It's a Teacher Thing

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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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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 Valentine Figurative Language Task Cards are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Each card has a sentence using figurative language and three answer choices for students to consider. You'll receive the following:
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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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Christmas activities can be fun and educational with Color By Code Parts of Speech. Perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. Includes five pictures. Each picture has two versions which makes differentiation a breeze. One version
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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 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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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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Mentor sentences focused on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Perfect for grades 5-8. Combine daily writing with content-rich sentences. Use as a start-up activity, partner or group work, or as a center activity. Each day's work teaches about
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This is a combination of my Preposition Song Unit and my Helping Verb Song Unit. Included you'll find the following: *Ten worksheets and keys *Eight tests and keys *Links to You Tube audio files I've created *Two songs with directions for teaching
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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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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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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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Environmental informational reading passages with high-interest content are perfect for test prep and use throughout the year. The three passages focus on environmental issues with cell phones, plastic water bottles, and convenience hot cups.
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Combine St. Patrick's Day information with your grammar instruction by using task cards to reinforce your lessons on prepositional phrases. Included you'll find tips, a song, test, and notes to support your teaching. Three sets of cards are
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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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Free! Here's a quick way to focus the class before a session of independent reading or writing. The Reading Record-Status of the Class sheet helps you track student independent reading whenever you'd like. It's part of my larger Reading Response
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Free and differentiated. Utilize these two leveled character trait lists (grades 5-7 and 6-10) with more than 300 character traits. It benefits students to keep a Character Trait List in their binders all year for use when responding to prompts
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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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