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Begin this activity after students have completed an argument rough draft. Using highlighters and this revision checklist, students will mark up their own text to prove to themselves (and their teacher) that all required components for an argument
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.1a, W.8.1b, W.8.1c, W.8.1e, W.8.5
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The rubric divides the requirements of an Argument Essay into four categories that are each worth up to 10 points - Ideas, Voice, Organization, and Conventions. Detailed descriptions are given for students so that they will clearly understand the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.1a, W.8.1b, W.8.1c, W.8.1d, W.8.1e, W.8.4, W.8.5, W.8.7, W.8.8
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This worksheet gives students practice with all 3 verbal types: gerunds, infinitives, and participle phrases. Students are presented with 7 sentence stems in which the are asked to complete the sentence by adding a gerund, infinitive, or participle
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
8th
Types:
Test Prep, Homework, Printables
CCSS:
L.8.1a
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This poem is a perfect text to pair with a reading of Flowers for Algernon. Students will cite evidence, analyze the themes, specific lines, and figurative language. The poem shares many themes with Flowers for Algernon, and Demeterś warning is a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Poetry
Grades:
8th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Homework
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.5
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Are you tired of your students choosing the same horrible topics for their argument essay? If I have to read one more piece about gum chewing, student dress code, or violent video games...I'm going to vomit!If you feel the same as I do, provide your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
8th
Types:
Research, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RI.8.10, W.8.1, W.8.7, W.8.8, W.8.9, W.8.10
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There are certain types of essays that our students write every year - a Personal Narrative typically being one. Having a quality rubric to assess those essays makes the grading go much faster and provides students with specific feedback.The rubric
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.7.3, W.8.3
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This is a fun activity to use when beginning your Argument Writing Unit. On day 1, run through the slideshow also called Argument Game - 20 Questions (whole class), and require that students make one choice from each slide - writing 20 claim
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
8th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.1a, W.8.1b, W.8.1c, W.8.1d, SL.8.1, SL.8.1c, SL.8.1d
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This teambuilding activity is a great way to get your students talking, making introductions, and debating during the first week back to school. Divide students into small groups (of 5 or less), and provide each student with the handouts and ask
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Back to School, Classroom Community
Grades:
8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
W.8.4, SL.8.1, SL.8.1b, SL.8.1c, SL.8.1d
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There are certain types of essays that our students write every year - a Compare/Contrast Essay typically being one. Having a quality rubric to assess those essays makes the grading go much faster and provides students with specific feedback. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.6.2, W.6.2a, W.7.2, W.7.2a, W.8.2, W.8.2a, W.8.2b, W.8.2c, W.8.2d, W.8.2e, W.8.2f...
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This activity is a Socratic Seminar - on a much smaller scale - with an audience watching! The handouts provide you with the rubric, and this activity can easily be used to summatively assess a number of the SL (speaking and listening) standards at
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subjects
Grades:
8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
SL.8.1, SL.8.1a, SL.8.1b, SL.8.1c, SL.8.1d, SL.8.4, SL.8.6
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This generic worksheet can be used in all subject areas and helps students to analyze and summarize any nonfiction text that you are reading. The activity begins with a summary statement, and students are then asked to choose and comment upon quotes
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
8th
Types:
Outlines, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RI.8.1, RI.8.2, W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.6, W.8.9, W.8.9b, W.8.10
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This worksheet gives students practice with all 3 verbal types: gerunds, infinitives, and participle phrases. First, students are given four paragraphs that have had gerunds and infinitives removed. Using context clues, students must add gerunds and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
8th
Types:
Test Prep, Handouts, Homework
CCSS:
L.8.1a
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This one page worksheet could be used as a short classwork activity or given as homework. Students are asked to identify a variety of poetry techniques - such as rhyme, alliteration, symbolism, and allusion. Students will write summaries, analyze
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
8th
Types:
Worksheets, Thematic Unit Plans, Homework
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.4, RL.8.5, RL.8.9
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This activity is a Socratic Seminar - on a much smaller scale - with an audience watching! The handout provides you with the rubric and 10 discussion topics specific to Flowers for Algernon. This activity can easily be used to summatively assess a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.5, RL.8.7, RL.8.9, SL.8.1, SL.8.1a, SL.8.1b, SL.8.1c, SL.8.1d...
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Before students begin researching and drafting their own Argument Essay, use these handouts to analyze and evaluate essays written by other students. I save student work from previous years (the good, the bad, and the ugly) to use for this activity,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th
Types:
Worksheets, Outlines, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.6, RI.8.8, W.8.1, W.8.1a, W.8.1b, W.8.5, W.8.10
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After students have chosen the topic and conducted research for their Argument Essay, provide each with this prewriting handout - essay organizer and outline. The outline takes students through all 5 paragraphs of the essay and helps them organize
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th
Types:
Handouts, Outlines, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.1a, W.8.1b, W.8.1c, W.8.1e, W.8.5, W.8.7, W.8.8
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Once students have finished drafting a personal narrative, give each a copy of these handouts. The Revision Activity requires that students look for all the requirements and techniques that should be present in a strong narrative. At this point in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.5, W.7.3, W.7.5, W.8.3, W.8.5
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Whether writing a narrative, reading literature, or competing a novel study - character creation and analysis is a huge component. These worksheets can be used in a number of ways...1. Writing a Personal or Fictional Narrative - students must design
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Outlines, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.3a, W.6.3b, W.7.3, W.7.3a, W.7.3b, W.8.3, W.8.3a, W.8.3b
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Editing (especially peer editing) is often atrocious and does little to help our student authors prepare their drafts for publishing. I try to avoid peer editing activities and instead, encourage students to share their doc/draft with two people
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Homework, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.6.3, W.6.5, W.7.3, W.7.5, W.8.3, W.8.5
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As part of an introduction to the real Edgar Allan Poe, use this handout as an extension activity or homework assignment. Students will use the internet to research three different theories about Poe’s death, and they must also keep track of the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Research, Internet Activities, Homework
CCSS:
W.7.7, W.7.8, W.7.9, W.7.9b, W.7.10, W.8.7, W.8.8, W.8.9, W.8.9b, W.8.10
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Substitute teacher in CCSD (Las Vegas) for 1 year then worked at Fertitta Middle School for 15 years as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher for 10 of those years then in 6th grade English (writing only) for 3 years and now currently as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher for 2 years - I also have experience with an 8th grade Credit Retrieval course teaching English 7, math 7, and history 7 using Canvas for 3 years

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HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Heart of Education Award and CCSD Rave Review

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Washington State University - Bachelor's degree in English Education then Touro University - Master's degree in School Administration

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