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By Story Trekker
What do we do with grief?In Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd struggles to cope with the loss of his beloved grandpa, Cool Papa. The inter-generational tensions and Clayton's search for meaning will feel familiar to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$7.99
$6.39
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By Story Trekker
Navigating the illness of a loved one takes a remarkable amount of courage and resilience. In Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson, the story of ZJ and his Daddy captures the heartache and tenderness of illness. You'll love the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$6.99
$5.59
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By Story Trekker
Beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds joins Ibram X. Kendi to bring to light the many ways in which racism have shaped the American culture and identity. This resource provides over 100 pages of content geared specifically to the text.Each section has
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1...
$8.99
$7.19
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By Story Trekker
There is always hope. In this book by Thanhha Lai, Hà and her family flee Vietnam and come to America looking for a safer, better life. What they encounter is very different from what they expected. Yet they find the courage to thrive. This resource
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9...
$7.99
$6.39
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By Story Trekker
Never give into fear. Always hold out hope.In this book by Kelly Yang, Mia and her family (immigrants from China) work hard to make a go of Mr. Yao's motel. Despite the odds, they reach for the American dream, helping many others along the way. This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$8.99
$7.19
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By Story Trekker
Engage students and cultivate understanding with this bundle of book studies. This resource features six different award-winning books featuring plots and themes dealing with race. Use the material for differentiated literature circles or as a set
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
$48.94 $40.99
$32.79
Bundle
By Story Trekker
Help students create reading goals individually tailored to them. This resource, complete with two examples, helps students set specific, measurable, and achievable goals. Perfect for the beginning of a new class novel or for use with independent
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts
FREE
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By Story Trekker
We all need a safe space.In this book by Jacqueline Woodson, six kids come together, sharing their stories, tackling tough topics, and growing in friendship. A perfect addition to any classroom or curriculum. This resource provides over 80 pages of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$8.99
$7.19
Digital Download PDF (13.72 MB)
By Story Trekker
Ruth's impact on this world affects us all.This book, from the Who Was series of biographies, introduces readers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her powerful perseverance, and world-changing ideas. Accessible text, supportive features, and interesting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Literature Circles, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
$6.99
$5.59
Digital Download PDF (7.70 MB)
By Story Trekker
Help students tackle complex topics by remembering these seven strategies.
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Posters
FREE
Digital Download PDF (0.99 MB)
By Story Trekker
"Middle school is hard enough without being the new kid." This funny and fresh story, told through the words and illustrations of Jerry Craft follows Jordan Banks though a year at Riverdale Academy Day School. In addition to facing the social and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9...
$8.99
$7.19
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By Story Trekker
A wide variety of writing activities that help students create original poetry. The materials include templates, prompts, and resources for figurative language. These resources are perfect for centers, writing workshops, or stand-alone activities.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Task Cards
$13.96 $12.56
$10.05
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By Story Trekker
Poetic forms from A-Z (yes, even Q and X!) so that your students can explore and experiment with writing poetry. Simple enough to use in centers, assign for homework, or present as a "poem of the day," this resource will be one to use over and
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10
$3.49
$2.79
Digital Download PDF (3.68 MB)
By Story Trekker
This is the book every teacher should have in the classroom.A tribute to love, loyalty, and fierce friendships, Jason Reynolds does it again with this "tale told in ten blocks." Each chapter devoted to a different story yet woven together as a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$8.99
$7.19
1
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By Story Trekker
Ten free task cards to get your students thinking about poetry. For use with distance learning or for use in the classroom with poetry. These cards focus on connecting the student's thoughts, ideas, and experiences to poetic text. There are not
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
FREE
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By Story Trekker
Frida's art told the story of her life and inspired millions.This book, from the Who Was series of biographies, introduces readers to Frida Kahlo, her evocative art, and indomitable spirit. Accessible text, supportive features, and interesting
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$6.99
$5.59
Digital Download PDF (7.39 MB)
By Story Trekker
Reading becomes powerful when literature authentically reflects society.Yummy: The Story of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and illustrated by Randy DuBurke is a gritty graphic novel that tells the story of the tragic events surrounding the murder of
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$7.99
$6.39
1
Digital Download PDF (12.52 MB)
By Story Trekker
This micro lesson is a great stand-alone segment or works in the content of a larger unit on nonfiction. The resource focuses on the organization text through the use of text structures. The resource includes suggestions for differentiation,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons
$2.49
$1.99
Digital Download PDF (2.19 MB)
By Story Trekker
Everyone needs to know about Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he stood for.This book, from the Who Was series of biographies, introduces readers to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work as a civil rights hero. Accessible text, supportive
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Black History Month
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literature Circles, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4...
$6.99
$5.59
Digital Download PDF (9.27 MB)
By Story Trekker
This micro lessons is a great stand-alone segment or works in the content of a larger unit on nonfiction. The resource begins with a hands-on activity to teach a variety of nonfiction text features. It follows up the activity with a scavenger hunt
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10
$3.49
$2.79
Digital Download PDF (2.85 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught reading and English at the middle school level for almost eight years before my first child was born. I've continued to develop my skills and practice, most recently publishing a book through Teacher's Discovery for Reading Workshop in the Secondary Classrom.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Let's have fun and get moving! I love to engage kids in multiple ways. In my opinion, sitting behind a desk if for the birds (most of the time, anyway). The more kiddos move, the more they learn. I also like to think outside the box and create activities that may present a little more risk - to students and teachers alike. Not only do I want to provide my students with practical skills, but I want to challenge them to think for themselves and come to understand the world around them. By nature, I'm highly communicative, enthusiastic, dramatic, and just plain silly. I can't wait to partner with you to teach and encourage amazing thinkers, learners, and human beings!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Recipient of the 1999 Hall Award in Secondary Education from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in English with a minor in Education from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC Masters degree in Reading and Language Arts from Millersville University, Lancaster, PA

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I've been a teacher for as long as I can remember. When I took time off to start a family, I realized my commitment to education didn't stop. Now I can share my knowledge, creativity, love of literature, and energy in classrooms around the country. Learning never stops, so why should teaching?

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