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By Johnston's ELA Gems
One of my best sellers! This is a STAAR reading Jeopardy-type review using powerpoint. It covers inferencing, testing strategies, author's purpose, short stories, and poetry. Great for use right before the test! I created it for middle school
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$5.00
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
One of my best sellers! This is a Jeopardy-type game that you can use with your students in the days before the writing test as an overview of skills. It is intended for use in 7th grade, but it can be edited for use in any grade. The topics
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing-Expository
Grades:
8th, 9th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$5.00
37
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
Getting your students ready for the Reading STAAR? Make it fun with this game bundle! Get 6 review PowerPoint games at a savings of 30%! If you'd like to see a preview, each game has one on its individual listing.Included in the bundle areReading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$29.00
$20.30
14
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This assignment uses the one pager concept, but it focuses on a character from the reading instead of the whole piece. Great for assessing indirect and direct characterization.You might also like my Novel Study Materials Bundle that includes an
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Literature Circles, Assessment
$3.00
29
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This novel one pager asks for the following components:-Title & author-Character list-Setting information-Adjectives with explanations-Quotation from favorite character with page -Explanation of quotation-Higher level, text-based question-Answer
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$3.00
14
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
Everything you need to create a secondary ELA handbook! This 52-page product is ready to print and put in folders as a class set, or you can make one for each of your students. I printed each section in a different color so that it was easier for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, Printables, Classroom Forms
$29.50
$22.40
19
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
Did you like the original, best-selling Reading STAAR Review Game? Well this is version 2.0! This Jeopardy-type game covers inferencing, testing strategies, author's purpose, short stories, and poetry. Great for use right before the test! There are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
15
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This Jeopardy-style game presents several ways for students to inference. The categories are- Pictures- Jobs- Scenarios- What is it?- Mystery QuestionsStudents must use the clues given to infer the answer. Some of the questions may seem like
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
16
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
One pagers are all the rage, and here is a bundle of four that are great to use in the secondary classroom!All About Me One Pager is a great way to start the year and introduce one pagers.The Novel One Pager has the student cover general knowledge
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$12.00
$9.60
6
Bundle
By Johnston's ELA Gems
Change up your first days of school with this great back to school one pager. Students will start it in class and complete it at home. Let kids show you who they are by answering and representing the following:-Name-AgeChoose 8 of the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Other
$3.00
17
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This is a great tool for assessing where your 7th-9th graders are with their grammar. This pre-test includes questions over the following:- subject/predicate- capitalization- commonly misspelled words- abstract/concrete nouns- Types of sentences-
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Examinations - Quizzes, Printables
$2.00
18
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This bundle is great for reviewing your students for the STAAR without boring them (or you!). Buying this bundle saves you 25%- You get 4 games for the price of 3!You get:Writing STAAR Review GameWriting STAAR Review Game 2.0Editing and Revising
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$20.00
$15.00
6
Bundle
By Johnston's ELA Gems
This product is a quick, one-page review of concrete/abstract and proper/common nouns. There is a key provided as well. Great for back to school!Try my other grammar products:- Types of Verbs- Review for Middle School- Middle School Grammar Game
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Homework
$2.00
5
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This PowerPoint gives background information on Terezin in the Czech Republic. This is for use with the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly and the Holocaust Butterfly Project.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study, Minilessons, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
11
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This Jeopardy-type game covers editing and revision topics- sentence structure, capitalization, commonly misspelled words, commas, and transitions. This is great as a review before a class writing assignment or before a state writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$5.00
9
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
All the games you need to review middle school grammar. Even though some of the games have the same categories, all the questions are unique. Here are the seven individual games and their categories:Middle School Grammar Game- Dependent vs.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$35.00
$26.00
4
Bundle
By Johnston's ELA Gems
This bundle is made to cover the grammar standards in middle school (Texas specifically). The grammar notes cover them all, then the following have practices and quizzes:Prepositional and Infinitive PhrasesCommonly Misspelled/Misused WordsDependent
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, Handouts, Examinations - Quizzes
$48.00
$35.00
3
Bundle
By Johnston's ELA Gems
This game would be great to review topics middle school kids ought to know when they come to you. This is a Jeopardy-type review game that you can use to review grammar. The topics covered:- Capitalization- Punctuation- Usage- Spelling- Grab Bag
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
3
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This product is a quick, one-page review of action, linking, and helping verbs. There is a key provided as well. Great for back to school!Try my other grammar products:- Types of Nouns- Review for Middle School- Middle School Grammar Game Bundle-
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Printables
$2.00
4
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
Do you need to remind your students that they have a valuable resource available to them? The dictionary! They can use it during testing, and some need to be reminded of just how to use it. This power point asks over 50 questions in 3 ways:1. I give
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
4
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I was a Texas public school teacher for 15 years. I taught 8th grade PAP ELA and on-level ELA, middle school gifted and talented ELA, PAP and on-level English I, and on-level English III. I now teach in a Texas charter school. I have taught 6th and 7th grades here, and I currently teach 8th grade ELA and PAP English I.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love creativity in teaching. I enjoy giving kids choices that will prove that they know the material in a way that may be different than just a paper and pencil test.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

BISD Middle School teacher of the year- 2006

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Wife, mom, and some time blogger. Visit me at Johnston's ELA Gems or you can find me on Facebook, Instagram @johnstonselagems, and Pinterest.

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