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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:
Examinations - Quizzes, Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
$4.50
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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...
$9.50
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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
51
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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:
Reading, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
$8.95
22
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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, Novel Study, Graphic Organizers
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...
$6.95
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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
25
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By Laura Torres
Essay Writing for Home School - Complete Curriculum This 182-page guide is for college-bound secondary home school students. I have adapted my popular essay writing units into one coherent, self-directed home school curriculum. The curriculum
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Homeschool Curricula
$15.95
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By Laura Torres
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is now a movie that is true to the story but has some significant creative differences from the book. This is the perfect opportunity for students to do a compare/contrast and analyze the choices between print and
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.9-10.7, RL.11-12.7
$2.00
4
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By Laura Torres
This comprehensive teaching unit for Zeitoun by Dave Eggers 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 section of the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$8.50
Digital Download PDF (2.43 MB)
By Laura Torres
Common Core Organizer and Planner. The amount of material needed to teach the common core standards can be overwhelming at times, but you can keep it all in one place and organized with this system. The three-ring binder- ready organizers have each
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
12th
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Other, Printables
$3.95
5
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By Laura Torres
Common Core Progress Report and Chart. Twelfth Grade. Here are the ELA Common Core Standards for Twelfth Grade in a simple chart form to use as individual progress reports, report cards, or checklists. Each ELA common core standard is listed and has
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Tools for Common Core
Grades:
12th
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Classroom Forms
$3.00
1
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By Laura Torres
Go Paperless! Argumentative Essays - Complete Unit for Google Drive and MS OneDrive.Great for distance learning!Writing an argumentative essay is an essential skill for middle school and secondary students. This unit is CCSS aligned, with grading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Handouts, Google Apps
$9.50
2
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By Laura Torres
Ask your students to give anonymous words of praise. Pass out a list of five or so students and these cute animal tags to each student and have them write compliments on them. Not only is this an excellent exercise in seeing the good in people and
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
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By Laura Torres
Use this fun mix and match sentence game when you have a few extra minutes in class. This game is a great way to let your students get talking about winter break and the holidays, while still doing something productive.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Winter
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
11
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By Laura Torres
Persuasive Writing: Ethos, pathos, logos handouts. Persuasive writing is easier when you break it down by technique. Use these three handouts to introduce the persuasive writing techniques of ethos, pathos, and logos. Give them to your students as a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Transparencies, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
W.7.1, W.8.1, W.9-10.1, W.11-12.1
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By Laura Torres
Personal Mission Statement Worksheets and Instructions. Start off the new calendar year or school year by helping students set goals and write personal mission statements. This self-guided project is a valuable exercise for students to define and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, The New Year
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
FREE
10
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By Laura Torres
This back to school team building activity is a great way to break the ice, help students learn team dynamics, and provides a writing sample from each student. I use this is in the first 30 minutes of the first day of class and students talk about
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Problem Solving, Back to School
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
FREE
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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

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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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