Joy Sexton

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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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Bell Ringers - FULL YEAR Plus! Engage your students at the start of class with these dynamic Common Core Bell Ringers! The attractively-designed slides provide 5-7-minute warm-up activities that get students focused and thinking right away! Your
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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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Narrative Writing – This “print and teach” CCSS-aligned Personal Narrative Unit contains engaging mini-lessons and activities that will lead your students through the process of writing a strong narrative piece. A mentor text is included along with
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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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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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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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PERSUASIVE WRITING PROJECT - Common Core - A FUN and motivating writing project that will allow your students to connect with the “real world,” write strong persuasive arguments, and practice speaking and presenting skills. Students tap
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Motivate your students with this fun, "Getting to Know You" writing lesson! Students create free verse poems about themselves and their interests while gaining practice using descriptive language and details. Attractive handouts take students
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Parts of Speech PowerPoint with Student Handout will engage your students and allow you to teach the concepts with ease! An attractive 5-page student handout is included for note-taking that directly aligns to the slideshow so that students can
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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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If your middle school students are reading independent novels, here is a simple, ready-to-distribute Book Response Assignment designed in 2 parts: students demonstrate that they have read and understood the novel's events AND also provide their
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CASEY AT THE BAT Foldable Poetry Brochure - Challenge your students to dig deeper into poetry while you engage them in a fun format! This six-sided brochure hits on all the important Common Core-aligned poetry skills with specific prompts related
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ALL SUMMER IN A DAY Foldable Story Brochure will be a sure hit with your students as they practice Common Core reading skills in a fun format. This six-sided brochure contains prompts from the short story so students can cite text evidence, make
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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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Research can actually be motivating with this Writing an Informational Article resource designed to lead your students with models and supports through the entire process! Students choose topics of interest to research and create a 2-page typed
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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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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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TASK CARDS for BETTER WRITING: Sentence Fragments - See improvement in your students’ writing! These vibrant task cards give students helpful targeted practice with eliminating sentence fragments. Designed for learning stations or small groups, the
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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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