EoLA Ruth Teaching ELA with Anxiety

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Are you using the Teachers College 7th Grade Writing Unit? We are too. Here is a model Companion Book I wrote for “The Stolen Party” (the recommended model text for the literary analysis unit). In the preview, I have included the opening chapter:
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This interactive digital notebook (Google Slides) covers the different types of leads in nonfiction writing (with an emphasis on argument). It’s geared toward middle school, so the language describing the leads is clear and concise. The types of
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It’s happening again. You’re sitting down to read student writing and are suffering through silly error after silly error until steam is coming out of your ears. You know students have not proofread despite the many times you’ve asked/told/begged.
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Are your middle schoolers dramatic? What am I asking? Of course they’re dramatic. It’s middle school! Why not tap into that natural dramatic flair while at the same time helping them learn and retain Tier II academic words? That’s what the
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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
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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
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Kinesthetic Without the Krazy Are your middle schoolers (or dare I say high schoolers) still writing run-on sentences and committing comma splice errors? Or do they need to work on sentence length and variety? Here is a kinesthetic (without the
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Are you using the Teacher College writing curriculum like so many others? We are too. I’m currently teaching 7th grade, and after the students write their literary analysis (companion book) essay, I have them write a reflection. Students still
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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
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Are your middle schoolers dramatic? What am I asking? Of course they’re dramatic. It’s middle school! Why not tap into that natural dramatic flair while at the same time helping them learn and retain Tier II academic words? That’s what my
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These Interactive Google Slides have everything your middle school students need to plan and plot a realistic fiction (narrative) piece. Planning slides include: Somebody Wanted But So Have your character make a mistake (be human) Plot
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 17 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 yeras in the United States Navy.

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