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Active and Passive Voice for Middle School Students by Dianne Watson is a simplified way to teach active and passive voice. The activities include identifying voice, converting voice, and using voice in writing. The materials include 1. A "Smart
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Teaching verbals to middle school students is a challenge--as is all grammar. These materials break down the concepts of infinitives, participles, and gerunds into easy-to-understand chunks. Writing sentences using verbals is included. Showing
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COUNTING BY 7S by Holly Goldberg Sloan is an award-winning novel (Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2013: Ages 9-12; SLJs Best Books of 2013, Fiction; Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2013, Fiction; YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults; Horn Book Fanfare,
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Paragraphing Practice: Logical Order and Recognizing Irrelevancies This is a collection of six practice pages. Students put the sentences of a scrambled paragraph in logical order while also recognizing the irrelevant sentence. Answer key is
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Stargirl Novel Study is intended to engage students with the text with higher level thinking activities. Writing is embedded throughout the study. This study addresses Common Core Standards: RL7.1, 7.2, 7.4 and RL8.1,8.2, 8.3, 8.4. The study
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Argument and Persuasion: Activities, Printables, Graphic Organizers, Assessments is a collection of materials I have developed and used to target the Common Core standard ELACC8RI8: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text,
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The Little Match Girl is a classic story by Hans Christian Anderson. This analysis applies the common core standards for literature. The goal of the study is to challenge students with critical thinking questions directly connected to the
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is the winner of the 2015 Newberry Medal. It is a story told in free verse and hip-hop verse. It tells the beautiful story of Josh Bell's closeknit family and a tragedy through the context of basektball. It will
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The One and Only Ivan Novel Study by Dianne Watson This novel is the winner of the 2013 Newberry Medal. It is a beautiful story based on the life of a real gorilla named Ivan. Ivan was captive in a small cage in a mall animal circus for 27 years.
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle is a classic novel that is included on the Common Core's recommended reading list for grades six through eight. More importantly, this novel will appeal equally to boys and girls. It is an
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Three Times Lucky Novel Study by Dianne Watson Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage is a 2013 Newberry Honor Book. It is a murder mystery but so much more. The story is told from the main character's (Mo) point of view. Mo is funny and smart and
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Teaching Verb Mood for Middle School Students (Practice, Writing Connection, Quiz) by Dianne Watson. I created these materials to help me teach this common-core standard to my middle school students because I found material for the middle school
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Verbals-- Practicing Using Depth of Knowledge moves students through the four levels of knowledge while practicing and using verbals (infinitives, participles, gerunds). Teachers can use this resource as part of an INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK, as a
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Pearl S. Buck's short story is one of a teenage boy's life-changing recognition of his father's love a few days before Christmas. The study applies the Common Core literary standards. The study includes: 1. The story in blocked paragraphs with
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This is a collection of 12 additional practice pages. Students put the sentences of a scrambled paragraph in logical order while also recognizing the irrelevant sentence. Since the passages are short, this is also a nice reading comprehension
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This material is designed to be a step-by-step way of teaching or reviewing adverb clauses. The materials include 1. A tip sheet (study guide) *defines adverb clauses *list of the functions of adverb clauses along with examples
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This is a collect of chapter quizzes for the 2014 Newberry winner. Included are 17 pages of quizzes and keys. The quizzes offer true or false, matching, and a writing prompt. Flora and Ulysses Chapter Quizzes and Answers by Dianne Watson is
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Adjective Clauses for Middle School Students helps students understand how adjective clauses are formed and how they function. Since grammar is often difficult for middle school students, these materials help students break down the concepts into
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Pronoun Smart Charts by Dianne Watson Smart charts are thinking charts that help students think through how and why grammar is structured. Pronoun Smart Charts includes: 1. Analyzing pronouns: antecedents, personal, demonstrative, interrogative,
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The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is a dystopian story with the concept of beauty as the focus. This book will appeal to boys as well as girls. The suspenseful story centers on Tally, a sixteen year old girl, who must chose between betraying her
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught for over twenty years in a small rural school in Southwest Georgia. I teach Reading and Writing. I have been developing my own lessons because I could customize them to the needs of my students. I have sponsored Student Council, co-sponsored Jr. Beta, and direct Drama Club. I am enjoying teaching children of former students from this small, tight-knit community.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style can be summed up in three words: structure, humor, and encouragement. Building relationships with students does more to increase learning than anything. If students know you care about them, they begin to care about themselves as well.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Letters, cards, and emails from former students thanking me for making a difference in their lives. So humbling and amazing.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I am a product of the public schools and a graduate of Florida State University where I graduated Cum Laud. I am a gifted and talented endorsed teacher.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a musician and write drama productions for my students to perform. I am happily married to my best friend, Mark Watson. We have three sons: Benjamin, Austin, and Cade. The boys love to skateboard, surf, mountain bike, play the guitar, and music of many genres.

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