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By Literacy in Focus
Focus on climate, geography, and the economies of the early American colonies using this informational text, comprehension worksheet, map activity, and assessment! Students will gain a better understanding of how climate and geography played a role
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.7.3, RI.7.4, RI.8.3, RI.8.4, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7
$3.75
182
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By Literacy in Focus
Add diversity to your current events assignments with these 5 different Common Core aligned templates. Each current events template focuses on a different reading comprehension skill (Main Idea & Details, Text Connections, Vocabulary in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.8, RI.5.9, RI.6.2, RI.6.4, RI.6.7, RI.6.8, RI.7.2, RI.7.4, RI.7.5...
$3.25
120
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By Literacy in Focus
120 Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes are broken down into twelve units. Each unit focuses on teaching students ten new word parts using a class set of flashcards, individual worksheets for each word part, and a final assessment. A
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Flash Cards, Printables
CCSS:
L.5.4b, L.5.4c, L.6.4b, L.6.4c, L.7.4b, L.7.4c, L.8.4b, L.8.4c, CCRA.L.4
$36.50
$19.50
105
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By Literacy in Focus
10 printable, editable, and digital graphic organizers for summary writing! A graphic organizer for summarizing every type of text is included! Summary writing templates for use in your Google Classroom are also included! Make summary writing easier
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.4.2, W.4.4, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.7.2, W.7.4, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4
$4.00
56
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By Literacy in Focus
Build research and writing skills with this historical travel brochure project, specifically designed to work with ANY location. Your students will have a chance to research a historical location and create a unique travel brochure, a perfect way to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, World Language
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
WHST.6-8.7, WHST.6-8.8, WHST.6-8.9
$3.50
60
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By Literacy in Focus
Make completing reading logs a breeze by providing your students with different sentence starters for each entry. This reading log template is completely editable, which means you have the option of changing the entry spaces to suit your needs. A
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Google Apps
$3.25
112
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By Literacy in Focus
Students will get a chance to trace the westward journey of Lewis and Clark by creating their very own expedition map! In addition to the engaging Lewis and Clark map activity, students will arrange the details of the expedition in chronological
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Task Cards
CCSS:
RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.7
$3.50
103
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By Literacy in Focus
Review learning with this editable US History timeline activity! Full-size pennant flags covering 50 major events in U.S. history from 1607-1914 are included! Each pennant flag template highlights a major U.S. event and the corresponding historical
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RH.6-8.7
$4.00
80
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By Literacy in Focus
Build your own trifold brochure! Editable brochure templates, student directions, and brochure rubric are included! Customize your own brochure using 54 different mix and match panels. The brochure templates will work for all subjects and grade
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies - History
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
$3.50
74
Digital Download PPTX (7.27 MB)
By Literacy in Focus
A great intro lesson and assessment for your Medieval Europe unit! The included map lesson and quiz focus on the geography and empires of Europe in the Middle Ages. A digital version is included for use in your Google Classroom. **This resource is
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, Middle Ages
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RH.6-8.7
$3.00
61
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By Literacy in Focus
Focus on the life of Dred Scott and the landmark Supreme Court decision using informational text, a map lesson, and summary writing activity. Your students will read an an article about Dred Scott's life, map Scott's travels across state lines, and
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.5, RH.6-8.7
$3.50
94
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By Literacy in Focus
15 different graphic organizers for narrative writing! This is a great resource for helping students to plan and organize their narratives. Each organizer is Common Core aligned and created to seamlessly guide students through the narrative writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.5.3, W.5.3a, W.5.3b, W.5.3c, W.5.3d, W.5.3e, W.6.3, W.6.3a, W.6.3b, W.6.3c, W.6.3d...
$4.00
43
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By Literacy in Focus
Printable, editable, and digital graphic organizers for narrative, summary, argument/opinion, and expository writing are included! This bundle contains 45 graphic organizers, making writing easier for you teach and your students to learn. Make
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5
$16.00
$12.00
27
Bundle
By Literacy in Focus
A comprehensive resource for getting your students up, moving, and thinking critically about the transcontinental railroad! Students begin the lesson by working with the vocabulary necessary for understanding the six transcontinental railroad
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
DBQs, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.9
$3.50
67
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By Literacy in Focus
Conquer a difficult topic with station rotations! Students focus on a different Enlightenment thinker at each station, answering text-based questions to ensure understanding. After rotating through all six stations, students are ready to connect
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, European History, World History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Task Cards
CCSS:
RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.8, WHST.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.9
$4.00
57
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By Literacy in Focus
Get your students up, moving, and learning about several different Civil War battles. A perfect lesson for introducing or reviewing the decisive battles of the Civil War. Eight different battles are featured including Fort Sumter, Bull Run, Shiloh,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7
$3.50
62
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By Literacy in Focus
Quickly and easily assess your students using exit tickets! Create your own or use one of the eighteen different exit ticket templates included with this resource. Exit tickets are great way to connect with your students and gain valuable feedback
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies - History
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Printables
$3.75
60
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By Literacy in Focus
Introduce your next novel with learning stations! This cooperative learning activity works with any novel! Students move through five pre-reading stations exploring a different aspect of the text at each station. Students will preview, predict,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$3.50
109
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By Literacy in Focus
Take the stress out of teaching the Constitution! Each worksheet focuses on a different aspect of the Constitution and includes informational text, vocabulary support, and a graphic organizer. The Constitution worksheets can be used independently
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.5
$4.50
45
Digital Download PDF (10.67 MB)
By Literacy in Focus
This map lesson focuses on West African geography and the Medieval Empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. Students will locate and label African deserts, rainforests, and savannas in order to analyze how trade was affected by different types of
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography, African History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.7
$3.00
48
Digital Download PDF (12.40 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

