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Betty L.
Thank you for your help! I love the Common Core Report Card and was excited about the other purchase because you did such quality work!
April 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Betty L.
I purchases your Common Core Standards Report Card and the Synonym/Antonym Bundle. The standards report card unzipped fine. the other one appears to be empty. Is there something wrong with it?
April 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
I just downloaded it and it opened fine here on my end. I also haven't had any other complaints, so I don't know what the trouble might be. Send your email address to me at laura@lauratorres.com and I'll send you the separate files so we don't have to worry about a zip file.
April 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Figurative Language Posters - 42 posters
What is the difference between the first and second set? Do I need to purchase both?
April 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
The two sets are different posters. They are independent of each other, so you don't need the first set. I made the second set because people who had the first wanted more examples.
April 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Jeri Millhouse  (TpT Seller) re: Parts of Speech Hands-on Class Activity
I looked at the preview and might buy. Just wondering what you do with words that can be used as more than one part of speech: elbow, shape, walk, etc.
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
I tried hard not to include words that were ambiguous like that, but there are a couple. You can pull those out, or I tell students that a few might fit under more than one category.
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Buyer re: Elements of Fiction Power Point Presentation
I love your artwork! I was wondering if you have a handout that accompanies this Power Point? I was hoping for something my kids could put in their interactive notebooks.
January 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
I'm glad you enjoyed the power point. I don't have a handout at this point, but I will put it on my to-do list.
January 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Heather Vaughn  (TpT Seller)
I bought your figurative language posters and think they are adorable! However, the price is pretty steep for what it contains. In the 42 pack there are 3 of each type. Any chance you plan on doing a update with more posters?
November 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
I'm glad you like them. Yes, I will probably do more in the future when the artist has time. Since it is original art that I commission for each poster, that's the best price I could offer. I hope the description was clear enough that there were three of each type of figurative language.
November 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
The Typo was in the second grade packet. Thanks!
November 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Yikes! Thank you so much for pointing this out. I uploaded a new file with the correction. If you go under "My Purchases" you can download the new file. Thanks again!
November 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Mr Jimmy
Mr Jimmy  (TpT Seller) re: Sixth Grade Common Core Standards ELA Posters
These chevron backgrounds do work well on this product!!! Amazing work!!!
October 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Marcy Godesa  (TpT Seller) re: TPT Apple Logo Bracelet - Turquoise
Do you have this amazing bracelet with a green cord?

Marcy
September 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
We can easily make it with a green cord. Order one of the other colors and then email me at laura@lauratorres.com and let me know you'd like green instead.
September 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Open Classroom
Open Classroom  (TpT Seller)
Hi there!

As you may know, Pinterest has recently started a board called Teachers on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/teachers/). Once limited to the primary grades, Pinterest added a board dedicated to High School English and they have been kind enough to let me invite others to this board. Would you like to pin to this board? If so, follow me on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/openclass/) and I’ll add you to the board. Pinterest didn’t offer any pinning guidelines, except for detailed descriptions but I think a good rule of thumb for the board is to pin one paid product to one (or more!) helpful or free products.

This is a great opportunity for the high school sellers!

Amanda (Open Classroom)
September 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello Amanda,

I followed all your boards on Pinterest. Great stuff! Yes, I would be very happy to pin on the High School English board. Thank you for inviting me. My pinterest url is:
http://www.pinterest.com/laura_torres
Thank you so much!
September 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: First Grade Common Core Progress Report
Hi! Is it possible to make this for semesters?
September 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
The Word file is editable, so you could just delete one of the column lines to make two columns for semesters instead of three for trimesters. I just tried it and it's easy!
September 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Scipi
Scipi  (TpT Seller)
Laura - I saw you comment on my blog post entitled: Sock It Away. Yes, by all means, you may mention it or have a link on your upcoming post. Thanks so much.
September 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Thanks, Scipi. The post is up now at compositionclassroom.blogspot.com.
September 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Tammy S. re: Sixth Grade ELA Common Core Progress Report / Chart
Never mind .......... I got the file to work.
September 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Great! Sorry you had trouble.
September 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Tammy S. re: Sixth Grade ELA Common Core Progress Report / Chart
I just purchased your product and when I tried to download, said the file was corrupt.
September 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Angie E. re: Kindergarten Common Core Progress Report
Are these editable?
August 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Yes. It is a zip file that has a pdf (non-editable) and a Word file (editable).
August 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Kim B. re: Common Core Organizer and Planner - Sixth Grade ELA
Can you type into the note pages?
June 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
The file is a pdf file, so no, you can't type it in, but I originally created the file as a powerpoint. If you purchase the item, I'd be happy to send you the powerpoint file as well so you can type in the spaces. Just sent me an email at laura@lauratorres.com and let me know. Thanks!
June 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Dianne Mason  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Laura. I also teach composition at the college level. I'm not sure how we've missed each other, but I like your store. I'm your newest follower. Also, I have a new Pinterest board for essay writing as well as another one for Highs School and College English teachers. If you haven't already joined them and are interested, just send me your Pinterest url.

