Gerald's Gems

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This is a 1-2 week (approx.) unit that teaches: 1) the three types of writing tasks AND 2) how to "unpack" the prompt by restating the wordy prompts into simple questions (that students would answer in their essay) Note: This lesson is not meant
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Includes: * a half sheet handout of directions (two on a page), which includes a list of heraldic symbols, animals, and colors * a grading rubric and space for students to write an analysis/explanation of their Coat of Arms * 5 different templates
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This GROUP COLLABORATION RUBRIC is versatile because you can use it for ANY group work activity, including: - group discussion - making a product as a group - practicing for a presentation with a partner - share and compare - many, many more! This
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This is the full text (on 7 pages with wide margins for annotations) of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado". It includes vocabulary words (highlighted in pink and defined in the margins), GISTs of each paragraph/section, example
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ANSWER KEY includes page numbers where info can be found in the novel Students can fill out this character chart as they read the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. A chart will help them keep all of the characters straight. This
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This Powerpoint has many colorful pictures. It defines PUNS and give several types of examples, including jokes and food puns. This Powerpoint will clearly illustrate to students what a pun is in a humorous and fun way!
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This Powerpoint is the companion to the handout with the same name that can be found in my store for $1. Family Crest / Coat of Arms: HANDOUTS include: * a half sheet handout of directions (two on a page) including a list of heraldic symbols,
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A handout for students that lists three steps to identifying the theme of a piece of literature: Step 1: Identify the main idea of the text. Step 2: Identify the main topics of the text. Step 3: Identify the author’s message about those
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INCLUDES A PDF AND A POWERPOINT VERSION FOR EASY EDITING. SUGGESTION: Read the assigned passages as a class then allow students to practice working with the PARCC prompts on the slides by writing JUST an intro paragraph of the essay. *** Passage
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This is the full text (on 7 pages with wide margins for annotations) of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado". It includes vocabulary words (highlighted in pink and defined in the margins), and 10 Questions for students. ALSO look
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Now your students can write a ransom letter, just like the one in "The Ransom of Red Chief"! Included in this 11 slide Powerpoint (+ 6 slides of student examples) is a list of expectations, an example, and a rubric.
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*See accompanying Book Talk products in my store. *Will work for NOVELS or SHORT STORIES *Students give a 2 min. class presentation about a story they've read with a visual aid Visual Aid Content Preparedness Presentation Skills Time (2 min. goal)
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This worksheet includes a section for each step of the TP-CASTT method, which gives students a strategy for analyzing difficult poetry. T: Title (make a prediction) P: Paraphrase (What does it say?) C: Connotation / Feeling Words A: Annotations:
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This is a fun way to teach students how to use voice in their writing. Voice Man is a "character" that my mom (4th grade teacher) and I (high school teacher) made up. It's kind of silly, but it WORKS. It appeals to ALL types of learners. Voice
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This brief student-friendly Powerpoint explains to students (and new teachers!) the basics of what our LEAP 2025 ELA test for grades 4-10 looks like so they know what to expect. This will build confidence and eliminate confusion on test day. BONUS:
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Once students have learned the TP-CASTT method they can practice using this superhero-themed worksheet! It includes a section for each step of the TP-CASTT method.
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This is a Power Point of 8 sample Book Talks (oral book reports). These are meant to be used as examples when modeling how to properly present a Book Talk. See my other listings for detailed instructions and rubrics. Book Talks should include:
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Allow flexibility! Provide differentiation! Students pick their OWN novel... Instead of creating a test for every single novel, assess students with these higher order thinking questions that will work for ANY novel (or short story!). *16 higher
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You get: 1) a 22-slide PowerPoint lesson with diagrams, examples, and 10 practice passages 2) a handout for students to record definitions and examples 3) a quiz and key 4) PLENTY of examples for each subgenre
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

8th Grade Reading 8th Grade English 10th Grade English 11th Grade English 10th Grade Test Remediation (Summer School)

MY TEACHING STYLE

I change and grow each and every year. I try to learn as much as I can and to have fun with my students. I love using music and art in the classroom and I love when students learn from each other. My hero is Ron Clark. I try to teach like him as much as possible!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

District Teacher of the Year for St. Tammany Parish (2012-2013)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelors of Science from Utah State University (2002)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I come from a family of teachers. I married into another family of teachers. It's what I know. It's what I love!

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