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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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The Text Organization Task Cards are perfect for reviewing text structure and text purpose as well as for testing preparation. Use as a center station, for an introduction activity to your daily class, for whole-class instruction, for a
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Add fun and hands-on activities to your character unit. This newly revised mini-unit from It's a Teacher Thing has more than 50 pages to enhance your introduction or practice of character trait. You’ll receive the following: *20 task
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You’ll receive the following: 28-Task Cards relating to spring Definitions of Terminology Answer Documents Answer Key Formative Assessment 18-Literal or Figurative Sort Cards 2-Sort Boards Definition T-Chart I often teach about figurative language
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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 Winter Figurative Language Task Cards are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and, you guessed it: each card has a sentence using figurative language referring to winter and three answer choices for students to consider. You'll
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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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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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Three Figurative Language Task Card Units bundled together from It's a Teacher Thing! The Halloween, Fall, and Winter Figurative Language Task Cards Units provide preview or review opportunities for simile, metaphor, hyperbole, onomatopoeia,
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Offered at 50% off for the next 24 hours! Earth Day 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
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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

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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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