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I bought the Avi's Crispin: Cross of Lead and when I down load and print the copies are on about 2/3rd of the page with a gray rectangle on the side. How can I fix this so the copies are full page and no gray rectangle?
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The Eclectic Educator  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
The document had been in "final with markup" mode for marginal comments that I had for the key on one of the pages. I addressed this by changing the document back to "original" mode. In order to show the marginal comments on that one page of the key, page 5 was cut and pasted from a pdf of the "final with markup" version. Therefore, the formatting on all of the pages that go to students should be correct. Page 5 appears different because it is an inserted image, but it is only for teacher reference. I uploaded the revised file. I hope this corrects the problem. Thank you again.
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Great I bought it and it is perfect...Thank you.. I will leave feedback
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I'm glad. I hope it works well for your students.
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Thank you and sorry for the questions. The school extended day (hours) article is that one page? Is it free of any inapropraite language for 6th graders? I really appreciate your time!!!
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The Eclectic Educator  (TpT Seller)
I don't mind the questions at all!

The extended school day article is from a magazine for kids. The language is appropriate for sixth graders, with an occasional challenging word (such as "inhibit"). It is one page, set up with an introductory paragraph and then a "yes" section and "no" section, each argued by a student.
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Buyer re: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing on Debatable Topics (Revised)
Does this have nonfiction texts students can read and then write a small persuasive paragraph? Is there guided questions or a prompt for arguing each side? Can do some of this in 45 minutes? Thank you!
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The Eclectic Educator  (TpT Seller)
There are several nonfiction texts for the kids to read and write a persuasive paragraph. There are graphic organizers with space to write in each side of the argument, but not specific questions per se. For one of the articles, there is a link to a multiple choice quiz by the publisher. Many of the articles/writing can be done in 45 minutes. For some of the activities, there are multiple articles provided, so those would more likely be a 2 period activity or require homework for completion. If you haven't seen the preview file, that may be helpful. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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Brenda Fouse  (TpT Seller) re: Reading and Writing FOLKTALES: A Genre Study
Are there questions listed for each of the folktales included?
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There are questions/worksheets provided for "The Empty Pot" and "Seven Chinese Brothers."
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Jaclyn Teisch  (TpT Seller) re: Du Prau's People of Sparks - Chapter 1 Interactive Reading + ?s
Do you have the interactive reading done for any of the other chapters for The People of Sparks, this is great!
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The Eclectic Educator  (TpT Seller)
I'm glad you like it. Unfortunately, I do not have interactive reading for the other chapters. From a copyright standpoint, I'm not sure that it's fair for me to excerpt too much of a text at one time. However, if there were a specific chapter that you wanted that kind of activity for, I might be able to make one for you.
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Buyer re: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing on Debatable Topics (Revised)
I see you have leveled articles. Can you give me an idea of what the levels and lengths of the articles are?
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The majority of the articles come from Scholastic or Weekly Reader publications. Most of them are under one page and sometimes have the "yes" and "no" boxes where someone states the case for each side. On some topics, there are articles from more than one publication.

Here is my what I know / infer about the reading levels:
-"Should We Abolish Homework?" is from a teacher publication. It is written for an adult audience, but the reading level is safely middle school. It is one full page.
-"Should Junk Food Commercials Be Banned?" was from Storyworks magazine, geared for grades 4-6. However, a nearly identical article appeared in Scholastic Scope with only a few sentences changed to appeal more to teens. Each article is a bit less than a page.
-"Should the School Day Be Extended?" is less than one page and probably good for grades 4-7.
-"Pay Students for Good Grades?" has one article from Junior Scholastic that is less than one page and a Weekly Reader feature that is about a page. Grades 4-8 are appropriate.
-The article about "Survivorman" was not in a student publication. Fifth graders handled it fine, but it would work well with middle or high school as well. It is about a page and a half.
-Two of the articles about banning dogeball are from the Time for Kids website; each is less than a page. One of the articles is from the Weekly Reader 4th grade edition.
-The articles that are included at the end without attached assignments are from similar publications, including one or two from a teacher magazine.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
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Christine W.
Hi There! Could you send me any free resources for People of Sparks? I am introducing this with my Challenge class in week or so, and need Pre-Reading activities soon. We just read City of Ember, and they are amped up. When I clicked on the link to download your file, it didn't work. Please send any info to: cdward@ccps.org

Thanks! Christy Ward 96th grade ELA (Maryland)
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Sure. Best of luck!
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fifteen years of teaching experience: Middle School: --5th grade Humanities (English/History combination) --6th grade English --7th-8th grade Creative Writing --8th grade Language Arts (held this position for 8 years) High School: --9th grade World History --10th grade American History --11th-12th grade: Sociology and Minorities --9th grade English --10th grade English I have worked with homogeneous and heterogeneous groupings, which gave me experience with a wide range of student abilities. I have also worked in public and independent schools, in both co-ed and single gender classrooms. I also do contract work as a scorer of standardized tests.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I tend to be structured and challenging, but very caring and real. I adapt my pedagogy and curriculum to meet the changing needs of my students from year to year. I do my best to keep a sense of humor and create a fun learning community.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I served as a curriculum mapping leader in middle school Language Arts. I was on building cabinet. I took part in a two year literacy partnership with the Center for English Learning and Achievement at SUNY Albany. I have had the privilege of taking part in some great summer professional development programs. Some of these were: the Favorite Poems Project at Boston University, National Endowment for the Humanities Socratic Ethics Seminar at Williams College, Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities American Constitutional Law Seminar at Monmouth College. I have had personal essays published and have read some on the radio.I also published a feature article in a teaching publication and an academic article in an English journal.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA, University of Pennsylvania (English/History) MA, University of Michigan (Education/Curriculum Development)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am an avid reader and do my best to keep up-to-date on changes in educational policy and best teaching practices. I consider myself a "work in progress" and genuinely appreciate the feedback and encouragement that other educators have offered me on this site.