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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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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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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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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GIVER – A Common Core-Aligned novel unit sure to engage your students in meaningful thinking, writing, and discussion when reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Chapter-by-Chapter Response Pages challenge students to dig deep into the text to analyze and
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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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GIVER TEST – Whole Novel Test with Common Core Stems – Challenge your students to use those higher-level thinking skills required by the Common Core on this carefully-prepared assessment for Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The test consists of 30 Multiple
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This 50-question Multiple Choice ELA Test comes with a 7-page Mini-Book so that students can review and practice Literary Terms and Common Core concepts! Great as a final exam or to prepare for state testing. As we approached state testing time, I
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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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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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HATCHET TEST – Full Novel with Common Core Stems – Challenge your students to use those higher-level thinking skills required by the Common Core on this carefully-prepared summative assessment for Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet. The test consists of 30
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Where the Red Fern Grows - Novel Unit will instantly engage your students with beautifully-designed activities that allow for deeper thinking! Students analyze the text on chapter-by-chapter Response Pages, complete a fun Web Quest, and express
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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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Test Prep means active learning with these EIGHT stations that will have your students practicing all those reading comprehension and analysis skills they need for success on ELA state tests! Students enjoy movement and group work! These stations
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7th Grade Common Core Student Response Pages for Informational Text contains ten pages of attractively-designed student-ready handouts that will have your students practicing the Common Core Reading Standards with any informational text you
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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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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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