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Inspire your readers with fresh "food for thought" on why reading is important and enjoyable. This collection of 40 reading quotes gives you one quote per week in the school year, with a few to spare! The quotes are mostly general thoughts on
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This collection of 41 writing quotes gives you one quote per week in the school year, with a few to spare! Inspire your writers with fresh "food for thought" on why writing is important and enjoyable. The quotes are mostly general thoughts on
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Conclusions can be tough to write, but they are so critical to an essay: the equivalent of a dessert after a meal, leaving a final impression on the reader. This 45-minute lesson introduces students to conclusion paragraphs through a relatable
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Want a memorable way to keep learning all the way to the last day of school? Want your review activities to be worthwhile? Give students a document they can carry to future grade levels and remember you by! In this activity, students work
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Need to add non-fiction into a unit on The Giver? Want to pull in cross-curricular non-fiction to show utopias (or are they dystopias?) in our modern world? Use this FREE 2-day lesson connecting literature and modern articles to assess CCSS RI.1
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Learning piles of roots and their definitions is a great accomplishment, but have you ever wanted more than just rote memorization and listing words? The CCSS standards regarding Greek and Latin affixes ask us to “USE common, grade- appropriate
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Students learn from the greats by reading mentor text poems and writing their own using templates! Hook students into poetry by making it seem as easy as fill-in-the-blank! Great for any British Literature class or regular English Language Arts,
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Tired of taking home piles of essays and rubrics? There is another way… Borrow these two FREE plans that are low-homework for the students and low-grading for you! One is a heavy-teaching version with time for many skill lessons embedded (great
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Need a twist on a middle or high school ELA activity that reflects on the old year and sets goals for the new one? Want easy homework to keep them writing over winter break, survive until the last day, or just kick off the first day back from
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I made this assignment to not only help students how to build EDUCATED opinions based on research and multiple perspectives, but to also create EMPATHY. Perhaps, just perhaps, if more students fully thought through the reasons why teachers take
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My FAVORITE revision activity is to have students read their own work out loud; it usually becomes their favorite strategy too, but it’s not something that most students will naturally do on their own. Demonstrate this life skill for students and
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There’s so much more than students can learn about our curriculum beyond what we can include in a school day. Give students this choice extension project to keep them learning at home in an engaging way! This EDITABLE document can be used several
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Need to explain the difference between argument and persuasion to middle or high school students? Let a professor tell your students why proposing and testing an argument is different from “winning”! Based on Daniel Cohen's TED talk about
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Ready to show students that grammar is not just necessary, but beautiful? Use this multi-purpose activity to collect and examine grammar “in the wild” while reading! Use any of the three different versions/templates of this activity
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Do your students present the same problems in each speech or presentation without improving? Use these FREE charts and reflection questions to help your students identify and fix their public speaking weaknesses over time! Great for assessing
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Need a quick way to see what stuck, review highlights of a class, or identify the most important learning? Use this creative reflection activity to help students process the facts and skills that matter most. Part 1 of this activity is a Top 10
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This holiday season (or whenever you want in the year), give students what they really want – some mercy when “life” happens! These cards might be the easiest holiday gift ever (or back-to-school, new quarter/semester, etc.) Use EITHER the
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Want resolutions that feel doable, or goal-setting that isn’t just another SMART graphic organizer? Try this cross between BINGO and a checklist to make student growth a very rewarding game! Students use a mix of choice and preset goals in the game
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Give your classroom library a word-of-mouth makeover, and give students ownership of recommending (and choosing) their own books! The template makes labels that fit inside the cover of almost any paperback or hardcover novel. (When cut out, it is
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What does it mean to be “kind”, anyway? How do we know if we are being truly kind, and what would that look like? Before you delve into a kindness project or unit, use this one-day lesson to: • Explore “shades of meaning”: compare “kind” to
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

6 years of teaching 7th & 8th grade ELA, and 8 years of high school tutoring experience. I'm also a National Writing Project consultant and writing team coach. I'm constantly involved with both the middle and high school "worlds", and I love all of these grade levels and their quirks!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach with a lot of technology and student-centered projects! I flip my ELA curriculum when I can, and create units in which students drive their own learning. Student motivation is very important to me, and we spend time in class talking about why the lesson matters to their futures.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Writing Project Teacher Consultant; Conference presenter; Kappa Phi Kappa Award 2010

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's degree with honors in English Pre-Education, with minors in Professional Writing and Music. Master's degree in Integrated English Language Arts 7-12. Both degrees are from THE Ohio State University!

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