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When students analyze and respond to a text they are often required to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support their interpretation of what the text says. That’s why it is essential to teach students not only the skill of selecting the
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This fun resource includes six engaging lessons about Nonfiction Text Features. Each lesson and activity is designed to be hands-on and interactive. Many of the elements that students create in the lessons can serve as a reference for them to use
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We tell our students to study for tests all the time, but often we forget to teach them HOW to actually study! That’s where this Study Skills resource comes in. It’s designed to give students practical tips and tricks for studying for tests in ELA
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“What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” - Speech Analysis ****This resource is for an analysis of Martin Luther King's speech, "What is Your Life's Blueprint?" If you would prefer similar resources that are designed to be used in an Interactive Notebook,
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Listening Comprehension Malala Yousafzai Malala Unit Overview This 5-day unit packs a major punch! While studying Malala Yousafzai, students practice critical skills including listening comprehension, sequencing, participating in group
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Lewis and Clark's Expedition Journal Entries - Close Reading: In this five-day, CCSS-aligned unit, students will examine and interpret the journal entries of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark from their American
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This 5-day unit covers many critical ELA skills as students develop a deep understanding and connection to Martin Luther King, Jr.! While studying about King, students practice critical skills including reading comprehension, identifying nonfiction
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If you’re like most teachers, then you’re always on the lookout for fun and creative ways to teach students critical reading comprehension skills. Well, you’re in luck! These Thanksgiving-themed reading comprehension centers or stations are not
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Nonfiction Reading: The articles in this resource are also in this larger NONFICTION TEXT FEATURES INTERACTIVE UNIT. It’s filled with 6 highly engaging lessons that will have students reading informational passages, but also mastering nonfiction
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In this interactive unit, students will study about the European explorers that voyaged to the Americas in search of the Northwest Passage. Then, they’ll learn about the Dutch colonization of New York. Finally, they’ll investigate how New York
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**** This resource is for Interactive Notebooks or File Folders. If you would prefer more traditional resources, check out the “What is Your Life’s Blueprint?” close reading and analysis unit HERE.**** You and your students will absolutely LOVE
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If you’re like most teachers, then you’re always on the lookout for fun and creative ways to teach students critical reading comprehension skills. Well, you’re in luck! These Thanksgiving-themed reading comprehension centers or stations are not
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In this learning centers resource students will learn about Albert Einstein while practicing reading comprehension skills. This resource contains five learning centers (reading comprehension and art integration) for students to rotate through in
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Women’s History Month Emily Dickinson Poetry Analysis Perfect for teaching during Women's History Month! In this engaging mini-unit students will learn about Emily Dickinson and the contributions she made to the world of poetry. Then, they’ll
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Team Building Activity Sequencing and Figurative Language Integrated Unit (optional) This ELA Team Building activity will help students practice reading comprehension skills and figurative language writing while working as a team. During the
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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 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.


--- 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


--- 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


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

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