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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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This Doodle and Do resource is designed to help students understand 8 types of figurative language. First, students will complete highly engaging Doodle Notes about each type of figurative language. They'll doodle and sketch their notes on 5
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.3b, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5
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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
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
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
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
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By Brain Waves Instruction
During this Christmas around the World research project students will research a country and its Christmas traditions. Students can select a country from a set of 12 pre-determined countries or they can choose any country that they would like to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
CCSS:
RI.6.4, RI.6.10, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.10
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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
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
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Expository / Informative Writing: In this 10-day, Common Core - aligned Expository Writing Unit, students will demonstrate a deep understanding of the features, critical elements, and purpose of expository or informative writing. During the unit,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.6, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.4.9, W.4.10, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.5...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
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 a sample myth. Then,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.7.1, RL.7.2...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This resource contains six Mesopotamia learning stations that students can rotate through in small groups. Each ancient Mesopotamia learning station (or center) is designed to give students engaging and exciting learning experiences to practice,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7, RH.6-8.10
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This unit is hands-down one of the most motivating and engaging Persuasive Writing units! That's because students get to design a roller coaster and then create a persuasive advertisement for their ride. They learn all about the elements of
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This 10-Day Persuasive Writing Unit will have your students analyzing advertisements, developing an understanding of the critical components of persuasive writing, and writing their own persuasive advertisements. Since students write persuasive ads
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.4.4, W.4.10, W.5.1, W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c, W.5.1d, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.10...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Looking for the very best way to get your students writing and loving it? Then, you’ve found the perfect resource! This highly engaging and effective set of This or That Writing Prompts includes 202 writing prompt choices on 101 creative handouts.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.3b, W.6.3d, W.6.4, W.6.10, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.10
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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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In this seven-day Descriptive Writing Unit students utilize the steps for writing (pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and publishing) in order to describe a place in a detailed paragraph. Lessons and mini-lessons include: effective
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.10, W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.10, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.5...
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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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