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By Laura Torres
Persuasive Essay Complete Unit. This complete unit for teaching persuasive essays has everything you need from pre-writing techniques to group work, ethos, pathos, and logos lesson and activities, to worksheets and grading rubrics. Whether you are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Unit Plans
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, W.11-12.1...
$7.50
198
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By Laura Torres
Opinion Reading Comprehension and Opinion Writing. This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether animals should be kept in zoos. Multiple skills are covered, including reading,
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, 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.6.6, RI.6.10...
$4.50
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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...
$5.95
104
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By Laura Torres
Limericks are a great introduction to writing poetry. This is a complete limerick unit with a duplicate PowerPoint to support your lesson. There are lots of examples to analyze with your class, worksheets and handouts. Study form, rhyme and what
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.2.4, RL.3.4, RL.4.5, W.4.4
$3.50
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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
78
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By Laura Torres
Topic Sentences Power Point Presentation - Instruction, Examples, and Exercises This Power Point presentation will help you teach your students everything they need to know about topic sentences. It is complete with instructions, examples for each
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
47
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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, Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD
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
69
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By Laura Torres
This complete lesson plan employs critical thinking skills about print advertising. Students identify persuasive language, images, biases, and stereotypes in ads and how they affect the consumer. This lesson plan includes vocabulary, group work and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Minilessons
CCSS:
SL.7.1, SL.8.1, L.7.4, L.8.4
$2.00
38
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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
Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether kids should get paid for good grades. Multiple skills are
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, 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...
$4.50
43
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By Laura Torres
Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. School Uniforms - Should Students Wear Uniforms? This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether kids should wear
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Handouts
$4.50
38
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By Laura Torres
Fall Informational Reading – Day of the Dead Halloween and Fall are the perfect time to bring some seasonal reading to your classroom. This Day of the Dead packet contains an informational article about the interesting history and traditions of the
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...
$2.00
39
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By Laura Torres
Informational Reading Passage – The Pet Rock This packet includes an informational article about the Pet Rock phenomenon in the 1970s and how its inventor became an instant millionaire. After a close reading of the article, students will answer
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...
$2.00
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By Laura Torres
Compound word activity for more advanced learners. Use compound words to write four kinds of riddles! Reinforce many language arts skills with a little humor. You can start the lesson by reading Rick Walton's "Once There was a Bull...frog" if you
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Poetry
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts
CCSS:
RF.3.3, RF.4.3, L.3.1, L.4.1
$4.25
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By Laura Torres
Opinion Reading Comprehension and Opinion Writing. This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether elementary school students should do homework. Multiple skills are covered,
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, 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.6.6, RI.6.10...
$4.50
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By Laura Torres
Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Do Cell Phones Belong in Schools?This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether students should have cell phones
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, 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.6.6, RI.6.10...
$4.50
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By Laura Torres
Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should bottled water be banned? This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether bottled water should be banned.
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.5.8, RI.5.9, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.4, RI.6.6, RI.6.9...
$4.50
35
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By Laura Torres
Informational Reading Passage – Why the QWERTY keyboard? This packet includes an informational article about how the QWERTY keyboard was developed and why we still use it today, even though there is no real reason behind it. After a close reading
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...
$2.00
24
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By Laura Torres
Quotation, Paraphrase, and Summary. Power Point Presentation, handouts and exercises. Learning when and how to use quotes, paraphrase, and summary is essential for writing research papers. This Power Point and coordinating handouts explain the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts
$3.00
24
Digital Download ZIP (1.22 MB)
By Laura Torres
Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should tablets replace textbooks? This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether tablets should replace
Subjects:
Writing, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, 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...
$4.50
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

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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