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By The ESL Nexus
Give your students practice in writing citations in MLA format for 11 types of resources! There are 72 task cards for resources often used when writing a bibliography for school assignments as well as less common resources that students might also
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Library Skills, Writing
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Google Apps, Bibliographies
CCSS:
W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, WHST.6-8.8
$8.00
53
Digital Download PDF (7.46 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students an engaging way to supplement their learning about Thanksgiving. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this American holiday. Please see below for a list of the words.
Subjects:
Thanksgiving, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
11
Digital Download PDF (27.89 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to learn about Halloween. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this popular American holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. Both Print and
Subjects:
Halloween, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
7
Digital Download PDF (8.30 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Help your students learn about Earth Day with the 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle in this resource! All the puzzles use 20 words and phrases related to this environmental holiday and come in digital and printable versions. Please see
Subjects:
Earth Day, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
7
Digital Download PDF (17.71 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills when they use these evaluation forms to assess their performance on projects, curriculum units and courses. These forms will also help your students develop metacognitive awareness of their
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Assessment, Printables
$4.00
9
Digital Download PDF (3.46 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Use these Ramadan activities to help your students learn about one of the most important holidays in Islam. A reading passage with comprehension questions introduces the holiday to students, task cards offer writing and speaking opportunities, a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Cultural Activities, Google Apps
$4.25
11
Digital Download PDF (29.01 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 language arts tasks to introduce your students to Chinese New Year and the Chinese zodiac. You can also use these activities anytime you are teaching about China. There are 2 reading passages which are print-and-go activities and the
Subjects:
Writing, Asian Studies, Informational Text
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c, W.5.1d, W.3.1a, W.3.1b, W.3.1c, W.3.1d, W.4.1a, W.4.1b, W.4.1c...
$5.25
11
Digital Download PDF (93.14 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Help your students learn about Chinese history with these blank and filled-in charts about 10 dynasties, 6 emperors, and 4 philosophers of China plus task cards, word search and crossword puzzles. The charts already filled in with information are
Subjects:
Writing, World History, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables, Study Guides
CCSS:
RI.5.7, RI.5.9, W.5.8, W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, WHST.6-8.7, WHST.6-8.8
$7.75
5
Digital Download PDF (16.01 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about Martin Luther King Day with these word search and crossword puzzles. All 4 puzzles, which come in both printable and digital versions, use 20 words related to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Please see below for a list
Subjects:
Martin Luther King Day, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
2
Digital Download PDF (14.07 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
With this low prep, print-and-go end of year activity, students demonstrate what they learned in their Science or Technology class during the year. Your students to pretend to be alien scientists who have to write letters to the government on their
Subjects:
Science, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.4.4, W.5.1, W.5.4, W.6.1, W.6.4, W.7.1, W.7.4, W.8.1, W.8.4, WHST.6-8.1...
$4.50
8
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By The ESL Nexus
These short biographies profile 80 African-American men and women, 100 American women of various ethnicities, and 68 women around the world who were pioneers in their field or achieved something notable. Each resource has different people in it so
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Black History Month, Women's History Month
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.4, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.8.2, W.8.4, SL.5.2, SL.5.4, L.5.1...
$20.00
$16.00
1
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle to help your students celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. All the puzzles use the same 20 words and phrases related to this fun holiday. Please see below for a list of the terms included in this
Subjects:
St. Patrick's Day, Spelling, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
2
Digital Download PDF (11.36 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
This resource about 10 European colonies in the New World helps students who are learning about the early history of America. As students learn about English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish, and Russian colonies, they can use the blank
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables, Study Guides
CCSS:
RI.5.7, RI.5.9, W.5.8, W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8
$5.25
3
Digital Download PDF (8.82 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle help your students learn about Presidents Day. All the puzzles use 20 words and phrases associated with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. There are Printable and Digital versions of all the
Subjects:
Presidents' Day, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
1
Digital Download PDF (13.58 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
In this end of the year activity, students demonstrate what they’ve learned about the geography of the United States by writing a letter to their family and persuading them to visit a U.S. region or state during their summer vacation. Both
Subjects:
Geography, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.4, W.4.1, W.4.4, W.5.1, W.5.4
$4.75
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By The ESL Nexus
This low prep end of year activity is a great way for students to show what they learned about ancient or world civilizations during the school year. Using their knowledge of the ancient world, students write a persuasive letter to their families
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.6.4, W.7.1, W.7.4, W.8.1, W.8.4, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.4
$4.75
10
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By The ESL Nexus
Teach your students about American holidays celebrated in October, November and December with this bundle of 5 resources! There are word searches and crossword puzzles for Columbus Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$17.00
$13.60
Bundle
By The ESL Nexus
Here’s a fun resource for Valentine’s Day! This printable and digital vocabulary resource includes 4 puzzles: 3 differentiated word searches and 1 crossword puzzle with a word bank included. All 4 Valentine’s Day puzzles use the same 20 vocabulary
Subjects:
Valentine's Day, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$4.00
1
Digital Download PDF (12.15 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
These 25 writing prompts can be used when teaching about the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in a world history class or about the Near or Middle East in a world geography class or for doing quick writes or longer writing tasks in an English class.
Subjects:
Geography, Writing, World History
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.3, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.1...
$7.00
4
Digital Download PDF (177.61 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Find task cards, word searches, and a crossword puzzle in this bundle of 3 Halloween products! There are Print and Google Drive™ versions of all the resources. Each product is based on 20 Halloween-themed vocabulary words (see below for a list of
Subjects:
Halloween, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$11.75
$9.40
2
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I specialize in creating low-prep, academically engaging resources for English Language Learners in Mainstream and ESL classes. Over a period of 25 years, I taught English Language Learners of all ages and proficiency levels at universities in Asia, private language programs in the US and finally at a public school in Massachusetts where I began by teaching Grades K - 8 and ended up teaching students in Grades 3 - 8. I taught English Language Development as well as Content-Based ESL that focused on Social Studies (Ancient History, World History, American History, World Geography); I also did push-in and pull-out Math and Science lessons for ELLs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I loved helping adolescent English Language Learners develop their language, critical thinking and technology skills. I had high expectations for my students and I knew that with support, they could all be successful. I worked hard to create an atmosphere where students felt comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions because I believe that fostered their motivation and desire to learn. I embedded technology in my lessons as much as possible, but it was the human connection I made with each individual student that was most important to me as a teacher. I also really enjoyed collaborating with other teachers and helping them provide effective instruction to the English Language Learners in their classes. Some of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came from co-teaching lessons. I shared ideas with other teachers and implemented cross-curricular activities for students whenever possible to enhance their learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ING Unsung Heroes Award in 2010; interviewed by Voice of America in 2008 about an online journal I founded and published for ELL teacher trainers; Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India in 2007; nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001; presented at educational conferences in the US, Canada, and China; published articles about teaching English Language Learners in professional journals and books.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Brown University (anthropology); M.A. School for International Training (intercultural administration); M.A.T. School for International Training (teaching English to speakers of other languages); numerous courses, workshops and in-service trainings on all aspects of teaching English Language Learners; studied French in an intensive summer program in Quebec; high school exchange student to Sweden for one year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests include photography, the Old West, culinary history, and playing table tennis. You can follow me on The ESL Nexus Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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