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Use these task cards to give your students practice with identifying claim, evidence and opposing claim - all based on two original, included texts about Easter Island. Students read the two texts and then use these cards to practice with the
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This PowerPoint is an overview of how an expository essay is organized. It states that an expository essay explains something in 5 paragraphs. The introduction has 3 sentences: hook, answer, thesis. The next paragraphs each explain one of the
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Teach the organization of text-based informative/explanatory essays with this product! It is laid out in a "chunked" fashion so that you can go through the process step-by-step with examples, Cornell notes and interactive notebook activities
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Teach the organization of text-based argumentative essays with this product! It is laid out in a "chunked" fashion so that you can go through the process step-by-step with examples, Cornell notes and interactive notebook activities all along the
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UPDATED Dec. 2014! :) This is a reference guide for writing a persuasive essay that is NOT text based that: 1. Explains what a persuasive essay is 2. Gives key tips and information on what should be in an essay: focus, organization, support,
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UPDATED Dec. 2014! :) This is a 4 page piece reference guide for writing an expository essay that is NOT text based that: 1. Explains what an expository essay is 2. Gives key tipsand information on what should be in an essay: focus,
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Use this Mystery Picture to give your students practice with identifying claims, opposing claims, evidence, logos and pathos - all based on two texts about Easter Island. My 8th graders read the two texts and then practiced with the terms using my
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Teaching your middle school students to write text-based argumentative (argumentation) essays? Here's a BIG BUNDLE of 4 awesome resources that will give your students a solid foundation! ★ Argumentative Essay Pixanotes: Differentiated Cornell
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This resource provides scaffolded practice activities for working with the organization of text-based essays. It includes: ★ Center #1: Text-based Vocabulary with interactive notebook foldable and cloze activity. ★ Center #2: Informative Essay
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Use this resource to teach your students the 5 steps in citing textual evidence with two original texts about Stonehenge. The 5 steps are: 1. Know your vocabulary 2. Read the Prompt and Texts 3. Formulate a controlling idea with thesis 4.
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This unit teaches how to write a non text based expository essay with step-by-step writing skills using the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, editing, proofreading and publishing which is "fertilized" with the six traits of Ideas,
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Looking for a way to practice essay support in centers? Look no further! Here are 3 centers + an interactive notebook foldable to record sentence starters! ★ Two original texts about Stonehenge with a prompt ★ Center #1: Relevant vs. Irrelevant
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Teach and practice the key terms for Argumentative Essays: claim, opposing claim, counter-argument (counterclaim), evidence, reasoning, relevant evidence, irrelevant evidence, audience, purpose, logos, ethos and pathos with these handy
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This file includes a model of organization for an expository essay that is NOT text based and another copy for you (or your students) to cut up for a hands-on activity. The included essay is a basic essay (not a polished one) that I think will be
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Teach the parts of both informative and argumentative essays with this scaffolded visual system! There are many things in which a person can become a professional, or “pro”. One could be a pro football player, a pro photographer, a pro dancer, a
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Do you teach the ACE method for writing expository paragraphs? Have your students learn what each letter of ACE stands for (Answer, Cite, Explain) with these handy, differentiated Pixanotes™! Then use the included writing frame that features the
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Are you looking to teach how to write an expository and/or persuasive essay that is not text-based? Look no further! Here is a condensed version of my 12 week Expository Essay curriculum that INCLUDES persuasive essays too! I have used this as
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These study guides are the size of a task card but don't let the size fool you! You'll get the organizational pattern for each type of non-text based essay plus transition, definition, example, anecdote, and objection sentence starters too! There
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Let your students practice the skills of Focus, Organization, Support and Conventions in Centers! SAVE with this bundle of all FOUR of my Essay Practice Centers! ★ Focus Practice: A different center for Purpose, Audience and Task ★ Organization
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Get two great writing products for one low price! How to write an Informative/Explanatory Essay Writing with texts, Cornell notes+INB activities AND Parts of an Essay Visual System with mnemonic and flipbook! You will get all the pieces and parts
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After teaching for 23 years in middle school, I've decided that's the place for me! I taught for ten years in the Orange County (Florida) Public School system at primarily the sixth grade level. During that time I taught Language Arts, remedial reading, social studies and exceptional student education (aka special education). Then for 6 years I taught sixth grade Math, Language Arts and Social Studies to sixth graders in a private, independent school. Now I am back in public school and am teaching Language Arts to students with and without Special Needs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My style embodies all manners of creativity. I use any medium possible to share information and knowledge in new ways. This includes art, music, role-playing, and anything active. I am also a big fan of the Responsive Classroom and Tribes ways of teaching. These methods draw students into a community and helps them learn the curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment. My colleagues call me the "Kum-by-yah" teacher and I'm ok with that. :)

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was named teacher of the year in 2007.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo. Bachelor of Art in English from SUNY Geneseo. Master of Education from Rollins College.

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Teaching is not a job, it's what I do.

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