It's a Teacher Thing
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The Literature Circle Unit covers the key elements of literature and is easy for students and teachers to use. With over 50 pages, the Literature Circles Simplified unit is all you'll need to successfully run book clubs for any novel. Included
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The Text Evidence Proof Frames are easy to use in any subject area. *Use with fiction or nonfiction selections. *Simple format encourages students to find support for a claim using text evidence. *Target and record specific page and paragraph
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Finding Theme in Literature is a 70-page differentiated unit that may be used over a period of a week or one month. Portions may be used throughout the year, giving students the repeated experience of finding and proving a theme in their
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Writing a literary analysis is part of the Common Core. Analyzing a short story or novel is something we engage in, either formally or informally, throughout our lives. Having taught 21 years, I know some of the pitfalls and successes teachers
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This unit combines three of my products into one: Text Evidence Proof Frames, Proving Text Frames, and Text Evidence Side-by-Side Frames similar to Smarter Balance testing format. **Use with science, history/social studies, reading, writing,and
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Test practice for SBAC-type testing is made easier with these two popular units bundled into one! Text Evidence Proof Frames for side-by-side work simulates a style of question found in Common Core tests. You'll fine three different practice
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The Reading Response Log Unit, from It's a Teacher Thing, is aligned with the Common Core Standards and can be a year-long activity. Regularly use this simple format to check student understanding of literary elements and independent reading novels
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The Reading Comprehension Response Fans were created to provide easy access to reading prompts that fit the targeted teaching focus and to allow students some choice in prompt selection. The Reading Response Fans can be used for partner
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Wait! You can find this combined with another test practice unit for a bundled deal. Simulating the Smarter Balanced practice test, Fact Selection for Writing will help your students prepare for one of the most difficult parts of the test. There
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Bundled high-interest close reading for grades 6-8! Includes four units in one: Dracula, Vampire Bats, Bog Mummies, Mummies as Medicine. Perfect for test preparation and practicing close reading strategies with tips and annotation marks. Common
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Wait! Save a bundle because this unit is part of the Informational Text Unit. Close reading that's high-interest for grades 6-8! Perfect for test preparation and practicing close reading strategies (tips and annotation marks included). Common
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Wait! Save a bundle because this unit is part of the Informational Reading Unit. Close reading that's high-interest for grades 6-8! Perfect for test preparation and practicing close reading strategies (tips and annotation marks included). Common
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High-interest close reading activity for grades 5-7. Ancient Egypt's Hatshepsut was one of the most fascinating pharaohs. Teach close reading with this pamphlet activity. Perfect for test practice and for guest teachers. Differentiated versions
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Wait! Save a bundle because this unit is part of the Fall Information Text Bundle. Close reading that's high-interest for grades 6-8! Perfect for test preparation and practicing close reading strategies (tips and annotation marks included).
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Combine test prep and high-interest informational reading with the King Tutankamun Brochures. With differentiated versions and scaffolding included, all of your students will have access to the reading and writing material. Support your students'
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Newly Revised! Informational text that is high-interest for grades 6-8. Perfect for test preparation, informational text reading, and learning and practicing close reading strategies. The Bog Mummies Informational text includes Common Core
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The Close Reading Vampire Bats Brochure is high-interest reading with text-dependent questions and text-dependent writing. Perfect for seasonal reading and your sub-tub, this 10-page product offers differentiated reading options, close reading
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Use high-interest informational text to teach close reading and testing skills. This mini-unit is a smaller version of my larger unit "Dracula: Myth, Legend, Reality", and includes *close reading strategies for the teacher *an anchor
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The Ancient Egypt Bundle includes three of my products: Hatshepsut Brochure, Ancient Egypt Poster Projects, and Mummies Who Didn't Rest in Peace. Targeted at grades 5-7, each item includes differentiated options. Included you'll
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Freebie! Close Reading for Teachers is for grades 4-8. Familiarize yourself with the basics of Close Reading. Included you'll find What is Close Reading How to Implement Close Reading in the Classroom Close Reading Anchor Chart Annotation
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching 22 years, most of this in middle school language arts and social studies. I specialize in integrating resource students into my mainstream classroom and differentiating student assignments. Prior to my current sixth grade position, I taught third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'm a hands-on kind of teacher. Currently, I teach an integrated resource core combining language arts and social studies. I typically have ten students with IEP goals included in my sixth grade class of 25-30. Most of my plans allow for modifications depending on learning styles, IEP goals, and/or the needs of all learners. I combine objectives, and many of my units integrate reading, writing, and social studies.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Excellence in Teaching Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received a degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before I decided to become a teacher, I worked for five years as a full-time instructional aide in junior high classrooms. My teaching degree is from Humboldt State University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I consider teaching to be an art. I love the creativity of collaborating with colleagues to create lessons and discuss strategies. There's a thrill involved in honing the craft of teaching. I was also a bouncer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I think this may help in the classroom. :) Thanks to Laine from A Little Peace of Africa for the logo and banner. You'll find Laine at www.peaceofafrica.com.

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