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UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN is a novel about the changes that occurred in the lives of boyhood friends after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The focus is on three themes: friendship, prejudice, and conflict (personal and cultural). This novel study is an
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This novel study unit of JOHNNY TREMAIN by Esther Forbes integrates Reading/Language Arts with Social Studies, Drama, and Art. Originally used in grade 5 Academically Gifted reading classes, it is suitable for advanced grade 5 readers and grades 6-8
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This 19- page novel study unit is a complete teaching tool with lesson suggestions, discussion questions, activities, and multiple choice tests. It was originally used by Academically Gifted fifth grade students; but has also been used in a regular
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This non-fiction book study unit is complete with page by page LESSON PLAN suggestions, student DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS and Student ACTIVITIES for integrating Reading/Language Arts with Science and Social Studies. Originally used
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This novel study unit is an instructional tool for teaching the understanding, application, and assessment of reading comprehension skills/strategies and metacognitive strategies (Visualizing, Connecting, Summarizing, Questioning, Predicting,
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This book study integrates reading/language arts skills, strategies, and practice for the comprehension of informational text with the study of a science curriculum unit on WEATHER. Patricia Lauber's book is rich in figurative language and graphic
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This novel study unit is a complete, integrated lesson plan for three to four weeks of reading/language arts instruction. It is recommended for grades 4 and 5 in whole class, small group or a home school setting; but was originally used by grade 4
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This integrated study unit is complete with chapter lesson plans, discussion questions, tests, and activities. ONE DAY IN THE TROPICAL RAIN FOREST by Jean Craighead George, is an instructional tool for teaching students about rain forests while
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This novel study unit of SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL by Louis Sachar, is complete with lesson plans, student discussion questions, multiple choice tests, and activities for each chapter. Certain chapters provide opportunities for
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This study unit uses the book EARTHQUAKES by Seymour Simon, as an instructional tool for teaching the understanding and application of reading and test-taking strategies to comprehend non-fiction informational text. It was created by Janice Zmuda to
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This page is a quick reference tool for the definition, identification and use of the parts of speech in the English language. The helping verbs are clustered in groups that make them easy to memorize; and the prepositions, if learned line by line
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught grade 5 in a regular classroom setting for 15 years; and grades 3, 4, and 5 in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) classes for 25 years (teaching enrichment, reading and math at various times in the program). Within my 40 years of teaching, I also taught part of the day in an Exceptional Children's Resource program (EC), along with the AIG enrichment. The last 15 years, before I retired from teaching, I taught reading and math to fourth and fifth grade AIG students.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is student-centered, where I basically model, moderate and facilitate learning by creating an atmosphere that encourages, excites and stimulates a thirst for knowledge and independence in learning. My instruction is directed toward the understanding, application and practice of metacognitive strategies/skills (visualizing, questioning, connecting, predicting, etc.) to aid in comprehension. I integrate reading, social studies, science, math, art, and drama through novel study units with on-going assessment by observation, test-taking practice, activities, and portfolios that apply graphic organizers.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In RI, I was selected with a team of teachers, to train in and develop an academically gifted program for the West Warwick School System, worked on the Science Curriculum team, and was chosen to present the science curriculum plan to the School Board. In 1984, I was the Teacher of the Year in West Warwick, RI and one of six finalists for the state Teacher of the Year. In 2000, I was the Academically Gifted Teacher of the Year for North Carolina. In 2004, I was a Time Warner Cable Star Teacher.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Education degree, an art endorsement, certification in Academically Gifted Education, and was National Board Certified in 2000 to 2010.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My novel study units, are being used by teachers throughout my school system. I have developed a phonics instructional program called "Phonics in a Flash" that has also been field tested and used with struggling readers in grades 3 through middle school. I am an avid sports fan. Though I am now retired after 40 years of teaching, I still enjoy travel, golf, skiing and being a member of a local garden club. I am also a member of a book club for adult literature, which is quite a new experience for me after having spent my career reading mostly children's literature.

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