Robin Johnston

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Robin Johnston
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By Robin Johnston
A perfect novel for teaching students to appreciate complex works (meeting all reading objectives of Common Core), this enriched unit on Call of the Wild includes more than enough material for a 3-4 week unit: • Overview of unit, rationale, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
$29.00
12 ratings
3.9
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By Robin Johnston
A wonderful, wise, and popular classic--plus the most translated book in the French language—the novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery changes everyone who reads it. Accessible to almost every student because of its brevity and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study
$19.00
8 ratings
3.8
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By Robin Johnston
Now that your students have reviewed the elements of poetry, give them a good poem to analyze using those tools. “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth suits this purpose well. This worksheet includes 19 short answer questions that challenge students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, English, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts
$3.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By Robin Johnston
This is an easy one-page (front and back) reference for all essential grammar terms you could possibly want to cover—and more. The guide includes definitions and examples for each term and four levels of grammar: parts of speech, parts of a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Outlines
$5.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Students need good, clear examples to help them understand, identify, and write using poetic devices. I like to pick several memorable examples for each device from the great poets and give students a handout of them or keep them posted in the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Minilessons
$4.00
6 ratings
3.8
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By Robin Johnston
Using film is one of the most engaging methods for teaching critical thinking. This resource will help make movie viewing a great educational experience, as well as a naturally motivating one (and one for which they will now have some
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Film, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Movie Guides
$5.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Dealing with misbehavior the right way allows you to recognize the need causing the behavior, and support students in meeting the need – rather than simply blaming them for a fault. After using the process provided in this worksheet, formerly
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Character Education
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Classroom Forms, For Principals & Administrators
$5.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Untangle the good vs. well issue with these interactive notes, practice worksheets (2), explanation, quiz, and answer keys. These lessons will encourage your students not only to choose the right word, but also to know the grammatical reasons behind
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Minilessons
$3.00
7 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Solve your students’ pronoun problems once and for all with this interactive handout on the 4 Easy Rules for determining whether to use subject or object pronouns—also known as nominative and objective case pronouns. This unit includes • A 6-page
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, English
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Handouts
$5.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Ready for summer? This story will get you talking about what you are already thinking about—fun in the sun—and lots more. Here is a great science fiction/fantasy short story that is perfect for middle school students to read and complete in class
Subjects:
Short Stories
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
15 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
These were some of my favorite warm-ups any time of year to reinforce critical thinking along with grammar and language concepts because students generally enjoy solving puzzles. They are fun but require that students apply the terms of grammar and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, English
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Games, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By Robin Johnston
These oral drills on short and long vowel sounds meet at least two important objectives: (1) helping students develop automatic recognition and pronunciation of short and long vowel sounds in words, and (2) improving students’ capacities to learn
Subjects:
Reading, Basic Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Minilessons
$2.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
As LA teachers we try all sorts of comprehension strategies to help students better understand what they read. One day I asked my students what strategies they used, and we generated a terrific list of strategies to try. I kept the list on my wall
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Professional Documents
$3.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Improve comprehension and writing skills of your students efficiently through one-paragraph summary assignments. This check sheet (and accompanying explanation) for writing a one-paragraph summary for any short story or novel will provide you
Subjects:
English Language Arts, English, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Classroom Forms, Rubrics
$5.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Writing haiku is a wonderful activity on many levels: • it is short • it is fun to illustrate • it gets students outside the classroom environment • it teaches students about poetry • most importantly, it requires an attentive, non-judgmental,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.10, W.6.5, W.6.10
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
Students need a resource of definitions of the elements of poetry, and this one allows them to be active learners in taking notes while providing the teacher with an answer key for easy preparation. Being a stickler for accurate definitions, I
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Outlines, Scaffolded Notes
$4.00
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By Robin Johnston
"A Game of Catch" by Richard Wilbur is a perfect short story for this age group. Its theme of dealing fairly and compassionately with varying skill levels among the same age group is an important behavior issue with which teachers and parents must
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, English (UK)
$6.00
2 ratings
3.5
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By Robin Johnston
Bring apostrophes to life—literally! In this unit, apostrophes speak for themselves in the form of a resume listing the jobs they perform. The resume is written from the perspective of the apostrophes themselves, explaining why they are necessary in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
$5.00
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By Robin Johnston
Let your students apply what they are learning about the sound elements in poetry and enjoy writing their own poems in groups at the same time. This group work handout leads students through a process of writing a poem that incorporates sound
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Test Prep
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Robin Johnston
This Level 1, I Can Read book Diary of a Worm, based on the popular series, lends itself to lots of activities for deep literacy learning and students love the simple but expressive illustrations. Once taught, students can read it on their own over
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have worked as an educator in one capacity or another (elementary, middle and high school) for approximately 30 years, with 17 years spent as a middle school core Language Arts teacher and the past 4 years as a teacher mentor. I focused many years of my professional development on designing ways to teach expository and argumentative writing as I was assigned to teach for the NC Writing Assessment. I also spent many years diagnosing and intervening for students with various forms of dyslexia and other language differences. I developed and taught a class for struggling readers after taking extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham-Wilson reading program strategies. One of the things I enjoy most is finding ways to make great literature accessible to, and interesting for, all students. I pursued every kind of training in critical thinking and community of inquiry style learning as well (Paideia, Philosophy for Children, Junior Great Books, for examples). I also earned an MSA degree and worked as an administrative intern.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I strive to involve multiple approaches to material so all learning styles and strengths are reached while developing literacy skills. My style is to present material whenever possible in ways that involve student self-discovery, problem solving, collaboration, and community of inquiry. I start with easy problems and then build to ever more complex questions so all students find success but also a stretch in every learning experience.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

~National Board Certification in ELA ~Awards from the NC Literary and Historical Society for my students' literary magazines

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

~M.Ed. in K-12 Literacy from UNC-Chapel Hill ~M.S.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, Master’s degree work in Philosophy ~B.A. in Philosophy and English from Vanderbilt University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

~My website: http://chapelhillteachandtutor.com/ ~My blog: http://robinwilsonjohnston.edublogs.org/

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