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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
RL.7.1, SL.7.3, SL.7.4
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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).
Subjects:
Reading, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.6.1, SL.6.1
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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:
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
CCSS:
W.6.2c, W.6.2d, W.6.4
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.L.5
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By Literacy Lunatic
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
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Homework
CCSS:
RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.6.2a, W.6.2c, W.6.2f, CCRA.W.4
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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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Prezis
CCSS:
RH.6-8.4
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Outlines, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.6.1a, W.6.1b, SL.6.4, SL.6.5
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By Literacy Lunatic
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.3a, W.6.3b, W.6.3c, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RI.7.6, CCRA.R.2
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By Literacy Lunatic
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
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.8.1, RL.8.2
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
L.6.5
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
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By Literacy Lunatic
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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Minilessons
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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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Internet Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.8
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By Literacy Lunatic
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Prezis
CCSS:
RH.6-8.4
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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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
W.8.3
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By Literacy Lunatic
Use these to organize your classroom library!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Classroom Forms
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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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Government, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.9-10.4
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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,
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.6.1
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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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