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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, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
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, Writing-Expository, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$5.00
34
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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:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, Assessment, Literature Circles
$3.00
9
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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, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Printables
$2.00
15
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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, Grammar, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms, Scaffolded Notes
$29.50
$22.40
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Other, Projects, Activities
$3.00
11
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
Notice and Note Signposts from Beers and ProbstThis is a set of notes that I typed up so that I could give students a reference copy for their folder. It is each signpost, its definition, and its big question.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Printables
$2.00
9
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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, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Test Prep
$5.00
12
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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, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
9
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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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Test Prep
$5.00
12
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This all-you-need product is a great way to start teaching your students to annotate. This product includes - notes on annotation- notes on the APE short answer strategy - excerpts from 9 famous short stories 1. "Curious Case of Benjamin Button"2.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Other, Handouts, Printables
$8.00
3
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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, Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$29.00
$20.30
10
Bundle
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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$3.00
3
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This product can also be purchased in a bundle- Timed Informational Essay BundleTimed essays are a great way to teach your students to get started writing quickly when they are given a prompt. Once they realize that they do have time to write a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Test Prep
$3.00
10
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This review is set up as a whole-class review game for use with a projector. It has true/false, multiple choice, matching, and straight answer questions. It covers plot, setting, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Short Stories
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Games
$4.00
9
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
30 questions over identifying parts of speech, finding simple subject and verb, identifying sentence types and sentence structures. Great for diagnostic or just practice.Other grammar products you might like:- Editing and Revising Game- Grammar
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Printables
$1.00
7
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This is a list of the 53 Greek/Latin roots on the 8th grade Core Knowledge list. It includes the root, origin, meaning, and examples.Need some activities to use with this list? Here are more Greek and Latin root word resources:Greek/Latin
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Printables
$1.00
3
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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, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Minilessons, Nonfiction Book Study
$3.00
1
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By Johnston's ELA Gems
This easy to print and go page of notes covers all the rules for capitalization!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Other, Handouts, Printables
$1.00
4
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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, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Homework
$2.00
3
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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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