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By Laura Torres
Compare / contrast essay - complete unit. The common core aligned packet is full of resources with everything you need for writing a compare/contrast essay. Primarily geared toward grades 6 - 8, it involves higher-level thinking compare/contrast
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Printables
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.7, W.6.9, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.7.7, W.7.9, W.8.1...
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By Laura Torres
Common Core Progress Report - Third Grade. Here are the common core standards for Third Grade in a simple chart form to use as individual progress reports or report cards. Each common core standard is listed and has columns and rows to record dates,
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Classroom Forms
$3.00
99 ratings
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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:
Research, Worksheets, Handouts
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
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By Laura Torres
Grammar and Punctuation Bundle: Grammar and Punctuation Resources Over 50% Savings! This huge bundle of my grammar and punctuation products are meant for middle and high school students who need to brush up on some of the most important grammar and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
L.7.1, L.7.2, L.8.1, L.8.2, L.8.3, L.9-10.1, L.9-10.2, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2
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By Laura Torres
Worksheets, quizzes, and answer keys for Sentence Fragments. This packet includes an easy-to-understand explanatory worksheet for sentence fragments with examples, a worksheet with an answer key, and two quizzes with answer keys. You can use one
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
L.6.3, L.7.3, L.8.3
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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
69 ratings
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By Laura Torres
Essay Writing Bundle - Research Papers, Persuasive Essays, Narrative Essays, Compare/Contrast Essays. My four popular essay writing units are here in money-saving bundle. Each unit is complete and breaks down the process into manageable parts.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.6, W.8.8, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5, W.9-10.7, W.9-10.8, W.9-10.10
$30.45
$21.50
67 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Torres
Run-on sentences Power Point presentation. Explain run-on sentences to your students with this engaging Power Point, featuring fascinating facts about doughnuts. Presentation includes explanation, examples and a practice exercise with answer
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Minilessons
CCSS:
L.6.3, L.7.3, L.8.3
$3.00
61 ratings
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By Laura Torres
Apostrophe Review, Game, Quiz, and Keys. Make apostrophes fun! After an apostrophe review, students will play an active, trashcan-ball game that will test their skills. The game engages all types of learners and serves as a review for the quiz. 24
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Games
CCSS:
L.6.2, L.7.2, L.8.2, L.9-10.2
$3.00
48 ratings
3.9
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By Laura Torres
Halloween and Fall are excellent times to bring seasonal reading into the classroom. Save 25% by buying this bundle of reading packets. Watch this short video to get a preview: Fall Informational Reading Bundle Video Please click on the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.4, RI.6.10, RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.4...
$8.00
$6.00
81 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Laura Torres
Figurative Language can be fun! This cooperative game helps you review 10 types of figurative language. This packet has 50 sentence strips for students to match with a figurative language category. Working together as a group, this is a fun,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4
$3.50
75 ratings
3.9
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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
44 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Torres
Common Core Progress Report - Fourth Grade. Here are the common core standards for Fourth Grade in a simple chart form to use as individual progress reports or report cards. Each common core standard is listed and has columns and rows to record
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects
Grades:
4th
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Classroom Forms
$3.00
60 ratings
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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, Activities, Cooperative Learning
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
Idiom Matching Cards. Make Idioms fun by playing games with this set of 34 sets of cards. Each set has an illustrated idiom card and a definition card. Play Memory/Concentration, Speed Match, Mixer Match, or use for writing prompts. These cards are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
RL.3.4, RL.4.4, RL.5.4, L.3.5, L.4.5, L.4.5b, L.5.5, L.5.5b
$3.00
58 ratings
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By Laura Torres
Superlatives: Big, Bigger, Biggest is a collection of activities to introduce students to comparatives and superlatives. Activities include: Sorting cards, class games, drawing activity, worksheets and story time fun. Can be used with or without
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.3.1a
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66 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Torres
Passive voice and active voice can be challenging to recognize. This packet makes it easy with simple explanations of passive construction. Included in this packet: a 3-page easy-to-understand instructional handout about active and passive voice, a
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
L.8.1, L.8.1b, L.8.3, L.8.3a
$2.00
41 ratings
4.0
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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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4.0
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By Laura Torres
Opinion writing starts with reading both sides of the argument. This bundle contains these three opinion reading and writing packets: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Bottled Water be Banned? Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Students be
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Handouts
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.8, RI.5.9, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.4, RI.6.6...
$13.50
$9.00
64 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Laura Torres
MLA 8th Edition Guidelines The 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
34 ratings
3.8
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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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