Rebecca Benjamin

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This lesson looks at connecting evidence to appropriate theme and main idea designations. It was designed for 4th grade students who were having trouble differentiating between the two and providing appropriate examples, but the lesson could be used
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This graphic organizer and supported draft outline helps guide students through productive thinking, discussion, and writing around the engaging topic of what they would do if they had the opportunity to become president. This activity has the
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When teaching and progressing high frequency words (Fry, Dolch, etc.) with my students, I wanted an easy graph for them to use to mark their progress, and label what they were working on. For some students, working on 25 words at a time was most
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This extended response question, format sheet, and supportive instructions on what to include for success is written in alignment with the standards and expectations for students to write a 5 paragraph essay utilizing a claim, details, and
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This chart is a graphic organizer that provides guidance to students as they puzzle through the meaning of new words they find. This can be used in conjunction with teaching on self-monitoring and utilizing context clues to figure out what a new
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This lesson can be used with early elementary students to help connect and justify the process of working on word parts, sounds, reading, writing, sorting, and connecting word work to text. The data discussed in planning this lesson can be
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This assignment can be used as a class activity integrated with research that takes place at school, or as a long-term homework assignment. It provides students with the opportunity to research, write, and present on their findings in choral music,
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This listening journal provides a place for students to write their observations of musical components in choral pieces. It can be used in modeled, group, or individual activities, for music provided by educators during lessons, or music offered by
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This self-evaluation form can be used for students to evaluate the effectiveness of their compositions or arrangements, taking into account different components of musical composition, as well as strengths of their project and areas for improvement.
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This lesson provides standards-aligned ways to introduce general music classes to tempos in a high-interest way that highlights their emotional and dramatic uses and properties.
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This checklist and rubric provides a way for students to self-evaluate their writing for short responses according to grading standards and expectations of state test writing. It could be used individually, in groups for other students, and for the
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This worksheet describes, breaks down, and models the process of close reading while referencing the free Readworks article "Chomp! Different Teeth Have Different Jobs" (lexile level 460).
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Need a quick way to find out what kind of music your students like, for choosing potential performance repertoire or listening selections? Here's a quick sheet for them to write down their top choices.
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This worksheet is intended for young writers starting to form written responses about literal information in text while connecting it to inferential information provided. It accompanies the "Dinner for Maisy" Level H book found in the Leveled
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This organizer is based on the Dav Pilkey book "The Night Before Thanksgiving" (found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUYrgxswPyk). It provides a space for students to answer questions and then connect those answers to text evidence that led to
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This writing activity was extremely useful in having my students start writing and evaluating 2-point short responses. There is a question for them to answer about oxygen, and then 6 sample short responses that they can grade for various criteria
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This extended response question, format, and inclusion instruction is written out in alignment with the standards and expectations for students to write a 5 paragraph essay utilizing a claim, details, and supporting evidence from texts. This
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This extended response question, format, and inclusion instruction is written out in alignment with the standards and expectations for students to write a 5 paragraph essay utilizing a claim, details, and supporting evidence from texts. Since the
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This multiple choice and short response question, format, and inclusion instruction is written out in alignment with the standards and expectations for students to answer questions on theme and main idea, and write a short response utilizing a
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This resource was created and used as a presentation for elementary and middle school students (could also be used in high school), and turned into a bulletin board where the college majors were stapled on top of the potential jobs, so students and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Elementary Literacy Specialist: push-in and pull-out intervention groups and classroom co-teaching College Adjunct Professor (English and Music classes) K-12 General Music, Chorus

MY TEACHING STYLE

Specific interventions, guided reading, balanced literacy, project-based, word work in context, decoding and comprehension strategy support, prompting toward independence

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Richard Allington Research Award Schenectady Foundation Grant Rising Star Award, State University of New York at Potsdam Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Doctoral Candidate: PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Education Theory and Practice (Language and Literacies Specialization), University at Albany, State University of New York Certificate of Advanced Study, Curriculum and Instruction, Education Theory and Practice, University at Albany, State University of New York Master’s Degree in Literacy, B-6, University at Albany, State University of New York Master’s Degree in Music Education, Crane School of Music Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Crane School of Music Associate’s Degree in Music Performance, Schenectady County Community College

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