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The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg: An In-Depth Picture Book Study for Grades 3-8 Purchase all My Chris Van Allsburg Book Studies as a Bundle...
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Brooke R. re: Theme Teaching Unviversal Theme Vices & Virtues Analysis Cards Common Core
Hi James,
Check page 21...you use the word sin instead of vice.
Love the product, as usual!!!
April 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks Brooke I will! Hope your year is going well!
April 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Thanks!
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Buyer re: Jumanji Book Study Chris Van Allsburg Common Core
Is the short story included?
April 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Sorry, it's a picture book and can be easily and cheaply purchased on amazon.
April 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Mythology Greek Gods Mini Posters and Profile Cards Common Core
Loving it so far-- going through the details now. Typo to fix-- Hermes card: mischievous :)
April 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
I'll fix and re-upload. Thanks much. Anything else? :) Hope you downloaded the new file.
April 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Julie R. re: House on Mango Street Ultimate Novel Study Bundle
I would like to do The House on Mango Street with my 5th graders as an end of year book study. Do you feel this resource is too advanced for this age? Are there pieces of the bundle you feel would be best? Thank you
April 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
The book itself deals with mature (poverty, domestic abuse, sexual assault) themes but most of the time it will go over their heads. If you have an advanced class the activities will be perfect; nevertheless, there are enough differentiated materials in the bundle to choose from. I cover coming of age, theme, duality, symbolism as well as plot, setting, characterization, and conflict on various scaffolded levels. There is so much that picking and choosing what meets your students need is a must. If you purchase email me for the last product that I have not included in the bundle. Thank you Julie.
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Kathy M.
Have you considered doing "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH"? I love the Charlotte's Web study you have - you have a creative approach!
April 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
I actually will be working on this for September. I love the book and movie version. Thank you for the compliment. Much appreciated!
April 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Cynthia V. re: Eye of the Beholder Twilight Zone Unit Resource Common Core
Hello,

Are these episodes readily available on YouTube or do I need to purchase them elsewhere (like through Amazon)?

Thanks!
March 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
They are on youtube, Netflix, and a tv site -- the link is in the product.
March 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Samantha Zorn  (TpT Seller)
I just ordered your newspaper template. However, I do not know how to make changes to the template! I am in charge of a newspaper club for an elementary school and we wanted to use it for our paper, but I can't figure it out!
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Hey Samantha. The product comes in PDF format and is not designed to be customizable on the computer. Sorry if you purchased the item under that impression. The description states that there are two templates customizable only after printing. Any further questions email me: oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Pamela Hagan  (TpT Seller)
Good Morning, I found you on the TPT forum for newbie's. I am your newest follower. Please check out my store when you get a chance! Thank you!
March 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Pamela Hagan  (TpT Seller)
Good Morning, I found you on the TPT forum for newbie's. I am your newest follower. Please check out my store when you get a chance! Thank you!
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Pamela Hagan  (TpT Seller)
Good Morning, I found you on the TPT forum for newbie's. I am your newest follower. Please check out my store when you get a chance! Thank you!
March 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Mythology Greek Pantheon Poster Profile Cards Common Core
I absolutely LOVE this product. I wish I had noticed the bundle option before I purchased. I didn't go this deep into myths until CCSS. However, as great as it is, I need a HUGE favor. Some of the terms are a bit mature for my 4th graders. Would you be able to remove those terms for me and send me an updated pdf? I wanted to hang the colored copies up, but I discovered I needed some adjustments, and white-out isn't an option when the product is this nice.
March 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Email me -- oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
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Anne Weaver  (TpT Seller)
James,

I saw you are interested in photos. I have some, not sure if they fit your need. I have autumn (free), nature, zoo, and fruit photos for commercial use! I also have flower, candy and water backgrounds, made from photos.

Thanks,
Anne Weaver
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
I will check them out.
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Lovin Lit
Lovin Lit  (TpT Seller) re: Aesop's Fables Teaching Theme & Moral Analysis Card Freebie
Congrats on your milestone James!
:) Erin
February 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks Erin. Much appreciated!
February 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

FIFTH GRADE FANATIC
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Thanks so much for your sage response and taking the time to respond.
February 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Good luck!
February 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Good evening, Mr. Whitaker. Happened to click on your store as you're one of the featured tpt educators tonight. Must say I am extremely impressed with your products and feedback. I especially enjoyed your comments that clearly indicate your dedication to your craft and to providing thoughtful products you proudly stand behind. If you could answer me a question from someone's who is relatively new to tpt I'd greatly appreciate it. I have purposely refrained from providing answers to higher-level questions in my products with the belief that the teacher should be exploring the text in advance/with the students in determining the proper response. I received a comment from a purchaser noting that it would have been nice to have the answers provided. To me, this person is lazy and is abdicating responsibility to delve into the text and determine the best response (just as the students are required). What are your thoughts on providing the answers (at least how I interpret the text and questions) to go with the questions? Thanks for your time. Sorry for the excessive length of the question. As you noted in one of your comments, I too tend towards ocd (works big time for being prolific, does it not?)

