Robert Walton

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Robert Walton
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By Robert Walton
“Llorona” blends two ghost stories, a local legend and a fair dose of Central California history into what I hope is an interesting tale for middle school students. Its Flesch reading ease score is 89%. Its Flesch-Kincaid grade level is 2.5 I intend
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$2.00
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By Robert Walton
Reading fluency is a problem for many young people in many middle school classrooms. Strategies and patterns of thought are useful tools for students who experience difficulty in reading. I’ve undertaken to provide daily lessons in using such tools
Subjects:
Short Stories, Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6
$2.00
2
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By Robert Walton
Reading fluency is a problem for many young people in many middle school classrooms. Strategies and patterns of thought are useful tools for students who experience difficulty in reading. I’ve undertaken to provide daily lessons in using such tools
Subjects:
Short Stories, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6
$2.00
2
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By Robert Walton
Would you care to have your students visit the Jim Crow South of the depression era? If so, here is a short story unit that may be completed in several periods. It’s based on an experience related to me by a friend who grew up long ago in Missouri.
Subjects:
Literature, U.S. History, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$2.00
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By Robert Walton
Reading fluency is a problem for many young people in many middle school classrooms. Strategies and patterns of thought are useful tools for students who experience difficulty in reading. I’ve undertaken to provide daily lessons in using such tools
Subjects:
Short Stories, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6
$2.00
1
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By Robert Walton
Poetry is a powerful way to engage middle school students in critical thinking and writing. I offer you my three best structures – word poems, Tang Dynasty poems and free-form poems - for getting young people to write good poetry. I’ve included
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.4, W.7.3, W.7.4, W.8.3, W.8.4
$3.00
6
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By Robert Walton
If you need something fast, here is a complete short story unit. I intend for it to be especially useful to substitutes if you get caught short of a lesson plan.“Joaquin’s Gold” is a western adventure set in 19th Century California. Its main
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Mini-Course
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5
$3.00
3
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By Robert Walton
Confidence is the key to reading competency. Do you have students who have been defeated again and again by text? If so, allow me to offer "More and More Monsters" to help you begin to build both their confidence and their competency. Common Core
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5
$2.00
2
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By Robert Walton
This unit may be used either as pre-reading for the short story Navidad (posted separately for free download here on TPT), or as a stand-alone reading fluency unit. There are five days worth of activities, including a puzzle and answer keys for all
Subjects:
Literature, Reading
Grades:
5th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Mini-Course
CCSS:
RF.5.3, RF.5.3a, RF.5.4, RF.5.4a, RF.5.4b, RF.5.4c
$1.00
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By Robert Walton
Some would call this unit critical race theory. I call it U.S. History. Would you care to have your students visit the Jim Crow South of the depression era? If so, here is a short story unit that may be completed in a period or two. I've included
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6
$2.00
2
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By Robert Walton
President Washington published his Farewell Address on September 19th, 1796 in the American Daily Advertiser. He did so to decline a 3rd term as president prior to the upcoming election. Both James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton helped him compose
Subjects:
U.S. History, Reading Strategies, Presidents' Day
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (4.16 MB)
By Robert Walton
My story Flower Tumbles and these accompanying activities can serve as a free-standing literature unit. However, I created both the story and the activities to enhance my teaching of early California history, particularly of the Mission Era.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6
$2.00
1
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By Robert Walton
President Washington published his Farewell Address on September 19th, 1796 in the American Daily Advertiser. He did so to decline a 3rd term as president prior to the upcoming election. Both James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton helped him compose
Subjects:
U.S. History, Presidents' Day, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.6
$2.00
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By Robert Walton
Put your students in seats at Ford's Theater on the night Booth shot President Lincoln! Please download the script for free here on TPT. Following are the teaching activities for this unit. This story won first place in the Saturday Writer’s 2020
Subjects:
U.S. History, Presidents' Day, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7
$2.00
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By Robert Walton
Reading fluency is a problem for many young people in many middle school classrooms. Strategies and patterns of thought are useful tools for students who experience difficulty in reading. I’ve undertaken to provide daily lessons in using such tools
Subjects:
Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Rubrics, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6
FREE
3
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By Robert Walton
Lincoln’s White House - The President Under Fire The Civil War reached its highest pitch during June of 1864. After a series of horrendous battles during May, the Army of the Potomac was again approaching Richmond. General Lee, desperate to relieve
Subjects:
Literature, U.S. History, Close Reading
Grades:
8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
FREE
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By Robert Walton
Lincoln’s White House - The Wounded Violinist President Lincoln visited thousands of wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate, during his time in the White House. He spent much time seeking to ease their pain and cheer them as he could. I’ve
Subjects:
Literature, Social Studies - History, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.96 MB)
By Robert Walton
The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1st, 1863. Other than our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, there is no more important primary document in our nation’s history. I hope that the common core activities I’ve
Subjects:
U.S. History, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Mini-Course
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5
FREE
2
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By Robert Walton
"Navidad" is set in Central California in the late 19th Century and is based on a true event, a pioneer tale from the mountains west of King City. Though not explicitly a Christmas story, its message is one of struggle and reconciliation. It's one
Subjects:
Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Mini-Course
FREE
3
Digital Download PDF (0.06 MB)
By Robert Walton
Put your students in seats at Ford's Theater on the night Booth shot President Lincoln! Some of you might recall “You Are There”, Walter Cronkite’s great, long-running TV series. Cronkite served as host and interviewer in historical reenactments of
Subjects:
Short Stories, U.S. History, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Mini-Course
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4
FREE
1
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught for thirty-six years at San Lorenzo Middle School in King City, California. I taught a self-contained 5th grade class for eleven of those years. I taught all middle school grades for twenty-five years, focusing mainly on 8th grade U.S History and Language Arts. Since my retirement, I've substituted at all levels and in many disciplines, including instrumental music.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I retired from full time teaching seven years ago and am a writer now. Students and their needs still hover above my shoulder when I write, however. They always have. I found early on in my career that to teach writing well I had to write hard myself. Also, before and beyond teaching spelling, punctuation, grammar and the writing process, I had to earn the trust of my students. Writing with them and for them helped me do so. I believe teaching writing and reading skills far surpasses any subject area in importance. Whatever the subject, I focus on imparting useful skills.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Lighthouse for Literacy Award, Monterey County Reading Association 1998 We Honor Ours Award, California Teaching Association - 1982 My novella "Vienna Station" won the 2011 Galaxy Prize. My novel "Dawn Drums" was recently awarded first place in the 2014 Arizona Authors Association’s literary contest and also won the 2014 Tony Hillerman Best Fiction Award.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned an AA degree at Long Beach City College in 1967. I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1970.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm an experienced writer. Five of my books for young people have been published: “Joel in Tananar”, “Flower Tumbles”, "The Dragon and the Lemon Tree", "Chaos Gate" and "Dawn Drums". My writing has won a number of recent awards. My short story "Dogwood Dream" won first place in New Millennium Writing's 2011 short fiction contest. My short story "Thorny Child" won the 2012 Central Coast Writers annual contest. Most recently, my Civil War historical novel for young adults, "Dawn Drums", won two awards, Best Fiction from the Arizona Authors Association and the Tony Hillerman Prize from the New Mexico Book Awards.

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