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This unit is also a part of a Narrative, Poetry, and Fable Writing Unit Bundle. You can check it out HERE. In this detailed, CCSS-aligned, 10-day unit, students will learn about narrative writing and actively participate in the writing process.
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This 3-day Making Inferences Mini-Unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of inferring. Through creative activities like Inference Charades, Top Secret Tips Puzzle, “Inside the Principal’s Files,” and Whose Locker is This?,
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First Day of School Back to School You never get a second chance to make a first impression...especially in the classroom. This resource is filled with activities to get your school year off to the best possible start. With a student survey,
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Teaching poetry reading and analysis doesn't have to be intimidating or overwhelming. This unit makes interpreting and analyzing poetry very accessible! In this CCSS-aligned mini-unit students will closely read five poems from diverse authors.
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Studying figurative language makes students better readers and writers! In this unit students will define, interpret, write, read, and analyze six types of figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and
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Sequencing Reading Comprehension Mini-Unit -Sequencing is one of the many skills that students need in order to comprehend what they read. That’s why this Sequencing Mini-Unit is the perfect addition to your English Language Arts instruction. This
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Get your students writing by tapping into their natural inclination to share about their lives. This extremely detailed and engaging Memoir Writing Unit first immerses students in the memoir genre. Then, using their understanding of the mentor
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Summarizing Mini-Unit: Teaching students how to summarize can be a daunting task. Often, it’s one of the hardest reading strategies for students to grasp. That’s where this mini-unit comes in. This summarizing unit is also included in this
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Fact and Opinion Mini-Unit: Distinguishing between facts and opinions is an essential reading comprehension skill. This Fact and Opinion unit is designed to help students determine and identify facts and opinions in their reading. In this 3-day
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Bell Ringers: Starting each class with a warm up has been a huge success in my classroom...and my students love these This or That Warm Up activities! Not only are they Common Core aligned, they're also incredibly engaging and motivating for
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Help students practice the skill of using story details to draw conclusions with this detailed 3-day mini-unit. Filled with hands-on learning activities, practice reading passages, and direct instruction guides, it’s the perfect resource to help
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Emergency Substitute Plan: We’ve all been there...when real life events get in the way of being able to teach our classes on a particular day. The most challenging part of preparing for a substitute and an absence is when it is unplanned. There’s
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This Common Core aligned Book Report Project enables students to creatively respond to their reading. Over the course of the book project, students will create a unique file folder covered in plot details, character analysis, setting description, a
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How many times are students asked to identify the main idea in a reading passage? You would think that they would be masters at finding the main the idea by now. However, many students still struggle with identifying the main idea in their reading
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Context Clues: This 3-day mini-unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of finding meaning in context. Through creative activities like Context Clue Bullseye, Top Secret Skill Puzzles, Goldilocks and the Three Yallops Context Clue
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Cause and Effect: Understanding cause and effect relationships is an essential reading comprehension skill that takes lots and lots of practice for students to master. That’s where this Cause and Effect mini-unit comes in. This 3-day Cause and
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Author’s Purpose Mini-Unit: Since different reading passages are written for different reasons, it’s essential to help students identify the author’s purpose while reading. In this 3-day mini-unit students will learn about the three main
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Myth Writing Unit In this eight day, CCSS-aligned Myth Writing Unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of the myth genre as they write their own myths. The unit begins with a review of the characteristics of myths and student analysis of
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Comparing and Contrasting Mini-Unit: Help students practice the skill of comparing and contrasting information and texts with this detailed 3-day mini-unit. Filled with hands-on learning activities, practice reading passages, and direct
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This Poetry Writing Unit provides students with a deep understanding of the poetry genre as they read and write poetry. In the eleven-day unit, students write ten different types of poetry. (That means that there’s plenty of opportunities to excel
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over 10 years of teaching experience at the middle school level. I’ve spent my career enthusiastically teaching English Language Arts, Reading and Writing Lab, Creative Writing, British Literature, and Social Studies. I have had the opportunity to teach internationally in Belize, England, and Africa. Leadership opportunities have allowed me to train and mentor teachers implementing programming and instruction. I’m passionate about instruction. In fact, I’ve had the opportunity to originate a Step Ahead Summer Program, an elective Creating Writing course, interdisciplanary curriculum for the Regional Summer School Program, and I even proposed, created, and implemented a Reading and Writing Lab course that was adopted school-wide to address students’ academic needs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching philosophy is all about creating engaging learning environments and differentiated instruction to maximize student achievement and learning. I believe in creating challenging and rigorous lesson plans that can be delivered in positive and fun ways so that middle schoolers find joy in learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

--- Co-authored “Assessment Motivation Program��� published in the April 2012 issue of “Middle Ground” --- Presenter on 21st Century Leadership at an Educational - Partnership Principal Retreat --- Asset Award Winner --- Disney Teacher of the Year nominee

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

--- B.S. Ed. Elementary Education with Middle School Extension in English Language Arts --- M.S. Ed. Elementary Education --- Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I'm not busy dreaming up new curriculum, I love hanging out with my husband and our two fun (and pretty rowdy) boys.