Kim Barker

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This presentation engages students with high-interest photographs that demonstrate how we make inferences every day. The definition of inference as text evidence combined with background knowledge is reinforced with animated visuals. Students are
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This is a fully-animated PowerPoint presentation designed to introduce students to: -topic -main idea -topic sentence -stated main idea -implied main idea. Warm-Up activities engage student interest and lay the foundation by activating their
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This animated PowerPoint presentation provides an introduction to internal and external conflict and includes a description of the four most common types of conflict: character vs. character, character vs. nature, character vs. society, and
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This is a two-part worksheet that defines the key terms, shares examples of each, and affords students the opportunity to analyze brief passages. Part one focuses on traits vs. feelings. Using ten 1 to 2 sentence passages, students underline the
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This 25-slide introduction to figurative language uses color, animation, a writing challenge with self-contained timers, and a teacher-tested (safe) link to a popular series of commercials to engage students in a study of similes and metaphors.
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This two-page worksheet defines both stated and implied main idea, providing an example of the latter. Eight engaging passages then test the students' ability to discern an implied main idea. For each passage, students are asked to identify the
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This PowerPoint lesson introduces the concept of Comparing and Contrasting with a simple classification exercise. It defines each term, points out that similar points of comparison are required, and lists points of comparison commonly used to
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This is a 13-slide animated lesson presentation that reviews the difference between literal and figurative language before defining and sharing examples of personification. Students are led through guided and group exercises, identifying
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This animated PowerPoint presentation introduces the text structure cause and effect. Warm-up exercises are designed to help students make a connection between causes and effects they encounter in everyday life and the relationships between ideas
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Four backgrounds in one, matching original clip art that is customizable, and links to free period fonts... it's all included. If you're like me and LOVE the mid-century modern design aesthetic, you will truly enjoy these templates for PowerPoint.
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This BOGO listing is for two animated presentations on Context Clues as a vocabulary-building strategy. The first 26-slide PowerPoint introduces students to the concept using an engaging cartoon. The process is modeled, and students have ample
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This Excel spreadsheet contains all five strands of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts grades K through 12 color-coded for visual reference. All of the standards are arranged both vertically (by grade level) and horizontally (by
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This spreadsheet is a compilation of Florida's new common core-ish Language Arts standards adopted March 2014. It includes all of the ELA Strands for Grade 6: Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Language, Speaking and Listening, and
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This PowerPoint presentation includes a separate slide for each of the Common Core Standards for 6th grade Language Arts. I formatted them in PowerPoint so I could easily drag and drop them into lessons. You can also print them out and post them
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This project packet includes a prompt, high-interest passage set... and so much more! I use it to guide students through entire process of writing an informative / explanatory text-based essay. A complete resource, it covers everything from
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This tutorial introduces students to the cause and effect text structure or organizational pattern. It is fully animated with narration and many interactive activities to engage students in hands-on learning. Use it in many ways -- embed it in a
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This worksheet was designed as part of an introductory lesson for topic and main idea. Students analyze five short passages to determine the topic of each. An example and non-example are included as part of the directions. Additionally, a bonus
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This worksheet provides students with practice identifying the topic, topic sentence, and supporting details in five high-interest paragraphs. An additional bonus activity is included as an extension for fast-finishers or advanced learners. A
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This graphic organizer includes two short passages loaded with context clues that students use to make inferences about setting, characters, and plot. The visual elements reinforce the concept that readers use text clues in combination with
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This practice exercise features eight brief (1-3 sentences) passages that support student inferences. Two versions are included: a scaffolded multiple-choice version and a more challenging short-answer version. Designed to complement my Making
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Nine years teaching English-Language Arts, Reading, and Creative Writing at both a performing arts magnet school in Jacksonville and in the St. Johns County school district in North Florida.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Learning centers, collaborative learning, and gradual release

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

The privilege of getting to meet and teach those who will shape our future.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

One inspiring teacher changed my life by giving me a voice writing for our school newspaper. This led me to pursue a degree in mass communication, which in turn led to a career that spanned radio, television, magazine publishing, and corporate marketing and communications. After a brush with cancer, I knew it was time to complete the circle and use my God-given talents to inspire and help others to find their voices as well.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Teaching is my "encore" career after 20+ years of success as a writer and communicator in news, marketing and business. Writing and strong communication skills gave me many wonderful choices and experiences in my professional life, and I wanted to pass that on to another generation.

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