Keith Geswein

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By Keith Geswein
Charlie & Frog is about a young boy and girl who work together to solve a mystery in a small town. Several people in the town, including Frog, are Deaf, so Charlie works hard to learn ASL to communicate with them. He makes lots of new friends
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
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By Keith Geswein
This bundle includes quizzes and writing prompts for 11 books that are on the 2021-2022 Florida SSYRA list for grades 3-5. These resources will give you low-prep, standards-based activities to help you read quality literature with your students.This
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literature Circles, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$52.99
$39.50
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By Keith Geswein
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel is about a group of adults and kids who spend an unforgettable weekend at a historic hotel in Colorado that is rumored to be haunted. Ghosts aren't the only thing the three kids end up looking for as the weekend
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
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By Keith Geswein
How to Test a Friendship is the first book in the Magnificent Makers series. In this story, three third graders are magically taken to a unique science lab where they get real-life experience in any science topic they want. These young science
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.4, RL.2.5, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1...
$3.49
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By Keith Geswein
From the Desk of Zoe Washington is about a young girl whose dedication to baking is matched only by her dedication to her biological father -- a man she's never met. This book is a fantastic, and heart-breaking, glimpse into how racism in the US
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
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By Keith Geswein
The Great Pet Heist is a fun story about five animals who plan a heist when they learn their owner may not return home. The animals work together to discuss plans for how they can maintain their current living situation without a human. Then each
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
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By Keith Geswein
The Newspaper Club is about a young girl who moves to a new town. At first, she hates it there because it's small and there's nothing to do. However, she learns to step out of her comfort zone by putting her newspaper skills to good use. This
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
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By Keith Geswein
The Disaster Days is about a brave 13-year-old girl who has to take care of two young kids all by herself after an earthquake destroys her town. She has to figure out everything on her own because there is no power or cell service. She learns that
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
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By Keith Geswein
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter is about a boy who desperately wants a dog. Then he plays a mysterious game where he gets cursed. As the story progresses, he learns to see some positive things about this curse and learns how fulfilling it
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
Digital Download PDF (1.88 MB)
By Keith Geswein
A Field Guide to Getting Lost, written by Joy McCullough, is about two kids, Sutton and Luis, who learn about themselves during a scary experience in the forest. Even though these kids have different personalities and talents, they learn how to use
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
Digital Download PDF (2.93 MB)
By Keith Geswein
The Amelia Six is about a young girl, Millie, who loves learning about Amelia Earhart. Millie's dream comes true when she earns the chance to spend the night at Earhart's childhood home. At first, Millie was nervous about meeting five new girls.
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
$4.95
Digital Download PDF (2.80 MB)
By Keith Geswein
Black Brother, Black Brother is about a middle school boy, Donte, who is treated terribly at his school because he is black. Donte decides to learn how to fence as a way to get back at a boy who bullies him. However, as Donte learns a sport for
Subjects:
Writing, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.5.1...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught for 14 years. I have worked with students in Texas, China, and Florida. I love helping students become lifelong readers. Before teaching, I worked for three years as a sports reporter for a central-Indiana newspaper. I also worked for two years writing articles about athletes for my college's PR office. My experience in journalism and teaching gives me a unique ability to write quality, engaging nonfiction passages about famous athletes. I can also design rigorous, standards-based activities to go with them. I've also been a huge sports fan my whole life!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love teaching my students using hands-on literature, group collaboration, and hands-on projects. Kids need to experience what they learn. They also need to be given chances to fail, then succeed during a lesson. Students need to be able to work with each other to achieve a goal. I often have my students work in groups to discuss books, how to improve writing, different ways to solve math problems, and how to complete hands-on projects in science.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was chosen to attend the 2013 Mickelson-ExxonMobil Teacher Academy in Jersey City, NJ, in July 2013.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Providence High School (Clarksville, IN) in 1997. I graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Franklin College (Indiana) in 2001. I completed all the required courses and exams to earn my Texas Teacher Certification in 2002.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Questions? Feel free to email me at keithgeswein@keithgeswein.com. You can also check out my blog or connect with me on Facebook for ELA teaching ideas!

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