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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
A Christmas Carol Digital Breakout is the breakout escape room you've been waiting for! Can your students save Tiny Tim by finding the codes to break the lock? This digital breakout is based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, A Christmas Carol. It
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Instructional Technology
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Internet Activities
$7.50
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Dystopian Literature Digital Breakout is the breakout escape room that will keep your kids engaged while learning about this genre! Students attempt to unlock four codes to save humanity from the droids in a dystopian society. This digital breakout
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Internet Activities
$7.50
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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. The novels featured in the writing style sheet series are popular elementary and young adult literature
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$2.50
4 ratings
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
If you're teaching kids to write, then you need The Ultimate Word List for Writers! It's the perfect resource to set up student writer notebooks with many of the references they need to be successful. Just copy and handout, and students are ready to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Printables
$4.50
1 rating
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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
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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
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Setting goals teaches students to own their learning and behavior, promotes positive self esteem, and forms lifelong habits of success. You can help your students understand the importance of goal setting and teach them the skills they need to
Subjects:
Character Education, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Classroom Forms
$3.00
1 rating
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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. The novels featured in the writing style sheet series are popular elementary and young adult literature
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Handouts, Novel Study
$2.50
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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. The novels featured in the writing style sheet series are popular elementary and young adult literature
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
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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
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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
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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. The novels featured in the writing style sheet series are popular elementary and young adult literature
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Printables
$2.50
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
This great poetry resource includes ready-to-use no-prep printables for poetry square poems. Poetry Squares is a poetry writing and critical thinking resource in which students create poems using pre-determined words that may not seem related at
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
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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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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Letters of the alphabet in both upper and lower case in template form. Some punctuation marks also included.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms
FREE
1 rating
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Get the new year off to a great start with this free, no-prep printable that will get kids thinking! Students reflect, set goals, and choose a focus word for the new year in this simple resource. Can be used as a warm-up activity, writing prompts,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, The New Year
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, 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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