Regards and continued successes with your students.

Marc P.
February 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your warm praise! When creating my products I put a lot of time and care into trying to ensure that they meet a multitude of learning styles. I have been both thanked and ridiculed for providing excessive resources. It's all about choice--choosing what meets the needs of your students. Nevertheless I try to provide my customers with a variety of avenues to teach. I definitely agree with not providing every answer to advanced, open-ended questions. Teachers should have flexibility and take responsibility for the material they give their students. Do what your heart tells you. We cannot force feed our customers just as they shouldn't force feed their students.
February 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Angie Kratzer
Angie Kratzer  (TpT Seller) re: Most Influential Men and Women of Black History Research Mini-Book Bundle
James, did you mean to have Woman or Women in the title?
February 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Women of course lol... I just posted it and was too tired for the fixings. I'll correct it. Thank you Angie.
February 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Brooke R. re: American Presidents Research Mini-Book Activity Common Core
Hi! I am trying to Preview the American Presidents Research Activity; however, the preview will not load. I will continue to try to get the product to load.
February 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
I will check it. I know that TpT has changed the preview format. Let me see. Just checked on my iPhone and it came up without a problem. Perhaps you can use a different browser. Hope you're able to view it :;.
February 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

BiblioFiles
BiblioFiles  (TpT Seller) re: Figurative Language Song Lyrics Analyzing and Interpreting Common Core
James, I am excited to use this activity in my classroom. Having students analyze a song of their own will be valuable. Can you share a little more information on that? For example, do you expect students to analyze multiple songs -- each for one type of figurative language? Or do you ask students to analyze one song and they must identify examples of a certain number of figurative language types? If so, what does your experience tell you about how many that a student can typically find in a song? Thank you.
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Well of course it all depends on what songs they choose. There are 4-5 modeled exemplars that focus on different figurative languages and imagery types. Higher functioning students will find the right songs but there will be some children who will claim they can't. Think of your favorite songs--old and new--and print some out. Glance them over and bring what fits in. Use what templates are best for your students. Some are more advanced than others.
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Brandy Owens  (TpT Seller)
Congrats on having a product in the newsletter! Saw you in there this morning!! :)
January 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much and good luck!
January 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

It's a Teacher Thing
It's a Teacher Thing  (TpT Seller)
Do you have a preview of your figurative language fold 'ems? I see only the cover page when I download your preview.
January 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Sorry I was lazy that day and didn't get back to them for a real preview. If you purchase it I'll send you another product. The figurative language mini books or interpreting song lyrics. Email me oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
January 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Charlotte's Web Unit Resources Novel Study Common Core
Hi there . Is this unit aligned with common core standards?
January 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
It's covers a lot of the standards but I did not formally label them. There is a a lot of high order thinking opportunities as I cover characterization, character change over time, universal themes of human nature, and so much more. The bundle with the 23 chapter assessments is the better way to go because it provides analysis of rigorous literary terms and concepts.
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James, is your Newspaper Article Templates for Multiple Subjects Common Core something that my students can actually download and write articles on for a classroom newspaper?
I am looking for something in Word and I really like your templates..
January 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Hey, I am not sure if I understand your question. The actual product is a PDF and can only be written on after printing. It is not a Office Doc and cannot be altered. I have another product that offers a larger writing space but it also not a Word Doc. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Newspaper-Article-Templates-85x14-Legal-Size-957135

E-mail me at oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com to discuss this more. I'll respond promptly in the afternoon tomorrow. It's bedtime. Good night.
January 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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You had a posting of a vocabulary activity/graphic organizer. Now, I can't seem to find it. Would you mind sending to me? It had a place for the vocabulary word and then like 3 places off to the left for synonyms of the word and 3 places off to the right for antonyms of the word. Thanks so much!!! :))

Jenny Neff
January 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Is this it? http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Synonym-Antonym-Web-Character-Traits-Graphic-Organizer-CCSS-CCLS-369421
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Brooke R. re: Twilight Zone Unit Resource Bundle of 4 Episodes Rod Serling Common Core
Please think about reading and creating one of your wonderful products for Clover, a novel by Dori Sanders, a writer who still lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I'd be a buyer.
January 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
I'll get the book on Amazon today.
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Ellen Weber  (TpT Seller)
Would love to invite you to join a secondary pinning party over at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31288 Let’s grow the upper class community together – one pin at a time.

