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Focus on climate, geography, and the economies of the early American colonies with this Common Core aligned close reading, map lesson, and assessment! Students will read about the original 13 colonies in order to gain a better understanding of how
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This Common Core aligned lesson includes informational text focused on Dred Scott and the landmark Supreme Court decision, a mapping activity, and a summary writing assignment! Students begin the lesson by reading the included informational text
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Lewis and Clark Map Assignment & Sequence of Events Task Cards This two-part lesson focuses on the expedition of Lewis and Clark. Students will trace Lewis and Clark’s journey west as they create their very own expedition map. After
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Students move through discovery stations, analyze primary sources, and answer a document based question related to the expedition of Lewis and Clark. Students begin this Common Core aligned lesson by analyzing the journal entries of Lewis and Clark
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Captivate all learners with task cards! This interactive lesson focuses on the accomplishments of the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan civilizations. Everything is ready to print and includes: Task Cards: A complete set of 12 task cards highlight four
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This Common Core aligned close reading and scaffolded summary writing lesson for the Gettysburg Address provides students with a deep understanding of Lincoln's famous speech. ***Paper PDF AND Google Drive Resource Included!*** This resource can be
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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
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Guided Reading, Vocabulary, and Rhyme Scheme! This Common Core aligned lesson scaffolds questioning throughout the poem to ensure student understanding of “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. An organizer is provided for students to
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This map lesson focuses on the empires and surrounding geography of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca. Students will focus on the geography of Central and South America in relation to the empires of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca. Captivate all types of
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Make a difficult topic accessible with this product! In this Common Core aligned lesson, students begin by rotating through six Enlightenment philosopher learning stations. As students rotate through the stations, they are required to answer
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In this Common Core aligned lesson, students will begin by working with the vocabulary necessary for understanding the Transcontinental Railroad primary source documents. Next, students will rotate through six stations answering guided questions
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Captivate all types of learners with a hands-on map lesson! This map lesson and assessment focuses on the Italian city-states during the Renaissance. ***Paper PDF AND Google Drive Resource Included*** This resource can be completed on paper or
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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 date. Students are required to provide a short summary and
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Meet the needs of ALL students with this differentiated close read for Edgar Allan Poe's ”Tell Tale Heart”. Using this resource, your students have an opportunity to analyze and understand Poe's use of tone and mood! The close reading passages
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Everything you need to teach Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is included in this comprehensive lesson. Tier-three vocabulary support, guided questioning, summary writing, and an extension activity will ensure student understanding of the
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Everything you need to teach Renaissance humanism! This Common Core aligned lesson is focused on humanism and the changes in European thinking during the Renaissance. Everything is ready to print and includes: Humanism Guided Notes: The
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Students independently or collaboratively research the Oregon Trail in order to create a historical travel brochure detailing the overland experience. After researching the Oregon Trail, students are ready to create their travel brochures and apply
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Informational text, vocabulary support, and a graphic organizer focusing on The Great Compromise! This worksheet is aligned with the Common Core Standards for History/Social Science and explains how the Virginia and New Jersey Plans led to The
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Teach students the art of writing dialogue using this step-by-step cooperative lesson plan. This product contains everything you need to teach dialogue! Students begin the lesson by analyzing the subtle differences dialogue creates when added to
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30% savings! Eleven public speaking lessons for the price of eight! The following ELEVEN public speaking lessons are included with this product: Listening Skills, Voice and Gestures, Stage Fright, Public Speaking Vocabulary, Introduction to Speech
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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.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Contributing Teacher, UCI History Project; Project GLAD Facilitator; People to People International Participating Teacher

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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