Better Living Through Literature

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By Better Living Through Literature
A detailed Common Core aligned unit plan with focus standards, resources and activities and assessments to use with The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The activities include pre-reading and post-reading. Among the
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.7, RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3, RI.7.4, W.7.1a...
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By Better Living Through Literature
Everything needed to use this book as a core reading: Common Core focus standards and learning objectives, pre-reading resoruces and activities, classroom activities, guided reading questions, assessments and a culminating activity.
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.9, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.5...
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By Better Living Through Literature
Comprehensive Unit Plan with Common Core focus standards, learning objectives and instructional activities. Chapter-by Chapter activities and both an objective test and an essay test as well as an alternate culminating activity
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.6, RL.7.7, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4...
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By Better Living Through Literature
This is a comprehensive Common Core aligned unit plan to be used with the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry .Everyhing needed for a rich reading experience is here. It includes a detailed unit plan complete with a chart outlining the focus standards
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.6, RL.7.8, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3...
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By Better Living Through Literature
A week long series of lessons focused on close reading and culminating in a multi-paragraph extended response proving a claim common to both texts. There is a link to the NYT archives and activities for both texts.
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.6, W.7.1, W.7.1a, W.7.1b, W.7.1c, W.7.1d, W.7.2b, W.7.2d, W.7.9
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By Better Living Through Literature
This is a student-centered alternate means of assessing growth and mastery. Included are a comprehensive introduction, a parent brochure, FAQs, 14 crafted Portfolio Activities and rubrics. It is a way for you to assess your students beyond the
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.6, RL.7.7, RL.7.10, RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3...
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By Better Living Through Literature
This is a flexible project designed for middle school students. It can be used whole class, small group or as a min-course. It can can used with students of every ability level and it addresses the common core requirements that students conduct
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.7.6, RL.7.7, RL.7.9, RL.8.2, RL.8.6, RL.8.7, RL.8.9, RI.7.2, RI.7.4...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a public school English teacher with 25+ years of experience in middle and high school classrooms in NY state. I have been given amazing opportunities to build and implement my original curriculum for the classes assigned to me and I am hoping to share that work here. My first teaching experiences were as a writing instructor in a high school writing lab. There I worked with remedial students and prepped them for state exams in both English and Social Studies. On the high school level,I taught English 11 and AP Literature before deciding to make the move to middle school where I taught English 7 and 8 to a diverse population.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Teaching is passive; learning is active. Creating lessons that allow kids to actively interact with the texts they read and with each other is something I am passionate about. I have found providing kids with opportunities for discovery requires planning and vision but it almost always results in high levels of engagement and student success.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees with high honors. I was chosen as commencement speaker while I taught high school students. I also had the honor of having the yearbook dedicated to me. The middle school literary magazine I facilitated was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

You might say I took the scenic route into the classroom. As a lit major, my undergrad years were devoted close reading long before close reading was an educational buzz word. When I considered teaching, professors I respected steered me instead toward writing. I used my newly minted BA in English in journalism, but soon, found my way back to education through an MS in Teaching and I never looked back.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am not sure what about me is that interesting. Like so many of you, I have had to find the work-life balance that often eludes us in education. When our kids were young, it was often a challenge to keep the grading English teachers must do from encroaching on family time. Fortunately, my husband was always supportive and we were able to make it work. I wish I knew then what I know now, but that is the nature of life, right?

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