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By Laura Torres
Essay Prewriting Techniques. Five different prewriting techniques for almost any topic are explained here, and each comes with a worksheet for the students. Students use tried-and-true prewriting methods, group work, and forming arguments to arrive
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
W.8.4, W.9-10.4
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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
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By Laura Torres
Rewriting / Revision Hands-on Activity. This exercise illustrates to students exactly why revision and rewriting is a necessary part of the writing process. It is helpful to do this activity just before a group critique or feedback session on rough
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, W.11-12.5
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By Laura Torres
Five 8 1/2 x 11 figurative language posters with cute illustrations to make the point. Metaphor, Simile, Alliteration, Personification and Oxymoron. This is one-quarter of the posters you will find in the full 20 Figurative Language Poster pack in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
CCSS:
RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4, L.6.5, L.6.5a, L.7.5, L.7.5a, L.8.5, L.8.5a, L.9-10.5...
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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
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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
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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
Valentine Limerick Fun. These "Mad-Lib" style Valentine poems are a fun activity for your class, and also reinforce learning parts of speech and syllables. How to Write Limericks Compound Words – Writing Riddles Idiom Task Cards and
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Poetry, Valentine's Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.4, RL.4.5, W.4.4
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By Laura Torres
Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts. Using writing prompts with photos to teach descriptive writing is an effective exercise. Teach your students to use concrete, or sensory, detail with three thought-provoking photos with writing prompts and notes
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.3b, W.6.3d, W.7.3, W.7.3b, W.7.3d, W.8.3, W.8.3b, W.8.3d, W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3b...
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By Laura Torres
Punctuation with Quotation Marks. This handout and two quizzes focus on punctuation with quotation marks in essays, particularly with in-text citations. It is meant for students who have learned the basic quotation mark rules, but need a brush-up
Subjects:
Grammar, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Handouts, Minilessons
CCSS:
L.8.2, L.9-10.2, L.11-12.2
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By Laura Torres
Halloween tags add a little festive flair to your classroom treats. Use for many purposes! Included are tags to tie or stick on, and also fold-over tags to top a sack. I used Brennyn Carmen's original artwork that you can also find in my clip art
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Autumn, Halloween
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff
FREE
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By Laura Torres
Here is a an SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) handout and worksheet to help students with effective note-taking and recall. This is a proven method, and now it's easy to implement in your classroom with this explanatory handout and
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Study Guides, Worksheets, Handouts
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By Laura Torres
Here is a blank Cornell notes template for any classroom use. Cornell notes are an effective way for students to take notes on a book chapter, lecture, or presentation. My students' grades have improved as a result of using Cornell notes, because it
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Study Skills, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
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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
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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
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By Laura Torres
This Meet and Teach product will provide you with a little information about me and my store. It’s filled with a ‘Meet’ page where you can learn about me and a ‘Teach’ page that is a one-page resource you can use in your classroom tomorrow. It
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Printables
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By Laura Torres
Idiom Worksheets. These idiom worksheets complement any lesson on idioms. There is a blank template for students to write in the idiom of their choice, or you can use the three worksheets with provided idioms and illustrations. You might also
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
RL.3.4, RL.4.4, RL.5.5, L.3.5, L.4.5, L.5.5
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By Laura Torres
Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts 2. Using writing prompts with photos to teach descriptive writing is an effective exercise. Teach your students to use concrete, or sensory, detail with three thought-provoking photos with writing prompts and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
FREE
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By Laura Torres
Informational Reading Passage – Useless Body Parts This packet includes an informational article about five parts of the body that humans don't need and why we might have them. After a close reading of the article, students will answer questions
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, 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...
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By Laura Torres
Plagiarism is a big problem, and ignorance of the rules is no excuse. Help students avoid plagiarism with this simple one-page reference sheet. You might also like: Avoiding Plagiarism Writing a Summary and Response Essay - Complete
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Handouts, Printables
FREE
21
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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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