Dreamy Designs by Debbie Dennis

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Looking for a fun way to review or reinforce figurative language terms or literary devices? Look no more! This student-centered activity is it! Engage students and involve them in finding examples of similes, metaphors, personification,
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Connotation and denotation are NOT topics that are easy to teach! Examples sometimes don't come easily!!! Not to mention, students often have difficulty interpreting shades of meaning in words. This powerpoint comes equipped with all you need
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How can students tell whether a website is credible? In the 21st century, digital natives are restless to use internet resources, but lack the knowledge to evaluate their reliability. This powerpoint comes loaded with kid-friendly information!
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FOOD always captures students' attention! What better way to teach the text structure, compare and contrast, than to have students analyze chocolate chip and Oreo cookies! After doing research on the history of one cookie, students team up and
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Would you like to jazz up your poetry unit? Put a little music into your lessons by having students analyze both poems and song lyrics. This poetry analysis chart and the directions that go with it offer a thorough guide and versatile format to
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This marvelous activity is fun and challenging, providing a way for students to apply their knowledge of TEXT STRUCTURES through the use of QR CODES. These codes are linked to Kid-Friendly HIGH INTEREST news articles online. Students will match
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Video clips, news articles, teaching slides, etc.---what better way to teach "Text Structure?" The end goal of this product is to have students not only be able to recognize different text structures but also be able WRITE a short essay of their
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Looking for a fun way to review figurative language terms? Look no more! This student-centered activity is it! Engage students and involve them in finding examples of similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, internal rhyme, paradox, etc. in
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Take your students on a journey through poetry! They will love searching on these kid-friendly websites to watch videos, read poems and navigate the examples of figurative language terms right before their eyes. This WebQuest offers just enough of
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Why do authors choose to write particular pieces of figurative language? What effect does figurative language have on the reader? Answering these two questions is essential to fulfilling ELA standards in the middle grades. How can teachers help
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How can we prepare students to confidently write a literary analysis for the PARCC or other state test? This differentiated lesson walks students through how to write a literary analysis comparing and contrasting two texts clearly step-by-step.
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This product is a 27 slide powerpoint that walks students step-by-step through instructions on how to "spice up" their sentence variety using compound and complex sentence structures. Can be used as a contest or game while learning, review or
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This 32 slide powerpoint is PART TWO in a series of four powerpoints on sixteen different sentence structures. --Can be used as a contest or game while learning, review or assessment. --Students learn to "spice up" their writing, applying
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"What is a claim? What is a counterargument? How do I organize an argumentative or persuasive essay? How do I even start?" Students struggle with how to write a convincing argumentative or persuasive essay. Teach them how to organize it using
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Instill confidence in your students as they face the blank page by reviewing NARRATIVE ESSENTIALS included in this 26 slide teaching powerpoint. This powerpoint has EVERYTHING YOU NEED to prepare students for writing narratives in general or in
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Preparing students to answer test prompts in which they have to analyze video clips as well as use text evidence for support is a daunting task. Scaffolding is extremely important; this 60-90 minute lesson will keep your students' attention as well
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This 2-3 day lesson will keep your students' attention as well as help them analyze nonfiction text and videos. Step-By-Step! Includes EVERYTHING YOU NEED: 2 Graphic Organizers: Problem/Solution and Cause/Effect 2 videos 4 news article
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This 28 slide powerpoint is PART THREE in a series of four powerpoints on sixteen different sentence structures. --Can be used as a contest or game while learning, review or assessment. --Students learn to "spice up" their writing, applying
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This 21 slide powerpoint is PART FOUR, the last one in a series of four powerpoints on sixteen different sentence structures. --Can be used as a contest or game while learning, review or assessment. --Students learn to "spice up" their
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Preparing students to answer PARCC prompts in which they have to analyze, take notes on video clips and read texts is a daunting task. Scaffolding is extremely important; this 1-2 day lesson will keep your students' attention as well as help them
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 19 years, in both public and private schools. I have taught 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 12th, but mainly 7th and 8th grade language arts.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I try to make my lessons as motivating and engaging as possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certification (NBCT '07)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's Degree in English from Penn State University Master's Degree in English Education from The Ohio State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in a small town just outside of Columbus, OH, with my husband and two kids. My passion is teaching and I love creating fun, challenging, standards-aligned products for my students. I've been teaching for 20 years--mostly middle school language arts. I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, exercising and meeting friends at the local coffee shop! My goals in selling my products on Tpt are not just to make a little $, but to help teachers attain creative and inherently motivating materials when they feel they need something "ready-made" that could potentially revitalize their day-to-day lessons. We benefit so much as teachers from sharing worthwhile materials with each other. I also value feedback on these materials, and strive to support my own habit of purchasing on this fast-growing, time-saving website. One of my favorite quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt, emphasizes the excitement I feel when developing a new product: "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."

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