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By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 30 different languages to welcome students back to school at the beginning of the year, parents at your back-to-school open house, or at parent-teacher conferences. The ten most common languages spoken by students in American
Subjects:
World Language, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$6.00
34 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Give your students practice in writing citations correctly for 11 types of resources! Updated for the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook, there are 72 task cards for resources often used when writing a bibliography for school assignments as well as
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Library Skills, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Bibliographies, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
CCSS:
W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, WHST.6-8.8
$5.75
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By The ESL Nexus
In this back to school activity, or whenever you want to introduce students to the field of archeology, students pretend to be archeologists and conduct a dig in their classroom by analyzing artifacts and recording their observations. This activity
Subjects:
Archaeology, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.10, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.10, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.2, W.6.4...
$3.50
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 checklists to guide students when editing paragraphs! Your students can use them to check their own writing and to peer edit their classmates' work. You can also use them for formative and summative assessment. An 8.5" x 11" poster
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Posters
CCSS:
W.5.5, W.6.5, W.7.5, W.8.5, L.5.1, L.5.2, L.6.1, L.6.2, L.7.1, L.7.2, L.8.1...
$3.50
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By The ESL Nexus
Quick and easy to use, these weekly progress report forms are a great way to maintain frequent contact with parents and guardians and keep them informed of how their children are doing in your class. Both Printable and Google Driveā„¢ versions are
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, For Parents, Google Apps
$3.25
15 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
If you teach Ancient History, save yourself some preparation time and use a ready-made social studies pre-test at the beginning of the year to find out what your students already know about Prehistory and the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt,
Subjects:
Ancient History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Back to School
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Examinations - Quizzes, Printables
$3.75
13 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
Help your English Language Learners and other students in Grades 5 - 8 learn essential vocabulary words! The words cover commonly-taught English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies topics and come in 3 sizes. The words in this
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Word Walls, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
L.5.4, L.5.6, L.6.4, L.6.6, L.7.4, L.7.6, L.8.4, L.8.6
$5.25
13 ratings
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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:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Google Apps
$3.50
8 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 26 different languages to say "Hello" to your students on the first day of school and to greet parents and the school community at school-wide events. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in American public
Subjects:
World Language, For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$5.00
13 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
In this classroom-tested lesson plan, students describe themselves, their goals for the school year and for their future by using a website or app for creating online posters. This is a great way for you to get to know your students and for them to
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Instructional Technology, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Internet Activities
CCSS:
W.4.6, W.5.6, W.6.6, W.7.6, W.8.6, W.9-10.6, SL.4.5, SL.5.5, SL.6.5, SL.7.5, SL.8.5...
$3.50
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By The ESL Nexus
Charts with 10 general questions about European colonies and settlements in the New World are presented for students who are learning about the early history of America. As your students learn about English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RI.5.7, RI.5.9, W.5.8, W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8
$4.25
3 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 7 checklists and rubrics for a wide variety of writing tasks! You can use all of them not just for writing assignments in Language Arts/English classes but to assess writing tasks in Social Studies, Science, Math, and other subject classes
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Posters, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.5.4, W.5.5, W.6.4, W.6.5, W.7.4, W.7.5, W.8.4, W.8.5, L.5.1, L.5.2, L.5.3...
$4.25
11 ratings
3.9
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By The ESL Nexus
This 114-page resource includes reading, writing, vocabulary, and speaking tasks about Viking explorers, rulers, places, gods and goddesses that can be used by all students, including ELLs at lower levels of language proficiency! Also included are
Subjects:
Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.5.7, RI.5.9, W.5.8, W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, CCRA.L.4, WHST.6-8.7, WHST.6-8.8
$9.00
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4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
These 2 rubrics have been used successfully for peer editing, formative assessment and summative assessment purposes and you can use them to assess narrative, expository, persuasive, and creative writing assignments. They work very well for ELLs
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.5.4, W.6.4, W.7.4, W.8.4, L.5.1, L.5.2, L.5.3, L.6.1, L.6.2, L.6.3, L.7.1...
$3.00
5 ratings
3.9
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By The ESL Nexus
This 250-plus page novel unit has activities to introduce the novel, chapter pre-reading tasks, reading strategies handouts, comprehension questions, exit tickets, vocabulary words for each chapter, materials for teaching literary elements,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Ancient History, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5
$20.00
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these 5 resources before, during, and at the end of teaching a unit on Prehistory and Ancient History. You can use them to:* Assess what your students already know about the topic* Give students an introduction to archeology* Provide your
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.10, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.10, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.1, W.6.2...
$20.75
$16.60
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 30 different languages to welcome students back to school at the beginning of the year, parents at your back-to-school open house, or at parent-teacher conferences. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in
Subjects:
World Language, For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$6.00
1 rating
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 10 quotations, each overlaid on a different photograph, about Respect and Kindness that you can use as classroom decor, plus 10 general questions that you can use as writing and discussion prompts about the quotes and images. There are 5
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Character Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Posters, Google Apps
$3.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 scientific method products give students speaking, listening, reading, writing, and vocabulary practice through a variety of activities designed to extend their learning. Students will also develop their research skills and collaboration
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.5.7, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.7, W.5.8, W.5.10, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.7, W.6.8, W.6.10...
$11.50
$9.20
2 ratings
3.5
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By The ESL Nexus
These 47 vocabulary words and definitions teach students about the Aryan civilization and the origins and beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism. Words include major people, religious ideas, places, literature, the caste system, and gods of Ancient India.
Subjects:
Vocabulary, World History, Asian Studies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
L.6.6, L.7.6, L.8.6, L.9-10.6
$6.00
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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, cuisine throughout the ages, and collecting postcards. You can follow me on My Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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