As a teacher, I have a wide-range of experience. I have a secondary teaching credential in Language Arts and Social Science as well as a Master’s Degree in Education, which means I can teach a heck of a lot of subjects. I started my teaching career at a high school in South Los Angeles. To say I hit the ground running is an understatement. I taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English from a cart that I rolled around campus. The school, although massive, didn’t have enough classrooms to accommodate all of their teachers. Suffice it to say, I learned a lot my first year. I taught at the high school level another year before moving to a charter middle school in Orange County. As a student, middle school was hell on earth. As a teacher, I couldn’t get enough. I was teaching 7th grade World History and 8th grade U.S. History. I also served as the school’s technology coach. Eventually, with my growing knowledge of the 7th and 8th grade curriculums, I became the History Department Chairperson. As the years progressed, the number of English learners at our school increased. Upon request, I was given the opportunity to teach History, Reading, and Language Arts to all levels of language learners. Soon, I became the Curriculum Manager and English Language Advisor for our school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

It was during my time spent working with English learners that I grew the most as a teacher. The provided curriculum didn’t meet the needs of my students. I was constantly creating new material, researching effective strategies, and developing engaging lessons that encouraged critical thinking. I was determined to create a learning environment where all students could thrive. Although successful, I was exhausted. I had spent over a decade giving every ounce of my being to my teaching practice. It was time to make a choice between creating curriculum or teaching. It was one of the toughest decisions of my life. Ultimately, I made the decision to leave the classroom and work full-time creating content and material for teachers around the world. I took a leap of faith, and it worked out. I love what I do. I enjoy creating captivating resources that meet the needs of all levels of learners. I strive to create materials that can be differentiated, modified, or scaffolded for a diverse group of students. In 2019, my first book was published. Titled Home of the Brave: 15 American Immigrants Who Shaped US History, the book features 15 different biographies and corresponding activities for upper elementary and middle school readers.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Contributing Teacher, UCI History Project; Project GLAD Facilitator; People to People International Participating Teacher; Published Author: Home of the Brave, An American History Book for Kids: 15 Immigrants Who Shaped US History

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS Journalism, California Teaching Credential: History/Social Science, California Teaching Credential: English/Language Arts, MA Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Website: www.litinfocus.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/literacyinfocus, Facebook: www.facebook.com/literacyinfocus, Email: brooke@litinfocus.com

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