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Finding Nemo is the perfect example of the Hero's Journey, a narrative pattern that is a constant in drama, storytelling, and myth. The archetype, AKA The Hero, is central to all stories. Finding Nemo incorporates The Ordinary World, The Call to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.50
12
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Is there a student anywhere who likes Study Guides? That'd be a NO! But with testing season upon us, students need to review concepts that have been taught all year long. This study guide covers a wide range of concepts taught in middle school. It
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Activities, Test Prep
$6.75
$6.00
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Teaching the Hero's Journey by itself doesn't quite cover everything we need students to understand about story. The Story Plot elements don't touch on the hero and what it takes for readers to feel satisfied at the end. But how do you blend these
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Movie Guides
$6.50
6
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The Monsters are Due on Maple Street is found in most middle school literature books. Kids love Rod Sterling's drama. Assess student understanding of this play, as well as their grasp of theme, motif, symbols, character development, figurative
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$1.50
2
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High content with 43 pages of materials for a complete lesson. Higher-level thinking is the key to rigor in the classroom. This curriculum document can be used and adapted in many ways, but detailed instructions are included for using the activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$8.75
$8.00
1
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Standardized test vocabulary words often stymie our students. Help students learn and review these words to increase their understanding and success on standardized tests. This activity includes 16 commonly used content words in standardized
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Assessment
$1.25
3
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This grid provides a fun way to review story plot elements, inference, character development, compare and contrast, theme, and student reflection based on the movie Finding Nemo. After using Finding Nemo as a study on key objectives, this grid can
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Assessment
$1.50
$1.25
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Drama terms in an easy to digest PDF slideshow. Quick, visually engaging, and easy for kids to understand. ************************************************************************** For a comprehensive Hero's Journey, including connections to the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Multimedia
$1.00
1
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Creating Power Point presentations is time-consuming. Use your time for lesson planning and your personal life! Instead of recreating the wheel, use this completely customizable PPT for Open House or Back to School Night. It's a great way to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, For Parents
$1.25
Digital Download PPTX (4.91 MB)
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Have you reached the end of a novel study? Use creativity to assess student understanding of THEME, CHARACTER, SYMBOLISM, and HIGHER LEVEL THINKING. This 4 Square Novel Activity guides students through demonstrating these four areas of understanding
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Other (ELA)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$1.00
1
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Time in the classroom is valuable. So is recognizing and celebrating important people, both past and present, who contribute to our society. Combine Black History Month, research, and creativity by using this Snapshot Research and Mini Booklet
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Activities, Cultural Activities
$2.50
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (0.26 MB)
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Mastery of Content is what every teacher strives for, but how do you achieve this? Student reflection is big part of the process. When students miss questions, they need to reflect upon why, as well as process through why the right answer is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Classroom Forms
$0.95
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Stop using sticky notes and save yourself time! Manage your students tardies, and resulting detentions, with these pre-prepared slips. Easy and quick. *************************************************************************** Need a way to allow
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Other, Printables, Classroom Forms
FREE
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Holding students accountable is often a challenge. Involve parents by issuing Mandatory Tutorial Notices. This notice allows you to customize class, time, date, and reason for the tutorial. Allow students to be part of their own success by holding
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Classroom Forms, For Parents
FREE
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By My Classroom Confidential
Stress is real...and it's real for many kids before they take standardized tests. Help them recognize their strengths and concerns with these pre-made tickets. They write down their biggest concern or fear on one ticket; on the other, they write the
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Test Prep, Fun Stuff
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.37 MB)
By My Classroom Confidential
"In celebrating Black History Month, we can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." -President Ford, 1976 During the month of February, we take the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Martin Luther King Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Other, Cultural Activities, For Principals & Administrators
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.18 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

*7th and 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading teacher *High school teacher of at-risk students *National Bestselling author of 12 books

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in a learner-centered classroom where students take ownership in their learning. Cooperative learning is key in my instruction, tapping into students' natural inclination to be social. Inquiry is also an essential component of my classroom and how instruction evolves for my students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I'm a National Bestselling author. I practice what I preach!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I'm a graduate of the University of California at Davis and taught in California in middle school for 7 years before taking time off to write. I've written 12 novels, the last four of which have become national bestsellers. I returned to teaching at an alternative setting, working with at-risk students and am now a middle school teacher in North Texas.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a middle school teacher by day, and a writer by night. I am the nationally bestselling author of A Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series, the Lola Cruz Mystery series, as well as the soon to be published Bread Shop Mysteries. I have also written two romantic suspense novels, a light paranormal romance, and I am the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, a practical marketing guide for authors.

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