Hope to see you there – and I for one am excited to pin your products!
Best of the season! Ellen Weber
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Buyer re: Newspaper Article Templates 8.5x14 Legal Size
I believe I chose the wrong item - I was suppose to order the Common Core Story Elements - this happen once before.
November 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Email me ... Oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
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awaywiththepixels
awaywiththepixels  (TpT Seller)
Hello - if you give me your email address (send message to katepullen@gmail.com) I'll send you a set of the Bonobos with my complements. They are not a family group, but hopefully will be of use.

Kate
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thank you!
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Buyer re: House on Mango Street Character Analysis Profile Cards Common Core
No sure why, but I only received 8 pages not 50. Any suggestions?
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Sorry -- I uploaded the wrong file. I fixed it--redownload! It happens sometimes :) Email me and I will send you Large 8.5x14 Graphic Organizers or the Mini-Books for FREE. Oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
November 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Special Education - Peggy Simpson
Special Education - Peggy Simpson  (TpT Seller) re: House on Mango Street Ultimate Novel Study Bundle
Howdy! Hope your Sunday is going well. I have to teach an excerpt from this book in the next couple of weeks and was wondering; 1) since I'm only teaching an excerpt should I buy this product (or, one of your "stand alone" products); 2) I'll be at training on some of the days that I am scheduled to teach this, so would a sub be able to easily pick up where I left off? Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration of these questions. Peg :8)
October 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
The excerpt your teaching how many vignettes? The entire book is only 100 pages. Id recommend the Assessments and Quizzes which is $11.99 if your not going to get extremely deep with the novel. A sub would be able to follow it easily because its sequential. If you want tons of differentiated activities that your students call self select and work with independently then you'd might want the entire collection. Also If you're looking for multiple bulletin board ideas then the entire collection is the way to go. I guarantee if you purchase the collection you will want to teach the book in its entirety!
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Hi Mr. Whitaker:
I love to use "The Tiger Rising" to teach or a character changes. Do you think that your "Tiger Rising" unit will be too high for 3rd grade??
Thanks! Eagerly awaiting your response and I love your stuff!
Patti
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
There is a lot of material so you can definitely use some of the resources for such a low grade. There is a lot Of text dependent activities so you control the difficulty. I would try to use some of it with 3rd graders but you know your students. Did you download the freebie? If not you should do so. Purchase it and if you don't think it's right I will email you your choice of products. Thanks
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Buyer re: Witches Novel Study Roald Dahl 215+ Pages of Common Core Materials
I believe you mentioned everything can be organized and divided into six weeks. Are the weeks/materials already mapped out?
September 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
There is a plethora of activities contained in this novel study but there is no formal lesson plan or map. I have provided a template for the buyer to do such. The study focuses on rigorous activities and differentiated learning. You use the activities in accordance with student need and ability. The graphic organizers are very visually and will hopefully keep student interest. There is definitely enough material to stretch the time need or you can skip activities to shorten the duration.
September 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Aisne's Creations
Aisne's Creations  (TpT Seller)
Hi James,

I have updated the Realistic Solar System with Pluto - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Realistic-Solar-System-691193 Please let me know if it was in the new file download as this is the first time I have done an update

Aisne
September 27, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much. Pluto has landed!
September 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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M Izzo  (TpT Seller)
Hi James, Thank you from a previous New Yawker. I live in North Carolina now! Bummer for me. But, thanks for your awesome work. Do you have any ideas for the Reading for Information Common Core, as far as these awesome organizers you have here? I am just curious. Thanks again. From Mooresville, North Carolina!
September 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Your are very welcome! I am currently working on some Informational Text Analysis Cards but they won't be ready until early October. Which of my products have you previously purchased or what freebies have you used? E-mail me: oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
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M Izzo  (TpT Seller)
Hi James, Thank you from a previous New Yawker. I live in North Carolina now! Bummer for me. But, thanks for your awesome work. Do you have any ideas for the Reading for Information Common Core, as far as these awesome organizers you have here? I am just curious. Thanks again. From Mooresville, North Carolina!
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Your are very welcome! I am currently working on some Informational Text Analysis Cards but they won't be ready until early October. Which of my products have you previously purchased or what freebies have you used? E-mail me: oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
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Could you possibly make a lit study that includes suggestions on modeling and scaffolding? I plan to do a lot of literature units with my child who has a language disability this year, but I am not always sure how to help him develop those higher order thinking skills. Sometimes he really surprises me but other times we struggle and even skip some of the more difficult activities.

