Samantha Cleaver

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Samantha Cleaver
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"What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote. - E.M. Forster".
 
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By Samantha Cleaver
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is fast becoming a favorite among middle school readers. It�s also an ideal text to use to study tone, structure, plot and character development, and nonfiction connection to narrative. This text also aligns
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$19.99
$17.99
48 ratings
3.9
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By Samantha Cleaver
Students who enjoy fantasy, ghost stories, and supernatural stories will enjoy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is a good read aloud, small group discussion text, or independent study for an advanced reader. This guide includes:
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
$17.99
$15.99
34 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is the story of a young relationship that is constantly changing. This story, wonderful for small group discussion, addresses text structure, point of view, and tone and voice. Students will discuss character
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$9.99
$7.99
26 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
How Tía Lola Came to Stay ties into themes of identity, family, love, and change. This text is wonderful for a read aloud in younger grades, and literature discussions in 5th and 6th grades. This literature guide aligns with common core standards
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Literature Circles
$10.99
$8.99
22 ratings
3.9
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By Samantha Cleaver
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez addresses contemporary topics and themes from immigration to global warming within the context of friendship. While reading Return to Sender, students will develop an understanding of character development, author’s
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$12.99
$10.99
14 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
This literature guide for Robert Lawson's beloved story "Ben and Me" connects to the Common Core standards for grades 3 through 5. While reviewing vocabulary and reinforcing student comprehension of historical fiction, this literature guide is a
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$12.99
$9.99
16 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
Junebug by Alice Mead is the story of a nine-year-old growing up in the project, is one of hope and optimism in the face of challenge and conflict. This literature guide includes 9 reader response journal pages, and five final assessment ideas.
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$6.99
$4.99
13 ratings
3.9
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By Samantha Cleaver
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson, captures the middle school experience through the lens of Frannie, an African American girl growing up in the early 1970s. This novel is great for a read aloud, or literature circle novel. This literature guide
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study
$12.99
$9.99
9 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a great read aloud for fourth or fifth grade, or literature circle book for fifth, sixth, or seventh graders. Students will enjoy discussing the character development, the conflict between Delphine and her
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$11.99
$9.99
17 ratings
3.9
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By Samantha Cleaver
Salsa Stories, a collection of short stories by Lulu Delacre, is a great text to use to study short stories, reinforce various reading strategies with students, and study the themes of tradition, family, and heritage. This guide includes: o An
Subjects:
Short Stories
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$12.99
$9.99
13 ratings
3.9
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By Samantha Cleaver
Picture of Hollis Woods tells the story of how one young girl shapes her understanding of family and her identity. As students read and discuss this text, they will talk about how conflict shapes identity, how authors develop a story using a variety
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$10.99
$8.59
8 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
Holes, the story of a boy sent to juvenile detention facility, is a modern classic. This literature guide provides two sets of questions. One focuses on comprehension (set A), while the other focuses on higher order thinking (set B). In addition,
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$15.99
$12.99
8 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
HOOT is part mystery, part humor, part environmental narrative that will engage students in discussions about the characters, how the setting impacts the story, and just how much one kid can do to protect something he loves. This literature guide
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Literature Circles
$9.99
$7.99
10 ratings
3.8
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By Samantha Cleaver
Ginger Pye is the classic story of a dog, the children who love him, and the mystery that ensues when he disappears on Thanksgiving Day. In reading and discussing this text, students will explore major and minor story conflicts, how to piece clues
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$9.99
$7.50
15 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
Loser is the story of misfit Donald Zinkoff who doesn’t realize just how different he is. Through reading and discussing this story, students will discuss the importance of perspective and point of view in fiction, the development of a character and
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$9.99
$7.50
16 ratings
3.9
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By Samantha Cleaver
Replay by Sharon Creech is the story of a spunky young boy who learns about his family and himself through a school play. Students will discuss change, character development, and how we develop our identity as they read and discuss this novel. This
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$12.99
$9.99
7 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez is the story of Anita, a girl coming of age during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. For students, this text provides the opportunity to research and build knowledge about government and
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$6.99
$5.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
What happens when a mysterious library card lands in the hands of four very different characters? That’s the premise of Jerry Spinelli’s The Library Card. Each story within this book lends itself to a discussion of plot events, character
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$9.99
$8.25
4 ratings
4.0
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By Samantha Cleaver
Milkweed is a story about a boy living in the Ghetto in Warsaw during World War 2 who learns about himself even as the world is ever-changing around him. Use this story as a read aloud that will captivate and challenge middle school readers, or as a
Subjects:
Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$10.99
$8.99
7 ratings
3.8
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By Samantha Cleaver
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan tells the story of Naomi Soledad León Outlaw, a spunky, thoughtful young girl growing up with her grandmother and brother in Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho. But, Naomi’s life is turned upside down when her mother
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
$11.99
$9.99
8 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (0.15 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Five years experience as a special education teacher, grades K-8.

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I work to ensure that my students have engaging, authentic experiences with literature.

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Trinity University, Master's in Advanced Teaching, Special Education University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in History and Spanish

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