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Reading Road Maps allow students to read self-selected books independently while practicing good comprehension strategies. Because each Road Map is specifically tailored to the text, teachers can assess comprehension without having read the book.
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Reading Road Maps acts as an “expert reader” for students, demonstrating and implementing good comprehension strategies. Reading road maps help students read independently by having each reader interact with the text while reading. The road maps
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Creative, content-driven, and compatible for scores of books, this Book Study is a must-have in your teacher arsenal. Activities promote individual accountability and allow students to work at their own pace. Common Core Aligned, the content of this
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Get your students experimenting with language and exploring their own ideas. This simple packet of five writing stations offers budding poets the support and direction they need while allowing space for their creativity to shine. Workshop packet
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An engaging story about friendship, forgiveness, and giving each other a little space, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is an awesome read for upper elementary and middle grades. Designed for independent reading, the Reading Road Map reinforces strong
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Creative, content-driven, and compatible for scores of historical fiction books, this resource is a must-have in your teacher arsenal. Activities promote individual accountability and allow students to work at their own pace. Common Core Aligned,
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Your time is precious, and no one knows that better than you. So I want to provide some quick and easy resources you can use with your students to help save you time AND to improve your kiddos’ skills and comprehension. These NOTE SHEETS help
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Teachers are always pressed for time, and there is never enough. Please enjoy this free download of vocabulary activities. I hope it saves you time so that you can spend more of it on your students.
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Creative and innovate ways for students to engage with characters of any genre. This packet includes several hand-outs and activities help students delve in to the motives and personality of literary characters. Complete with writing prompts, this
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A bunch of engaging activities tailored made to fit almost any type of reading-centered activity. Vocabulary, note sheets, and character activities are all provided. These resources make a great addition to any literature study or a wonderful go-to
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Custom note sheets to help students organize, analyze, compare, contrast, and dig deeper into words and concepts. Easily adaptable to any subject area or activity.
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The second edition of poetry writing workshops, this set of activities takes off right where Poetry Writing for Beginners left off. It introduces figurative language terms like consonance and oxymoron and takes kids through five different writing
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A set of task cards and activities to use with poetry and reading poems. Generalized questions focus on students' comprehension and use of figurative language. A great addition to any poetry unit!
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In this resource teachers will find a variety of tasks to engage kids in poetry and the use of language. Fun and interactive methods allow kids to explore poetry in a unique way. These materials provide over 18 activities, and the versatility of
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Encourage your students to think creatively with these five poetry-writing workshops. The versatile workshops can be used as stand-alone activities or together in centers. A great addition to any poetry unit!
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Looking for ways to tie in learning and activity? Look no further! This resource contains 10 activities to use with students to engage them in poetry and keep their minds awake and active. You will not find activities like this any where else. These
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This bundle includes everything you need to create dynamic and creative poetry unit. In this bundle you will find: - Two sets of Poetry Task Cards with over 20 different questions and activities - Three sets of Poetry Workshops with more than 15
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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 have since taught kids from preschool on up through high school.

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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