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Eight page exam to test student comprehension and analysis of characters, themes, vocabulary, historical background, and plot of Karen Hesse's book Out of the Dust. Questions reflect a range of higher-ordered thinking skills. Five sections of the
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Writing-Essays, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
$5.00
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This is a multi-section exam created for the novel The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. The exam is out of 100 points, and includes sections including: *Multiple choice comprehension *Character identifcation *Critical Response *Drawing Conclusions and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes
$4.00
14 ratings
3.9
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By JStills
For use with novel study using Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, about a young girl named Billie Jo Kelby surviving in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. This quiz covers the first half of the novel (up until Winter 1935). There are 14 questions total -
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$1.75
13 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
Comprehensive exam covering John Steinbeck's great short novel, The Pearl. The exam is split between multiple choice, plot structure comprehension, and short answer sections. Multiple choice questions cover topics such as: -The influence of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$4.00
6 ratings
3.9
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Objective: SWBAT analyze images in the media for the presence of racial stereotypes in order to synthesize findings and evaluate the impact of stereotypes on society. After a 1 week study on racial stereotypes in the media and media literacy, have
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Projects, Homework
$3.50
10 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
For use with novel study using Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, about a young girl named Billie Jo Kelby surviving in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. This Constructed Response assessment can be used as a quiz to measure student understanding of
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$2.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
Quiz covering the first 5 chapters of The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. Covers background, plot, and characterization. Check my product listings for other assessments, projects, study guides, etc to use with The Breadwinner!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$1.75
8 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
This easy-to-follow reading and study guide for Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse is a great accompaniment to studies on The Great Depression, Dust Bowls, and free verse poetry. This 14-page guide begins with a brief background of the story and the
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Literature Circles
$6.00
12 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
Do you require your students to complete independent reading throughout the year? This is a great template to use to have your students critique books they have read. The book critique is one page long and asks students to record basic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Assessment
$1.50
7 ratings
3.9
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By JStills
In understanding the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, it is critical for students to understand all parts of his past. In Stave II of A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge on a journey to revisit five key times in his life that
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Novel Study, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
$1.50
13 ratings
3.8
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By JStills
Quiz that covers plot, characters, vocabulary from chapters 6-13 of The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. Check out my product listings for additional assignments, assessments, projects, etc for The Breadwinner! Thanks!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment
$1.75
10 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
When students have completed the novel The Breadwinner, use this extended response to help them flesh out their thoughts and reflections on how certain characters have had to work to regain their voices in the time of the Taliban. This product
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$2.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By JStills
Prior to digging into Steinbeck's novel The Pearl, have students wrestle with some of the "big ideas" that will become important throughout the course of the story. This anticipation guide includes 10 short answer questions plus one bonus. Questions
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$1.50
6 ratings
3.8
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By JStills
Prior to digging into Steinbeck's novel The Pearl, have students wrestle with some of the "big ideas" that will become important throughout the course of the story. This anticipation guide includes 10 short answer questions plus one bonus. Questions
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$1.50
9 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
Objectives for this unit: *Define and understand the key terms and people of the Civil Rights era *Compare and contrast Malcolm with other people of this time period *Interpret cause and effect relationships in Malcolm’s life *Analyze, classify, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Literature Circles, Nonfiction Book Study
$5.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
A handy resource for students to have as they study the 6 essential parts of plot: -Exposition -Inciting Event -Rising Action -Climax -Falling Action -Resolution Simple, easy to understand graphic and summary of each part of plot included.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Printables
$1.00
2 ratings
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By JStills
Novel exam for Call it Courage, by Armstrong Sperry. Includes multiple choice and essay questions (50 points total). Questions are divided by chapters and span vocabulary, character motivation, symbolism, main idea, as well as general plot
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes
$3.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
Six page MODIFIED exam to test student comprehension and analysis of characters, themes, vocabulary, historical background, and plot of Karen Hesse's historical fiction book Out of the Dust. Questions reflect a range of higher-ordered thinking
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
$4.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By JStills
This is an end of unit research paper to complement a study of Deborah Ellis' novel, The Breadwinner. Included in this zip file are three documents, including: 1) A research G.R.A.S.P.S. and explanation, as well as a research note taking guide and
Subjects:
Reading, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.7
$4.00
1 rating
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By JStills
A guided reading activity for the Greek myth of Perseus. Students will read and answer comprehension questions along the way to ensure their understanding. A constructed response follows after the myth. Could be used as a homework assignment or in
Subjects:
Reading, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Homework
$1.50
2 ratings
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

7+ years teaching full time in urban school systems (both public and charter), grades 6-10. I have also taught adult ESL overseas for a year, and have worked with kids as a volunteer tutoring/teacher (grades K - 12) both domestically and overseas since high school. I have also worked for educational non-profits to develop multicultural curriculum for grades 6-12 (not for sale on TPT).

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love literature circles, reciprocal teaching, and novel studies where students can take control of their learning. In each big unit (thematically planned) I include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Because so many of my students never have an opportunity to venture outside of their neighborhood, I like the idea of bringing the world to them, and incorporate a lot of current events and world history into our units.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Cum Laude honors in Education *Over the years, I have also coached many students to win District and State-wide writing competitions

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in Education, minored in English Literature.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I've traveled to 35+ nations and like to bring my knowledge and passion for other cultures into the classroom as well.

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