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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
206
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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
206
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By Laura Torres
Thesis statements: Writing a thesis statement can seem like an overwhelming task for many students. This packet includes informational handouts with ideas, explanations and worksheets to make the process easy. A complementary power point is included
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.9-10.1, W.11-12.1
$3.50
371
Digital Download ZIP (1.13 MB)
By Laura Torres
Plagiarism is a big issue in the classroom. This packet has everything you need to help students understand when to credit sources. The handout explains clearly what plagiarism is and gives examples of how and when to use quotations and paraphrase.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Research, Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8
$3.00
168
Digital Download ZIP (2.51 MB)
By Laura Torres
Writing a Narrative Essay: This unit has everything you need to teach a narrative essay from start to finish. It is meant to align with all the objectives of common core standard Text Types and Purposes for 8th - 10th grade (8.W.3; 9.W.3; 10.W.3),
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
CCSS:
W.8.3, W.9-10.3
$7.50
156
Digital Download PDF (2.33 MB)
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
$56.00
$29.95
88
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By Laura Torres
This pack combines my popular run-on sentence and sentence fragment products, which are also sold separately. Included are instructional worksheets, quizzes and answer keys. Everything you need to teach proper sentence structure is here.This pack
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
$3.50
178
Digital Download ZIP (4.74 MB)
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
74
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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
110
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By Laura Torres
Worksheets, Quiz, and Answer Keys for run-on sentences. This packet includes a simple-to-understand explanation of run-on sentences, a worksheet, quiz and answer keys. The sentences are entertaining and cover the all the basics to ensure
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
$2.00
71
Digital Download PDF (3.40 MB)
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
79
Bundle
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 VideoPlease click on the following
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
96
Bundle
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
$3.00
79
Digital Download PDF (0.65 MB)
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
40
Digital Download PDF (0.86 MB)
By Laura Torres
Extreme Sports Informational Reading BundleHigh interest reading for your students! Save 25% by buying this bundle of reading packets on extreme sports:Parkour and FreerunningBASE jumpingThe World's Toughest Foot RaceSlackliningPlease click on the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables
$8.00
$6.00
31
Bundle
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
30
Digital Download PDF (1.62 MB)
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
38
Digital Download PDF (0.78 MB)
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
43
Digital Download PDF (1.21 MB)
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
45
Digital Download PDF (1.17 MB)
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
$2.00
56
Digital Download PDF (1.77 MB)
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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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