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NEW AND IMPROVED--easier to read, better pictures, and better format! This is a set of CSI case files built around fairy tales. There are six different files which include what was found at the crime scene, character profiles and group directions.
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This kit contains: � 70 short passages which allow students to practice figuring out tone and mood words using context clues. � 70 flash cards of tone and mood words � A Context clues activity that guides students through the
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This is a super fun interactive unit where students are using critical thinking skills to see if they might survive the zombies just knocking at their door. It has activities that focus on comparing and constrasting, author's purpose, using text,
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This contains a main idea bingo game. You read the hillarious and hair raising passages about zombies and the students pick the square that show the main idea. It is a great filler idea if you need 20 minutes taken care of OR a wonderful center
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Fluency is often forgotten but essential component to overall reading comprehension—even in middle school. The problem is there are only a handful of fluency passages written for this age. UNTIL NOW! These twenty passages, which include a line by
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This center includes three activites that help students sort and learn tone and mood words. It is perfect for middle school reading EOG review.
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Find the Main Idea Directions: Cut each paragraph apart. Have students find what they think is the main idea. As an extension activity, after they have chosen the main idea, they can then put the paragraphs back in their original order. Blue
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Students will use this activity to find the main idea, the details and pick out the one sentence that does not belong. This includes 28 short passages, and graphic organizers.
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Use gross clues to guess gross things while practicing your inferencing skills. This can be played as a board game, with partners, the cards can be read for bell ringer activities or it can be used as a guided center. Kids will love it because it
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By Donovan
A game to help students connect tone and mood, work with antonyms and synonyms, while reading HIGH INTEREST passages. (This kit contains both 54 easy and hard paragraph passages to better differentiate the activity for all your students.)
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Here it is.... the long awaited sequel to my popular CSI case files. Students can practice their inferencing skills as they unwrap the who done it with these twists on classic fairy tales. SIX new cases with new collection sheet to help focus
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This kit contains: � short passages which allow students to practice figuring out tone and mood words using context clues. � flash cards of tone and mood words � A Context clues activity that guides students
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If frustrated students just longing to be able to cite sources correctly are constantly begging you for help, this might just be the resource for you. It contains a scavenger hunt and a basic guide for the MLA citation system. All you need to
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Following the bookmark checklist, students will sort sentences based on whether they are fact or opinion. Great EOG test prep and small group work.
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Inferencing is tough! Kids struggle when inferring because the process involves all this higher level thinking and using the text in a way that they are just not used to. These paragraphs help kids find text evidence to support their ideas. How
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This is a collection of graphic organizers which focus on the skill of summarizing. They are designed to work with fiction and non fiction and are flexible enough to work with any lesson or content area.
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Fluency is the ability to read words with "automaticity". This is a big word which really means, I can read the words without stopping and sounding them out. I can read smoothly and at a good rate. An important part of fluency but one that is
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This contains flip cards which explain the three types of author's purpose. It also has 20 examples where students can read and decide which was the author's purpose. Great for EOG prep.
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On the back of a motorcycle, I was trying to figure out an easy way to assess and interest my readers. Being a middle school teacher, I find myself continually frustrated because nothing on the web seemed to fit my needs. Either what I find is too
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This packet includes a student and teacher booklet, with step by step instructions. Fully aligned with the common core it includes USING EVIDENCE, THEME, PLOT, CONTEXT CLUES lessons. It also includes an end of unit assessment. These lessons
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching various students, various subjects, at various levels (preschool to college) for the last ten years. During those ten years, I have completed two masters programs, American Studies and Reading Education, my P.hD. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on Urban Literacy, and have received the honor of becoming National Board Certified. I am currently certified in Reading K-12, language arts 6-8, social studies 6-8 and even family and consumer studies. I spend my days as a professor, helping pre-service teachers learn to love teaching, just as I have. I may not always know what I am talking about but I try to find people who do. All the ideas I put on this site are research based and work to help your students become authentically motivated to succeed. Any corrections are always appreciated, ideas are solicited, and compliments are greatly rewarded.

MY TEACHING STYLE

“Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.” ― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Published work in international and national education journals *Presented at the national ALER conference in Fall 2014 *Presented at the Ireland International Conference on Education, Spring 2013 *Participated in the Reading and Writing Institutes at Columbia University *National Board Certified in language arts * Presented at the State Reading Conference, March 2010

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergrad- Business, University of North Texas Masters- American Studies, Penn State Second masters-- Reading and literacy instruction, University of North Carolina Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Literacy.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

* Created a mentor program at which paired volunteers and struggling readers to read together. * Created the T-shirt Scholarship fund which was used to allow all students to attend the 8th grade trip. * Initiated the Scholars Breakfast which provided free breakfast and literacy tutoring to deserving students. * Tutored children with ADHD to help with their organizational and test taking skills. * Tutored struggling readers and writers at the elementary level. *Worked as a literacy facilitator for Freedom School