Story Trekker

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Story Trekker
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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats
 
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By Story Trekker
This story within a story shares the joy and beauty of both kindness and diversity. Written by Thrity Umrigar and illustrated by Khoa Le, this eye-catching book uses a frame story to inspire the main character to summon her courage and put herself
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
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...
$5.99
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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By Story Trekker
The Birchbark House series by New York times bestselling author Louise Erdrich includes five books tracing a family's heritage across generations. The last two books in the series - Chickadee and Makoons - are included in this bundle. The books
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, 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.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1...
$15.98
$13.99
1
Bundle
By Story Trekker
Life on the Great Plains is changing for Makoons and his family. In more ways than one.Makoons, by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich, is the fifth book in the Birchbark House series. It tells the story of a Native American family
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, 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.7, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
$7.99
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By Story Trekker
"...endings are always the beginning of something else." Willow Chance (p. 107)Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan is an award-winning novel about a brilliant girl who suffers a tragic loss. Yet despite the most unusual of circumstances, Willow
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 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...
$8.99
2
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By Story Trekker
"Don't you know? Haven't you realized yet? Small things have great power." (Chickadee, p. 27)Chickadee by Louise Erdrich is the fourth book in the Birchbark House series. It tells the uplifting story of a Native American family in search of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Unit Plans, 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.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3...
$7.99
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By Story Trekker
Who says picture books are just for little kids?This STUNNING illustrated book pairs Kwame Alexander's extraordinary ode to the black community with Kadir Nelson's breathtaking illustrations in a celebration of a people history has ignored or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6...
$7.99
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By Story Trekker
"When truth's a feeling, can it be both? Both true and untrue?" (Ghost Boys, p.132)Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes tells the painfully-relevant story of police brutality, injustice, and what it means to bear witness to the truth. This incredible
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
$8.99
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By Story Trekker
Sometime it can take a while to find one's voice. Stella Diaz Has Something to Say looks at what life is like for a non-native kid. Stella struggles with fitting in, making friends, and speaking with confidence. With a supportive family and best
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 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.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.7...
$7.99
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By Story Trekker
The gorgeous illustrations and compelling storyline is sure to make Hammering for Freedom a favorite of students and teachers alike.This no-prep resource offers teachers both flexibility and in-depth instruction. Using Reading Road Maps, a student
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Novel Study, Literature Circles
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1...
$6.99
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By Story Trekker
I am in love with Langston. Both of them. With touching authenticity, Lesa Cline-Ransome chronicles the migration of Langston and his father from Alabama to big-city Chicago. Finding Langston captures poetry's ability to put "all the things you feel
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6...
$7.99
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By Story Trekker
You have been waiting for this book. The sequel to Alexandra Diaz's The Only Road, The Crossroads picks up with Jaime and his cousin Angela as they settle into American life. Taking on such relevant subjects as immigration, racism, and bullying,
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles, Task Cards
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.3...
$7.99
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By Story Trekker
A powerful and timely graphic novel about the recent history of Iran.This is a must-read book for students, and a perfect text to pair with a world history or global studies course. In this resource, a slide is devoted to each chapter. Three leveled
Subjects:
English Language Arts, World History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
$6.99
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Story Trekker
What a beautiful read.With rich language and through touching vignettes, Tony Johnston chronicles the life of Arturo Rodriguez and his family in the barrio of Los Angeles in Any Small Goodness. A testament to the power of kindness that remains
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Novel Study, Literature Circles, Task Cards
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.3...
$7.99
1
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By Story Trekker
Everyone wants to know their history.That desire drives Crow into an incredible journey of mystery and discovery in Lauren Wolk's book Beyond the Bright Sea. As an outcast, Crow longs to understand how she fits in this world. When she stumbles on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3...
$7.99
Digital Download PDF (9.18 MB)
By Story Trekker
Imagine spending a year of your life bedridden.That's exactly what happens to Ruthie in Lucky Broken Girl. As a Cuban immigrant, she already feels left out - put in the "dumb" class because of her language deficiency. But when a car accident lands
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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.SL.1...
$7.99
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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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