Classroom in the Middle

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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 bank Choosing character traits –
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This is a set of activities for practice, or assessment, on the vocabulary skills of identifying connotative meanings, knowing the difference between connotations and denotations, comparing positive and negative connotations,and identifying and
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These large, half-page cards are all about solving and understanding analogies. The tasks include completing a group of analogies, choosing the correct type of analogy from multiple-choice answers, identifying the correct type of analogy without
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This Story Elements Package contains both the PowerPoint and the Worksheet Set to introduce and practice the skills needed to understand story elements including characterization, setting, plot, conflict, and theme with a variety of reading
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This novel study for The Cay includes questions for each chapter, a before reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, and two inferencing activities. Questions are text dependent and written specifically for
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With this forty slide PowerPoint presentation, students get lots of practice with the reading comprehension skill of identifying cause and effect. Examples and practice are provided with a single cause and a single effect, a sequence of causes and
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This card game contains questions on major language arts topics including parts of speech, story elements, prefixes and suffixes, figurative language, and reference sources. It includes 28 question cards, plus four blank cards in case you would
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This card game features review questions for Lois Lowry's novel, Number the Stars. I Have . . .Who Has . . ? is a great interactive activity in which every student in the class participates. This game consists of 28 question cards, plus 4 blank
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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
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This Story Elements Worksheet Set is a collection of 15 well-designed printable activity sheets for working with any story. The topics include characters and characterization, setting, plot and sequence, conflict, theme, and mixed story
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The terms in this card game include: characters, setting, plot, theme, conflict, character traits, exposition, rising action, climax, static character, dynamic character, first person, third person, foreshadowing, and more for a total of 28
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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
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This End of Year Packet includes activities for the last days or weeks of school including a student booklet, four puzzle pages, journal prompts, an "I Have . . . .Who Has . . . ?" game, and an autograph activity. The student booklet includes
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Includes questions for each chapter, a before reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, and two inferencing activities. Questions are text dependent and written specifically for this novel. There is one page
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Contains both the PowerPoint and the Activity Sheets to introduce and practice the word relationship skills of identifying connotative meanings, knowing the difference between connotations and denotations, comparing positive and negative
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This novel study for CRASH includes chapter questions, a before reading activity, two characterization activities, two context clues activities, and two inferencing activities. Questions are text dependent and written specifically for this
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Story Elements introduces and expands on the basic story elements of character and characterization, setting, plot, conflict and resolution, and theme. This PowerPoint presentation explains each concept in a clear and easily understandable way.
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Persuasive Techniques includes a PowerPoint presentation plus five pages of student activities with real examples and activities to teach students to identify and use persuasive techniques. The eleven techniques presented are: Testimonial Bargains
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This is a set of ten activities including: 1. Using Latin and Greek Roots in Words and Sentences 2. Sorting Words by Their Roots 3. Choose Your Root – Cut and Paste 4. Identifying Latin and Greek Roots 5. Make New Words with Roots and
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This twenty-seven slide PowerPoint presentation introduces the concepts of idioms, proverbs, and adages and provides practice identifying idioms, proverbs, and adages and understanding their meaning. The idioms, proverbs, and adages are all used in
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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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