Emily Kissner
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"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours." -John Locke
 
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Cause and effect articles! This packet includes everything you need to introduce students to the text structure of cause and effect in expository texts. Introduce cause and effect through a fun and simple card activity. Then, help students to see
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Eight original informational texts for teaching the text structure of problem and solution! Texts include before and after reading activities to help students learn key vocabulary and characteristics of the problem solution text structure. Texts
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Compare and contrast articles! Readers often have trouble with the text structure of compare and contrast in expository text. In this file, you'll find nine texts at multiple levels to help you support your readers as they learn how to read and
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This unit includes PowerPoints, activities, and texts to help you teach focused lessons for summarizing success. These activities complement the research-based strategies discussed in my book, "Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling." Students
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Chronological order articles! This resource pack has everything you need for teaching the text structure of chronological order in expository text. You'll receive a teaching guide with helpful tips and suggestions, a chronological order Powerpoint,
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Help students understand expository text structures! Six scripts (chronological order, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and problem/solution, description, and overall text structure) highlight key features of each text structure. Each
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Molly's Pilgrim is a classic book for third and fourth graders. This unit includes Common Core aligned activities to help readers learn important vocabulary words, come to an understanding of the theme, explore the point of view of the story, and
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This folder includes "Text Structure Card Match", a whole class activity suitable for reviewing text structures. In addition, you'll find four learning centers for text structure. "Causes and Effects with Frogs" is suitable for struggling readers,
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This file contains everything that you need to start teaching students how to find topics and main ideas. Two PowerPoints, multiple practice pages, and a detailed teaching guide will help you to guide students to a strong understanding of main
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Looking for a quick way to improve student summaries? This mini-unit includes 5 detailed lesson plans, a Powerpoint, teaching materials, and stories to use to help students write short, concise summaries. -14 page teaching guide, with guided
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This 22-file unit includes resources to teach readers in grades 3-6 about theme. Students will be able to identify and support themes in texts. You'll find: -Theme PowerPoint* -Study guide to accompany the PowerPoint -Lists of themes for student
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This presentation introduces the story elements of characters, setting, conflict, plot, and theme. Pictures, questions, and meaningful connections will help students to learn these key terms for discussing literature. This is a zipped file
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Inferences about character traits and emotions can be tough for readers. This file includes resources, lesson plans, and stories for teaching students how to infer character emotions and character traits in literature. Highlights include lists of
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This file contains everything you need to introduce the text structure of description. You can begin with a PowerPoint that outlines the key parts of the text structure. Then, choose from seven different texts with reading levels from grade 3 to
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Making inferences can be tough for students. This file includes activities to help readers form inferences and draw conclusions using background knowledge and text clues. Please see the preview file for thumbnails and full descriptions. -Two
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This unit includes resources to start teaching persuasive writing to intermediate writers. You'll find a Powerpoint that teaches the difference between fact and opinion, lessons for teaching about facts, reasons, and examples, writing prompts,
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By Emily Kissner. Materials to teach personal narratives to meet Common Core Standards. Students will explore the characteristics of a personal narrative, create a graphic organizer to show the events and elaboration, write strong introductions,
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Visualizing lessons for readers in grades 2-4. This folder includes the Visualizing Powerpoint, a presentation that helps readers to understand how they can form mental images as they read. In addition, you'll get four original short stories with
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Paired passages for comparing texts! In this file, you'll find resources to help students learn how to systematically compare and contrast texts. Great for CC Standard 5! Comparing Poems: Two sets of related poems, charts, and a response rating
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This mini-unit includes a variety of activities for helping students to understand and interpret the figurative language devices of personification, simile, and metaphor. Perfect for helping students review for state tests, or just learn to enjoy
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm a teacher and a writer. I always have a camera in hand, ready to record my experiences to create engaging articles to share with my students. You'll see my favorite places in my PowerPoints and teaching packs! Besides writing for TpT, I have also written two books on the topic of teaching reading: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling and The Forest AND the Trees: Helping Readers Identify Details in Texts and Tests.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is thoughtful, reflective, and student-centered. In my reading class, I use guided reading, whole-group instruction, independent reading, and literacy centers to help my students grow as readers. My favorite classroom moments occur when students come to me with unexpected questions, connections, or ideas. This is what makes me come to school each day!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have published two books based on my teaching experiences. The first, Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling, was created from my frustration with teaching summarizing and the lack of resources available. I went back to the research journals to figure out why my students were having trouble and how I could help them. The second book, The Forest AND the Trees, explores how students use details to make inferences, visualize, and learn new information from text. Both books are available from Heinemann.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I love to learn! I graduated from Penn State, and I have a M. Ed. in Language and Literacy from Millersville University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Be sure to visit my blog: http://emilykissner.blogspot.com