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Wait! You can find this unit combined with another test practice unit for a bundled price. The Text Evidence Proof Frames simulate one of the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing formats. Three of the frames are editable. On the
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The Book Club Unit is complete, easy to use, and covers the key elements of literature. With over 50 pages, the Literature Circles Simplified unit is all you'll need to successfully run book clubs for any novel. If you're thinking about starting
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As a language arts teacher, I often teach about figurative language in the context of reading and writing. It’s always concerned me that once we’ve worked with these terms, there’s not a lot of opportunity for review as the year progresses. To
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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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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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Literary analysis writing is part of the Common Core. Analyzing a short story or novel and responding to literature are essential skills. Having taught 21 years, I know some of the pitfalls and successes teachers encounter when we attempt to teach
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The Christmas Figurative Language Task Cards are perfect for the weeks before Christmas. Use this Christmas activity to provide an opportunity for introduction and review. For even more value, this product is bundled in with my Figurative Language
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The Valentine Figurative Language Task Cards target similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, idiom, alliteration, assonance, and onomatopoeia. Each card has a sentence using figurative language and three answer choices for students to
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Text Organization Task Cards are perfect for reviewing text structure, text purpose, and for testing preparation. Use as a center station, for an introduction activity to your daily class, for whole-class instruction, for a partner review
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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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Punctuation Matters! is a lesson I use throughout the year to motivate and remind students that punctuation matters. Punctuation Matters! includes activities to introduce, practice, and review punctuation and sentence types. Perfect for
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The Spring Activities Parts of Speech provides educational fun with color by code mystery pictures. Perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. Includes five pictures. Each picture has two versions which makes differentiation a
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Getting close to finishing your unit on ancient Egypt but don’t want a time consuming project as a culminating activity? Perhaps you’re looking for a self-directed "into" activity. The Ancient Egypt Poster Unit was created with these thoughts in
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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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The Summer Figurative Language Task Cards provide an opportunity to introduce or review figurative language within a seasonal context. Each card has a sentence using figurative language and three answer choices for students to consider. Use the
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Use the Halloween Figurative Language Task Cards as a fun way to introduce or review figurative language. Each card has four options from which to choose. You'll find 28-cards, a definition of terms page, answer documents, a key, and an extended
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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 Back to School Parts of Speech Activities provide educational fun with color by code mystery pictures. Perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. Includes five pictures. Each picture has two versions which makes differentiation
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Who said grammar can't be fun??? Use the Differentiated Subject and Predicate Activities from It's a Teacher Thing to liven up your grammar lessons and student learning. You’ll receive the following: *64-complete subject slips with solid borders
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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.


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.


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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.


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

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