaded your text sets for text structure and love them. Thanks so much! I was wondering, though, about the format of some of the files. The chronological order files are in pdf and in word. The other 4 sets are just in word. Is there a way to get them in pdf as well?
January 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I've converted to pdf as compatibility problems arise. I'll be happy to add pdf versions of the others as well. Check back by the weekend and I should have the new versions available. Thanks for writing!
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Buyer
I love your January Reading homework unit. Will you be making more? My students are doing so well with them!
January 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I'm so glad! Yes, I plan to finish out the year with them. I'm in the process of adapting the existing "Winter Reading Homework" that I have to match the format of the monthly ones. Then I'll have new content for March, April and May. Thanks for writing!
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Marie A.
I love Your Units that you have created. I am a fifth grade teacher. We are common core based. I was wondering if you had a lesson/unit on Author's perspective. I didn't see one. We are covering author's percpective in relation to how we can we determine the author's viewpoint or how the author feels after reading a particular piece of text. Any help would be great !!!
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for the suggestion! I have some pieces scattered through other units that address that skill and I have been working on more...I just haven't had time to put them all together into a unit yet. If you email me, I can send them to you. elkissn@yahoo.com
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Maryellen L.
Hi I purchased your main idea and details in nonfiction text and I can't open it. Can you please send it to me via email.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! I've uploaded a new version to fix some compatibility issues. The files are too large to email. If you are still having trouble, please email me at elkissn@gmail.com and tell me what browser you are using and what date you purchased the item. I will walk you through the process of unzipping the file.
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Buyer
I bought the problem and solution activity pack this morning and it will not let me pick it up. It says not found
January 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hm...that sounds like a technical issue with the site. Here is the link to the TpT help:
https://support.teacherspayteachers.com/Where-can-I-find-my-purchases-c40-a27.html
If you are really stuck and need something for today, email me at elkissn@yahoo.com.
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Buyer
Can you give me more information on what you use during classtime with students? Do you have units you do in class that coincide with your homework packet skills? With 50 minute classes I'm struggling to fit differentiation and groupwork in with whole group instruction and stay on a common core path. Thanks for your prompt response. We, too, are home because of snow and bitter wind chills.
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Buyer
Do your homework packets have common core correlations? Also are these the only reading homework you give or do you also have a basal reader that you also work out of each week? I really need a way to work on vocabulary and love the idea but I see 92 5th graders each day and I'm not sure how to implement the system to work for me. I do have to take homework grades. Just trying to find a way to work through all the standards and of course everything else we are supposed to do. Thanks for your input.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! The homework packets are created with the common core in mind. I can make up a set of correlations for you if you like. They are the only homework assignments that students have, as we do not use a current basal series. I do the homework packets with 50 students and take a completion grade. On Mondays, students meet in small groups to talk about their answers and share their responses. Any questions that they weren't able to come to consensus on are the ones that I discuss. Then I grade the vocabulary quizzes (usually given on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how the week goes) and open-ended responses. The weekly open-ended responses have been very helpful for my students and I have seen improvement.

If you want to give one of the packets a try, email me at elkissn@yahoo.com and I'll send you one as a sample. Have a great week!
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Georgia Peach that loves to teach
I just purchased your text structures unit. I am having trouble opening the powerpoint. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for writing! I just uploaded a new version with a .pptx version of the PowerPoint...hopefully this should work. If not, let me know and we'll try something else. Have a great weekend!
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Antoinette K.
Hi Emily - Are you creating a January homework and test prep packet?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Yes I am! I teach right up to December 23, so I expect it will be finished sometime during the holiday break. Have a great week!
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Lisa Reeves  (TpT Seller)
You have a great variety of units Emily! I was just wondering if you had the rest of the stories for the Intervention that is in the Free Download in your store? If so, let me know, so I may purchase them. Thanks for all your hard work!