EDIT: Probably on about a middle grade level in reading with autism. If you ever add more teacher instruction to any of your units I would be interested. The only one that we have completed so far was "Just a Dream".
September 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
What grade level is your child and what is your idea of a literature study? What is his particular disability?
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Buyer re: Making Text Connections PowerPoint Reading Comprehension CCSS
Hi James, I'm wondering if this PowerPoint set is editable? Thanks.
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
The PowerPoint is editable but not the Unit Resource. There are a lot if differentiated graphic organizers though so you wouldn't really need to edit. Feel free to customize the PPT to your needs. Good Luck!
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Rebecca C.
Hello,

I apologize if this question has already been asked, but I would love to be able to edit just a few features of your Common Core Analysis Cards to fit my 9th grade class (like the standards box). So, do you have the Cards in Word or are the PDFs editable? Any other suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks.
September 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Unfortunately No. I am actually making a 9-12 version but they won't be ready for quite some time. Nevertheless, I will not be offering them in an editable format. The cards do come with editable versions but that's only after printing and thereby would have to be handwritten by the teacher and then copied. In any case the standards are quite similar between Middle and High School and these cards cover many of the High School Topics.
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Brooke R. re: Common Core Analysis Cards 6, 7, 8 RL.3 Analyzing How Story Elements Interact
I love all your products and so do my students. Have a fabulous weekend.
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Don't buy it -- I'll send it to you. Email me.
September 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Poppydreamz Digital Art
Poppydreamz Digital Art  (TpT Seller)
Hi James!
Finished the first set in the Fantasy Genre clipart! Enjoy!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fantasy-Genre-Symbols-Clipart-Set-by-Poppydreamz-858900
=) Gabi
September 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much. Ill pick them up very soon.
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Bethany Miller  (TpT Seller) re: Coming of Age Literary Genre Unit Resource Common Core
Your cover page has a major typo. Coming is spelled with 2 i's. just an FYI... Stood out to me on someone's pinterest pin. Thought you'd want to know.
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for the heads up. I saw that awhile ago and forget about fixing it. I'll put it back on my to do list. Embarrassing!
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Caitlin Roberts  (TpT Seller) re: Coming of Age Literary Genre Unit Resource Common Core
Hello
Can you tell me what short stories you're using for this unit? Thanks.
August 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Any short story that belongs to the genre; however, Novels are better suited for this resource because it is rather comprehensive. They aren't many short stories that can truly stand up to the resources. I have a list of suggested novels and films that comes with the product.

