Brianna Jinar

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Brianna Jinar
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“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo
 
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By Brianna Jinar
Good readers have habits of mind that enable them to automatically dig deeper when reading a text. Close Reading gives struggling readers strategies to analyze and interpret a text. The Close Reading Bookmark is a convenient, useful reference tool
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$2.00
23 ratings
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
Close Reading has truly helped my eleventh graders improve their reading comprehension, especially when attacking complex texts, both fiction and nonfiction. This product includes nonfiction excerpts from Emerson, Thoreau, and Steinbeck that have
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Handouts
$10.00
15 ratings
3.9
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By Brianna Jinar
Close Reading has truly helped my eleventh graders improve their reading comprehension, especially when attacking complex texts, both fiction and nonfiction. This product includes nonfiction excerpts about the roles of women, Mexican Americans, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Test Prep, Handouts, Printables
$6.00
16 ratings
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
This product is a resource that guides high school students in writing literary analysis essays successfully. Aligned to the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, this writing guide includes organizers for writing a thesis statement,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$6.00
13 ratings
3.9
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By Brianna Jinar
Close Reading has truly helped my eleventh graders improve their reading comprehension, especially when attacking complex texts, both fiction and nonfiction. This product includes the poem "If We Must Die," by Claude McKay with large margins for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Test Prep
$6.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
Students learn about the formation of the Black Panther Party through a short reading and respond to text dependent questions as a warm up. After viewing a video of the protests following the decision reached by the Grand Jury regarding the killing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cultural Activities
$3.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
I use this activity with my students as they work to fulfill their reading requirement for graduation. The Book Summary and Analysis is the high school version of the Book Report. Students are required to summarize the text in addition to analyzing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics
$1.50
11 ratings
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
Close reading has truly helped my eleventh graders improve their reading comprehension, especially when attacking complex texts, both fiction and nonfiction. This product includes songs from the civil rights movement that have large margins for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Test Prep, Handouts, Printables
$6.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
This product is a resource that guides high school students in responding to writing prompts successfully. Aligned to the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, this writing guide includes a method for responding to a writing prompt called
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
Culminating text dependent analysis for "The Giver" aligned to CCSS and PSSA.
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Test Prep, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
3 ratings
3.9
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By Brianna Jinar
Teach your students to respond to constructed writing prompts on the Keystone Exam or PSSA using the KEDS method. The Keystone exam requires students to go back to the text, and the KEDS method is a simple formula that struggling readers and writers
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Test Prep
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By Brianna Jinar
The purpose of this activity is for students to write using the point of view of a Transcendentalist. This is a great formative assessment of students' understanding of the Transcendentalist philosophy. I use this task with my 11th grade English
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
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By Brianna Jinar
Encourage your students to hold themselves accountable for their participation in class while making your life easier! This classroom participation log can be used in grades 9-12. Students are responsible for evaluating their attitude, behavior,
Subjects:
Classroom Management, For All Subjects
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Classroom Forms, Rubrics
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4 ratings
4.0
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By Brianna Jinar
I find it particularly challenging to get a paragraph out of the majority of my struggling readers and writers. A classroom routine that I live by is the Daily Warm Up, Bell Ringer, Do Now, or whatever jargon is currently in vogue. I love Daily Warm
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
FREE
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4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a teacher with inner city youth for ten years. I have had the pleasure of learning from and teaching African American struggling readers in the same neighborhood throughout my career. I have learned to think outside of the box and adapt materials to fit the needs of my students and provide them with the habits of mind and experiences needed to become successful college graduates. Please visit my blog at http://elacommoncore.com/

MY TEACHING STYLE

I do not feel that I fall into one particular teaching style, a sentiment I am sure many teachers share. My lessons usually consist of whole group direct instruction using high interest culturally relevant materials to hook the students interests, modeling, guided work, and independent work. I always begin class with a warm up that connects to the day's work and serves as an assessment of prior knowledge. I end class with a formative assessment to check for understanding. I have a compassionate teaching style, and adapt according to my students' needs. I exhibit the qualities of formal authority, delegator, and facilitator, depending on what part of the lesson I am teaching.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was awarded the Students First and Outstanding Teaching award at my school in 2011.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education English and Professional Writing, with a minor in Literature. I am currently finishing up my Master's degree in Reading at Edinboro University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have a one-year-old daughter who is the love of my life. She amazes me every day with her curiosity and intelligence. I also consider my students my "babies" as well, and love them as if they were my own. I followed my students from grade 9 to 12th grade when they graduated last year. I continue to keep in touch with many of my "babies," and it is amazing to watch them blossom into successful young adults. In the environment that I teach, there are also many hardships to endure, such as losing many of my students to violence or trying to provide to support to children who do not have what they need at home. Hopefully, establishing strong relationships with my students and providing them with a positive educational experience will turn some of my children away from life on the streets and a violent end. The Common Core standards can be taught using high interest, culturally relevant materials. I hope that my materials help you capture the interest of your students, for I have found that there are not many resources out there for teachers like me.

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