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Persuasive Essay Complete Unit. ***UPDATED Now includes NEW MLA 8th edition citation guidelines. This complete unit for teaching persuasive essays has everything you need from pre-writing techniques to group work, ethos, pathos, and logos lesson
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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.
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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
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Informational Reading Passage – Harriet Tubman on the Twenty Dollar Bill This packet includes an informational article about how the $20 bill will be redesigned to feature Harriet Tubman. Students will read about the history of women on U.S.
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Summary and Response Essays - Complete Unit. This packet is a step-by-step, in-depth process for writing a summary and response essay. This packet contains a full sample article and a full sample essay that are used throughout to demonstrate the
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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
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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
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Fall Informational Reading – All About Candy Corn Halloween and Fall are the perfect time to bring some seasonal reading to your classroom. This All About Candy Corn packet contains an informational article about the interesting history and
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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

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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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