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**Now updated to include Power Point Presentation** This is a full unit for Persuasive Text concepts aligned to the Common Core: author's position, fact and opinion, supporting examples, and persuasive strategies. Included is a unit overview,
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**Updated to include new link in Lesson 1.** Teach your students to analyze and evaluate persuasive arguments in this mini-unit! As students read several articles about the debate on killing barred owls to save spotted owls, students will learn to
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This novel study takes students through the first Percy Jackson novel chapter by chapter, and includes a pre-reading activity and culminating project. With each chapter, the students determine personal vocabulary words and use context to define
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This pack contains anchor charts for six text structures: descriptive, compare/contrast, chronological, logical order, cause/effect, and problem/solution. Each chart has a definition, graphic organizer, and ways to tell the text structure apart
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This activity teaches the difference between theoretical probability and experimental probability: why things that happen in real life do not exactly match probability. Students first find the theoretical probability of landing on each color of a
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This Unit for middle-grade students is based on the Common Core State Standards and concentrates on basic elements of literature: plot, setting, and character. The unit comes with an overview, sample calendar, eight daily lessons, anchor charts, a
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The Functional Text Unit covers several different types of functional texts, from recipes to menus to nutritional labels. Three lesson plans briefly cover how to read various texts, and the bulk of the unit focuses on a critical thinking, real
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The three lessons in this pack teach students how to determine the theme, or moral, in literature selections. Each lesson comes with descriptions for teacher actions, student actions, checks for understanding, and modifications. Throughout the
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Learning how to navigate argumentative/persuasive text is one of the most challenging concepts for students. To help ease the transition, here are seven lesson plans that will help your students see the difference between it and informational text.
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This Lesson Plan Pack contains two full lesson plans for instruction in locating the main idea of a passage and summarizing effectively. These can be taught over the course of a few days, and will work with any informational texts from online
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Do your students need more at-bats when reading argumentative and persuasive text? Using these practice pages, you can give them that extra look at how to decipher the different aspects of an argument. Topics covered include identifying the overall
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This pack contains anchor charts for five types of poetry and figurative langauge. Types of poetry included are limericks, free verse, cinquain, and haiku. Each poetry anchor chart has definitions, explanations for writing, and original examples.
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This pack includes two lesson plans and applicable resources for teaching students how to navigate tables of contents, indices, and headings. Both lessons provide sub-objectives, teacher actions, student actions, checks for understanding, and
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Looking for a way to incorporate root words all year long? Use this resource to teach your students 96 Latin and Greek root words! This yearlong study contains 6 units (30 weeks!), each with four weeks to learn four root words each and one review
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Use this resource to teach your students 16 Latin and Greek root words! Unit 1 contains five weeks of study: four weeks to learn four root words each and one review week. Included in the unit are practice pages for each week (use as homework,
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All the spelling activities you need for an entire school year! In this packet, there are 10 choice boards (one for each month of the school year), and each choice board has 9 activities from which the students choose to learn their spelling
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The Author's Purpose Lesson Plan Pack contains two full lesson plans to teach the three purposes: to inform, to explain, and to describe. These lessons are designed to work with any informational texts from online sources or textbooks. Strategies
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This mini-unit guides students in analyzing text for author's purpose and distinguishing between differing points of view and how they are conveyed. There are three lessons in this unit, and a unit overview is provided as well. The lessons all use
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Here are four lesson plans to help your students compare and contrast authors' presentations of the same historical event! Throughout all four lessons, students will read three different texts (an editorial, newspaper article, and transcript) and
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Use this source to review, reteach, or refresh your students' knowledge of complex sentences. You can use it to reteach complex sentences at the beginning of the year, to pull small groups for additional lessons, and use the projects for either unit
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for almost a decade! I spent one year as a teacher's assistant in a classroom for children with moderate/severe autism. For the next seven years, I taught predominately in a 5th grade classroom as a general education teacher. During one of those years, I taught an English Language Development combined 5th and 6th grade class. The last three years, I was the gifted cluster teacher for the 5th grade. Now, I teach Language Arts in a departmentalized 6th grade.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is driven by differentiation and student choice. I differentiate by creating Literature groups, spelling levels, and including multiple modalities for learning in each lesson. I provide for student choice by using a lot of choice boards/menus in class. I base my choice boards on Bloom's Taxonomy, Marzano's Taxonomy, Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and student interests. Additionally, I teach in an interdisciplinary fashion. I incorporate math, science, social studies, and the arts into my Language Arts curriculum often so that students can make connections between everything that they are learning in all classes.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Graduated Cum Laude with High Honors, Butler University, 2004

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from Butler University, 2004; Master's Degree in Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement from Ottawa University, 2008 Gifted Endorsement, 2012

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests I have include sewing, crochet, dance, and music. I play the clarinet in a community band, and often sit in band class with my students. I am the Director of my school's Drama Club, where I also do the choreography. Also, I am an avid United States history buff, especially the Civil War. You will see all of these pop up in my lessons, because I love sharing my interests with students as well as adults!

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