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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
7 ratings
4.0
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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
7 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 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
4 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Are your kids tired of the same old drill and kill test prep? Try a different approach with these STAAR Reading Test Prep Task Cards for 6th and 7th. This resource will put students in charge of developing responses to question stems found on
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Task Cards
$3.50
4 ratings
4.0
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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
3.5
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
December Winter and Christmas ELA, Vocabulary and Critical Thinking Puzzle Activities - A mini collection of Winter and Christmas themed literacy products. Includes six different printable resources for students that promote vocabulary development,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.50
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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
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
End of Year Escape Summer School Digital Breakout is the breakout that will keep your kids engaged and having fun while reviewing ELA skills! Students attempt to unlock five codes to escape a fate of summer school. *REQUIRED FOR USE: Your students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, End of Year
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Internet Activities
$7.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Students will love this interactive novel companion for The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. They will investigate historical events and ideas associated with the novel in a fun and engaging way using a hyperdoc which is a document that contains
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Webquests
$7.50
4 ratings
4.0
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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 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
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
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, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$2.50
2 ratings
3.3
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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
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, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Vocabulary Choice Boards are a big hit with kids! They love it when you give them choices about the work they do! This product offers 12 different word work or vocabulary skills practice activities that can be used with ANY subject and any word
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$6.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.87 MB)
By Melissa Castillo - Straight Outta Class
Internet Activity - The 2019 Famous Faces Series includes Martin Luther King Jr for Black History Month and is a great way for students to learn about important and influential people in black history. An effort has been made to include contemporary
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$4.50
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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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