Dianne Mason
April 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello Dianne,
Yes, I would love to join the Pinterest boards. My url is http://pinterest.com/laura_torres/
Glad to "meet" you - there aren't enough of us here!
Laura
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Buyer re: Teach Inspire Owl Bracelet
about the "teach inspire bracelet," your description says that it's brass, but it looks silver-toned in the picture. Can you confirm the coloring of the bracelet for me?
April 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
It is bronze. It does look more silver in the photo but it is definitely bronze in real life.
April 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Writing a Research Paper - Complete Unit
Hello!

Does this unit focus on creating an argument? Can you apply the lessons to any topic?

Thank you!
April 8, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
I'm sorry I missed this question until now. I apologize for being tardy with my answer. Yes, the unit does focus on creating an argument rather than writing an informational paper. You can apply the lessons to any topic. It focuses also on pre-writing and finding good source material.
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Elisabeth S. re: Fifth Grade Common Core Progress Report
Do you have these created for 6, 7, 8 grades?
February 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Not yet, but I'm working on it! Check back in a few weeks.
February 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Writing Riddles with Compound Words
Hi, Laura! I bought Writing Riddles with Compound Words. However, when I print it off, the print is fuzzy. Any suggestions?
February 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
I hadn't heard this before, so I downloaded the file from the site and printed it on another printer, and I can see that the print is fuzzy on some of the pages. I will correct the problem and have a new version up tomorrow evening (2/7). Check under your "purchases" tab and then you can download the updated file. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and I apologize for any inconvenience.
February 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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rebecca najor  (TpT Seller) re: Fourth Grade Common Core Progress Report
I noticed the Math section doesn't cover fraction standards. Is there an additional page for these concepts?
January 27, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
The fraction standards are on page 9 and 10 of the product. The label is Number and Operations - Fractions. I downloaded the product from my store to see if everything was OK with the file, and those pages are there--please let me know if you are still have trouble and I'll email you the file.
January 27, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Happy Heather
Happy Heather  (TpT Seller) re: First Grade Common Core Progress Report
would you possible make this a word document so that it could be typed or kept electronically.
Heather
January 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
I created the original files in power point. If you would like it in that format, you can purchase the product, then send me your e-mail, and I'd be happy to send you the power point file.
January 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Second Grade Common Core Standards Progress Report
Does your progress report include science and social studies standards?
December 3, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
No, just the math and language arts.
December 3, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Valtika Rhodes  (TpT Seller) re: Synonyms and Antonyms Matching Cards Bundle
Hello, I am unable to open the file. It downloads, but nothing shows up :(
November 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello Valtika,

The product downloads as a zip file, which on my computer goes into my "downloads" file. Then I have to click on the file folder, which contains the actual the pdf files. If you continue to have trouble, send me an e-mail and I will send you the pdf files directly. laura@lauratorres.com.
November 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Synonyms and Antonyms Matching Cards Bundle
My cards will not download. Am I doing something wrong??
November 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hmmm. I've never had anyone say they couldn't download this before, so I'm not sure what the problem is. It downloads as a zip file because the synonyms and antonyms are separate pdf files. On my computer, the zip file goes into downloads, and I have to click on the files there to get to the pdf files. If you continue to have a problem just send me an e-mail and I'll send you the pdf files directly. laura@lauratorres.com. Sorry you're having trouble with this!
November 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Laura,
Does your Common Core Checklist for third grade include science, social studies, and math?
November 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
It includes Language Arts and Math only.
November 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Figurative Language Cooperative Matching Game - where are the 50 strips? I can't seem to find them. Thank you
November 15, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
They are on pages 8 - 17 of the product. You should have 7 pages of the handouts and instruction, then the rest of the pages have the sentences (you need to cut them into strips). Please let me know if you didn't get all the pages for some reason, and I'll e-mail the product to you. laura@lauratorres.com
November 15, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Naomi B. re: Writing a Persuasive Essay - Complete Unit
Hi Laura!

