Literacy Lunatic

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This debate stems from the 1843 classic short story by Edgar Allan Poe, "The Tell-Tale Heart". It is designed for students to be using text evidence to determine if the narrator was insane or sane, depending on which side they are supporting. The
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This week long lesson plan is designed to show what a How-To paragraph is and how to write one. There are three activities that go along with the unit. Recipe: Students will watch a video on how to make a recipe and write down the process. Lego:
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This menu was created for a Book Cafe or a Book Tasting. There is an Appetizer (4 minutes of preview), a Main Course (4 minutes of discussion) and a Dessert (reflection - not included).
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This packet consists of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. There is a note sheet along with a worksheet to practice each part of speech. I have the students paste the note sheet in their Writer's Notebook for a reference. It can easily
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Jack London's, The Call of the Wild, has a high vocabulary level throughout the book. This vocabulary packet includes a passage from the novel, what chapter it is from, and has students using context clues to guess what the word means. Students then
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This is a week long lesson about what compare/contrast paragraphs are and how to write them. This lesson comes with a 12 page SMART notebook file, a rubric, a top hat organizer, and an article. The lesson includes: - Notes - Signal words - Example
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This Prezi introduces 39 Physical Geography features, a definition, and a picture for each one. Terms such as Isthmus, Badlands, Geyser, Mesa, River, Delta, and many more. There are 145 slides in this Prezi. This fun interactive way to learn
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This zipped folder includes various resources to hold a classroom debate about later school start times. The folder includes a debate rubric, two outlines, and some thinking points to help students with their research. Students will research their
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This reading guide is helpful for students to analyze, summarize, interpret, and evaluate different stories. It can be used for fiction as well as non-fiction text. This guide has the students describe the setting, characters, and point of view for
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This folder contains four different creative writing documents. The first activity is a Halloween Cause and Effect Paragraph. The students watch a Halloween commercial and identify the cause and the effects. Afterwards, they put that into a
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This zipped folder includes seven word documents to guide a book club session with your class. Easily editable for different grade levels. It includes: - Book Club Contract (the group of students create their own norms for their book club
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Great introduction to writing poems! Step-by-step process to writing a poem while using poetry terms such as alliteration, personification, and metaphor. A fun and creative way for middle school students to create their own masterpiece by following
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This reading strategy helps students understand a variety of text types by having them draw what they "see" or visualize. The handout includes a space for a drawing and a space for the sentence that created an image in their head. Found at Literacy
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Fun with poetry writing! Students will take 15 letters of the alphabet and write a poem using one word for each letter. Be creative! Found on Literacy Lunatic.
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This handout is designed to have students keep track of all their sources they use for a project and explain why it is reliable. There is a teacher signature for each source so you can check to see what the students are using for sources.
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This Prezi explains the difference between physical, political, and historical maps. It describes what features are found on a world map (key, lines, symbol, etc.) along with the hemispheres, International Date Line, and a short video. Fun way to
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This activity supplements a unit on Anne Frank. It is a partner activity that puts the students in the place of the families that went into hiding. The students will have to decide where everyone sleeps, what to bring with them, and create a journal
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Use these to organize your classroom library!
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This activity involves students taking passages of the preamble, putting them into their own words, and giving an example of how they see it today. The students can word individually or in groups. At the end of the activity, students will reflect on
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This packet is designed to go along with a Seabiscuit unit and/or the book, Come On, Seabiscuit! It compares Seabiscuit and Jack Pollard at the beginning of the novel and at the end of the novel. It also includes characters such as Tom Smith,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

- Taught in Hunan, China teaching Oral English - Taught U.S. History/Language Arts in 8th grade - Taught Language Arts in 6th grade

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Group work, collaboration, variety, fun, and organization!

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Award for Creativity and Innovation at HMS.

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- UW-EC Graduate with 1-8 Licensure and emphasis in Language Arts - Masters in Reading and Literacy from Capella University

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