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By Literary Sherri
High academic and behavior expectations can go hand-in-hand with a positive, nurturing classroom environment! More than any tangible reward you can give them, adolescents crave meaningful positive recognition. Engaging, student-friendly, and ready
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Reflective Journals for Teachers, Classroom Forms
$12.40
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By Literary Sherri
Nothing grabs students' attention quite like Poe’s creepy classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This detailed unit can be used with Interactive Notebooks, Interactive File Folders, or as a stand-alone flip book.Optimized for digital use via TpT's digital
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6...
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By Literary Sherri
This historical fiction novel written in verse is jam-packed with strong writing, voice, stunning imagery, and figurative language that will leave the story lingering in students' minds long after the last page has been read!Optimized for digital
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1...
$10.80
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By Literary Sherri
This Reading Response Journal covers 24 reading skills and can be used with any book! Perfect for novel studies, literature circles, independent reading novels, or responding to read-alouds. Keep students engaged, hold them accountable, and cover
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Google Apps, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
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By Literary Sherri
Identifying the main idea and supporting details of a reading passage is a skill that middle school 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
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Printables
CCSS:
RL.5.2, RL.6.2, RL.7.2, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10
$6.00
261
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By Literary Sherri
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Fun Stuff
$12.00
171
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By Literary Sherri
This Night unit is structured for close reading, critical thinking, and careful analysis of Elie Wiesel's autobiography. It is structured for easy integration with read-alouds, shared reading, independent reading, guided reading, interactive
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies - History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Literature Circles, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1...
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By Literary Sherri
Identifying the central idea and supporting details of a reading passage is a skill that middle school students need to practice over and over again. This print-'n-go resource can help! This engaging lesson helps students learn to identify the
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10
$6.00
104
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By Literary Sherri
This comprehensive resource contains everything you need to teach and assess Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This 68-page, standards-aligned unit focuses on close reading, critical-thinking, text-based evidence, and student
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6...
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103
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By Literary Sherri
Encourage a growth mindset in your upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom with these motivational notes from the teacher that encourage students to believe they can learn anything, accomplish anything, and be anything with
Subjects:
Character Education, For All Subjects, Classroom Community
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Classroom Forms
CCSS:
CCRA.W.10
$7.20
288
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By Literary Sherri
Do your students fill their writing with fluff phrases that add no value to their content? Phrases such as:In my opinionI believeI'm going to tell you aboutThis is why I wrote aboutThis Don’t Write About Your Writing mini-lesson helps students drop
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$4.80
237
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By Literary Sherri
Spend less time managing distracting behaviors and more time engaged in teaching and learning! Decrease off-task behaviors and increase on-task learning with sequential strategies that empower middle school and high school teachers to focus on
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Development, Reflective Journals for Teachers
$6.90
369
Digital Download PDF (3.76 MB)
By Literary Sherri
Middle school students are still learning how to read and write well and they need practical strategies! This product is packed with 60 pages of tips and tools that can be used effectively in ELA as well as content areas to help students increase
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Posters, Printables
$19.20
$14.40
77
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By Literary Sherri
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Literature Circles, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
$10.80
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By Literary Sherri
This 3-week unit for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton contains everything you need for an exciting, engaging, rigorous novel study. This unit requires close reading and includes critical thinking questions that require students to extrapolate relevant
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1...
$19.20
202
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By Literary Sherri
SAVE 20% BY PURCHASING TWO BEST-SELLING RESOURCES IN ONE BUDGET-CONSCIOUS BUNDLE! 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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Teacher Manuals
$24.00
$19.20
90
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By Literary Sherri
The Giver is one of my all-time favorite novels to teach because it lends itself to critical thinking and many thoughtful and meaningful class discussions. My students have always enjoyed reading The Giver as much as I enjoy teaching it! This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Literature Circles, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
$24.00
42
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By Literary Sherri
Critical thinking and analysis + Halloween lyrics = eerie fun! Song lyrics grab the attention of even the most reluctant readers and writers and provide one of the most engaging ways to teach or review figurative language and poetic devices, such as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Halloween
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.L.5
$4.80
89
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By Literary Sherri
Necessity is the mother of invention! This Middle School Teacher’s Survival Kit includes almost all the forms and checklists needed to successfully manage a middle school classroom . . . a great inclusion to your files or Teacher Binder!THIS 38-PAGE
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Professional Documents, Classroom Forms, Teacher Manuals
$12.00
58
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By Literary Sherri
What is the capital of Alaska? (Come on! Juneau this one!)WHY TELL JOKES IN CLASS:Jokes teach our students to play with words, which strengthens their writing.Jokes help teach figurative language, such as idioms and metaphors.Jokes help teach
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff
$6.00
61
Digital Download PDF (0.97 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 26th 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!

MY TEACHING STYLE

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.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

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

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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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