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By Robert Plonka
Here is a simple and quick way to grade those close reading annotations. It is a great and easy tool for students to understand expectations!
Subjects:
Literature, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Rubrics
$0.95
3 ratings
4.0
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By Robert Plonka
Follows gradual release of responsibility in daily and weekly format.
Subjects:
Education, Educational Administration & Policy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
$4.99
2 ratings
3.3
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By Robert Plonka
This is a six traits rubric that is aligned to the common core. It is targeted for middle school writing (CCSS 6th - 8th grade).
Subjects:
Writing, Writing-Essays, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
$2.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Robert Plonka
2 Color posters with step-by-step explanation of how to do a close reading of a complex text. This is helpful for both teachers and students.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Posters
$0.99
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By Robert Plonka
This is a Powerpoint that is a step-by-step guide for how to create a digital comic book. This is a great tool for digital storytelling. This Powerpoint uses screen shots and specific instructions (both useful for teachers and students, tech-savvy
Subjects:
Creative Writing, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, ...
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$2.99
2 ratings
3.7
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By Robert Plonka
This is a handout with specific step-by-step instructions for how to make a digital comic or graphic novel. It describes specific steps for students to use a camera, Facebook, or computer images to tell a story in a comic book style. There is a
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, ...
Types:
Assessment
$8.99
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By Robert Plonka
This is a good tool for helping students write sentences and paragraphs. It is color coded and aligned to claim, evidence, and reason instruction.
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1
$0.99
2 ratings
3.8
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By Robert Plonka
This is a Powerpoint that models several ideas for projects. Here are a few examples of specific comic book ideas that students and teachers can use to model for larger projects. These examples are aligned to the How to Create a Digital Comic Book
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Basic Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Projects
$1.49
1 rating
4.0
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By Robert Plonka
Symbols and descriptions to guide students in their annotations as they read.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms, Graphic Organizers
$1.99
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By Robert Plonka
This is the curriculum for a 1 week long mini-unit. It's designed for the week before Christmas as an engaging curriculum for the students to practice their research and analysis skills. There are many opportunities for choice in this
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.7, RI.5.1, RI.5.7, W.4.7, W.5.7
$4.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Robert Plonka
This was designed along with a Close Reading lesson for Kindergarten. I utilizes summarizing, vocabulary, and main idea. It is designed to begin development of students annotation skills at a young age.
Subjects:
Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Graphic Organizers
$0.99
1 rating
4.0
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By Robert Plonka
Here is a simple graphic organizer that uses summarizing, sketching, vocabulary, and questioning skills to facilitate discussion of chapters read. The rubric allows for easy grading and provides guidelines for students.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics
$3.99
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By Robert Plonka
This is a six traits rubric that is aligned to the common core. It is targeted for middle school writing (CCSS 6th - 8th grade).
Subjects:
Writing, Writing-Essays, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
$2.00
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By Robert Plonka
This is an annotation guide for early elementary grades.
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Graphic Organizers
$1.99
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By Robert Plonka
2 Color posters with step-by-step explanation of how to do a close reading of a complex text. This is helpful for both teachers and students.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Posters
$3.99
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By Robert Plonka
This is a document that can be used to color code the different aspects of writing (claim/opinion, evidence, and reason). This is a great start for school-wide writing alignment planning.
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1
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By Robert Plonka
This is a unit plan for analyzing and creating a comic. It has essential questions designed to analyze the characteristics of a hero. This particular unit was planned around Alan Moore's "Batman: The Killing Joke". This unit also uses clips, quotes,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Fun Stuff
FREE
2 ratings
4.0
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By Robert Plonka
This is a great tool for developing discussion around a theme or concept for activating background knowledge. In this document, the theme is "change".
Subjects:
Other (ELA)
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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By Robert Plonka
This is a document to guide students' viewing of Elf and facilitate making inferences. It reinforces "claim/opinion" and "evidence".
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
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By Robert Plonka
This is a narrative writing assignment. It is designed to align with the viewing of "Elf" but can have many other applications.
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

K-8 Reading Teacher\ K-2 Tier II Interventionist Literacy Coach and English Teacher

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use student interest, inquiry-based curriculum, high interest materials, explicit reading strategies with a variety of texts, with social justice emphasis. I use essential questions, motivation, personally and culturally relevant materials, appropriately-selected texts, and active engagement to create a culture of respect and promote engagement.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Saint Xavier University Master's degree, Reading Teacher Education 2009 – 2011 DePaul University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Secondary Education and Teaching

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a Reading Specialist, English teacher, Reading teacher, and Literacy Coach. My experience is grounded with older at-risk adolescent African American students in the urban setting. I develop literacy skills through engaging students in a personally and culturally relevant curriculum with appropriately selected texts to encourage motivation and growth. Through consistent progress monitoring and differentiation, I use intense interventions to promote skill acquisition. I am currently teaching K-8 reading in Chicago Public Schools, focusing on primary level intervention groups and co-teaching.

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