Margaret Whisnant

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By Margaret Whisnant
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen Touching Spirit Bear Novel Study Guide is a 148-page resource for teaching Ben Mikaelsen's popular novel with eight different components. Though CCSS alignments are not listed in this file, the various
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$24.75
120
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By Margaret Whisnant
Figurative Language Figurative Language for December (Deck the Halls with Figurative Language) is a holiday-themed study of figurative language presented as a series of original sentences, popular song lyrics, and a verse from a familiar
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, GATE, Printables
$4.75
161
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By Margaret Whisnant
Schooled by Gordon Korman Novel Study Guide (CCSS Aligned) is a 192--page resource for teaching Gordon Korman's delightfully serious book with nine different CCSS-aligned components. Study Guide Components: Prereading Activities •PREREADING
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5...
$25.00
69
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Call of the Wild Novel Study Guide is a 31-page, two component resource for teaching Jack London's classic.Call of the Wild Objective Tests First is a series of objective tests for checking student comprehension. The questions, which cover the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$10.50
65
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Novel Study Guide is a 113-page resource for teaching Christopher Paul Curtis's 1996 Newbery Honor Book with eight different components. Study Guide
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$23.00
102
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By Margaret Whisnant
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Out of the Dust Objective Tests Teaching Guide Out of the Dust Objective Tests Teaching Guide is a 43-page resource for teaching Karen Hesse's 1998 Newbery Medal Winner. The series of objective tests cover the novel
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
$8.50
51
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By Margaret Whisnant
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Roll of Thunder, hear My Cry Whole book Test is a set of 50 multiple choice questions that cover the whole book and check for basic comprehension. The test does NOT require story interpretation,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.8.1
$3.25
68
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By Margaret Whisnant
The River by Gary Paulsen The River Objective Tests Teaching Guide This 27-page resource for teaching Gary Paulsen's sequal to HATCHET a series of objective tests (multiple choice, true/false, yes/no, matching style) that cover the novel as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes, Printables
$8.50
34
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By Margaret Whisnant
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George My Side of the Mountain Chapter-by-Chapter Objective Tests This 30-page resource for teaching Jean Craighead George's 1960 Newbery Honor Book is a series of objective tests that cover the novel as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.7.1
$8.50
65
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By Margaret Whisnant
This seventy-five page resource contains thirty-five sets of analogies with twenty-six items each. That's 910 opportunities for students to become more proficient in unlocking analogous relationships. While they are written according to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Study Guides
$18.75
55
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Novel Study Unit is a 34-page resource for teaching Mark Twain's classic tale. This series of objective tests cover the novel as chapter-by-chapter quizzes and as a whole book test. Students will find it necessary to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
$10.50
66
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 Whole book test is a set of 50 multiple-choice questions covers the whole book and checks for basic comprehension. The test does NOT require story interpretation, but it DOES require a detailed FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1
$3.50
96
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton The Outsiders Whole Book Test is a set of fifty multiple choice questions covers the whole book and checks for basic comprehension. The test does NOT require story interpretation, but it DOES require a detailed FACTUAL
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.7.1, RL.8.1
$3.50
72
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth Whole Book Test is a set of fifty multiple choice questions. The items do NOT require story interpretation, but they DO require a detailed FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE of the novel's plot, events,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1
$3.25
59
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By Margaret Whisnant
Where the Red Fern Grows Novel Study Unit is a 189-page instructional resource for Wilson Rawls's classic tale of determination, love, and loss. This complete unit comes with 9 different components with a broad range of skills from gathering
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5...
$25.00
23
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Giver by Lois Lowry The Giver Whole Book Test is a 50-question multiple choice quiz for Lois Lowry's 1994 Newbery Medal Winner. It covers the whole book and checks for basic comprehension. This test does NOT require story interpretation, but
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.7.1, RL.8.1
$3.25
79
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By Margaret Whisnant
Figurative Language for November ( A Thanksgiving Feast of Figurative Language) is a figure-of-speech study constructed around the loosely woven story of a family's Thanksgiving get together. Organized in three sections (Appetizers, Main Course,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
$4.75
129
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By Margaret Whisnant
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead Novel Study Guide is a 127- page, no prep resource for teaching Avi’s 2003 Newbery Medal Winner with eight different components. Though CCSS alignments are not listed in this file, the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$23.75
53
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By Margaret Whisnant
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman Night of the Twisters Teaching Guide This 33 page resource for teaching Ivy Ruckman's action-packed story has two components. Night of the Twisters Chapter-by-Chapter Objective Tests First is A SERIES OF
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1, RL.8.1
$12.75
44
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By Margaret Whisnant
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare The Witch of Blackbird Pond Objective Tests Teaching Guide is a 40-page resource for teaching Elizabeth George Speare's 1959 Newbery Medal Winner. The series of OBJECTIVE TESTS (True/False,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
$8.50
38
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Immediately after graduating from Lenoir Rhyne College in 1965 with a degree in high school business education, I touched ground and taxied into a self-contained elementary classroom filled to the brim with 38 eighth graders. Not the place I had planned to spend the next thirty years, but unwittingly, I landed where I belonged! Most of my thirty years in education were spent living happily in the delightful, chaotic, but always interesting world of sixth, seventh, and eight graders. For three of those years I served as a facilitator for gifted education in twelve elementary schools, where I worked with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders and dozens of teachers. During the last phase of my career, I traveled to schools throughout western North Carolina and presented workshops based on a program for teaching composition skills that I authored and used in my classroom. In 1997, after retiring from the classroom, I founded Taking Grades Publishing Company and began a second career writing teaching materials for middle grade language arts teachers. The company has enjoyed steady growth and can now claim customers in all fifty states, several Canadian provinces, and even Taiwan! Joining the TeachersPayTeachers team in November 2008 was the beginning of my third career in education. Once a teacher. Always a teacher!

