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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure if Take Ten Daily Bell Ringers is the right fit for you? Try the resource on a month-by-month basis and find out. This is MONTH 1 of the standards-based skills Take Ten Bell Ringers growing bundle. Each month includes three weeks of bell
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure how you'll get to all the standards your need kids to master in the time you have with them? You can with this bell ringer resource for middle school Language Arts. It's a standards-based skills resource that provides the daily practice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$36.00
4 ratings
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
January New Year's ELA Activities - A collection of English Language Arts and literacy resources that include seven no-prep printable resources for students that promote vocabulary development, writing skills, critical and lateral thinking,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
$3.00
2 ratings
3.5
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL RESOURCES! Do you want your students to interact in a meaningful way with their reading? Whether it's their individual reading, class novel, or other selection, this resource gives you everything you need to set up student
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
$6.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
If your students use my freebie English Cheat Sheet, then you've got to have the companion resource, Scavenger Hunts! This product includes two scavenger hunts to go with the English Cheat Sheet freebie. Students use the reference chart to answer
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Other (ELA)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Students will love writing a parody of "Twas the Night Before Christmas using characters and events from Dickens' A Christmas Carol! This engaging activity will get your students writing and promotes higher-level thinking. The activity begins with a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$2.25
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Valentine's Day resource that includes practice identifying complete sentences, fragments, and run-ons, reviewing metaphors, and writing a fun, candy-themed descriptive paragraph. This is a perfect set of resources you can use all week as well as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Rubrics
$4.50
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure if Take Ten Daily Bell Ringers is the right fit for you? Try the resource on a month-by-month basis and find out. This is one month of the standards based skills Take Ten Bell Ringers growing bundle. Each month includes three weeks of bell
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Vocabulary Word Connect is an interactive class activity used before, during, or after class reading. Word Connect is basically a mystery word game or activity. This word work vocabulary and reading activity can be used with any reading selection.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure if Take Ten Daily Bell Ringers is the right fit for you? Try the resource on a month-by-month basis and find out. This is one month of the standards-based skills Take Ten Bell Ringers growing bundle. Each month includes three weeks of bell
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
This mentor sentences writing style handout is developed and designed for a specific novel and focuses on five examples of the author's style. Students model grammar and sentence structure. The novels featured in the writing style sheet series are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Grammar
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure if Take Ten Daily Bell Ringers is the right fit for you? Try the resource on a month-by-month basis and find out. This is one month of the standards-based skills Take Ten Bell Ringers growing bundle. Each month includes three weeks of bell
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Four-in-one bundle of mentor sentences activities for popular middle grades novels including:HatchetThe True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleThe Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963WonderThis mentor sentences bundle is developed and designed for the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$8.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
May Activities - A mini bundle of English Language Arts skills and literacy activities. Includes five different no-prep printable student resources including pronouns, dictionary skills, Greek and Latin Roots vocabulary, reading comprehension,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.00
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure if Take Ten Daily Bell Ringers is the right fit for you? Try the resource on a month-by-month basis and find out. This is one month of the standards-based skills Take Ten Bell Ringers growing bundle. Each month includes three weeks of bell
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
not yet rated
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Halloween and Fall ELA Activities - A mini bundle of English Language Arts skills and literacy activities. Includes poetry, vocabulary, writing, and parts of speech. These are ready to print and use! How easy is that? Comes with teacher and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
August Activities - A group of English Language Arts skills and literacy activities. Includes five different no-prep printable student resources including End punctuation, Commonly Confused Words, WritingFigurative Language, and Back to School Word
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.00
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure if Take Ten Daily Bell Ringers is the right fit for you? Try the resource on a month-by-month basis and find out. This is one month of the standards-based skills Take Ten Bell Ringers growing bundle. Each month includes three weeks of bell
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
not yet rated
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Not sure if Take Ten Daily Bell Ringers is the right fit for you? Try the resource on a month-by-month basis and find out. This is one month of the standards-based skills Take Ten Bell Ringers growing bundle. Each month includes three weeks of bell
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
not yet rated
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
The English Cheat Sheet is a grammar, usage, and mechanics quick reference chart for writing that students use during the writing process all year. Upper elementary, middle and high school students will find this easy-to-use cheat sheet a valuable
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Printables
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

National Board Certified Teacher ~ Thirty years experience in English Language Arts and Gifted education, instructional technology, and academic coaching.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Whole language, Hands-on, collaborative groups, constructivist approach, technology integration

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certified Teacher Teacher of the Year

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in French, English Certifications: Generalist 4-8; ESL Secondary 6-12

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm a TPT Author, Blogger, Academic Coach, Wife, Mom, and adventure seeker. I strive to create quality, ready-to-go resources and materials that will save teachers time while keeping students actively engaged. VIsit my blog for tips, ideas, and a slice of life as a teacher. www.straightouttaclass.com My teaching style has always been about students being actively engaged and taking ownership in the learning process. My class runs on collaborative learning experiences, hands-on workshop writing lessons, technology integrated units, and critical thinking activities to foster independent and higher-level learning.  All of this takes place in a community of learners style classroom established from day one.

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