Loving Language Arts

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High-interest, standards-based ELA resources that make teachers AND students love Language Arts even more! (Gr. 5-8 & beyond)
 
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Summer is on their brains so just give in already (while still teaching them some new interesting info about summer and keeping them reading). This 1-page HIGH INTEREST passage tells all about why summer breaks are longer (it's not what you think),
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Volume II HIGH-INTEREST passages middle school kids will love! Just like in Volume I, these passages are far more interesting and relevant to their everyday lives than most other passages are! Plus the tasks are each centered around one standard,
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Who knew expository & informative writing could be so fun?! This NO-PREP printable step-by-step writing activity guides students through the process of coming up with a topic, writing similes, writing hyperboles, getting to see an awesome
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Humor + Learning = Happy & Smart! These NO PREP PRINTABLES combine serious learning with funny content which puts everyone in a better mood! All of the content is based on jokes, riddles, silly ideas, and funny sayings. But the work itself that
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Back to school after a break means students have a bunch of fresh writing material! Get them excited to write using concrete imagery by allowing them to share their summer memories with their classmates in the form of a "5 Senses Poem". Everything
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NO PREP PRINTABLES! 3 highly engaging informational text passages that thoroughly explain science topics your students are curious about! Tasks get them to integrate information presented visually, quantitatively, & in words. Also gets them to
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HIGH-INTEREST Passages Middle School Kids Will Love! How can they possibly love them, you ask? Well these passages are far more interesting and relevant to their everyday lives than most other passages are. NO PREP! READY TO GO! Each task is
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NO PREP 2-PAGE PRINTABLE! Super interesting, highly engaging, informative 1-page informational text passage and 1-page partially-filled in graphic organizer web to organize central ideas & supporting details. Perfect for motivating bored middle
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NO PREP PRINTABLES! 3 highly engaging informational text passages that thoroughly explain various roles dogs play in society paired with meaningful ELA tasks. Tasks include determining word meanings, locating central ideas, writing a summary, making
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Updated in 2017 as the debate continues (and killer whales continue to be captured and sold worldwide). Authentic, relevant, in-depth argument examination! Truly delves into both sides of this hotly debated issue by examining and analyzing multiple
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NO PREP PRINTABLES! Interesting & informative 2-page informational text passage about how much fresh water is available and why there are shortages when demand has not yet exceeded the supply. Students will need to be able to read percentages
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Grab their attention with interesting informational texts about pumpkins, vocabulary connections, fascinating facts that are incorporated into critical thinking activities, writing explanatory text about how to make a jack-o-lantern, writing a short
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NO PREP PRINTABLES! High interest topic! Super interesting & informative informational text passage that explains why & how ice cream is a complex substance (It is a foamy emulsion made possible by freezing-point depression!). Students will
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Puts their informative/explanatory writing to the test and smiles on their faces! Students get to be creative and have fun, yet they must also use their best writing skills. The purpose for their writing becomes so clear during this lesson -- which
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Quick, fun, & meaningful lesson that delves into a classic American novel and you don't even need the book! First, the book is summarized for the students. Next, students are given a figurative language guide that defines key figurative language
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In this fun logic puzzle, which will only take about 15 minutes, students use pictures and clues to make deductions that lead to the one and only solution to the question, "Which dog did each child adopt at the animal shelter?" The puzzle can be
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This awesome science fiction short story is great for exploring beautifully executed figurative language, the theme of bullying, and a fascinating setting. Students read a very short, very well-written short story "All Summer in a Day" by Ray
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NO PREP PRINTABLES! Thoroughly engaging 2-page informational text passage teaches fascinating information about all the amazing things working dogs have done throughout history. Written with bold vocabulary words followed by a vocabulary activity.
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NO PREP PRINTABLES! Engaging 1-page informational text passage keeps readers interested as they learn new vocabulary in context, make inferences, and write an informative mini-autobiography "My Life as a Police Dog" from the point of view of a K-9
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NO PREP PRINTABLES! Your students are wondering why there are seasons, so they will want to read this HIGH-INTEREST informative 2-page informational text passage that incorporates visuals - 2 diagrams and an interactive hand demonstration. Perfect
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught middle school language arts and social studies (grades 6-8) for 8 years. In that time, I worked with a wide variety of students. I have also taught elementary level summer programs, substituted at all K-8 levels, ran a preschool, and have been closely involved in the school lives of my three daughters who are currently in 5th, 8th, and 9th grade. Since teaching and while being a "stay-at-home-mom", I have taken on numerous awesome projects as an Independent Contractor. I am a Content Creator -- I create the content for standardized test questions, online learning activities, video scripts for short educational multimedia videos, my own ELA and literacy in content areas curriculum for sale, entire online ELA courses and blended learning program curriculum, etc. My middle school daughters get the privilege of trying out (over and over) my lessons so that I can make them awesome and tailored to that age group. I get the privilege of hearing the truth...lol

MY TEACHING STYLE

School should be a place where you learn interesting things and practice valuable skills. (It should also be a place of respect and kindness.) Students want to be engaged, active, and they want interesting, creative curriculum -- not those boring textbooks! That's how I am here to help you fellow ELA teachers to love language arts by getting your students to love language arts too!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

3.8 GPA at UC Irvine -- woohoo

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A., English, 1995, University of California, Irvine Masters courses in Curriculum and Instruction, 1996-1998, Chapman University Full year of pre-med Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition science courses. I love science and enjoy using it in the language arts setting. I also enjoy math (weird...I know).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am currently an independent contractor for various ELA content/curriculum companies doing various projects. I am currently creating standardized test questions that align with the Common Core ELA state standards (a.k.a. "Career and College Ready" standards) and more standards depending on the state. Therefore, I have been gaining a GREAT amount of knowledge about aligning content to standards and assessing it. It is all harder than I thought it would be (more complicated), but it is worth it to learn so much about making quality, targeted curriculum that is actually useful.

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