Joy Sexton

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Diary of Anne Frank Student-Ready Packet is an attractively-designed ready-to-hand-out resource based on the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. It is aligned with the Common Core Standards, most specifically RL8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, and
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OUTSIDERS: Here's an Outsiders unit that will engage your students with standards-based literacy activities as they read S.E. Hinton's classic novel. The Chapter-by-Chapter Response Pages challenge students to dig deep into the text to analyze and
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Figurative Language Stations with Task Cards: Would you like your students more clear on figurative language and sound devices? Motivate them with this must-have creative STATION work! You get EIGHT different stations with task cards and inviting
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OUTSIDERS TEST – This whole novel test will challenge your students to use those higher-level thinking skills required by the Common Core. Question stems include key words and phrases such as author’s tone, text evidence, point of view, author uses
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Argumentative Essay Writing will be a breeze with this step-by-step resource designed to lead your students with models and supports through the entire process. Easy-to-follow writing templates guide students in drafting all five paragraphs!
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The Hobbit Novel Unit will instantly engage your students with thought-provoking learning activities aligned to the Common Core. Get students thinking deeply, close reading, acquiring new vocabulary, and discussing meaningful ideas as they read
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Out of the Dust: This Common Core-aligned novel unit will allow your students to focus on all the important concepts in the novel, section by section, along with vocabulary, writing, and a web quest to acquaint them with historical background on the
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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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NIGHT - This Novel Guide for Elie Wiesel’s Night will keep students thinking and enhance their understanding from the first page of the novel to the last. Common Core-aligned response pages, web quest, vocabulary, and theme essay. Included in this
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Book Report Extraordinaire for Independent Reading offers students the choice of 3 book response assignments designed for different learning styles. Students demonstrate comprehension of their independent novel while also practicing Common Core
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The Outsiders Short Constructed Response Questions give your students a jump start on state test practice while reading a novel they love! This resource contains 12 different prompts, one based on each chapter, that are sure to have your students
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TASK CARDS for BETTER WRITING: Run-On Sentences - See improvement in your students’ writing! These vibrant task cards give students helpful targeted practice with eliminating run-on sentences. Designed for learning stations or small groups, the 20
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Your students will practice a multitude of Common Core skills while they enjoy reading The Shakespeare Stealer with this 17-page Novel Guide ready to hand out as you go! In chapter-by-chapter sequence, each page of the student guide is attractively
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TASK CARDS for BETTER WRITING - BUNDLE: Sentence Fragments, Run-On Sentences, Verb Tense Consistency, Repetitive WordingThese are all 4 sets of my Task Cards for Better Writing bundled together for a 22% savings. See improvement in your students’
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The Apostrophes Packet consists of a 4-page student handout that is visually attractive and sectioned off so that students can learn and have practice with the different rules for using apostrophes. The first two pages of the packet engage
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Response Packet will help students keep track of all of the play’s exciting twists and turns. Neatly designed in scene-by-scene sequence and focused on standards-based topics, prompts include analyzing text details and
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Your students will love creating teen magazines with this authentic writing project that directly aligns with the Common Core! In groups, students engage in Research, Persuasive, and Informative writing as they write, edit, assemble, and publish
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TASK CARDS for BETTER WRITING: Verb Tense Consistency - See improvement in your students’ writing! These vibrant task cards give students helpful targeted practice with verb tense consistency. Designed for learning stations or small groups, the 20
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Monsters Are Due on Maple Street – These CCSS-aligned resources focus on vocabulary, plot details, characterization, and theme for Rod Serling's science fiction teleplay. Students dig deep into the text to provide evidence and practice close reading
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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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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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