Lisa Reeves
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! Thanks for writing. I have to unite the pieces of the intervention sometime--believe it or not, that is a holdover from the days when there was a 50MB limit on items. The link to the second part of the Intervention is:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Intervention-for-Academic-Vocabulary-and-Fluency-Part-2-272633
Links to the third and fourth are there as well. Thanks for letting me know that they are tricky to find...I'll work on making it easier. Have a great weekend!
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Sarah C.
Just wondering if you were going to participate in the TPT Cyber Monday event by putting your store on sale? Thanks!
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Cami Cole  (TpT Seller)
Emily, I'm sorry for not staying your product, it is the paraphrasing the non fiction.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thanks! "Paraphrasing and Summarizing Lessons for Nonfiction" includes all of the texts mentioned on the description page. The folder includes 36 files, including the texts needed to teach the lessons. Hope this helps! Email me at elkissn@yahoo.com if you have any other questions.
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Cami Cole  (TpT Seller)
Where do you find the text resource that you mention? I am a secondary Special Ed English teacher and these lessons fit what my students need, I just don't know how to access these texts.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! Unfortunately in my view I can't see which of my products you are referencing. (I have a general Q &A screen that is not linked to the product that you see.) Could you give me the titles of what you are looking for, or which product you are looking at? Hopefully I can help you to find what you need.
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Martha M.
Hi Emily, I am using your October Reading Homework packet. We just completed the Interview with Wooly Bear. I am wondering if you intended to write "antonym" instead of "synonym" on the vocabulary page? What is the synonym for pleased? is the question, butI don't see a synonym in the choices. Thanks for taking a look at this. I do really love your products. I am also enjoying reading your book-The Forest and the Trees. Thanks for all of the effort that you put into this work.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
My students noticed that one too. :) I already corrected it and uploaded a revised version that also includes different rubrics for the scaffolded versions of the writing prompts. Thanks so much for writing. I would love to send you things before I post them so that you can look at them as well--write to me at elkissn@yahoo.com if you are interested!
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Buyer
I just downloaded your Thanksgiving activities and the document "Sarah's letters" is all wingdings. Some of the other documents have that problem as well. Can you let me know how to fix that? Thanks!
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for writing! It sounds like it is a font compatibility problem, which is puzzling as the fonts are nothing exotic (Cambria and Bookman Old Style). Anyway, I've added pdf versions and re-uploaded the files, which should solve the problem. If not, let me know at elkissn@yahoo.com and I'll work on another solution.
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Martha M.
Emily, I have just downloaded the spelling program that you developed. I really like the work that you have done and am quite impressed with your thoroughness. My students are working on the first lesson on ai, ay, and a_e. The fill in the blank page has a statement that says, "A________is a bird found in the desert." (Assignment 2). I cannot find a word that fits this blank from the choices given. I also did not see a key. Can you help me? Is this a typo? Thanks for your response. Martha Marshall 5th grade teacher
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for letting me know. That was left over from a previous version of the list, which included the word "quail". I made a quick change and uploaded the new version.
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Joy D.
Do you have a graphic organizer or flip book for students to use to take notes on the text structure PP?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for writing! I do not have a graphic organizer or flip book to go along with the PPT at this time. Have a great week!
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Happy I.
First of all, thank you for creating wonderful tools for the classroom. I am looking for your imitating sentences tools, are they available for sale?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! The imitating sentences materials are not yet for sale, but I'd be happy to email them to you. Write to me at elkissn@yahoo.com. Have a great week!
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Buyer
Do you make a drawing conclusions packet? Like you do for compare and contrast and cause and effect
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I do not have a drawing conclusions packet at this time. However, you may like the "Character Traits and Emotions: Making Inferences" materials as it does include some of the inferential skills required to make inferences. Have a great week!
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Christine A.
I recently purchased your "Main Ideas and Details in Nonfiction Text" packet. Let me begin by saying how great this and all of your products are. However, after downloading the packet file #10: "What's Important" is not showing up. Is it possible to get this file? Thanks.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hmm..that is actually getting to be a very old file as it is something that I originally wrote for my book. I imagine that the tables and textboxes are not working well in newer versions of Word. If you will send me your email address to elkissn@yahoo.com, I will send you a pdf version. Have a great weekend!
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Hello! I love your products!

I joined TPT in August, and I am writing to see if you might be willing to join my new middle school board called "Great Ideas for Middle School" and post your products on it. You can post as many as you like.

I would greatly appreciate your support.

If you decide to do so, please follow the board and send me your email address. I will add you!

Thank you very much for your consideration!

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Andrew B.
I'm so happy to find you on teachers pay teachers. I recently bought two copies of your book "summarizing paraphrasing and retelling." I have one copy at home and I keep one copy at work :-)

I teach adults English as a second language at an advanced level and I'm very interested in using summarizing the classes.

Here's my question: In your book you have a number of rubrics and other forms. I'd really like to be able to buy and download those rather than making copies from the book? I wanted to make some posters to put in my classroom using them. For example on page 122 in your book you have "steps for summarizing expository text"; I wanted something like that in PDF that I could then bring the Staples and have them print as a large poster (24" X 36") that I could put on my wall. On page 25 of your book, you have a chart that says "text structures"... I also wish I had that as a PDF. On page 85 in your book you have "summary checklist". These are all fascinating materials that I'd like to give my students as handouts, but I also want to print out a large version of poster so that it's clear go over if I can explain it to them.
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
That would be fine! Thank you so much for asking. I'm glad the book has been useful to you!
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I brought your compare and contrast packet. Do you have any type of assessment that comes with it or that would pair nicely?

