Literary Sherri

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Literary Sherri
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"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world." (Malala Yousafzai)
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Decrease off-task behaviors and increase on-task learning with strategies that empower teachers to focus on positive interventions and consistent consequences. With this plan, teachers spend less time managing behaviors and more time teaching!WHY A
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Engaging, student-friendly, and ready to print-and-go, this resource is chock-full of tools, strategies, and activities that will save you loads of time and set your students up for success all year long!High academic and behavior expectations can
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Encourage a growth mindset in your middle school or high school classroom with these modern art-themed notes that encourage students to believe they can learn anything, accomplish anything, or be anything with diligent work, perseverance, and
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THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton is one of my students' all-time favorite novels! Everything you need to teach The Outsiders -- and make it fun and engaging! -- is right here, ready to print-and-go. Save loads of prep time by downloading this complete,
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Questions, prompts, graphic organizers, and guided writing assignments help build comprehension and metacognition skills, helping students think within, about, and beyond the text! This Common Core-aligned Reader Response Journal truly pushes
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Identifying the main idea and supporting details of a reading passage is a skill that students need to practice over and over again. This print-'n-go resource can help! This engaging lesson helps students learn to identify the main idea of a reading
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Nothing grabs students' attention quite like Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart” . . . this detailed flip-book contains everything you need to teach this spooky story, including 8 pages of Common Core-aligned literary analysis
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Back to school is even more exciting and engaging with a variety of games and activities designed specifically to be used in the first two to three weeks of Middle School to foster a positive classroom environment and build a caring and inclusive
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Many Middle Schoolers have good, strong writing with one exception: They fill their paragraphs with “fluff” phrases such as, “In my opinion, I believe . . .” or, “This is why I wrote about . . . “I knew if I could help them drop these empty phrases,
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Identifying the central idea and supporting details of a reading passage is a skill that students need to practice over and over again. This print-'n-go resource can help! This engaging lesson helps students learn to identify the central idea of a
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An engaging, student-friendly five-week novel study unit based on Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Everything you need -- ready to print 'n go!Whether used with whole-class instruction, small groups, academic intervention services, tutoring, or for
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24 meaningful, engaging quotes about books and reading on 8.5x11 chalkboard-themed, high-resolution posters. Just print and laminate for a beautiful display for your classroom, library, or office that will inspire your students to read!This 24-page
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Save 25% by purchasing two best-selling resources together in one money-saving bundle:First Days of Middle School: Games and ActivitiesClassroom Management: First Days of Middle School - Forms and ChecklistsBy purchasing both packets together, you
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Middle School students are still learning HOW to read well and they need strategies! In this product, special attention is paid to close reading, metacognition, and repairing reading when meaning breaks down.I use these tools and strategies every
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I teach “Night” by Elie Wiesel in ELA when students are learning about WWII and the Holocaust in Social Studies. This is a 25-day unit. I have 75-minute blocks to teach this unit. You may need to adjust the number of days based on how much time you
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Here's a mini-unit to include in your broader unit on the Holocaust.This mini-unit uses the 1959 film “The Diary of Anne Frank” featuring Shelly Winters (available at the local library) and "The Diary of Anne Frank and Related Readings" (McDougal
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Nothing grabs students' attention quite like Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart” . . . this detailed flip-book contains everything you need to teach this spooky story, including 8 pages of Common Core-aligned literary analysis
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Middle school students are still learning HOW to read and write well and they need strategies! This product is packed with strategies that can be used effectively in ELA as well as content areas to help students increase their skills and their
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This is one of those gems to include in your teacher toolbox that will take your teaching to the next level! A must-have for your teacher binder!Integrate kinesthetic movement and energize your lessons, reviews, quick assessments, wrap-ups, brain
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Middle school students are still learning HOW to write well and they need strategies! These strategies, designed especially for Middle School, can be used in ELA as well as all content areas to foster common language and help students transfer their
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This is my 25th year working in education full-time. As a veteran educator, I've enjoyed teaching 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, as well as a few high school English electives. I'm passionate about creating resources for students that make rigorous learning fun, engaging, and interactive!

The vast majority of my career has been spent teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts, integrating Social Studies and Science as frequently as possible. My strengths include classroom management that maximizes learning, differentiation, and teaching literacy skills. In addition to classroom teaching, I have been a curriculum writer since 2012. I'm so passionate about providing high-quality resources for teachers and students around the country that I now write curriculum full-time, with occasional subbing or tutoring so my resources and classroom management stay relevant and practical and so that I stay engaged with students, who are still as energizing and inspiring as they were my first year of teaching.

Teaching is my heart, and I am especially passionate about literacy because I believe it is the foundation of all learning. When students are better readers and writers, their performance in every subject increases, and they are better able to think and to communicate their thoughts. Literacy is the most significant skill needed to function effectively in school, in the workplace, and in society. It is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life. Literacy enables students to become active and independent thinkers and lifelong learners, which is empowering and sets students up for success in whatever endeavors they choose to pursue. When people are able to function at high levels of literacy, doors of opportunity are opened for them that would not be available otherwise -- and I want to help open as many doors as possible for students!


All learners have different and unique learning styles, so I strive to integrate a variety of teaching styles in my classes and curriculum, including standards-based resources, hands-on-learning, generous doses of collaborative projects, critical thinking activities, authentic learning opportunities, frequent dashes from my bag-of-tricks, and liberal pinches of humor.

I believe it's important for students to engage every day with learning materials, one another, and their teachers because active learning results in challenged, motivated, life-long learners! I work to continuously refine and adapt resources to reflect students' current needs, interests, and schema. I also strive to create resources that are rigorous, relevant, ready-to-use, and fun for students.


Co-presenter at Teachers Pay Teachers National Conference (2015-2017)

Member by Invitation of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators

Nominated by Administration for a University of Rochester Fellowship Program

Nominated for the Disney American Teacher of the Year Award

I've presented numerous professional development workshops for colleagues on effectively increasing literacy skills, integrating reading and writing with other disciplines, and classroom management that decreases off-task behaviors and increases learning.

In my desk drawer, I have a manila folder filled with meaningful notes, cards, and letters from former students, their parents, and teaching colleagues. Ryan jotted, "Why do you care about us so freakin' much?!?" Brandon wrote, "Thank you for helping me discover mysteries and mythologies -- I never knew I enjoyed reading so much until this year!" Lauren's mom noted, "Thank you for helping my daughter believe in herself and build her confidence. She fell in love with school and learning this year." This folder is one of my most treasured possessions and its contents represent my greatest teaching honors. Its contents never fail to make me smile, laugh, cry, and remember why I love teaching.


Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from SUNY Brockport, Summa Cum Laude (Literacy Specialist)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood and Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, Magna Cum Laude

New York State Certifications include:

Elementary (1-6)

Middle School (Grades 7-9)

Special Education

Literacy Specialist


Favorite Season: Back-to-School (who doesn't adore all those bins of school supplies and the scent of freshly-sharpened pencils?!?)

Favorite On-Line Store other than TpT: Amazon (I should own stock, really, for all the books I purchase.)

Favorite Brick & Mortar Store: Barnes & Noble (I could spend days wandering the aisles and perusing the books!)

Favorite Novel to Teach: The Giver by Lois Lowry (S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and R.J. Palacio's Wonder are close contenders.)

Favorite Genre: Historical Fiction (I've always loved bringing history alive for my students -- I adore it when a book does the same for me!)


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