Strength for Struggling ELA Students

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Strength for Struggling ELA Students
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“...no such thing as a child who hates to read..only children who haven't found the right book."
 
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This is the first installment of a grammar series for struggling middle and high school writers who do not have the sentence structure awareness to eliminate fragments and run-ons in their writing, or to join clauses effectively. Unit 1 Pt. 1 starts
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
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By Strength for Struggling ELA Students
This classic short story by Ray Bradbury is often taught to middle school students. I have rewritten it here for students reading at a third grade level so that struggling readers can comprehend it. I have preserved similes and metaphors, for the
Subjects:
Special Education, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Literature Circles
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By Strength for Struggling ELA Students
Provides an "It Says, I Say, And So" inference chart (concept from Kylie Beers, When Kids Can't Read) for Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer in a Day." This chart is only for the beginning of the story and for use with students who read at
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Short Stories, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.9-10.1, RL.11-12.1, CCRA.R.1
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For the past decade, I've taught English at Freedom High School in South Riding, VA, and I've served as dept. chair for the past three. Courses include English 9A Reading Seminar (co-taught with our school's reading specialist), Creative Writing, English 11 Honors & Academic, and AP Literature. Before that, I taught writing and literature at the University of Maryland during my M.A. and Ph.D. work.

MY TEACHING STYLE

As an overachiever, I began my career working mostly with students like myself in upper-level courses to whom I could easily relate. But I knew from the beginning that our struggling students need strong teachers the most, and I last year I began co-teaching the 9th grade Reading Seminar with our school's reading specialist. By focusing on curriculum materials that promote reading comprehension skills the most, we were able to advance our students an average of three grade levels in reading, according to IReady testing.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher Honoree at the Loudoun County Excellence in Education Banquet in 7 of the 10 years teaching advanced students. Nonfiction book, Little Zion: A Church Baptized by Fire, published in 2006 by The University of North Carolina Press.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Ph.D. and M.A. in English from University of Maryland. B.A. in Journalism from University of Maryland. Completed freshman and sophomore coursework in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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