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This unit teaches the 'Cornell Method' of note taking. No prep is required as it includes lesson plan material as well as 3 dynamic template activities for students to practice the 'Cornell Method'. Have your students learn this note-taking method
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Fantastic for the beginning of the year, this unit instructs the Literary Essay creatively, through informative template graphics and step by step prompts. Upon completion, students will feel confident in their understanding of the importance,
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Perfect for the beginning of the year, this common core aligned complete essay writing unit includes extensive instruction coupled with concept specific practice opportunities on the expository, persuasive and literary essays. Over 66 pages in
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Due to the overwhelming popularity of our note-taking units, we have compiled all four styles into one comprehensive bundle! Buy this bundle and SAVE OVER 15% versus buying all four resources individually. This 68 page bundled unit teaches the
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This paragraph writing unit is a step-by-step introduction to the paragraph. Unit includes: - Teacher's notes - An introduction to the paragraph - A thoroughly instructive and visually dynamic template - Several paragraph practice activities -
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This unit teaches the 'Key Word Method' of note taking. No prep is required as it includes lesson plan material as well as 6 dynamic template activities for students to practice the 'Key Word Method'. Have your students learn this note-taking method
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'Make Connections' is a stylistics unit that instructs on the importance of transitions and appropriate incorporation of linking words as they pertain to strong essay writing. What you can expect from Making Connections: - An introduction on the
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This unit teaches the 'Classic Method' of note taking. It includes lesson plan material as well as 6 dynamic template activities for students to practice the 'Classic Method'. Have your students learn this note-taking method at the beginning of the
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This 12 page unit provides specific steps to interpret a variety of sources for use as evidence in the five paragraph essay as well as for answering frequent “source analysis questions” on multiple choice tests. Lesson plan material and 6 dynamic
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This 10 page, Christmas themed assignment offers students the opportunity to practice the Literary Essay based on their response to the critically acclaimed film, "It's a wonderful Life". This assignment requires no prep and is a fantastic student
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Perfect for the beginning of the year, this argument writing unit is common core aligned, organized into 12 lessons and includes teacher notes, printable handouts and argument writing activities. It thoroughly instructs argument writing and the
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This paragraph practice packet includes: - Informative teachers notes - A blank weekly topic sheet - 5 blank daily outline templates (Monday - Friday) for grade & topic tailored paragraph practice to be photocopied as many times as your
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The Funnel Model is a visual representation of how the standard five paragraph essay should look regarding its scope, structure and balance. This unit includes 3 instructional pages and 4 activity pages. You may also like: Essay Outline Basics
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This unit teaches the 'Topical Method' of note taking. It is 33 pages in length and includes lesson plan material as well as 3 extensive template activities (4+ pgs. per activity) for students to practice the 'Topical Method'. This method is
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'Sentence Types' is a stylistics unit that instructs on the importance of varied sentence types and appropriate incorporation of those sentence types as they pertain to strong essay writing. What you can expect from Sentence Types: - An
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This in-depth assignment offers students the opportunity to practice the Literary Essay based on their response to Emily Dickinson's poem, "Hope Is The Thing With Feathers". This is a fantastic student led assignment which, after initial class
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This 9 LESSON, 11 ACTIVITY, bundle covers active verbs, verb tense(s), complicated and simple verb forms, regular and irregular verbs as well as practice on researching replacements for commonly over used verbs including 'said', 'get', 'got', 'go',
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Sentence Building & Writing: Varied Sentence Starts Perfect for the beginning of the year, and for writing programs of all types, this common core aligned complete “sentence start” unit includes teacher notes outlining the topic of each
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This bundle includes my time-saving rubric templates for the literary essay, expository essay, argumentative essay, narratives and paragraphs as well as some actionable and time-tested advice on how to increase efficiency while marking. Included in
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This exercise packet offers students interactive templates to practice outlines daily. Topic prompts remain blank, allowing the teacher to customize according to grade and topic. Packet includes: - Informative teacher's notes - A blank weekly topic
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hi! My name is Avaline. Over the last 35 years, I've taught all grades but most extensively, junior high, high school and college in the arenas of Social Studies, English, Physical Education, Research Methods, and Performing Arts. I've also coached numerous basketball and volleyball teams to championships. I'm the co-owner of Start Communications Writing, an curriculum development company I run with my daughter Carli. I also supervise and develop programming for a vast array of home education programs and have been a key note speaker at conferences in the USA, Canada and Europe. As I mentioned previously, Carli and I develop all Start Communications Writing products together. She is an engaging, humorous communicator and is meticulous about communication methodology. Also as the former co-owner and marketing director of Bite Beef, a slow-grown grass fed and finished beef business, she and her business partner recently garnered the prestigious honor of being named in the top forty foodies under forty in Western Living magazine. Her communication and writing skills are intrinsic to all of her business dealings and have aided in gorgeous web design, winning marketing methodology and a great grasp of writing effectively and correctly. 

MY TEACHING STYLE

Together Carli and I run Start Communications. My extensive educational experience (over 24 years teaching) and Carli's passion for engaging design and written communication combine dynamically in all materials we create. All our products get their start in the classroom. I've had extensive experience with common reoccurring challenges in the classroom. Together Carli and I try to view each of those common challenges as an opportunity; an opportunity to simplify an essential concept. It is our hope you find our products offer refreshed instruction coupled with engaging practice opportunities, so that both teachers and students alike benefit from engaging in these common concepts re-imagined.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Physical Education and Religious Studies. In addition I graduated from The University of Calgary with Bachelor of Education certification in secondary education in Physical Education in 1980. My daughter, Carli, graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Communications and Culture in 2008.

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