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Dianne's Language Diner

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By Dianne's Language Diner
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,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.2...
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By Dianne's Language Diner
In Power Point format. Easily converts to Google Slides! This is a complete and no-prep novel study of the The Crossover by Kwame Alexander-- the winner of the 2015 Newberry Medal. It is a story told in free verse and hip-hop verse. It tells the
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4...
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By Dianne's Language Diner
If you want a simplified way to teach active and passive voice, this is it. No prep--just print and teach. I use this with my students, and they master the concepts quickly!The activities include identifying voice, converting voice, and using
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
L.8.1, L.8.1b
$3.00
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By Dianne's Language Diner
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
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Movie Guides, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.7, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.7...
$3.00
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By Dianne's Language Diner
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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6
$6.00
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By Dianne's Language Diner
Distance Learning Enabled!Brown Girl Dreaming is a 2015 Newberry Honor Book written by Jacqueline Woodson. It is also a National Book Award winner and a Coretta Scott King winner. It is written in poetic form and tells Jacqueline's story of growing
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Writing
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.6.1, RL.6.4, RL.7.1, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.6, RL.8.1, RL.8.3...
$5.50
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By Dianne's Language Diner
No Prep! 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
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Writing
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4
$6.50
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By Dianne's Language Diner
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
Subjects:
Short Stories, Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Other
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3...
$3.00
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By Dianne's Language Diner
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is the heart-wrenching story of Parvana, a young Afghan girl who must survive under the Taliban regime. My students love this book so much. Boys and girls alike couldn't wait to read Parvana's story each day.My
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.5, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3...
$6.25
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By Dianne's Language Diner
Just print and teach! No prep!The 2017 Newberry Medal winner is truly worthy of the award. It is the story of love. It is the story of Xan and Luna and a Sorrow Eater and magic. Your students will LOVE this fantasy filled with excitement and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.6, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6...
$6.50
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By Dianne's Language Diner
No prep! Digital activity available!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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.8.1, L.8.1a
$3.35
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By Dianne's Language Diner
NO PREP! PRINT AND GO! COMMON CORE ALIGNED!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,
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes, Printables
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.6, RL.8.9, W.7.2...
$6.00
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By Dianne's Language Diner
NO PREP! Distance Learning with Digital Activity!"The Veldt" is a classic story by Ray Bradbury. It centers on a family who has allowed technology to take over the rearing of their children, and the horrible consequences. My students are engaged
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Examinations - Quizzes, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.5, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.8.1...
$4.00
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By Dianne's Language Diner
No prep! Just print and teach! 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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RI.5.8, RI.5.10, RI.6.8, RI.6.10, RI.7.6, RI.7.8, RI.7.10, RI.8.8
$5.75
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By Dianne's Language Diner
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes
$1.75
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By Dianne's Language Diner
NO PREP! Three Times Lucky Novel Study by Dianne WatsonThree 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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Novel Study, Printables
$6.50
50
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By Dianne's Language Diner
No prep. Just print and teach. Common Core aligned.A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is an award-winning novel about a boy's struggle to deal with the cancer and ultimate death of his mother. The novel is part reality and part fantasy. It will keep
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.6.7, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3...
$6.00
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By Dianne's Language Diner
Paragraphing Practice: Logical Order and Recognizing Irrelevancies This is now a digital activity!This is a collection of six practice pages. Students put the sentences of a scrambled paragraph in logical order while also recognizing the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Grammar
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Interactive Whiteboard
$2.25
101
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By Dianne's Language Diner
This is a 2016 Newberry Honor Book by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It is historical fiction set in England prior and during World War II. It tells the story of an abused, disabled girl and her fight for her own freedom from her life of abuse. I
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.2, RL.4.4, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.7.1...
$6.50
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Digital Download PDF (2.90 MB)
By Dianne's Language Diner
Just print and teach. This is 244 pages of eighth grade grammar standards' study guides, practice pages, and quizzes.I have designed the workbook to use with my own students. The workbook includes1. The Eight Parts of Speech Study Guide, Practice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Examinations - Quizzes, Printables
CCSS:
W.8.10, L.8.1, L.8.1a, L.8.1b, L.8.1c, L.8.1d, L.8.2, L.8.2a, L.8.2b, L.8.3, L.8.3a
$6.50
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught for over twenty-eight years in a small rural school in Southwest Georgia. I teach Reading and Writing. I have been developing my own lessons because I teach remedial to gifted students. I needed to customize instruction to meet 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. I don't mind making fun of myself and enjoy a good laugh with my students.

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 endorsed to teach the gifted and talented.

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. Benjamin is happily married and a cyber-security guru. Austin is a middle school teacher and soon to be married! Cade will be a senior in 2019-2020 and is an honor's student. I am so blessed!

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