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By Beth Buckwalter
These differentiated writing activities allow students to analyze the theme and central idea of the short story "The Scholarship Jacket" in a fun, interactive way. Students select a writing exercise based on their individual learning
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Other, Activities, Assessment
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by studying a speech he delivered to middle school students months before his assassination. Questions are ordered using Bloom's Taxonomy and examine common speech elements, including figurative
Subjects:
Reading, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Assessment
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
This exercise guides students through the process of revising their writing by varying sentence structure. First, they are asked to compare two similar paragraphs, counting the number of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
$1.50
5
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By Beth Buckwalter
This Seedfolks Novel Unit focuses on basic reading comprehension skills. It's a great refresher at the beginning of the school year, or it can serve as a skills review later in the year. The set includes the following items: Chapter
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$8.00
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By Beth Buckwalter
This PowerPoint, which pairs with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" provides students with the background information necessary to understand the allusions that are key to unlocking the speech's message. It briefly exposes
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Martin Luther King Day
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
Although this activity was originally designed for use in a middle school ESL language arts classroom, it can help fulfill multiple objectives across a variety of age groups. The file is an editable Word document, allowing for personalization of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (ELA)
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Assessment
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt, author of The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, is an excellent coming-of-age novel for intermediate grades (7-9). Tackling issues such as racism, socioeconomic prejudice, loss, and the weight of family expectations, it's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$2.50
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By Beth Buckwalter
This Seedfolks Novel Unit focuses on literary analysis and takes a more differentiated approach. It includes a sample three week schedule, which guides students through the literary analysis process. First, I give the students a pretest to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$10.00
5
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By Beth Buckwalter
This lesson uses Hernando Tellez's suspenseful short story, "Lather and Nothing Else," to evaluate the effect of point of view on a story's structure and meaning. Students, either individually or as partners, rewrite the story from an alternate
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Rubrics
$2.00
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By Beth Buckwalter
When my students asked to review several key components of essay writing that were still tripping them up, I created this simple, interactive review activity. It challenges students to think critically about what distinguishes an attention grabber
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Assessment
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt, author of The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, is an excellent coming-of-age novel for intermediate grades (7-9). Tackling issues such as racism, socioeconomic prejudice, loss, and the weight of family expectations, it's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$5.00
4
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By Beth Buckwalter
Assess student understanding of O. Henry's short story, "A Retrieved Reformation," through this RAFT writing activity. Students have the option to write one of two RAFTs, focusing on the outcome of the story. What conclusions can they draw from the
Subjects:
Reading, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$0.99
3
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By Beth Buckwalter
This exercise requires students to read a story and determine whether the underlined words have a negative or positive connotation, using context clues and word structure.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Assessment
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
Students read three sample introductions, and after identifying basic components of each introduction, they answer a series of questions evaluating why one is stronger than the others. They also must identify problems in one of the weaker
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Assessment
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
This strategy takes a differentiated approach to the pre-AP DIDLS strategy for tone analysis. Because my middle school students would balk at the words "diction" and "syntax," I changed them to "word choice" and "sentence structure," thereby
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
$2.50
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By Beth Buckwalter
These ten literary analysis questions will challenge your students to dig deeply into the text of Richard Connell's popular short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." It requires a close, careful reading of the text as they interpret meaning, analyze
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Assessment, Homework
$2.00
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By Beth Buckwalter
This set of 86 reading comprehension questions ensures that your students will get the most out of Gary Schmidt's delightful coming-of-age novel, The Wednesday Wars. Questions include a mix of basic comprehension, making predictions, using context
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Assessment, Novel Study
$5.00
3
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By Beth Buckwalter
Oftentimes our students' writing seems stale, yet they can't pinpoint the problem. Poor word choice, resulting in lack of voice, is a likely culprit. This sorting activity gives students the opportunity to think critically about specific v.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Activities, Assessment
$0.99
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By Beth Buckwalter
These ten literary analysis questions will challenge your students to dig deeply into the text of Guy de Maupassant's popular short story, "The Necklace." It requires a close, careful reading of the text as they interpret meaning, analyze
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Assessment, Homework
$2.00
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By Beth Buckwalter
This helpful pre-writing tool pairs with the PEPSI elaboration strategy. It walks struggling writers through the steps of individual PEPSI paragraphs while creating an organizational picture of the entire essay.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers
$0.99
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught 8th grade language arts for 12 years before becoming a full-time mom. I currently teach cyber school English 9 and 10 part time.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students need to grapple with a text in order to understand and appreciate it fully; therefore, my lessons tend to be more analytical in nature. However, I also recognize that analysis can be difficult for middle school students, especially those who are more creative or practical. Consequently, I develop curriculum which eases students into analysis through modeling, partnering, and framing, while differentiating for more creative and practical learners.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Awarded grad school fellowship and "Top of Program" distinction. Graduated undergrad summa cum laude.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master's: George Mason University, Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning--Literacy Bachelor's: Eastern University, English-Communications for Secondary Education

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