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Making inferences while reading is one of the most important skills we can teach our students. When students read, they should be inferring using both explicit evidence and implicit information gleaned from the texts in front of them - but many
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Bell Ringers, Warm Ups, or a Do Now: No matter what you call this activity, students LOVE starting class with these engaging writing prompts. Their unique and colorful images focus and engage students from the time the bell rings. Use these 28
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UPDATED FOR THE 2018 - 2019 SCHOOL YEAR! Have your students do this fun Back to School All About Me Ice Breaker Activity on the first day of school, and you’ll hook them for the whole year! Using terms that teens can relate to, this visually
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It’s the New Year! Begin 2018 with poetry that hits Common Core standards and engages students at the same time. The poem “Burning the Old Year” hooks students by first asking them to think of their own lives—and what they would burn from the past
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Teaching students how to infer and make inferences can be challenging, but it's an important reading comprehension skill that students need practice with. These graphic organizers assist you by providing three-step instructions and clearly defined
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I created this second set of 26 Bell Ringers with stunning photos and engaging prompts after getting such good feedback about the first set - both from teachers like you but also from my own students. I'm so happy that they have been so well
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Recognize students’ positive actions, behaviors, and accomplishments with High Fives—a versatile resource that rewards students for expending effort, taking risks, thinking deeply, caring about others, having an AH-HA! moment, reaching goals, and
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Would you like to help your students start their sentences with varied and interesting beginnings? Would you like to be able to help them easily improve their writing? If so, then this lesson that teaches six different sentence starters is the way
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Using these Accommodations and SDI’s Tracking Forms will help you to stay on top of the many and varied accommodations and SDI’s you’ll find on your students’ IEP or 504 documents. The forms will save you time, help you stay organized, and will make
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It's reassuring to have a ready-to-use behavior modification plan on hand, especially when problematic behaviors occur. When students display inappropriate behaviors, giving them an opportunity to think about their actions and change them is a
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The Story of an Hour Constructed Response, Close Reading, & Inference Statements This 3-part lesson engages students and meets Common Core standards with the close reading of the classic tale “The Story of an Hour.” While reading the story,
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Would you like your students to FINALLY understand Theme? Teach your students about the themes they encounter in literature with this complete NO PREP lesson designed for easy, effective teaching of this difficult topic. This complete lesson,
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Too many of us are nervous about teaching poetry--but fear no more! This poetry lesson on Thomas Lux's poem "Tarantulas on a Lifebuoy" is on a topic that grabs students' attention right from the start--Tarantulas! The lesson itself is relevant,
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Black History Month : Poetry: Praise Song For The Day Inaugural Poem: No Prep! ***A Complete Print-and-Teach Lesson created by Maryann Saylor - Secondary Strategies*** Celebrate Black History Month by Analyzing the Inaugural Poem for President
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Too many students give writing prompts a quick glance and just start writing without a plan. Teaching students how to dissect and analyze writing prompts gives them a specific plan to follow before they begin to write. Teach them CUBS, a Writing
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Are you looking for a rigorous and engaging Halloween (or anytime) activity that teaches close reading skills, meets many ELA standards, and is ideal for secondary students? Based on the poem “A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman, this lesson
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This vocabulary practice activity is quick, effective, and easy to use. Print out all 10 pages, pick the one with the border that best fits your class or vocabulary lesson, make copies, and GO! Instant review! Ideal for substitutes and sub plans.
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Welcome your students studying Spanish or your Spanish-speaking students back to school with this fun ice breaker activity that you can print and use in minutes. NO PREP! Using interesting prompts and cool images, this visually appealing “autofoto”
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As students identify themes in works of fiction, they record them, along with excerpts from the text, in this Interactive Notebook "Mini-Binder." Using analytical thinking, students explain why the excerpt demonstrates the themes they have noted.
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There are enough Bell Ringers in this bundle to take care of an entire semester's worth of classes with a few to spare! The four resources include 54 Bell Ringers that encourage creativity and spark students' writing, 28 Bell Ringers that hit the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm happy to say that I'm in my 25th year of teaching--all at the same high school in central Pennsylvania. I've taught 9th - 12th graders, spending most of my days with sophomores and juniors. I've also done a great deal of homebound instruction for students who are temporarily out of school for one reason or another. The successes these students saw while enduring their own struggles is inspiring!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in the power of my students to learn and learn and learn, so it is my philosophy to present them with the foundations for their learning and a multitude of opportunities to express that learning--and then to step back and let them have at it. There is always a specific, standards-based, rigorous end in mind, but they are ultimately in charge of their learning--with the best coach on the sidelines I can be.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

A recent shining moment: On a recent Friday afternoon just before the bell rang at the end of the day, after sharing several poems by Billy Collins with my students, one self-professed poetry hater said: "Well, I kind of like poetry now!" Talk about a WONDERFUL way to end the week!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

San Diego State--I began my education there--as an El. Ed. major. Penn State Harrisburg--Where I earned my undergraduate degree--in Sec. Ed. Humanities. Many, many workshops and courses that have provided new insights and current educational information.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I chuckled during the interview for my current teaching position when I was described as "bicoastal", but I am, indeed, a product of both coasts of the United States. After growing up in California, I moved to Pennsylvania (long story....) and now love this beautiful state. I am--and always will be--a California girl, but Pennsylvania is my home. Do any of you have your heart in more than one place? Contact me: msaylor.secondarystrategies@gmail.com

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