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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Study Guides, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.7, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.6...
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.6, RL.8.1...
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Study Guides, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.7, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.6...
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Novel Study
$15.99
218 ratings
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Novel Study
$12.75
210 ratings
4.0
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Novel Study
$3.99
201 ratings
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Novel Study
$13.50
163 ratings
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Study Guides, Novel Study
$9.00
108 ratings
3.9
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Homework
$4.50
133 ratings
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By Joy Sexton
GIVER Short Constructed Response Questions allow your students a jump start on state test practice while reading a novel they love! This resource contains 11 different prompts, one every two chapters, that are sure to have your students practicing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$5.95
126 ratings
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A Long Way From Chicago Novel Guide will engage your students with thought-provoking learning activities aligned to the Common Core. Get students thinking deeply, close reading, and acquiring new vocabulary. In chapter-by-chapter sequence, students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Novel Study
$9.50
131 ratings
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$5.95
79 ratings
4.0
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Novel Study
$7.95
58 ratings
3.9
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$3.50
81 ratings
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By Joy Sexton
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Novel Study
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57 ratings
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By Joy Sexton
This novel guide for Holes contains two different student reading guides that allow students to make connections and enhance their comprehension when reading Louis Sachar's classic. The reading guides follow the book's events and cite specific
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Novel Study
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By Joy Sexton
Here’s a Crossing the Wire novel guide sure to get your students thinking deeply, close reading, acquiring new vocabulary, and discussing meaningful ideas. Chapter Response Pages allow students to analyze characters, settings, dialogue, figurative
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Novel Study
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By Joy Sexton
OUTSIDERS Free-Writes - Engage you students with these 12 journal-style writing prompts for S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders (one for every chapter) on attractive slides. Product also includes a convenient 4-page “Free-Writes Log” handout for student
Subjects:
Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.7.1, W.8.1, W.9-10.1
$3.50
24 ratings
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By Joy Sexton
MINI-BOOK FOLDABLE for Independent Novels – Motivate your students with this Mini-Book assessment for Independent Novels! Students will enjoy creating these mini-books based on their choice reading. Students use text details to demonstrate their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Novel Study
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28 ratings
4.0
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By Joy Sexton
REFUGEE - This Refugee Novel Unit will instantly engage your students with thought-provoking learning activities aligned to the Common Core. Students will enjoy analyzing the text, discussing important ideas, and acquiring new vocabulary as they
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.6...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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.

MY TEACHING STYLE

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!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Central Florida

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

* 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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