Joy Sexton

United States - New York - Rochester
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Literature Stations with Task Cards: Motivate your students with STATION work centered on Common Core topics using ANY novel, story, or drama! You get TEN different stations with detailed task cards and inviting student handouts for each. Great
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Differentiated Short Response/ Exit Slips for Literature contains 27 different standards-based short tasks for students designed in 81 convenient half-sheets that can be used with any literature! Each topic is differentiated (3 separate slips per
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8th Grade Common Core Student Response Pages for Literature contains thirteen pages of attractively-designed student-ready handouts that will have your students practicing the Common Core Reading Standards with any literature you choose to
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Substitute or Everyday Common Core Literature Writing Activities contains six different one-page writing assignments that can be paired with ANY story, drama, or novel. Perfect for sub plans, just choose a short story or a chapter in the class
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Character Traits Essay – Informative Writing - Here’s a literary essay made easy and ready to use with ANY text! This step-by-step resource is designed to lead your students with models and supports through the entire process of writing a character
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MINI-BOOK for Literature Response – Delight your students with this Mini-Book foldable assessment after reading ANY short story, short drama, or section of a novel! Students will enjoy creating these mini-books while analyzing literature and
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Common Core Short Response/Exit Slips for ANY Literature contains 27 different standards-based short tasks for students designed in convenient half-sheets that can be used with any literature! The Response Slips are great for short assessment with
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Movie Viewing Guide – Show any movie while students practice meaningful skills! These eye-catching movie response pages allow you to comfortably show a movie knowing students are analyzing topics such as setting, characterization, tone, mood,
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Theme Essay writing will be a breeze with this motivating, step-by-step resource designed to lead your students through the entire process. Easy-to-follow writing templates guide students in drafting all four paragraphs! Use this theme essay
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Poetry and short story activity for any text - students practice specific Common Core Reading Skills in a fun format creating newsletters and brochures that look great on display in your classroom. Use ANY literary texts you choose with these
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PLOTLINE Graphic Organizer is a 2-page resource sure to engage your students when analyzing plot structure for ANY novel, story, or drama. The organizer includes a description for each literary term: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling
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Writing a Theme Essay will be motivating with this step-by-step digital resource designed to lead your students through the entire process! Easy-to-follow writing templates guide students in drafting all four paragraphs. Use this theme essay
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I have 28 years of experience teaching middle school English. My teaching career began in Orlando, Florida, where I taught for seven years before relocating to upstate New York. I loop with my students so I rotate-- 7th-grade English one year and then 8th-grade English the following year. I have classes with consultant special ed and AIS students and also an advanced English class.


I am a huge proponent of independent "choice novel" reading! I started my classroom library and reading workshop in 1992, and I now have over 900 young adult novels for my students to choose from. I enjoy creating an environment where kids can connect with authors and books that will transform them into life-long readers. Read My Blog for specific teaching ideas and tips you can use in your classroom!


Presenter at National Council of Teachers of English 2007 Convention in New York City--definitely a highlight of my career. I was able to share some authentic writing project ideas with teachers from all over the country, and I met R.L. Stine and Walter Dean Myers!


Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Central Florida


* I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of English * I enjoy creating student materials for teachers that are visually attractive and allow students to have practice with a variety of skills.

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