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By Brain Waves Instruction
Teaching poetry reading and analysis doesn't have to be intimidating or overwhelming. This poetry unit makes interpreting and analyzing poetry very accessible! In this CCSS-aligned poetry unit students will closely read five poems from diverse
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this detailed, CCSS-aligned, 10-day unit, students will learn about narrative writing and actively participate in the writing process. Students will write personal narratives about an interesting experience that taught them a lesson. In their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Handouts, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.6, W.5.10, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.6, W.6.10, W.7.3, W.7.3a, W.7.3b...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.4.5, L.5.4, L.5.5, L.6.4, L.6.5, L.7.4, L.7.5
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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, teacher interview activity, writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.10
$3.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
During this project, students will first learn about growth mindset by reading an informational article about Carol Dweck���s work. Then, they’ll select a famous person in history with a growth mindset. They’ll choose from 14 famous leaders and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.7, RI.5.10...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.5.1, W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c, W.5.1d, W.6.1, W.6.1a, W.6.1b, W.6.1c, W.6.1d...
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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
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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4
$4.25
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Study Skills, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Study Guides, Activities, Test Prep
$4.99
457 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Projects, Activities
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.4a, K.CC.C.6, K.MD.A.1, K.MD.B.3, 1.MD.C.4, 2.MD.A.2
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By Brain Waves Instruction
These 20 Daily ELA Warm-Ups are a great way to start each class! Use them as bell ringers, morning work, or even put them together into a bell ringer journal! Not only are they Common Core aligned, they're also incredibly engaging and motivating
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5
$5.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Daily Doodle Vocabulary resource will introduce your students to dozens of new vocabulary words, and a brand-new way of learning them: with doodles!When students are exposed to new words, they become strong readers and writers. This resource
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
L.6.1, L.6.4, L.6.4a, L.6.4b, L.6.4c, L.6.4d, L.6.5, L.6.5a, L.6.5b, L.6.5c, L.6.6...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for an engaging and interactive way to teach students how to identify an author’s point of view? Then, you’re going to love this learning centers resource!This Point of View Centers resource contains activities and lessons for 6 Point of
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.5
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Reading Comprehension SkillsHelp your students master 12 critical reading comprehension skills with this ULTIMATE BUNDLE of Reading Comprehension Mini-Units. Each 3-day mini-unit contains engaging, hands-on learning activities, guided notes, 6+
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.8, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.8...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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 are plenty of opportunities to
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.10, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5...
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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
$3.50
342 ratings
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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
Listening comprehension is an essential element of ELA instruction. That’s because students do not intuitively know how to take notes, discern what is important in a listening passage, or even know how to reference their notes when answering
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Test Prep, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$6.99
270 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
“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,
Subjects:
Reading, Martin Luther King Day, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Handouts
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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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