Diana Carson

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By Diana Carson
This is the first Socratic Circle I do with my students. Even though they say it every morning, they told me this was the first time they had ever talked about what the words meant. In this packet I include the handout I give students to take
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Handouts
$2.00
19 ratings
3.9
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By Diana Carson
When starting Socratic Circles with my students, I use this Power Point presentation to explain who Socrates was, what these circles look like, and what skills they will learn from doing this type of discussion. I am using Socratic Circles to help
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
14 ratings
4.0
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By Diana Carson
My students are big fans of Newsela.com and its articles. I created this sheet to help them zero in on the important parts of an informative summary, including organization and voice.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Homework
CCSS:
W.8.2, W.8.4
$1.00
8 ratings
3.9
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By Diana Carson
Help students see the relevance of engaging in Socratic Circles while reflecting on their performance using this reflection sheet. I use the "Socratic Circles Scorecard" for each socratic circle we have and then this sheet is used to set goals for
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Assessment
CCSS:
SL.7.1, SL.8.1
$1.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Diana Carson
This is the way that I score my students for Socratic Circles. Having so many different skills listed helps students to understand what skills they are lacking so that they can set goals and reflect on their progress. It also helps to have a
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment
$1.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Diana Carson
My middle school students are learning beginning French. As a cross-curricular link, I spent a day teaching the French words that we have adopted into our language. There are some basic spelling rules that students should be aware of and a list of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, English
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Internet Activities
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By Diana Carson
My middle school students need help learning how to have a detailed discussion during book discussion groups. These role sheets have helped them to focus on key ideas and skills while they meet in their groups. They allow me to see if they are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literature Circles, Nonfiction Book Study
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By Diana Carson
My middle school students need help learning how to have a detailed discussion during book discussion groups. These role sheets have helped them to focus on key ideas and skills while they meet in their groups. They allow me to see if they are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literature Circles, Nonfiction Book Study
$1.00
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By Diana Carson
The page is meant to review dialogue rules with students by having them fill in the blanks. Then students apply the rules to the examples. I have my students keep this sheet in their writing folder as a reference when they write during Writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Handouts
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3.8
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By Diana Carson
This is the example I used with my students to illustrate when the completed product was for our lesson on English words that come from the French language.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Activities
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By Diana Carson
I am implementing customized learning for my new 8th grade class. They come from 6 different elementary schools, and they don't all need to learn the same things when it comes to writing. I created this spreadsheet to use when analyzing their
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment
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By Diana Carson
My middle school students need help learning how to have a detailed discussion during book discussion groups. These role sheets have helped them to focus on key ideas and skills while they meet in their groups. They allow me to see if they are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$1.00
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By Diana Carson
My middle school students need help learning how to have a detailed discussion during book discussion groups. These role sheets have helped them to focus on key ideas and skills while they meet in their groups. They allow me to see if they are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literature Circles, Nonfiction Book Study
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By Diana Carson
Although my students are given time in class to work with their role sheets and read their nonfiction books, for many reasons, sometimes a student is unprepared to discuss the book when it is time to meet in a group. Therefore, I created this sheet
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study
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By Diana Carson
Students will have a chance to reflect on where they get their ideas for their artwork and writing. Then after watching a video clip where famous authors and artists describe their strategies for identifying and developing ideas for their work,
Subjects:
Graphic Arts, Music Composition, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.6, CCRA.SL.6
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By Diana Carson
This segment introduces students to The Thousand Words Project which will help students become better writers through an exploration of art. A video will help explain the similarities between writing and art. The Chinese saying, “One picture is
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Graphic Arts, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
CCSS:
SL.6.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6
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By Diana Carson
Move your students past just adding generic adjectives to their writing. Through the use of a color thesaurus and online artwork, students will write using rich vocabulary. The class discussion will be on the importance of choosing the right words
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6
FREE
1 rating
3.9
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By Diana Carson
Students will put their writing together into lines of differing lengths to create interest. This segment from the Bates Museum of Art's Thousand Words Project equates sentences to lines in art. It discusses how artists rely on a variety of lines to
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
CCSS:
CCRA.R.5, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.SL.1
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By Diana Carson
This lesson and video segment discusses various strategies that writers and artists use to organize their pieces. It also points out how the elements of a piece of art are similar to the elements of a piece of writing. At the end of the lesson,
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.R.5, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6
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By Diana Carson
This segment is about how artists and writers rely on symbolism to help convey their ideas. The Narrator walks the viewer through a symbolic analysis of a photograph by Wang Fen, “On the Wall: Haiku 6.” Playwright Fateh Azzam discusses the symbolism
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Multimedia
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

12 years teaching everything from computer-integration K-8, elementary classroom teaching, gifted education, middle school humanities to K-8 ELL teacher

MY TEACHING STYLE

Mini-lessons for important concepts, voice and choice in terms of what they write about and what they read

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine Biology major Graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh and Teaching Certificate K-8

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