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This graphic organizer makes characterization a lot less abstract for your struggling students. It requires students to return to the text for evidence. This graphic organizer is totally adaptable to any short story, novel, or even some nonfiction
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I created this project for my seventh grade ELA class, but it could very easily be adapted for 6th or 8th grade. The project will take about 2-3 weeks depending on the length/difficulty of the biographies your students use. There are several
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I love teaching "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs, but the complexity of its language left some of my struggling readers (particularly my exceptional learners and my ESOL students) unable to fully access the story. So I rewrote the story for them!
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I created this Reading Interest Inventory to help me get to know my students as readers at the beginning of the school year. I teach middle school but this could be used for upper elementary grades through high school. After my students have
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These 10 comprehension questions are in the order in which they occur in the short story "Names/Nombres" by Julia Alvarez. There is ample space on the page for your students' answers. The second page is a detailed answer key.
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This set of 15 comprehension questions is listed in the order in which the events occur in the excerpt from Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. Two of the questions refer to the letter from Frederick Douglas to
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This is a twenty question test. The first 17 questions are multiple choice questions. The last three questions are short answer. The test is two pages long. The third and fourth pages of the document are the answer key. Literary Terms Used
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I love teaching "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, but the complexity of its language left some of my struggling readers (particularly my exceptional learners and my ESOL students) unable to fully access the story. So I rewrote the story for
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Students will use this character chart to organize information about the characters in the novel. This helps my students keep the characters straight every year. It sends them repeatedly digging through the chapters to complete it. Some answers
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These ten questions are listed in the order in which the events occur in the plot of the short story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. The second page is a detailed answer key. Literary Terms Used: narrator, first person point of view, third person
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This is a Tic-Tac-Toe-style choice board of projects for the short story "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry. All of these activities are specific to this story -- no generics! My students have really enjoyed these projects when I teach this
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This set of ten comprehension questions zones in on the most important elements within the short story "The Scholarship Jacket" by Marta Salinas. Academic vocabulary students would need to understand in order to fully access the questions
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Both tests are the same 20 questions. The first 16 questions are multiple choice questions. The last four questions are short answer, requiring 1-3 sentences each to answer. Both tests are two pages long and look similar to students who sit nearby,
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This is a set of two differentiated versions of one vocabulary practice page. They contain the same content but the modified version has the content chunked into sections. Each version has its own key. This vocabulary practice will have your
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This test is designed to be open-book to evaluate students' understanding of the novel. It's 20 questions: 19 multiple choice and one short answer. An answer key is included. Most questions also provide the chapter number to help students in their
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These ten questions cover all six scenes in this dramatized version of A Christmas Carol. The questions are in the order in which they occur in the story with scene numbers clearly indicated to help students locate answers. Second page is a
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This chart will help you guide your students through a better understanding of similes and metaphors. With these three charts, your students will: *distinguish whether the quote is a simile or a metaphor *identify key words within the quote which
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This is a set of two differentiated versions of one vocabulary practice page. They contain the same content but the modified version has the content chunked into sections. Each version has its own key. This vocabulary practice will have your
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These fifteen questions are listed in the order in which the events occur in the plot of the short story "Amigo Brothers" by Piri Thomas. Since there were 15 questions, this product includes them all on one page if you want the students to write
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This is a set of two differentiated versions of one vocabulary practice page. They contain the same content but the modified version has the content chunked into sections. Each version has its own key. This vocabulary practice will have your
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching History 2 year of high school Theatre Arts 1 year of high school ESL 9 years of middle school Language Arts 5 years of middle school ESL 3 years coteaching middle school Social Studies 2 years of elementary ESL I absolutely love my job and my students. I hope you can benefit from all of my hard work and experience. I make almost everything that I use in my classes.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'll try anything once! You have to think outside of the box in this job and that's how I function. I believe that you can have rigor and fun at the same time.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I organize and present lots of staff development seminars at my school. I've been privately contracted by our school system the past few summers to do curriculum mapping and resource creation, which I love!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Theatre Arts Education from East Carolina University minor in English NC Teaching Licenses in: Language Arts 6-9 Gifted K-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12 Theatre Arts K-12

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I'm the mother of a 2nd grader.

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