Cara's Novel Creations

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This download contains two activities. The first, Revolution Time Line, presents the major revolution events in an easily understood visual format. The time line features the dates of major Texas Revolution events. A word bank that lists the events
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This crossword puzzle provides a fun way to review students' knowledge of the people, places, and events involved in the Texas Revolution. The puzzle includes historical people and events portrayed in my novel "General Houston's Little Spy," but the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I was a special education teacher who taught resource language arts and math for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. I co-taught 4th and 5th grade classes and was responsible for teaching Texas history and American history. I have also worked as a kindergarten reading tutor.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I prefer to teach utilizing activities that guide students to discover concepts for themselves. I demonstrate the skill, provide as-needed assistance and do my best to limit lecture time. I believe history should be taught with more emphasis placed on the people who participated in historical events: their character, background, actions and motivations, and less emphasis on just dates and events.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

While teaching Texas and American history, I discovered that the students seemed more interested when I presented the history in story form and delved more into the character and motivations of the people involved in historical events. This inspired me to write "General Houston's Little Spy: A Texas Revolution Story" which has won a 2nd place award in the Feathered Quill Book Award Contest and a 3rd place award in the Will Rogers' Medallion Award Contest. The book has also received 5 star reviews from Reader's Favorite Book Reviews.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and obtained my certification in special education (PK-12th) and elementary education (1st-8th)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband, Larry Skinner, and I live in Baytown, TX. Our son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Amanda live and work in Austin, TX. I taught for Goose Creek Consolidated ISD for nine years. I have substituted and tutored for the district for the past six years. Before becoming a teacher, I served in the U.S. Army and then worked as an electrician for ExxonMobil.

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