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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
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
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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
65 ratings
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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 additional 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
$3.25
57 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
Use Lewis and Clark's authentic journal entries to teach students about the famous expedition! Your students will evaluate the success of Lewis and Clark's journey by moving through discovery stations, analyzing primary sources, and answering a
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
DBQs, Printables, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.9
$3.25
47 ratings
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RH.6-8.7
$4.25
31 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, European History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
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
$3.25
20 ratings
4.0
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.7
$3.25
22 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Task Cards
CCSS:
RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7
$2.25
30 ratings
3.9
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Scaffolded Notes
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.7.1, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.3, RL.8.4
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.7
$3.25
29 ratings
3.9
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
U.S. History, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.5, RI.7.2, RI.7.3, RI.7.4, RI.7.5, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.4...
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4.0
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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 different Transcontinental
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
DBQs, Printables, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.9
$3.25
34 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, European History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.7
$3.25
26 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
Everything you need to teach public speaking! This bundle is jam-packed with eleven different lessons for one low price! The following resources are included: Listening Skills, Voice and Gestures, Stage Fright, Public Speaking Vocabulary,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Oral Communication
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables
$28.75
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By Literacy in Focus
Meet the needs of ALL students with this differentiated close reading 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
Subjects:
Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.4, RL.7.1, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.4
$3.25
22 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.5
$2.25
19 ratings
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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, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$3.25
25 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, European History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Scaffolded Notes
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.3
$3.50
12 ratings
4.0
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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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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
16 ratings
4.0
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By Literacy in Focus
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.3b, W.7.3, W.7.3b, W.8.3, W.8.3b, W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3b
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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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