Ernest Ciardi
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Courage is usually depicted in movies as Thor wielding his hammer or Spiderman jumping from a building, but what about the courage of ordinary people? This passage explores the shining examples of courage that are displayed daily right under our
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Drawing conclusions is the most difficult type of question on any reading assessment, but the skill can't be taught; it must be practiced, so here are four great passages that focus on this most important reading challenge! As with everything I have
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Cause and effect is an important skill for general comprehension as well as for PARCC, so this passage hits two birds with one stone: it addresses cause and effect and has questions formatted to PARCC. Professionally written questions and a writing
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Creative journal writing and explosive creativity and ingenuity are the highlights of this series of writing prompts that are sure to have students writing incredibly and happily! I know; I use them daily in classrooms!
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Similes and metaphors are common to even third graders, but how about metonomy? synecdoche? oxymoron? These and other more complex and sophisticated figures of speech are explored in this challenge that dares students to stretch their creative and
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Turtles? Tortoises? What's the difference? Actually, there are many differences that are interesting, informative and illustrative of the workings of evolution. This passage was written for 4th grade, but is suitable for a 5th or 6th grade science
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Sequencing is a challenging skill to teach, that is unless you are using this passage on the spider wasp! Using sequencing words, this passage teaches students the importance of understanding the steps or order of a non-fiction passage. An short
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Bugs creep everyone out, and this humorous story proves that fact through a wide array of figures of speech, exaggeration, mild sarcasm and just plain fun! Professionally written questions and answers accompany the piece for assessment and DOL.
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PARCC testing has a new format that is required for all materials used to prepare students for the assessment, but another important requirement is the ability of the prep materials to engage the students, and these 17 passages certainly do! I used
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PARCC preparation that works and actually produces better readers and writers requires engaging, meaningful passages, questions and writing prompts that motivate students and inspire teachers, so that is what I put into this workbook! All passages
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Main ideas, details and drawing conclusions all go hand in hand as important skills that help to facilitate comprehension. This non-fiction passage, about the blue whale, is great fun to read and yet is designed to enhance and strengthen the
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Appearances are affected not only by what we eat, but also by the lives we live. In this tale of Medieval Italy, a famous painter discovers this fact firsthand in a most shocking and incredible coincidence. As with all Ernie Ciardi stories and
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Creative writing that is aligned to the common core standards is the purpose of his series of highly motivational and engaging writing prompts that are sure to have students writing until their wrists hurt, I promise!!!
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Book reports can be creative too! Your students will find these ideas challenging and motivational, I promise!
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Multiple-choice questions comprise the majority of the items on all standardized tests and yet few of us know how these questions are designed or even what areas of comprehension they cover. Well, that dilemma is now solved with The Multiple-choice
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Cinderella is a story whose theme of the step-child being treated like a second class citizen by the adoptive parent is common in every culture, and so here, with a little embellishment, is the version of the Cinderella tale told to children as a
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PARCC is just a new name for an old concept: assessment of reading and writing. Regardless of the test name, if students are not engaged in the material used to prepare for the assessment, all is for naught. Therefore, the passages and questions
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Halloween is a holiday rich in potential for great and varied reading and writing, and this narrative provides both! There is also a research essay topic and a context clues challenge for vocabulary development and word walls. Enjoy! My students
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Valentine's Day is all about friendship and building relationships, and so this poem reinforces those ideas with an added twist: scrambled words! It's a blast! Students will have a lot of fun with it. Enjoy!
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Comparison and contrast are two types of writing organization that are used frequently by all writers of non-fiction, but especially by writers of textbook and testing materials. This passage explores these two styles of writing with an interesting
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

24 years teaching high school English and reading, honors, college prep and standard 12 years as District Supervisor of Language Arts, K-12 5 Years as university professor/supervisor

MY TEACHING STYLE

Motivate, engage, ask questions, encourage students to think, create, develop self awareness and self actualization and create their own brand of individual success through reading, writing and critical thinking.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Who's Who of America's Teachers, 3 awards Multiple awards from NJ Dept of Education for teaching excellence

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA: English MA: Reading Certifications: Teacher of English, Reading Specialist, Supervision

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Have written and published multiple books, stories, poems and articles. Debating Team Coach for 30 years Moderator: Theater and Arts Club, Millionaires' Club Ran successful Reading/Writing/SAT Prep center for 35 years