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Nothing But The Truth by Avi is a documentary novel that tells the story of student Philip Malloy and his homeroom teacher, Miss Margaret Narwin. Interesting things happen after Philip challenges Miss Narwin and the Harrison School District by
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a deeply moving novel that tells the story of a young boy and his family who live just outside of a concentration camp during the Second World War. The boy’s father is the commandant of the camp, and
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Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson tells the story of how her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, became the first African American player to enter the major leagues. The story recounts the obstacles and
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Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli is a deeply moving novel that tells the story of a young orphan boy who lives insides of a Polish ghetto in Warsaw during the Second World War. The novel recounts many heartwarming, horrific, and tragic episodes in this
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Dear Reader, Thank you for previewing the entire collection of 75 puzzles contained in The Little Book of Logic Puzzles: 25 Puzzles That Will Make You Think, Volumes #1, #2, and #3. I hope that you (and your students, if you are a teacher) will
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The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi is a novel of historical fiction that tells the story of the tragic lives and deaths of the members of the feuding Hatfield and McCoy clans in West Virginia and Kentucky. This PDF file of Socratic Seminar Questions
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The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is a deeply moving novel that tells the story of the tragic lives and deaths that Polish Jews suffered in the German concentration camps during the Second World War. This PDF file of Socratic Seminar Questions
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The sixteen Macbeth Story Summary Worksheets in this book have been written to help students understand the key points of this classic tale by William Shakespeare. Each two-page spread contains an answer key and a corresponding student page, and
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Dear Reader, Thank you for previewing Volume #1 of The Little Book of Logic Puzzles: 25 Puzzles That Will Make You Think. I hope that you (and your students, if you are a teacher) will find that my puzzles both challenge and entertain you. If you
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What is the I-MATH Program? The I-MATH Program is a collection of nineteen different mathematical problem-solving activities. Each title, which contains from one to eight pages, starts with simple questions that serve to establish a student’s basic
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"A Fond Farewell" is a CODE PUZZLE developed in the exact same format as that of another great product I have for sale titled: "The Little Book of Secret Code Puzzles: Pearls of Wisdom & Encouragement Waiting to be Discovered." Students love
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The fourteen Romeo & Juliet Story Summary Worksheets & Tests in this PDF have been written to help students understand the key points of this classic tale by William Shakespeare. Each two-page spread contains an answer key and a
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Welcome to the collection of ELA Stories: 50 Single-Page Tales of Wisdom Many of the stories in this collection are adaptations of Aesop’s Fables, while others have been culled from countries and cultures around the world. The central theme of the
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Welcome to 2nd Edition of The Little Book of Secret Code Puzzles. If you’ve never solved a Code Puzzle before, or never even heard of a Code Puzzle, you’re holding a book in your hands that will bring you a lot of amusement and insight. People who
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Dear Reader, Thank you for previewing Volumes #2 and #3 of The Little Book of Logic Puzzles: 25 Puzzles That Will Make You Think. I hope that you (and your students, if you are a teacher) will find that my puzzles both challenge and entertain you.