< Angela’s Ashes
< The Color Purple
< Dune
< Ender’s Game
< Freak the Mighty
< Harry Potter Series
< The House on Mango Street
< The Hunger Games
< The Joy Luck Club
< The Lovely Bones
< Never Let Me Go
< The Outsiders
< The Princess Bride
< The Secret Lives of Bees
< A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
< Tuck Everlasting
+ Plus many more!
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Buyer re: Plot & Character Literary Element Analysis Cards/Collages for Any Story
I just purchased your Plot and Character Literary Element Analysis Cards/Collages for any Story. I'm a bit confused. I thought I would have templates for the students. All that downloaded was samples with big words like "insert pictures" "customizable" etc., all over the pages. Can you please advise. Shouldn't I have gotten a blank template as well?
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Sorry about that I added the preview where the product should have been. Thanks for letting me know. Re-download and e-mail me for a Freebie. Oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
August 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Fantasy Literary Genre Conventions and Elements Common Core
Hello James,
This free item is just AWESOME!
Would you have any material developed that addresses myths in literature?
Thank you.
August 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much. I have quite a few mythology products but they are specifically for Greek Mythology.i have a three product PowerPoint bundle that introduces Greek mythology but it tells the story of creation. It's does not teach conventions. I also have Greek Gods and Goddesses Mini Posters and Profile cards. I am working on formally teaching the archetypes and conventions of myths but that's not for quite some time.
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Buyer re: Witches Novel Study Roald Dahl 215+ Pages of Common Core Materials
I'm very interested in purchasing this product! Can you tell me more about how you've aligned it to the CCS directly related to grade four? Do you include formal assessments that are clearly aligned to CCS grade four as well? If possible can you provide me with a few examples?
August 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
There are no formal assessments (i.e. tests and quizzes) for this product, but there are a lot of CCLS based activities, questionnaires, and graphic organizers directly related to elements of the common core. There is an anchor standard progress report form for Literature and an abundance of planning pages. It is not specifically aligned to any grade but the activities are specific for literary elements such as analyzing setting, point of view, plot stages and techniques, conflict, characterization, universal theme, etc. Send me your email and I will send some pictures. Email me -- oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com
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Buyer re: Wizard of Oz Character Analysis Profile Cards Common Core
Hi James, Just a quick question...I understand how the characters fit into this activity, but can you explain where the additional pictures would go (rainbow, bubble etc.) Is there a place for them on the individual character sheets? Thanks
August 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
You can use them for bulletin board decoration, on separate pieces of construction paper to recreate a scene or make a collage; however, the resource comes with 5 pages of Character & Plot Analysis Templates where u can have students recreate a scene. These sheets are vertical and not horizontal and can be viewed on slide 7 of the preview. Thanks you for your interest.
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Juggling ELA   (TpT Seller) re: Figurative Language Song Lyrics Analyzing and Interpreting Common Core
What songs do you use?
August 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
I'll send you a copy -- Email... oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com. You an use any song but I used 4 songs in the Exemplars: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys, What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, Going Under by Evanescence, Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Greenday.
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Poppydreamz Digital Art  (TpT Seller)
Hi James!
Saw your post looking for corner borders. Are you looking for anything particular? I would be happy to make some for you. Check out my shop to see if you like my style, and if so, give me a shout and we can talk details!
=) Gabi
poppydreamz@yahoo.com
August 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Sent you an e-mail.
August 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Elizabeth Hoewing  (TpT Seller) re: Coming of Age Literary Genre Unit Resource Common Core
Hello, can you tell me what CC standards are used in this unit? thanks!
July 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
This resource covers almost every CC Literature Standard for 5-12. What grade(s) are you using it with? I also have a CC Reading Anchor Standard Progress Report. Email me oblivionawaitsx@yahoo.com.
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Buyer re: Vocabulary Word Work Graphic Organizers Common Core
Hi,
I am a mom who is requiring her son to read, read, read this summer. However, his vocabulary is atrocious, and I would like it to improve. Right now he reads his Kindle and highlights words he doesn't know, looks them up, but I don't think that's helping to cement the meanings in his brain.

How can I, as a parent, use your product?

Thanks, Staci
June 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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James Whitaker  (TpT Seller)
Well this particular product offers a variety of templates that range in skill level. There are many graphic organizers that you can self select or have your child select. After he is introduced to the aids he can start to use the ones that are more appealing to him. My synonym/antonym relationship webs and dialogue enhancer organizers are hits with my students. Since the kindle can only be used at the present moment to find or look definitions I can see why a lot is not sticking with him. When using this tool he can build a wealth of knowledge that he can easily go back and refer to. My product is definitely worth the price. You won't be disappointed. If you have any suggestions or want something reasonably customized let me know. Good luck!
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

9th year Middle School Teacher for Grades 6-8, including 2 years as the Literacy coach for Grades Pre-k-8 > Subjects taught: English Language Arts, Mathematics, World Geography and Culture, American History, Life and Physical Science. > Specialize in American literature, children’s literature, American and World poetry, classical Greek and Roman mythology and civilization, and television and film. > Coaching and Staff Development in English Language Arts > HS Tutoring in English, History, and Math > Adult Education [GED]

MY TEACHING STYLE

Eclectic teaching with a focus on multiliteracy--an amalgamation of Novels, Graphic Novels, Film, and other Media.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

NYS TEACHING LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:  Generalist in Middle School Education 5-9 (Professional)  Students With Disabilities 5-9 (Professional)  English Language Arts 5-9 (Professional)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Touro College, M.S. in MiddleChildhood Education and Students with Disabilites CUNY Hunter College, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences [English Literature and Creative Writing]

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mythology, Literature, Poetry, Marvel Comics, Lord of the Rings, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Coming of Age, Film, Video Games, Minimate Toys, Action Figures, Zombies, Vampires