J Mason Emerson
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This has a Reading section (English, Spanish), pictures, then: A Matching Test For “Call Of The Wild” with Answers Key; “How To Practice Common...
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JULIUS CAESAR RETOLD! - EASY, FUN, COMMON CORE, 34 PP begins with Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar quickly re-told, easy to understand with fun Commo...
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This has Poe's Life Story then also: Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart Retold (brief version; full version farther below); 2 Tests (Fill-in, True-False,...
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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW PACKET! (COMMON CORE, FUN, 65 PP) is a resource packet begins with The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Retold. Then come:...
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This has The Black Cat Briefly Retold, full version too; Poe's Life Story; Handy Tests; 10 Wordfinds; 6 Number & Letters Cryptograms; The Fu...
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MEXICO (ESL, SPANISH) is a fun-filled packet of printables and activities for students learning ESL, Spanish, geography, etc and all who plan on ...
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This has a summary of Harper Lee’s famous novel To Kill A Mockingbird; A section called The Author of To Kill A Mockingbird, A section called ...
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GERMAN FUN! (COMMON CORE, 113 PP, INTERACTIVE) has tons of material, enough activities to keep your students learning a long time! To begin, i...
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This begins with the reader Mardis Gras which is in English and Spanish then has: Handy Links (Articles, Books, Videos); #1. Mardi Gras Word Se...
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WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS FUN STUDY GUIDE! (ALSO CCSS, TESTS, WORD SEARCHES ETC) begins with a reading passage about the Ozarks classic novel Wher...
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This resource packet begins with the reader Johnny Tremain! which is a study guide with a plot outline and supplementary notes about reading leve...
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This resource pack begins has a study notes reader regarding Freak The Mighty along with a Critique Regarding Freak The Mighty; About The Auth...
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DESCRIPTION: This has The History Of Earth Day reader; School Activities For Earth Day; Earth Day’s Anthem; Handy Links About Earth Day And ...
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This begins with a plot outline and supportive notes regarding John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, then has: The Author John Steinbeck; Version...
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This starts with a reading section on Bacteria which is in English and also Spanish, then also has: A Guided Composition regarding bacteria (Eng...
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EARTH SCIENCE (ESL, SPANISH) This fun-filled 54 pages publication starts with a 5 pages reading section with illustrations/photos that’s in Engl...
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A READER regarding U.S. history in English and Spanish starts this learning package, then; FLASHCARDS of targeted vocabulary in the Reader; U.S...
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This has the Reader “Dracula, Retold!!!!” in English and Spanish based on the Bram Stoker novel Dracula; also Twelve Questions About Dracula; T...
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THE GIFT OF THE MAGI CHRISTMAS FUN PACKET (FUN, COMMON CORE) has not only Christmas masterpiece The Gift Of The Magi (1905) by O’Henry (William S...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Just now retired and battling cancer, I began as a high school teacher of German, Spanish and some regular English; later taught mostly middle school foreign languages; then taught Pre-K through 8th grade ESL. Along the way I also was first a college TA and later a part-time college instructor. I had much masters level training and practice in ESL; attained a Masters in English with a concentration in composition, linguistics and ESL. While teaching ESL, I also incorporated much in the content areas of science and math; tapping into various modalities of learning including the visual arts.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Eclectic--that is, I believe in doing what works. By becoming aware of student group and individual needs, you can address those even better. Overall the kids, or really any students regardless of age, enjoy learning the most when it includes fun, excitement and joy. The busier they stay at learning happily, the more they learn; and being successful at learning builds their confidence and desire to learn even more as they discover: "Yes! I can do it!" -- That's a fact.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been praised for having raised the state test scores by administration but for me the greatest praise has been from the students themselves including those whom I had in class long ago who have come running up to me and congratulated me on having been such a teacher who helped them move up in life. I'm now putting a lot of what I learned along the way into the learning packets or units that I try to jam-pack with activities, handouts, etc for yourselves and the kids.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

In brief I've had been educated at C of O, SIU-C, SEMO, U of MO at Warrensburg; mostly taught in southeastern and northwestern Missouri; now reside just over the border in Kansas. For me the greatest source of education, though, was in class where the kids taught me in the sense that some would say or indicate "Mr. Emerson, I don't really want to learn or even be here. I can't, learn and you know, you really can't make me." I rose to the occasion by getting them so busy and happily engaged that their attention was diverted and channeled into learning not just from myself but the high interest materials and successful strategies that I developed and used. To say more would be soon be to have writen still another book.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I enjoy teaching languages, photography, writing; and when I get the chance also love to travel. I like it whenever I can drive into the Ozarks and have greatly enjoyed it when able to visit the beautiful hills and lakes of northern Minnesota around Grand Marais and into southern Ontario. I have been through most of the states of the U.S. except in the Northeast, also to Canada and southern Mexico at Cancun, Valladolid and Chichen Itza which has Mayan ruins. My formal foreign language training is for German and Spanish but informally I have learned a lot in many other languages including Indonesian, Chinese, Russian etc; plus enjoy writing computer programs. In short I enjoy life, like to learn and even more so, I love to impart what I know to others and to help colleagues via what's practical, interesting and really works.