Jen
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! That packet is on my list to make some additions to this year. Is there a Lexile or grade level text that you are looking for? Email me at elkissn@yahoo.com with details of what you'd like and I'll send you a draft or two. Have a great weekend!
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Buyer re: Introduction to Text Structure
I am having trouble down loading info. Please advise. I've never had any trouble before. Thanks!
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hello! Could you tell me if you are working on a Mac or a PC? Sometimes closing the browser works. I have also noticed that downloading zip files works much more smoothly in Chrome (and not very well at all in Safari). If you continue to have trouble, please email me at elkissn@yahoo.com
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Brenda T.
Hi Emily,
I sent an email to you at the addy you mentioned.

Thanks for your time.

Scoutone
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Brenda T.
Your materials look great! My task is to come up with intervention materials for groups of ten or fewer students in grades 4,5 and 6. I would buy multiple licenses from you of course. Do you have anything for assessing foundational skills in reading for these age groups?
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
What a task! What kinds of foundational skills are you looking at? I have some visualizing and inferencing activities that might work. Email me at elkissn@yahoo.com and I'll send some your way.
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I enjoy making lessons myself! I'm just confused because on the what's important page it says examples are not the most imlortant ideas in a text. However when reading the first what is light text I do believe the example that light always travels in straight lines is an important idea of that paragraph. I would say the main idea of the last paragraph is that light travels in straight lines but doesn't go around corners and that's why shadows form when light is blocked. So wouldn't that be an example thats a main idea?
August 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
In this text, because it is so short, the main idea of that passage is that light is amazing, but that there are some things that light cannot do. If the text were longer, the detail of light not being able to go around corners would probably be picked up in the next paragraph, with more examples of how this works and why it is significant. Here the detail from the preceding paragraph would become the main idea of the next one.
Of course, the most important thing is always to encourage kids to be flexible in their reading and thinking. The summarizing lesson is a "quick start" to get everyone thinking, but should not be an end in itself. Discussing instances of when an example could become a main idea would be a good conversation to have with students.
August 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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I absolutely adore all of the items you have created. I have also seen a dramatic increase of skills in my students. I absolutely love using your products in my classroom. I am wondering if you know anyone that is creating materials like this for higher grade levels? Thank you for all your hard work and willingness to share!
August 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for writing! I'm glad that the materials have helped your students. I'll look around for materials for older students. Is there a grade level you have in mind? Write to me at elkissn@yahoo.com....I may have some things still in my files from when I taught sixth and seventh grades. :)
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Buyer re: Comparing Texts
This file won't open. Just jumbles. I am trying to open in Windows.
July 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Try searching "opening compressed files" for your type of computer. Then close your browser and open it again. Often Firefox or Chrome work better with compressed files than Explorer. If all else fails, email me at elkissn@yahoo.com and I'll send you the files.
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Buyer re: Comparing Texts
Do you have a comparing text product for fifth?
July 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
I do not yet have a comparing text product for fifth, but I'd be happy to make one. Let me know if there are any topics that you are interested in. You can email me at elkissn@yahoo.com.
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Susan M. re: Text Structure Card Match and Centers
Are there answer keys?
May 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Emily Kissner  (TpT Seller)
Answers are provided for the Causes and Effects with Frogs, the Paragraph Match, the Paragraph and Picture Center, the Assateague graphic organizers, and the Cocoa Graphic Organizers.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

When I can't find what I want for my classroom, I create it myself. I always have a camera in hand, ready to record my experiences to create engaging articles to share with my students. You'll see my favorite places in my PowerPoints and teaching packs! Besides writing for TpT, I have also written two books on the topic of teaching reading: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling and The Forest AND the Trees: Helping Readers Identify Details in Texts and Tests.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is thoughtful, reflective, and student-centered. In my reading class, I use guided reading, whole-group instruction, independent reading, and literacy centers to help my students grow as readers. My favorite classroom moments occur when students come to me with unexpected questions, connections, or ideas. This is what makes me come to school each day!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have published two books based on my teaching experiences. The first, Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling, was created from my frustration with teaching summarizing and the lack of resources available. I went back to the research journals to figure out why my students were having trouble and how I could help them. The second book, The Forest AND the Trees, explores how students use details to make inferences, visualize, and learn new information from text. Both books are available from Heinemann.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I love to learn! I graduated from Penn State, and I have a M. Ed. in Language and Literacy from Millersville University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Be sure to visit my blog: http://emilykissner.blogspot.com