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By Laura Torres
Argumentative Essays - Complete Unit. Writing an argumentative essay is an essential skill for secondary students. This unit is CCSS aligned, with grading rubrics for each grade level 7 - 12 that reflect the standards. This unit has everything you
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
W.7.1, W.7.1a, W.7.1b, W.7.1c, W.7.1d, W.7.1e, W.7.4, W.7.5, W.7.7, W.7.8, W.7.9...
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By Laura Torres
Thesis statements: Writing a thesis statement can seem like an overwhelming task for many students. This packet includes informational handouts with ideas, explanations and worksheets to make the process easy. A complementary power point is included
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.9-10.1, W.11-12.1
$3.50
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By Laura Torres
This packet contains 109 commonly confused and misspelled words for vocabulary work in your classroom. There are 6 pages of word charts with definitions and example sentences, 6 pages of blank word charts, and the same word charts with definitions,
Subjects:
Spelling, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
L.8.4, L.9-10.4, L.11-12.4
$3.95
82
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By Laura Torres
Writing prompts for research papers and argumentative essays. This product contains forty topics for research or argumentative essays. Each half-sheet prompt contains a topic, questions to consider, and research ideas. They do not tell the student
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Research, Printables, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.7, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.7, W.11-12.1, W.11-12.7
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By Laura Torres
Plagiarism is a big issue in the classroom. This packet has everything you need to help students understand when to credit sources. The handout explains clearly what plagiarism is and gives examples of how and when to use quotations and paraphrase.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Research
CCSS:
W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8
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180
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By Laura Torres
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls book and movie resources. I teach The Glass Castle in my classroom every quarter, because I've never had a student who did not like it and connect with it in some way. I've had great success with it, and am now
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
$4.50
100
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By Laura Torres
Writing a research paper - complete unit in APA style. Follows updated 7th edition guidelines that were published in January 2020. This is the APA version of my best-selling MLA research paper unit found here:Writing a Research Paper - Complete
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Handouts
$9.50
39
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By Laura Torres
Passive voice and active voice are tricky for students. This hands-on sorting game is the best way I've used in my classroom to engage the students and help them understand passive voice. This is something different than the typical lecture and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Games
CCSS:
L.8.1, L.8.3
$3.00
116
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By Laura Torres
This comprehensive teaching unit for The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore has everything you need from detailed quizzes to check for careful reading to graphic organizers for theme development. Included in the packet: - Vocabulary words from each
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Essays, Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Nonfiction Book Study, Novel Study
$8.95
31
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By Laura Torres
MLA Format - In Text Citations, Flow Chart, Rules, and Power Point Presentation. This MLA guide explains the rules for in-text citations for articles as sources. It contains this 15-slide Power Point:MLA Format in-text Citations Power PointIt also
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
W.7.6, W.7.8, W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8
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141
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By Laura Torres
Bingo Game for a back to school ice breaker activity.Back to school activity for older students! Use these eight original Bingo cards as a group ice-breaker for middle or high school students. This is a fun, interactive game that will help your
Subjects:
Back to School, Autumn, For All Subjects
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.00
52
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By Laura Torres
Grammar and Punctuation Assessments / Tests. This packet includes two grammar and punctuation tests. I use one for an assessment to see what my class needs to work on, and then one at the end of the quarter as a final test. You can use them any way
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
L.8.1, L.8.2, L.9-10.1, L.9-10.2, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2
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By Laura Torres
This is a proven method for writing body paragraphs in research-based papers. Your student has a working thesis and research for a research paper. Now what? I find that incorporating the research into body paragraphs is the most difficult part of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Research
CCSS:
W.8.2, W.8.2a, W.8.2b, W.8.2c, W.8.4, W.9-10.1c, W.9-10.2c, W.9-10.4, W.11-12.1c, W.11-12.2c, W.11-12.4
$3.00
82
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By Laura Torres
Help students revise paragraphs in research, argumentative, and persuasive essays. Most students know that paragraphs in their essays should start with a topic sentence, but then what? This color-coding system helps them identify five types of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Printables
CCSS:
W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5
$3.00
79
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By Laura Torres
Updated 7th edition APA guidelines. The APA updated their guidelines in October 2019 and published them in January 2020. There are many changes. The most significant is the difference in formatting between student papers and professional papers.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Handouts, Printables
$3.00
14
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By Laura Torres
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe is a classic scary short story that will thrill your students. This speed round game will promote meaningful discussion about the story to get your classwork rolling. Use as an independent activity or as a starter or
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.00
21
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By Laura Torres
Figurative Language Group Activity. Teach your students about five types of figurative language - metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole and allusion with this group activity. Using artwork as a platform, groups come up with a thesis statement
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
L.7.5, L.7.5a, L.8.5, L.8.5a, L.9-10.5, L.9-10.5a, L.11-12.5, L.11-12.5a
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By Laura Torres
MLA 8th Edition GuidelinesThe MLA guidelines 8th edition came out in April 2016. Although most of the guidelines for MLA format have remained the same, there are significant changes to the Works Cited entries.The new guidelines for Works Cited
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Printables
$3.00
53
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By Laura Torres
This is a huge bundle containing all of my essay writing products at a big savings. It's a deal even if you've purchased a few of my essay products before - get the rest at a savings! As I add more products, I will add to the bundle. There are six
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Handouts, PowerPoint Presentations
$71.40
$50.00
69
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By Laura Torres
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a classic novel that was made into Ender's Game the movie in the Fall of 2013. There has been a lot of excitement and renewed interest in this award-winning novel. This is one of my all-time favorites, and I have
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.10, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.3, W.8.1, W.8.7, W.8.8, W.8.9, W.9-10.1...
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38
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught: Composition, Humanities, and Creative Writing, Literature and English. I have worked as a developer and writer of K-6 Curriculum.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands-on

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yet to be added

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in English M.A. in English

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Before I became a teacher, I spent twenty years as a freelance writer and editor, primarily for middle-grade readers. I am the author of a few dozen how-to children's books, young adult novels and many magazine articles. I used to write K-6 curriculum-based quizzes for a publishing company. I currently teach first-year college students. visit my blog at: http://compositionclassroom.blogspot.com

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