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Can you... -think of two words, both starting with the letter “A,” that could be used to describe a person who is skillful?* -find two words, both beginning with the letter “E,” that show how someone could feel?** -come up with three words, all
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Here’s a great activity for you when you want to bring your class together, or you just want to let your students exercise their brains for five minutes. It’s The Book of Questions ... With Answers on the Tip of Your Tongue. Designed in an
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It's Friday afternoon. The kids have worked hard all week in your Language Arts class and you need a 5-minute fun activity to end things on a high note. You'd like the activity to be instantly engaging, and you'd like it to be something that gets
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Welcome to The Little Book of Bible Code Puzzles. If you’ve never solved a Code Puzzle before, or never even heard of a Code Puzzle, this PDF will bring you a lot of enjoyment, while also helping you to meditate upon God’s Holy Word. People who have
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Dear Reader, Thank you for previewing the sample Logic Puzzles which I have taken from my 3-volume collection of The Little Book of Logic Puzzles: 25 Puzzles That Will Make You Think. Each volume contains 25 puzzles similar in design and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Gary Ciesla, M.S. is a prolific writer and a veteran Special Education teacher who has worked in a variety of interesting and challenging classroom environments. He has taught in state and federal prisons, in institutions for troubled youth, in a program for autistic children with Asperger’s Syndrome, in an Alternative Education program, and most recently, at EF International Language School in Tarrytown, New York, where he first taught English to students from around the world, and then managed the EF/NY University Pathways Program. As an author, Mr. Ciesla has written The Little Book of Secret Code Puzzles: Pearls of Wisdom & Encouragement Waiting to be Discovered; Romeo & Juliet: Fill-in-the-Blank Story Summary Worksheets and Tests; The Little Book of Logic Puzzles: 25 Puzzles That Will Make You Think; The Little Book of Questions Whose Answers Are on the Tip of Your Tongue! (and) The Little Book of Bible Code Puzzles: 25 Surprising Insights From the Word of God. He lives in Highland Falls, New York. If you wish to contact Mr. Ciesla, he can be reached, via email, at the following address: gary.ciesla@gmail.com. Visit AlaraLearning.com for more information.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Gary Ciesla believes in capturing a student's attention and interest by presenting an unusual challenge that is just a small step beyond what he or she already knows. Gary likes to present work to students which appears, at first glance, to be nicely designed, but completely mystifying. The wisdom of doing this first became evident to him in 1997 when he began writing Code Puzzles on the blackboard of classroom #7 at the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution. At first, the bright and engaged students in the class were puzzled by what was written. As they began to understand and solve the cryptograms by using the clues presented to them, cracking each puzzle's code and revealing the answer, the less interested students began to join in once they saw the answer start to emerge. This experience shaped the way that Mr. Ciesla develops his materials: create a page that looks visually appealing, but make it challenging. Give students whatever brief explanation they might need to get started, and then circulate around the classroom, giving help to those who need help, encouragement to those who are wavering, and praise to those who are doing well. Another important component of Mr. Ciesla's style is consistency. While the initial Romeo & Juliet or Macbeth Story Summary Worksheets might require that some explanation be given to the students, subsequent worksheets which follow the same design pattern are completed by the students without delay. A third principle, which is embodied in the provision of what Mr. Ciesla calls "Printable PDFs" is that if we are going to ask students to give their best, we should give them our best. PDFs allow teachers to make perfect copies each time. Why do educators, who should know better, persist in giving students copies made from books, when placing books on copiers causes the copies to have black shadow marks all around the corners, producing copies that look unprofessional? As much as possible, Mr. Ciesla always strives to give students perfect and professionally made copies in order to model the quality of work he expects to receive from them.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected as a Finalist in Para Publishing’s 2012 e-book awards for The Little Book of Secret Code Puzzles: Pearls of Wisdom & Encouragement Waiting to be Discovered.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION ·M.S. in Special Ed., Permanent NYS Certification (K-12), Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY. ·B.S. in Elementary Ed. with majors in Speech and Psychology, SUNY at New Paltz.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Formative quotations that have influenced Gary Ciesla: "The difference between a good word and the right word is the difference between the rain and the rainbow." -Mark Twain. "Here's the advice an experienced editor gave to one aspiring writer: Learn to use both ends of the pencil equally." -from THE LITTLE BOOK OF SECRET CODE PUZZLES: PEARLS OF WISDOM & ENCOURAGEMENT WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED by Gary Ciesla. "I'm sorry, but we don't deal with self-published authors." -words spoken by a book buyer for Hudson News, the company which holds the contract to sell books at all NYC airports, possibly made in recognition of the inconsistent quality of work produced, sadly, by many self-published authors. “I hope my stories will be enjoyed by readers for many years to come, long after I am dead and gone from the earth. I don’t want people to read these tales and find even one mistake in any of them. I am going to make sure that no one will ever think of me as just another writer who didn’t care about his work.” -author unknown, adapted from an old Chinese story and included in ELA Stories: 50 One-minute tales of Wisdom by Gary Ciesla. "No matter what it takes, there must be no mistakes!" -personal writing and editing motto.

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