Middle School Writer

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Middle School Writer
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Overview: Start the year with ‘Ready, Set, TNReady Bell Ringer Races’ for ELA in the middle grades (6-8). Featuring an engaging and motivating theme with independent student tracking built in, this bundle provides bell ringers for you to use the
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HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO COMMON CORE/ TNREADY? Common Core aligned standards require students to do more than read and write. They must be able to analyze the effectiveness of an argument (hint Rhetorical Triangle) and construct persuasive arguments.
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Overview: This fun and interactive game of Jeopardy includes 5 categories of questions (based on passages) with 25-aligned TNReady ELA questions for Middle School. This bundle comes with the Jeopardy PowerPoint and student answer materials with
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This lesson is designed for TNReady standards for the Middle School English Language Arts Curriculum. All work with Informational Texts relies on the foundational skills of finding main and central idea. This lesson re-introduces students to main
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Comma Rules Anchor Chart WHAT IS IT? ★ Overview of 7 most common comma rules ★ Hang in your classroom as an anchor chart and print out a copy for students as a quick reference to keep in their binders throughout the year WHAT'S THE CONTENT? ★ The
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Prepare your students for the paper version of TNReady Part II with 30-aligned questions in the Reading Literature, Reading Informational Texts, and Language standards. Easily assess student mastery by standard using the 2-page answer key designed
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Overview: Do your students know how to read an informational text for main and central idea? Are they equipped to locate evidence and explain how it fits in the rhetorical triange? Do they know how to analyze whether a central idea is effectively
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Are you On the Road to setting your students up for success on the rigorous TNReady Assessment? Use this bundle of 50 TNReady aligned questions + passages and 5 motivational/ inspiring bell ringers to get students mentally and academically prepared
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Are you ready to implement TNReady curriculum, which closely resembles the Common Core State Standards? Video Overview of Product: Click Here This document is your one-stop-shop for breaking down the standards and item sampler questions into an
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This Excel Tracker was built for the 7th grade TNReady ELA test. This tracker allows you to track and log mastery for formative and summative assessments for all TNReady strands and standards by class. The tracker has embedded formulas for ALL
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Revamp your grammar instruction and provide students with a quick reference for the 8 parts of speech. Featuring a quick review of the parts of speech and an explanation of how the parts of speech are like jobs, this quick reference can be printed
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Overview Engage students in reading and analyzing Beowulf, the epitome of a complex text. Spiral the Reading Literature standards for TNReady (and Common Core) in a scaffolded, guided release lesson. After building historical context, students
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Do you know if you're on track getting students ready for TNReady? Have you revisited the instructional best practices for TNReady published by the state in summer 2015? Don't have time to read 200-pages of material? You're not the only one. This
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Text Complexity for TNReady Overview for Teachers WHAT IS IT? ★ Do you know what Text Complexity is and why it matters in your ELA Classroom for Common Core or TNReady? This 22-slide PPT consolidates hundreds of pages of resources for teachers
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I've taught 7th grade writing and social studies at a charter school in North Nashville. Now, I teach in a high-performing district south of Nashville, where I teach a 7th grade blended reading and writing class.


I believe in a balanced literacy model using catch and release methods to scaffold learning for all students. Writing and reading go hand in hand in my book, so I am to integrate both modalities of communication into all classes. I think creative and personal expression is the most effective way to engage students in reading/ writing, so journaling and authentic mentor texts weave their way into my classroom. My management style in a blend of Teach Like a Champion taxonomy and Love and Logic. While I believe in a traditional lesson structure for skill-based learning, I love to experiment with stations, writing-response heavy classes, and Socratic seminars as I weave more Common-Core aligned standards into my classroom.


I was a Truman Scholar Finalist for the state of Idaho using a policy brief advocating for Arts Education. I was an Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University, a full-tuition scholarship for service learning. I've researched the efficacy of creative writing programs on community development and presented this research at the International Reading Association (IRA) national conference in 2013. I also presented this research at Harvard at the HCURA Conference. I am a Coca Cola Scholar, an Imagining America Joy of Giving Something Scholarship Recipient, and upon my graduation from college, I received the Willis D. Hawley award for public service in Peabody College.


I went to a private, International Baccalaureate school in Boise, Idaho. I did my undergraduate work in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. I have a Masters in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University.


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