Erin McDonald

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United States - Pennsylvania - Johnstown
Erin McDonald
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By Erin McDonald
This is a two-page graphic organizer which allows students to delve into nonfiction articles. It asks students to summarize the main point, list supporting details to prove they are correct, assess the author's option via text-based evidence, make
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Nonfiction Book Study
$5.00
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1 rating
4.0
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By Erin McDonald
Guided reading questions for the entire Lord of the Flies novel. 73 pages of chapter by chapter questions. If you like this, check out my other Lord of the Flies items!
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Novel Study, Printables
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Erin McDonald
This 50 page guided reading walks students through each chapter of Marcus Sedgwick's award winning novel, Revolver.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$3.00
4 ratings
2.8
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By Erin McDonald
Graphic organizers designed to help students track character development for Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon. You may consider splitting the class into groups having those groups become "Team Ralph" or "Team Piggy." Have those "teams" responsible
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Novel Study, Graphic Organizers
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Erin McDonald
Vocabulary words organized by chapter are in graphic organizers for students. Pass them out chapter by chapter or as a set. Quizzes follow, one per chapter. If you are interested, feel free to check out and use the associated Prezi presentations
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Novel Study, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Erin McDonald
Students must work in groups to design a board game that accurately represents theme, symbols, characters, and plot for the novel Lord of the Flies. File includes rubric.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Homeschool Curricula, Novel Study
$3.00
$1.00
2 ratings
2.8
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By Erin McDonald
Help your students identify the symbolism of the beast and of the conch using these graphic organizers. If you like them, check out my other Lord of the Flies items!
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Novel Study, Graphic Organizers
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Erin McDonald
Have students work in groups to explore the dystopian genre. With the popularity of dystopias in literature, TV, and film, having students explore their culture and present their findings to peers can be a good time and also links their learning to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Homeschool Curricula, Literature Circles
$2.00
$1.00
2 ratings
3.9
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By Erin McDonald
Students can use this graphic organizer to track clues about setting as they read. This will allow them to gather information from the text to make inferences about setting later.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Literature Circles
$1.00
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By Erin McDonald
"If you want to get somewhere, make an effort, not an excuse." I made this poster for my alternative education classroom and thought it may benefit others as well! When you print it, it should be an 11X14 inch print. The photograph was taken in
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Study Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Posters
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Erin McDonald
This Prezi reviews basic literature terms from plot and theme through symbolism and foreshadowing.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations, Homeschool Curricula
$2.00
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By Erin McDonald
A simple way to create a token economy in your classroom or school. Reward good behavior and allow students to earn "bucks" to purchase privileges and items from your class "store." I am happy to customize the "bucks" for your school or
Subjects:
Education, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Other, Printables, For Principals & Administrators
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By Erin McDonald
Allow students to locate vocabulary words from what they are reading. Students then fill out a flow chart for the word. I give students a packet of 5 or 6 charts and have them complete a set every few weeks as a part of vocabulary development.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Printables, Graphic Organizers
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I love being a teacher! I've taught in a variety of settings including private schools, public schools, and an alternative education for disruptive youth (AEDY) program. I have taught both honors and general courses, and have experience in grades 7-12. I'm currently teaching seventh graders, freshmen, and seniors and loving it! I also serve as the instructional coach for my district.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that each student is unique and that each student wants to be engaged (whether they realize it or not). I also believe that laughter should be in the classroom, that students should participate in group work, and that, as teachers, we must require our students to think for themselves. The items I post here at TpT are things I have used in my own classroom at one time or another. I hope that you find them helpful!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

UPJ writing awards, Milie Award Winner, 2000; selected to Psy Chi National Honor Society; Alpha Chi National Honor Society

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated as a double major in writing and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Years later I completed my M.Ed. Recently, I became and instructional coach for my school district and am enjoying the training and networking that position affords me.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am born and raised in west-central PA, and I love living here. That being said, I have spent some time traveling in the American West, and I absolutely love it! When I am not teaching, I am busy with extracurricular advising. I also love spending time with my family and my adorable dog.

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