How do you think this unit would work with my 6th graders? Since the new common core standards venture at taking kids above and beyond grade level expectations, do you think I would be able to use this? Thanks!
November 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
The first half of the packet has an activity about persuasive techniques that your sixth graders would love, and you would be able to use the development worksheets but the second half focuses a lot on research, MLA formatting and avoiding plagiarism, and I'm not sure how much of that you do in sixth grade. I hope this helps. Check out my free product with ethos, pathos and logos handouts. Those can be helpful for explaining persuasion.
November 6, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: TPT Apple Logo Bracelet - Red
How do I order a bracelet? Do I just pay by PayPal ? How do I get my address to you?
October 23, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
Click on the bracelet product (on page 3 of my store--there are several colors) and then click "Add to cart." It's a "hard good" so the checkout process will ask for your shipping address and forward it to me. The payment process is the same as any other product on TPT--just follow the prompts when you purchase. I will e-mail you when the product actually ships. (TPT aslo forwards the e-mail address when you purchase so I can communicate with you directly.) My e-mail is laura@lauratorres.com
October 23, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Instructor
Instructor  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for following me :)
October 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

The 3am Teacher
The 3am Teacher  (TpT Seller)
I can't wait! I actually happen to stumble upon it in the forum...of all places. I would have NEVER searched for this....I will definitely give it some fame (-;

I used the FB shout on the checkout, but I will add it to a blog post too...Such a great treasure and for a really good cause (-;

Michelle
The 3AM Teacher
Here is my email:3amteacher@gmail.com


P.S. I posted about this on FB and you already have admirers....
October 20, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

The 3am Teacher
The 3am Teacher  (TpT Seller) re: TPT Apple Logo Bracelet - Red
I just ordered your bracelet!! I am so excited to get this & I love the red..it goes with my theme!! I hope you don't mind, but I think I am going to give many shout outs!! I hope you are making great sales on this to raise money!!

Michelle
The 3AM Teacher!!!
October 20, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Please, please give it shout outs! It's hard to get the word out there because there's no real category for it and no one would think to search for it. The money is going for an excellent cause. I hope you love it. I'll e-mail when it ships. It takes a few days because she makes them by hand.
October 20, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Writing a Research Paper - Complete Unit
Hi-

Your teaching duration for this lesson plan is 2 months. I teach college composition and we meet for 3hrs./week. Can you tell me if this lesson will last two months under my circumstances?
September 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
I also teach college composition and we meet for 4 hours a week for 11 weeks. I spread out elements of this lesson plan for about 8 of those weeks, but include other material as well. The due dates for the different parts (outlining, rough draft etc...) are spread across that time, but the material does not fill up the entire class periods. This is a basic plan for those with little experience writing research papers. Hope this helps!
September 29, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: First Grade Common Core Progress Report
Can you edit this doc?
September 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
It is sold in PDF format, which is not editable, but if you purchase the product and then send me an e-mail, I can send you an editable version--it's a power point file, so make sure you have the application. laura@lauratorres.com
September 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Leah Jean R. re: Figurative Language Cooperative Matching Game
You mention sentence strips in the directions. Wondering if you make those by taking each 8 1/2 x 11 poster and cutting out the four sentences and using the word at the top (like metaphor) for the category heading. Since i didnb't see any lines or dotted lines dividing the sentences I wasn't sure if that was the intention.
Thanks.
September 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Yes, cut the sentences out and mix them up before you pass them out to the students. You can use the category at the top as the heading (I just write the categories on the white board). I divided them into categories so the file would also serve as the answer key. Hope your students have fun!
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Dana G. re: Punctuation with Quotation Marks
I was just wondering about the split infinitive in your example "to properly punctuate." I was taught to not split infinitives, and I teach my students that. I'm just a second year teacher, though. Is there anything I need to change in my thinking?
September 4, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
Here's what my textbook says: "A split infinitive is acceptable when the intervening modifier is short, especially if the alternative would be awkward or ambiguous." My understanding is that some strict grammarians still use the rule, but in general, it is not frowned upon.
Here's what Grammar Girl has to say about it if you are interested:
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/split-infinitives.aspx
If you would like me to change the quiz that includes the split infinitive so as not to confuse your students, I'd be more than happy to send you a corrected version. Just e-mail me so I can attach it and e-mail you back. laura@lauratorres.com
September 4, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

