EoLA Ruth

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By EoLA Ruth
Are you using NoRedInk with your students? (If not, consider begging your district for this program; it’s great!) Here is a cheat sheet I created to help my students work through the Embedding Quotations lessons on NoRedInk. This cheat sheet
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts
$1.99
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By EoLA Ruth
Are your secondary students writing narrative? Do they need a review (or first time lesson) on punctuating dialogue? Then simply share this Interactive Digital Notebook that covers all aspects of formatting and punctuating dialogue. No printing
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks
$3.99
12
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By EoLA Ruth
Compare the natural rise and fall of a narrative to the natural formation of the Delicate Arch (and give students a quick geography/geology lesson while you’re at it). The templates may be shared on Google or printed. I have included a bonus
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Short Stories
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
$1.75
4
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By EoLA Ruth
We all know it’s best to give students choice when it comes to writing. Students will typically be more engaged with the writing process if they feel connected in some way to the subject matter. But giving choice is often difficult, especially in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps
$2.99
11
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By EoLA Ruth
Here is a model Companion Book I wrote for “The Stolen Party” (perfect for a literary analysis unit). In the preview, I have included the opening chapter: “The Introduction: Short Story: Big Impact” and the second chapter: “The Title: What Has
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Other
$3.99
9
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the Krazy Are your middle schoolers (or dare I say high schoolers) still writing run-on sentences or committing comma splice errors? Here is a fun, kinesthetic without the krazy Maze to help them understand the FANBOYS
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities
$3.99
13
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the Krazy If only he hadn’t stepped on that butterfly! I remember thinking as a middle schooler who’d just finished “A Sound of Thunder.” This classic science fiction story is a favorite for 7th and 8th graders. This Maze
Subjects:
Grammar, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.99
16
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By EoLA Ruth
Are you using NoRedInk with your students? Here is a cheat sheet I created to help my students work through two Identifying Sentences and Fragments lessons on NoRedInk. This cheat sheet covers the material “Finding Dependent Clauses” and “ID
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts
$1.99
5
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the Krazy This Maze covers embedding the three different types of quotations: dialogue (comma), flow, and colon. This Maze is aligned with NoRedInk’s lessons on embedding quotations. I’ve found that students are much more
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities
$3.99
5
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the “Krazy” Do your middle schoolers or early high schoolers need a lesson or review in comma rules and usages? This kinesthetic without the “krazy” will do the trick. I love to let students move around when they learn, but
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities
$3.99
8
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By EoLA Ruth
Tired of writing/typing the same comments on students’ papers over and over again? Share the Reminder instead! This Reminder covers basic MLA In-Text (parenthetical) formatting such as where to place periods, commas, etc. Slide 1: Quotes never
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Google Apps
$1.95
2
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the Krazy Are your middle schoolers (or dare I say high schoolers) still messing up into/in to, principal/principle, lose/loose, past/passed, and writing “would of” instead of “would have”? Never fear, the Maze is here!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Minilessons
$2.99
4
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By EoLA Ruth
Stop writing the same comments over and over again on students’ papers. Instead, share REMINDERS with students. I’ve designed my REMINDERS based on common student errors. Simply refer students to the slide number they need to review. I teach
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Rubrics, Google Apps
$1.95
4
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the Krazy Although I teach in middle school, many (often most) students are still struggling with 4th and 5th grade conventions of Standard English Common Core Standards. A quick reminder of the eight parts of speech at the
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
L.4.1, L.4.1a, L.4.1f, L.4.2c, L.5.1, L.5.1a
$3.99
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By EoLA Ruth
Voice in writing: Hard to teach, easy to spot when it’s there and when it’s clearly not. This Introduction to Voice Digital Notebook will help your middle schoolers or early high schoolers understand the concept of voice and how to achieve it with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps
$2.99
7
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the Krazy Have you read “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell? It’s a lovely coming-of-age story appropriate for grades seven-ten. (Seven might be pushing the lower end a bit.) This Maze focusses on
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities
$3.99
5
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By EoLA Ruth
Whether you’re teaching a Reading Short Story Unit or a Writing Narrative Unit, it will be helpful for students to understand how to summarize a story. I mean actually summarize—proving that they understand the plot elements, theme, etc. Focusing on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks
$4.25
4
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By EoLA Ruth
Students will never be able to properly punctuate sentences until they recognize the difference between a phrase and a clause. This quick lesson will teach them how to do so (and they’ll have fun doing it).
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Interactive Whiteboard, Google Apps
$1.50
7
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By EoLA Ruth
Are your students still writing “My first/second/next reason is” when transitioning between paragraphs? Teach them how to write smooth transitions with the echo technique. The echo transitioning technique is when a writer echoes a word or group of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Minilessons, Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps
$1.95
2
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By EoLA Ruth
Kinesthetic Without the Krazy Time to teach or review figurative language? Why not do so in a fun way that gets students up and moving? This Maze covers imagery, similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, idioms, puns and allusions. I
Subjects:
Writing, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities
$3.99
2
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 18 years of urban teaching experience in both adult education and middle school with above average success in motivating disadvantaged students to reach their academic potential.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Middle schoolers have energy—a lot of energy. And most middle schoolers spend too much of their day sitting down. When I have classes that start after physical education periods or after we’ve gone for a walk, my middle schoolers are almost always more focused. So I’ve made it a point to develop highly motivational and rigorous lessons that get middle schoolers up and moving. Yes, these methods benefit kinesthetic learners, and yes, in a microscopic way, I’m helping to combat childhood obesity. But really, I do these types of “get up and move” lessons because kids enjoy them, and middle schoolers need them. My most popular “get up and move” model is The MAZE where students work in pairs (normally in the hallway) to crack a code while being chased by a remote control car operated by a lucky student. (I know this sounds like chaos, but with a bit of procedure practice in September, The Maze really does work. And there is always the fact that students love The Maze and want to keep the privilege of going into it.) I have used The Maze to teach everything from literary elements, to grammar, to writing techniques. Getting through middle school can often feel like cracking a code in a scary maze. (I know I felt like that back in the 80’s!) This fun and rigorous activity can help students navigate through that middle school right of passage. Don’t worry: each Maze comes with explicit instructions. p.s. I also work a lot with multiple intelligences!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Connecticut Writing Project’s “Gold Certificate” for five student writers in one year honored in the Connecticut Student Writers Magazine, 2015 and 2016 District Inspiring Writers Award, 2016 State of Connecticut Adult Educator of the Year, 2008 Upward Bound’s Teacher Appreciation Award, 2000

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut Sixth Year, Curriculum and Instruction, May 2015 Master of Arts in Education, May 2001 Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude, May 1999

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Back in the early 90's, I served four years in the United States Navy.

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