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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
80 ratings
3.9
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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
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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
26 ratings
4.0
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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
12 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Torres
Shakespeare's Hamlet Quote Posters. Nine full-color posters with quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet and original artwork. Also included are the same posters with white backgrounds to save ink. Decorate your room with thoughts from one of Shakespeare's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$3.00
11 ratings
4.0
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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:
Reading, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.00
14 ratings
4.0
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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
3 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Torres
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce is a classic short story that will engage 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
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.00
4 ratings
3.9
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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
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By Laura Torres
Edgar Allan Poe's short stories are perfect for class discussions. The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, and The Tell-Tale Heart speed round games will promote meaningful discussion about the stories to get your classwork rolling. Use as an
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$6.00
$4.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Torres
Elements of Fiction Power Point Presentation. This Power Point Presentation explains the basic elements in fiction: plot, character, setting, point of view, conflict, symbols and theme. A great starting point for your short story or fiction
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations
FREE
41 ratings
4.0
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By Laura Torres
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is a classic horror short story that will give your students plenty to discuss. This speed round game will promote meaningful discussion about the story to get your classwork rolling. Use as an independent
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.00
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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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