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By LA on a Mission
Main ideas, details and drawing conclusions all go hand in hand as important skills that help to facilitate comprehension. This non-fiction passage, about the blue whale, is great fun to read and yet is designed to enhance and strengthen the
Subjects:
Biology, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Science Centers
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.8
$2.75
$1.75
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By LA on a Mission
George Washington was a great man in many ways, but most textbooks have boring accounts of his life and work. This passage recounts our first President's life and accomplishments as a first person, autobiographical account so that students feel that
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.5, RI.6.6, RI.6.7
$2.50
$1.75
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By LA on a Mission
Vocabulary is essential to good writing and reading, but word drill has been tedious - until now. My Context Clues series carefully uses words from the high end of each grade level and makes studying vocabulary challenging, meaningful and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
11th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Word Walls
$2.00
$1.50
3
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By LA on a Mission
Reading two passages on different but related subjects is a challenging task, and so I offer #4 for practice. At first glance, tropical rain forests and coral reefs have nothing in common, but upon careful examination it is found that they possess
Subjects:
Biology, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Research, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.3, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6
$3.00
$2.50
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By LA on a Mission
The animal kingdom is filled with strange and exotic creatures, but surely one of the strangest is the platypus. This engaging passage explores Nature's never ending adaptability and is accompanied by professionally written questions and a PARCC
Subjects:
Biology, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.5, RI.6.6, RI.6.8
$3.50
$2.50
2
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By LA on a Mission
Cause and effect is an important skill for general comprehension as well as for PARCC, so this passage hits two birds with one stone: it addresses cause and effect and has questions formatted to PARCC. Professionally written questions and a writing
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Earth Sciences, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Assessment, Science Centers
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.6, RI.4.8
$2.25
$1.75
4
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By LA on a Mission
Drawing conclusions is the most difficult type of question on any reading assessment, but the skill can't be taught; it must be practiced, so here are four great passages that focus on this most important reading challenge! As with everything I have
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.6
$2.75
$1.75
3
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By LA on a Mission
PARCC has practice material you can download, but it is just practice, not engaging reading and writing. This exercise mimics the PARCC in format and questions, but is motivational; it isdesigned to make students want to read, not read because they
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.8
$3.00
$2.50
2
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By LA on a Mission
Context clues help develop an entire array of skills in addition to vocabulary, such as making inferences, remembering details, process of elimination, understanding synonyms and antonyms, etc. This third or Part C edition of the 11th Grade context
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
11th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Word Walls
$2.00
$1.50
2
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By LA on a Mission
Vocabulary is the basis of skillful reading and is essential to precise writing. Many vocabulary workbooks have context clues exercises, but mine employs only words at the high end of the eighth grade vocabulary list and has sentences that are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Word Walls
$2.00
$1.50
1
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By LA on a Mission
Science teachers as well as language arts teachers will find this poem useful, pertinent and engaging for their students. Written from the point of view of a fly, the poem explains the amazing abilities and adaptations that have allowed flies to be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Assessment, Science Centers
CCSS:
RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3, RI.7.4, RI.7.5, RI.7.6
$2.50
$2.00
2
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By LA on a Mission
The SAT and even the GRE are still heavily dependent on vocabulary knowledge, so this worksheet offers numerous challenging words that appear frequently on advanced standardized tests. The sentences are long and involved, and yet they are engaging
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
12th, Higher Education
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Word Walls
$2.00
$1.50
2
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By LA on a Mission
Eighth Grade vocabulary is particularly important because all high school entrance tests are heavily based on extensive vocabulary knowledge. You will find, therefore, that the Part C version of the Grade 8 context clues series is longer than the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Word Walls
$2.00
$1.50
2
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By LA on a Mission
Similes and metaphors are common to even third graders, but how about metonomy? synecdoche? oxymoron? These and other more complex and sophisticated figures of speech are explored in this challenge that dares students to stretch their creative and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Minilessons
$2.75
$1.50
Digital Download PDF (0.06 MB)
By LA on a Mission
Comparison and contrast are two types of writing organization that are used frequently by all writers of non-fiction, but especially by writers of textbook and testing materials. This passage explores these two styles of writing with an interesting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Biology, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Science Centers
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.6, RI.5.7
$2.50
$2.00
2
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By LA on a Mission
Main idea is as important to non-fiction passages as theme is to narratives, so this passage about the amazing and little known cuttlefish focuses on main idea and, as a bonus, has questions on detail and drawing conclusions as well. Professionally
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, ELA Test Prep, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Science Centers
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.7, RI.5.8
$3.00
$2.50
1
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By LA on a Mission
Details, theme and drawing conclusions are the backbone of reading, so this engaging passage emphasizes these skills and also teaches a valuable lesson about honesty and doing the right thing in the face of peer pressure. Professionally written
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.6.9
$3.75
$2.75
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By LA on a Mission
The SAT, GRE and other advanced entrance tests still require a great and varied vocabulary in order to attain a high score. To that end this second edition of the advanced, Grade 12 and beyond, context clues worksheet will arm students with a wide
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
12th, Higher Education
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Word Walls
$2.00
$1.50
1
Digital Download PDF (0.03 MB)
By LA on a Mission
PARCC is just a new name for an old concept: assessment of reading and writing. Regardless of the test name, if students are not engaged in the material used to prepare for the assessment, all is for naught. Therefore, the passages and questions
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Workbooks, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.9
$16.95
$12.95
1
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By LA on a Mission
Clumsiness is a difficulty that keeps many children from playing competitive sports and is also a source of insecurity and low self-esteem, so this humorous poem, which is actually based in part on a true story, helps students root for the underdog
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry
Grades:
4th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Assessment, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.7, RL.4.9
$2.75
$2.00
4
Digital Download PDF (0.04 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

24 years teaching high school English and reading, honors, college prep and standard 12 years as District Supervisor of Language Arts, K-12 5 Years as university professor/supervisor

MY TEACHING STYLE

Motivate, engage, ask questions, encourage students to think, create, develop self awareness and self actualization and create their own brand of individual success through reading, writing and critical thinking.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Who's Who of America's Teachers, 3 awards Multiple awards from NJ Dept of Education for teaching excellence

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA: English MA: Reading Certifications: Teacher of English, Reading Specialist, Supervision

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Have written and published multiple books, stories, poems and articles. Debating Team Coach for 30 years Moderator: Theater and Arts Club, Millionaires' Club Ran successful Reading/Writing/SAT Prep center for 35 years

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