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By Brain Waves Instruction
Understanding a story’s theme is critical to deciphering the author’s message in a text. This 3-day theme unit is designed to make learning fun while helping students go beyond the surface meaning of text to truly understand the author's message
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
What happens when a great book, creative task cards and engaging doodle notes combine? A Doodle and Do resource, of course! This Doodle and Do resource is designed for students to complete after reading the novel, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. It
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.6, RL.6.10, SL.6.1, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Foreshadowing and flashbacks are critical literary techniques that authors use to pull readers into the reality of the story and reveal its characters. These drama-heightening techniques are essential for students to understand as they develop
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.6
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle Vocabulary resource will introduce your students to 36 words associated with fiction. Students will not only learn the new vocabulary words, they’ll also showcase their learning with doodles!You can use this resource in a variety of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
L.4.1, L.4.3, L.4.4, L.4.4c, L.4.6, L.5.1, L.5.3, L.5.4, L.5.4c, L.5.5, L.5.6...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Interactive Notebook “A Christmas Carol” - Drama StudyThis resource is for Interactive Notebooks or File Folders. If you would prefer more traditional resources, check out the "A Christmas Carol" Drama Study HERE.This resource is the perfect
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.6, RL.6.2, RL.6.10, RL.7.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.5, W.6.10, SL.7.1, L.7.4, L.8.6
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Understanding the central conflict in literature is essential to grasping a work’s overriding themes. Help students identify the core types of conflicts in literary pieces with this mini-unit. When students can identify a story’s conflict, they
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.5, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.3, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
"A Christmas Carol" Drama StudyThis resource is for ”A Christmas Carol” Drama Study. If you would prefer similar resources that are designed to be used in an Interactive Notebook, check out the "A Christmas Carol" Interactive Notebook Resource
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.6, RL.5.10, W.6.10, SL.7.1, L.7.6, L.8.4
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re looking for engaging and educational activities that will help your students deepen their understanding of the novel, Bud, Not Buddy, then you’re in luck! This resource is filled with ten different activities that will help your students
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.9, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.6, RL.5.9, RL.6.1...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
When reading literature, it is essential for students to investigate characterization. When they begin to understand the author’s process for developing characters, they are able to visualize characters and dive deeper into the text. This engaging
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re looking for engaging and educational activities that will help your students deepen their understanding of the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, then you’re in luck! This lesson and activity packet is filled with chapter-by-chapter plans and
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.6, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.6, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.6, RL.7.1, RL.7.2...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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
Subjects:
Reading, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.7, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.4, RI.6.6, RI.6.7...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This is an extremely detailed, CCSS-aligned unit. Student read and analyze the poem "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. It is designed to help students analyze what the poem says explicitly as well draw inferences from the text.
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Literature, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.6, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.6, RL.6.10...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This extremely detailed five-day unit is a close reading of "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. It is designed to help students analyze what the poem says explicitly as well as draw inferences from the text. Students will determine the poem’s theme
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.7.2, RL.8.4
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Help students develop a deep understanding of situational, dramatic, and verbal irony with this fun and engaging 3-day mini-unit!This IRONY MINI-UNIT provides numerous opportunities for students to learn about the three types of irony, determine the
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.10
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By Brain Waves Instruction
"Lob's Girl" Literature Study UnitIn this 8-day unit students will develop a deep understanding of Joan Aiken’s short story “Lob’s Girl” . Its tale of loyalty and friendship combined with mystery and suspense make it an incredibly engaging read.
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Unit Plans
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re looking for engaging and educational activities that will help your students deepen their understanding of the novel, Bridge to Terabithia, then you and your students will love this resource! This resource is filled with thirteen
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.9, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.9, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This highly engaging and effective set of This or That Reading Response Prompts includes 40 reading prompt choices on 20 creative handouts. Each This or That Reading Prompt includes instruction (at the top of the worksheet) and then 2 reading
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.99
154 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle and Do resource is all about Literature Circles! A literature circle is when a small group of students gather to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ responses to Literature Circle Role handouts.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Meet Common Core State Standards in Reading Literature, Writing, AND Speaking and Listening, with this 5-day unit for "The People Could Fly."In this unit, students creatively build background on Virginia Hamilton, slavery, and “The People Could Fly”
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.7, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.7, RL.7.1, RL.7.2...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Clothes Hanger Book Report works with any fiction book! It’s incredibly detailed, so students can complete every aspect of this project independently! First, students complete a draft packet while reading their books.They’ll fill the packet
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.6, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.6, RL.6.10, RL.7.1...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over ten 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 students can 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 --- 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 boys.

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