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style would probably be classified as traditional in that I absolutely loved presenting a well-prepared lesson standing on my feet, facing my class, answering every question (twice), and circling often for special effects. Then I enjoyed watching and listening when my students packed up what I had taught and went exploring. I was progressive in that I kept an open mind for new ideas. I certainly tried and tested many current theories during my career (1965-1995). If there was a better way, I wanted it for my students, and I constantly incorporated new techniques and theories into my teaching. But the basics never really changed for me. Stand up and teach! Watch 'em go! Humor was always welcomed and encouraged in my classroom. How much better to go home exhausted from laughing than just exhausted! At the end of the day, if I had allowed my students to teach me at least as much I had taught, then I had been a good teacher.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Catawba County Language Arts Teacher of the Year 1994

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from Fred T. Foard High School in 1962. Attended Lenoir Rhyne University 1962-1965. Graduated on the third Friday in August 1965 and begin teaching the next Monday, two days later.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

North Carolina is my home, always has been, always will be. I live in Conover, a small town located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. My home is the same one I bought thirty-five years ago as a starter, but it's OK. I am not finished with it. My first love is teaching, and I spent thirty happy years in the classroom as a middle school language arts teacher. To this day, I still am amazed that I actually got paid for doing something that I thought of as a natural part of my life. It was never a job. Ask anyone who knows me. Children and animals have always been my passion. During my teaching years, I served as secretary and president of the local humane society. There has always been at least one cat on my lap and a few others circling in a holding pattern. After retiring from teaching, I decided to pursue my long-time dream of writing teaching materials professionally. Along came my company, Taking Grades, the World Wide Web, some extremely sharp learning curves, and my dream grew into a reality. On the internet I am known as Margaret at Taking Grades, but in the community I am known as the bird lady. There is a good explanation. The same year I began writing, I also developed an interest in wildlife rehabilitation. Today I am a fully licensed wildlife rehabilitator, specializing in orphaned and injured songbirds. Each season, from April to the end of August, I take in around 150 little ones (robins, blue jays, blue birds, Carolina Wrens, chickadees, cardinals) anything claiming to be a songbird, raise them to adults, and release them back into the wild. My home office does double duty as a baby bird nursery from spring to late summer. I am withholding this information from the cats!

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