Making Meaning with Melissa

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By Making Meaning with Melissa
Mentor Sentences are perfect for teaching grammar and writing, providing visually appealing activities, and offering the consistency that students crave.Who doesn't want an easy way to improve student writing? One that will last all year? . Each
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
L.7.1, L.8.1, L.9-10.1, L.9-10.1a, L.11-12.1
$42.00
$36.00
340 ratings
4.0
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By Making Meaning with Melissa
Close Reading This awesome resource teaches middle and high school students how to close read. Scaffolding the process by starting with cartoons and photos, students are provided with thorough and engaging models to copy, and then interesting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$6.00
272 ratings
4.0
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By Making Meaning with Melissa
This "Most Dangerous Game" short story unit is rigorous and relevant and offers the following standards-based activities: *"Why do Hunters Kill?" pre-reading article (source material) and questions: -Actual text of the article is not included,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans
$9.00
160 ratings
3.9
Digital Download ZIP (152.01 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
Mentor Sentences are a game-changer! Students often know the basics of sentence and paragraph writing, but they struggle with sentence variety and sophistication in their writing. Not anymore with this Mentor Sentence resource! This resource uses
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$7.00
169 ratings
4.0
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By Making Meaning with Melissa
This handout helps to explain the difference between connotation and denotation, offering definitions, examples, guided practice, and critical thinking.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons
$1.00
102 ratings
3.9
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By Making Meaning with Melissa
Focusing on the idea of “courage,” this is a Common-Core based lesson asks students to summarize and annotate, concentrating on literary devices, and the reading strategies of making inferences and questioning. This resource engages students in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Novel Study
$8.00
105 ratings
3.9
Digital Download ZIP (5.10 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
Tired of assigning stale study-guide questions? Mix it up with NOVEL NOTES, student-directed graphic organizers that work for any fiction text. When I’m reading a novel with my classes, I usually make a packet of all the notes (printed
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
$3.00
80 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.92 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
This bundle includes my highly-rated "Flowers for Algernon Pre-Reading Guide" plus a vocabulary unit and set of study guide questions with answer key. A great deal for three great products! Check out each of the separate resources here: Flowers for
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study
$8.00
$7.00
84 ratings
3.9
Bundle
By Making Meaning with Melissa
This powerpoint teaches students to make inferences while reading, by allowing them to "play detective." Using the clues, students can determine character traits, thus, making inferences. Information about the importance of making inferences is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Novel Study, Minilessons
$4.00
70 ratings
4.0
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By Making Meaning with Melissa
This guide provides 10 pre-reading activites, offering an engaging and thoughtful entry into the story "Flowers for Algernon." Contents include: Multiple Intelligences Survey Multiple Intelligences Graph Multiple Intelligence Name-Tag
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Fun Stuff, Novel Study
$4.00
70 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.52 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
Thorough and challenging, this essay unit provides everything you need to teach the Literary Analysis Essay. Filled with great ideas and strong examples, this unit will be a lifesaver, providing your students with all they need and saving you e
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Minilessons
$15.00
$12.00
83 ratings
4.0
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By Making Meaning with Melissa
This Close Reading Unit, focusing on the short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, is perfect to use for a Halloween lesson. Included you will find: -Close reading directions -Full text of “The Tell-Tale Heart” -After reading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Minilessons
$4.00
74 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.13 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
Mentor Sentences - Commas Time for Punctuation Power! Students often know the basics of sentence and paragraph writing, but they struggle with common punctuation rules which add sophistication to their writing. Not anymore! This resource uses
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Interactive Notebooks
$7.00
58 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (9.01 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
This resource engages students in close reading strategies to examine five excerpts from the play Romeo and Juliet. Focusing on the theme of "When passion overrules reason, tragedy often follows," this Common-Core based lesson asks students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
$8.00
54 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (1.28 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
Students look deeper into a text than ever before with these standards-based Romeo and Juliet annotations, critically thinking about what the text means. This packet contains 6 Return-to the-Text annotations that force students back into excerpts
Subjects:
Drama, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Handouts, Novel Study
$7.00
57 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (0.36 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
This is a 15-slide power point I put together to discuss the expectations of my classroom. To make it more interesting, I've included popular memes to help explain class rules. Expectations are geared toward my English class, but the powerpoint is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
42 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PPTX (6.58 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
Are your students stuck writing the same boring sentences? Want them to improve their writing using technology? Try these digital mentor sentences! Using engaging examples of fantastic writing, these Mentor Sentences are the best way to teach
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps, Microsoft OneDrive
$56.00
$40.00
56 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Making Meaning with Melissa
This powerpoint gives unfamiliar students an overview of the Holocaust, using graphic pictures and informative captions. A great intro activity to a Holocaust history lesson or novel study. I use it before teaching my Night unit, which you can see
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
$4.00
41 ratings
4.0
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By Making Meaning with Melissa
This project-based learning opportunity allows students to become the teacher for a whole class period! Divide the class into groups and have each group teach a chapter of the novel, complete with a list of requirements, a lesson planning template,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Problem Solving
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Novel Study
$6.00
56 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (15.61 MB)
By Making Meaning with Melissa
Rhetorical Devices, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos, are the bones of any persuasive argument. Introduce these persuasive appeals with a visually engaging presentation, that students can relate to. This 20-slide non-editable presentation explains the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1
$4.00
24 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PPTX (60.59 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught English Language Arts for fifteen years at both the junior high and high school levels. I love to create engaging lessons for my students. I also have a master's degree in Education Administration.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love to create engaging lessons that help my students immerse themselves in the reading and writing process. I think it's important to incorporate choice and fun into my lessons, while still encouraging students to think, question, and learn.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My biggest honor is being called Mommy; my children are the greatest award I've ever received. I am a proud mom to three amazing boys, who I often wish could have some of the TPT sellers as teachers! safe_image.php?d=AQBpCuCg0DjG0dJY&w=484&

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MS - Educational Administration; National University, CA BA - English Literature/Secondary Education; University of Miami, FL

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