The Peanut Gallery
The Peanut Gallery  (TpT Seller) re: Halloween Clip Art - Black and White Line Drawings
Hi, Laura! Are we able to use your clip art for TpT products? Of course, you would be credited and the product would be in secure PDF format. Let me know! I love your work! Thanks!
September 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Yes, you can. You can see in the terms of use that you can use it for commercial teaching products as long as you provide a link back to my store. Glad you like it!
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Stacy M. re: Commonly Confused and Misspelled Words - Vocabulary Work
Laura, hi. I purchased this and it arrived as a pdf and looks great. Is there any way I could get it as a Word document? I would like to take out your sample sentences and have students create their own (but keep the other two columns). Stacy Miller
August 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hey this is a great idea! I bet other teachers would like this option as well, so I'll go ahead and take out the sentences and add that option to the product. Go to "my purchases" tomorrow morning, and there will be an updated version for you to download. Also, send me your email address and I'd be happy to send the editable file directly to you. My email is laura@lauratorres.com
Best,
Laura
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Juggling ELA
Juggling ELA   (TpT Seller) re: Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragment Pack
My email address is Tmanor1@aol.com. Thank you.
August 23, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Juggling ELA
Juggling ELA   (TpT Seller) re: Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragment Pack
I was just looking at your run-on sentences worksheets. Do you have a grammar diagnostic test that you use?
August 21, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
No I don't have a test. I have my students write a short essay on the first day of class for diagnostic purposes. There are always run-ons and fragments. That's a given. This is probably the product I use myself the most!
August 21, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

3rd Grade Thoughts
3rd Grade Thoughts  (TpT Seller) re: TPT Apple Logo Bracelet - Red
I am in LOVE with this!! Just ordered it and can't wait to get it on my wrist :) You mentioned other bracelet colors- can you email me at 3rdgradethoughts@gmail.com- I think I may want a different color than red, if at all possible. Many, many thanks!!
August 13, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Writing a Persuasive Essay - Complete Unit
Hi Laura,

Just checked my bank account and it didn't work. Did it again and it worked this time. Yay! Thank you for this resource!
Kylie
August 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Great! I'm glad it finally worked out!
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Hi Laura,

I paid today (Sunday 5/8/12). I don't have anything in My Purchases. I haven't changed my name. Would the exchange rate be a problem?
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Buyer re: Writing a Persuasive Essay - Complete Unit
Hello,

When will I recieve my product (persuasive writing)? I have paid but i'm in Australia, will this take longer?
Thanks
August 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello Kylie,
The product is a digital download, as are most products here on teacherspayteachers (if it was a hard good, there would be information about shipping costs and a place for your address, etc...). You should have the product under "My Purchases" on your dashboard, ready to download.
Laura Torres----

Kylie,
After I responded, I looked for your order, but didn't see anything under Kylie123455...did you use a different login name? Do you remember the date you ordered it? Check and see if it's in your purchases; if not, let me know.
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Buyer re: Writing a Research Paper - Complete Unit
After I downloaded this, I googled and found it online for free. Just thought you'd want to know.
July 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for notifying me! This is a copyright violation and I will have it removed.
July 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Fiona MacColl  (TpT Seller) re: Writing a Persuasive Essay - Complete Unit
I love your preview of this item. If I bought it, could I place it on my educational website (www.lesson-library.com) which is a membership site with a membership fee of $40/year? I would leave all details of authorship, ownership, etc, on the lesson.

Many thanks,

Fiona
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Hello Fiona, thanks for asking, but I can't allow paid products to be downloaded for free. You are welcome to post any of my free products, though. Again, thanks for asking!
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Kendra
Kendra  (TpT Seller)
Laura, You (and your daugthers graphics are the best). It really is some of the best quality items I have gotten on this site.

~K
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
Aw, shucks. Thanks!
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Kendra
Kendra  (TpT Seller) re: Writing a Persuasive Essay - Complete Unit
I love your material, though I wish I had paid more attention and realized that I did not have to purchase the plagiarism lessons separately.
May 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
I try to make that clear in the description, but I've done the same thing! Send me your e-mail address and I'll send you a little something. laura@lauratorres.com
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Elementary School Garden
Elementary School Garden  (TpT Seller)
I love your graphics! Where do you get them? Do you make them yourself? I'm new and I'm trying to figure out all the ins and outs of this whole process!
May 1, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Laura Torres  (TpT Seller)
My daughter does them for me. She's a fine arts student. Lucky me! Lots of teachers use clip art. There are a couple of great sellers like From the Pond and Tracee Orman right here on TPT.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught: Composition, Humanities, and Creative Writing, Literature and English. I have worked as a developer and writer of K-6 Curriculum.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands-on

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in English M.A. in English

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Before I became a teacher, I spent twenty years as a freelance writer and editor, primarily for middle-grade readers. I am the author of a few dozen how-to children's books, young adult novels and many magazine articles. I used to write K-6 curriculum-based quizzes for a publishing company. I currently teach first-year college students. visit my blog at: http://compositionclassroom.blogspot.com