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This set of thirty task cards helps students to really understand the meaning of characterization and use close reading to identify character traits. The activities include: Choosing character traits from a word bankChoosing character traits –
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.3, RL.4.10, RL.5.1, RL.5.3, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.10, CCRA.R.1...
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This resource includes both a Story Elements Activity Sheets Set and the Story Elements PowerPoint Presentation. The Story Elements Activity Sheet Set is a collection of 15 activity sheets for working with any story. The topics include characters
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3
$5.75
47 ratings
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This Cause and Effect Package includes two resources for teaching the text structure of cause and effect - the set of Cause and Effects Task Cards, and a Cause and Effects Slide Presentation.Both resources address these cause and effect
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.5, RI.7.5, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.5
$6.25
62 ratings
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Spring Reading Comprehension Task Cards is a set of 30 half-page task cards. Each card includes an original, non-fiction reading passage on a topic related to spring, Easter, or various springtime activities. There are six cards each on the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4
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By Classroom in the Middle
This story elements activity is a whole class game for reviewing story elements.The terms in this card game include: characters, setting, plot, theme, conflict, character traits, exposition, rising action, climax, static character, dynamic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10
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This novel study for CRASH includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, two inferencing activities, and a review card game. Questions are text dependent and written
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$6.75
31 ratings
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This novel study for Schooled includes text based chapter questions, two before-reading activities, three key idea and detail activities, two context clues activities, four inferencing activities, and a review card game. All of the questions and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
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27 ratings
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Latin and Greek Roots Activities with Slide Presentation - this resource includes a big PowerPoint presentation that introduces each root and includes student activities plus a set of 21 printable activities.The slide presentation includes lots of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4
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27 ratings
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Persuasive Techniques includes a set of activities and a PowerPoint presentation for for teaching students to identify and evaluate eleven specific persuasive techniques. The eleven techniques presented are:TestimonialBargains and BriberyPlain
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.6, RI.6.1, RI.6.6, RI.7.1, RI.7.6, RI.8.1, RI.8.6
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By Classroom in the Middle
Fictional and informational passages on 30 large task cards with topics including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Chinese New Year, and winter. The reading skills include: making inferences, identifying settings, identifying cause and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4
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37 ratings
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This package of story elements task cards includes four sets - for the four major story elements: characterization, setting, plot and conflict, and theme. Each set contains thirty large cards with a variety of activities designed for middle school
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
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 Classroom in the Middle
Autumn Reading Comprehension Task Cards is a set of 30 half-page task cards. Each card includes an original reading passage on a topic related to autumn, fall holidays, or fall activities. There are six cards each on the following reading skills -
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Autumn
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10
$3.75
21 ratings
4.0
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By Classroom in the Middle
This novel study for Pictures of Hollis Woods includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, main idea and details activities, context clue activities, inferencing activities, writing prompts, and a review card game. Questions are text
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
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This informational text resource includes five magazine-style pages of non-fiction or informational text, each with text-based comprehension questions and an analyze and respond activity. Each article includes:Informational text page - With short
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
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26 ratings
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This Summer Practice Packet includes six reading review lessons, a novel response packet for any novel, and ten writing review lessons.Reading ReviewEach of the six one-page lessons begins with a vocabulary warm-up. For the lessons, students use a
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing, Summer
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10
$4.25
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4.0
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This resource includes the big Literary Terms PowerPoint presentation plus the smaller Poetry Terms presentation.Literary TermsThis slide presentation includes vocabulary terms for teaching about literature in language arts class - in the following
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10
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13 ratings
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This set of thirty task cards provides students with practice using close reading skills to make inferences in a variety of situations. Students make inferences from paragraphs, quotes, cliches, signs, pictures, and more. They will make inferences
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
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24 ratings
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Task cards for practicing using context clues to:Choose the best definitionChoose among multiple meanings of wordsChoose and write synonymsDefine wordsMake good word choicesWrite sentencesSolve riddlesDraw detailed illustrationsThis set of 30 large
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4, L.7.4
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This novel study for Because of Winn-Dixie includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, main idea and details activities, context clue activities, inferencing activities, a follow-up activity, and a review card game. Questions are text
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
$6.75
13 ratings
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Connotations Task Cards is a set of thirty large task cards that provide students with a variety of practice exercises for the difficult concept of word connotations. Students practice recognizing the different nuances of word meanings and choosing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, L.4.5, L.5.5, L.6.5, L.7.5
$3.75
21 ratings
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My experience includes about twenty-eight years of teaching, mainly in middle school. For most of that time, I taught English and Reading, as well as a variety of other subjects in inclusion and self-contained classes. Currently, with my TPT store, I focus on creating teaching resources that are engaging for students and helpful for teachers, and I also stay in touch with teaching by volunteering in a literacy tutoring program.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My style is all about the middle grades, mainly grades 4 through 7. My goal is to create teaching resources that appeal to the active learning style of middle grade kids by using original written passages, colorful designs, and age-appropriate graphics.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My favorite reward from teaching is watching kids get really engaged in classroom activities. Hearing that other teachers find my resources useful and reading comments about how their kids enjoy the activities is very rewarding, too.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

My bachelor's degree is in secondary education with a major in English, and my master's degree is in special education.

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