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By Middle School Matters
Thanksgiving | History of Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving History | Thanksgiving Activity Teach your students the real history behind our American holiday! Thanksgiving is the only major holiday celebrated in America that has a truly American story
Subjects:
U.S. History, Thanksgiving
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cultural Activities
$3.50
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Outsiders Unit | Outsiders Plan | Outsiders Resources The following is a comprehensive unit plan for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This unit plan has been developed to align with the Common Core and be rigorous and rewarding for students. Emphasis
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.8.2, RI.8.1, RI.8.3, RI.8.4, SL.8.1a, SL.8.1b, SL.8.1d
$10.00
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Vocabulary Unit | Middle School Vocabulary | 8th Grade Vocabulary | 7th Grade Vocabulary The "Word of the Day" (or WOD) program is a comprehensive, year-long vocabulary curriculum designed for middle school students. Students in class are presented
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Unit Plans, Assessment
CCSS:
L.7.4, L.7.4a, L.7.6, L.8.4, L.8.4a, L.8.6, L.9-10.4, L.9-10.4a, L.9-10.6
$9.00
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Call of the Wild Unit | Call of the Wild Prompts | Call of the Wild Writing This product consists of journaling assignments for each chapter of Call of the Wild. These chapter journal entries all follow the same structure and provide a routine for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
$8.00
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Interactive Notebook | Interactive History Notebook | Interactive Notebooks | Interactive Notebook Social Studies | Interactive Notebook History Bring this valuable teaching and learning tool to your own classroom! There are few tools that I have
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Printables
$6.00
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Utopia | Create a Utopia | Utopia Project | Dystopian Project The concept of a utopia is one with applications in both the English and history classrooms. Many people have tried, and failed, to create utopias at various stages in human history. In
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Activities
CCSS:
SL.6.1, SL.6.5, SL.7.1, SL.7.5, SL.8.1, SL.8.5, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.5
$5.00
25
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The Giver Unit | The Giver Unit Plan | The Giver Resources The Giver is a timless book that is perfectly suited for students in the middle school grades. They are engaged by the premise and mature enough to grasp the deeper issues presented in the
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.7.1, RL.8.1, W.6.1, W.7.1, W.8.1
$8.00
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Halloween | History of Halloween | Halloween History | Halloween Activities | Halloween Activity Teach your students the history behind the holiday! Halloween is a holiday shaped by history and culture. It is continuously evolving. This lesson
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Halloween
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cultural Activities
$2.00
73
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Family History | Genealogy | Family History Project Students in middle school are at the perfect age to start researching their genealogy, or family history. This project provides students with that opportunity. The goal of this project is twofold
Subjects:
Social Studies - History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Research, Projects, Posters
$5.00
23
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Call of the Wild Project | Call of the Wild Activity | Call of the Wild Themes This final project for The Call of the Wild asks students to illustrate their comprehension of the novel through some argumentative writing. The writing components of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.7.2, RL.8.2, W.7.1, W.8.1, W.8.2
$3.00
27
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Research Paper | Research | Research Papers Research papers really fit the mold of an informational writing piece. This type of writing is prevalent in Common Core standards at the middle and high school grades, and it is easy to incorporate this
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
WHST.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.5, WHST.6-8.6, WHST.6-8.8
$4.50
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Performance Task | Performance Tasks | Argument Performance Task | Argument Writing | Common Core Argument Performance tasks are an integral part of the new Common Core standards and assessments. These performance tasks take many forms, but the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Minilessons
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.6.8, W.6.9, W.7.1, W.7.8, W.7.9, W.8.1, W.8.8, W.8.9, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.8...
$7.00
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Revolutionary War Project | Differentiated Project | Revolutionary War Activity This product is a culminating project to use with the Revolutionary War. Project menus are one of the quickest, easiest ways to incorporate differentiation in to your
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, GATE
CCSS:
WHST.6-8.6
$3.00
49
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Outsiders Project | Outsiders Presentation | Outsiders Group Project | Outsiders Character Analysis Character analysis is an excellent skill for students to develop while reading The Outsiders. Not only are there a plethora of characters in the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Novel Study, GATE
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.3, SL.8.4, SL.8.5
$3.00
25
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Call of the Wild | Call of the Wild Bundle | Call of the Wild Unit | Call of the Wild ProjectThe Call of the Wild is an excellent book that has many areas that can be focused on both during and after reading. Provided for you here are three in-depth
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.7.2, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, W.6.1, W.7.1, W.8.1, W.9-10.1
$15.00
$13.50
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Diary of Anne Frank | Paperclips | Holocaust Memorial | Holocaust Project | Anne Frank Project This project is used after reading the Diary of Anne Frank play as a class and viewing the documentary "Paper Clips". It asks students to be creative
Subjects:
Reading, Social Studies - History, World History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, Multimedia, Posters
CCSS:
SL.8.1, SL.8.4, SL.8.5, RH.6-8.7, WHST.6-8.1b
$3.00
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Literary Response | Literary Writing | Literary Essay Literary analysis is an important writing area for middle school students to master. These weekly prompts serve as a less formal way of encouraging literary analytical thinking and can easily be
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Other, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
W.7.1, W.7.1b, W.7.2d, W.7.9, W.8.1, W.8.1b, W.8.2d, W.8.9
$4.00
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Call of the Wild | Call of the Wild Essay | Call of the Wild Writing The Call of the Wild is an excellent book to use with literary analysis writing. This product is a set of essays to use at the end of the novel. Four choices of topics are given.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Novel Study
$4.00
11
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Cooperative Learning | Teach to Learn | Group Teaching This collaborative learning project puts the information in the hands of the students and asks them to come up with a creative way to teach their assigned information to their peers in class.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Oral Communication
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Research, Projects, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
SL.7.1, SL.7.1a, SL.7.4, SL.7.5, SL.7.6, SL.8.1, SL.8.1a, SL.8.4, SL.8.5, SL.8.6, SL.9-10.1...
$4.00
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Glory Field | Glory Field Unit | Glory Field Resources Since The Glory Field, by Walter Dean Meyers, is historical fiction, this unit plan focuses partially on the history behind each section of the novel. The second focus of the unit plan is on
Subjects:
Reading, U.S. History, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Unit Plans
CCSS:
RL.7.2, RL.8.2, RL.9-10.2, W.7.2, W.7.3, W.8.2, W.8.3, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.3
$9.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught at the middle school level since 2003. Our class is structured as a two period block of English and US history. I also have experience teaching World History. For the past three years, I have been a district leader in social studies curriculum development and coaching.

MY TEACHING STYLE

More than anything, I love my students. I want them to be engaged, energetic, and happy. I believe student learning is directly connected to engagement and the overall feeling of a classroom. I try to incorporate many different teaching styles and techniques in my class. I especially like to give my students creative ways to illustrate their understanding of concepts. I also focus on differentiation as much as possible. This often includes scaffolding, alternate assignments, project menus, and student choice.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

-County Teacher of the Year, 2020-2021 -District Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2020-2021 -Excellence in Education award from district's education association in the area of "Inspirational Teaching". -Rotary award for outstanding teacher of the year.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Teaching runs in my family. My aunt and uncle retired from teaching after being in the profession for over 40 years. My great grandmother was a schoolteacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma in the early 1900s.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Since I attended the University of Oregon, I continue to be a HUGE Oregon Ducks fan. This fandom is very obvious when you come in my classroom. GO DUCKS!

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