Jennifer Szymanski

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By Jennifer Szymanski
Help your students read graphic novels with purpose and analyze them more deeply with this Graphic Novels Before and After Reading Teaching Activity Bundle. Included in this bundle is a PowerPoint to explain the basics of graphic novels to your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics
$5.00
110 ratings
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By Jennifer Szymanski
This four-page graphic organizer includes two pre-writing pages, one lined page for writing the rough draft, and a scoring rubric. The writing prompt asks students to write about an event that changed their lives. The graphic organizer is formatted
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Outlines, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$1.50
57 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
This is a packet to accompany Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart." It includes vocabulary and an anticipatory question for before reading, a plot diagram and other during reading activities, and an after-reading activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Printables
$3.00
64 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
A packet to accompany O. Henry's short story, A Retrieved Reformation. This short story is commonly included in literature anthologies and textbooks, and can be easily accessed for free online. Activities include vocabulary, predicting, inferring,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
33 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Review the parts of speech and other basics of grammar with this fun game! Human Bingo is a game I came across many years ago, though I cannot recall where I read about it! If you know the inventor of this wonderful game, please let me know. Human
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, English
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$1.00
48 ratings
3.9
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Make collaborative learning easier with this bundle. This product lets you easily designate groups and group work space while reminding students of behavior expectations during group time. Help your students collaborate during group work more
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Posters, Rubrics
$3.00
31 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Help students understand what theme means using this graphic organizer and PowerPoint. Students often confuse "theme" with the "moral" of a story, or they have trouble looking beyond the events in the story to the greater picture. These notes can
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
28 ratings
3.9
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By Jennifer Szymanski
These reading response sheets are suitable for any historical fiction or classic literature novel you might have your students read. Rather than answering low-level comprehension questions, students will make connections, make predictions, analyze
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$2.00
13 ratings
3.9
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Print these pages back to back to create a handy bookmark that students will fill out while they read and then present to you when they are ready to take an Accelerated Reader quiz. Some Benefits of using the "Ticket to Test" bookmark system: 1.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Study Guides, Test Prep, Printables
$1.50
12 ratings
3.9
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Students will define eight common figurative language terms, such as assonance, idiom, and simile, and then create original examples for each term. The PowerPoint defines each term and gives an example from a literary work. To help students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Printables
$1.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
My students often have trouble identifying the point of view of a narrative, so I came up with a simple flowchart to help them distinguish between first person, second person, third person omniscient, third person limited, and third person objective
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$1.50
7 ratings
3.9
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Guide your students as they prepare to give a book talk to their peers. This download includes guidelines for preparing and giving a speech and an outline students can use to fill in the details of their book talks. Also included is a rubric for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Oral Communication
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Outlines, Graphic Organizers
$1.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Familiarize your students with common academic vocabulary they will likely encounter on assessments, standardized testing, and school work. The sixteen vocabulary words are explained in detail. Some vocabulary words include: analyze, compare,
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Test Preparation
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Test Prep, Handouts, Printables
$1.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Make talking about literature FUN! These cards can be used to start a conversation about a piece of literature before or following a more analytical discussion of the piece. The prompts on these cards are not intended to substitute for a formal
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
$2.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Help increase your students' vocabulary with this graphic organizer. The tasks in the organizer correspond to the best-practices for vocabulary instruction, including structural analysis, context clues, synonyms, antonyms, using the word in a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Test Preparation
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Assess students' understanding of poetry concepts such as metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, rhyme scheme, connotation, symbolism, assonance, consonance, and others with this set of 16 task cards. Keep students engaged in poetry
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Games, Task Cards
$3.00
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Make talking about literature FUN! These cards can be used to start a conversation about a piece of literature before or following a more analytical discussion of the piece. The prompts on these cards are not intended to substitute for a formal
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
The inspiration journal is a writing tool to encourage creative writing, creative thinking, and idea development while also developing students' writing skills in general. Students will look at an inspiration piece (a picture, quote, or word) on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Workbooks, Handouts, Printables
$1.50
1 rating
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By Jennifer Szymanski
This product is a slightly modified version of the usual literature circles. It includes 5 roles (Summarizer, Discussion Leader, Passage Analyzer, Storyboard Illustrator, and Character Tracker) and is intended to be used over a period of 5 weekly
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
$4.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Jennifer Szymanski
Our principal requires that we provide information to parents about our courses, policies, and about the developmental growth of the students in our grades at parent information night. That can be a lot to talk about, especially in 8th grade! Here
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
8th
Types:
Other, Handouts, For Parents
$1.00
4 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 8th grade language arts and English for the past 6 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like students to be actively engaged in the classroom; "sit 'n git" doesn't work with 8th graders! I get the students up and out of their seats, they move around, talk, manipulate, make discoveries...I encourage students to make connections to other learning, and I believe that students should understand "why" we do things as much as "how" we do things.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Nominated for Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2013 (home district) Outstanding Middle Level Education Student 2006

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Nebraska at Kearney, BA in Middle Level Education, additional endorsements in language arts and math

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I have been married for over twenty-five years and we have four wonderful children and one grandchild.

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