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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
$6.00
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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:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Cultural Activities
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...
$4.50
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By The ESL Nexus
Biographies of 80 famous and important African-Americans who were pioneers in their fields are profiled in this resource. Included are 15 ways to use these task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and listening skills. You
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
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...
$5.50
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By The ESL Nexus
Use this China picture book, organized in ABC format, to teach about Chinese culture, the geography of China, and Chinese history. Each page of this informational text contains 1 letter of the alphabet and a word connected to China that begins with
Subjects:
Grammar, Asian Studies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
RI.3.2, RI.3.8, RI.4.2, RI.4.8, RI.5.8, RI.6.2, RI.8.5, RF.3.4, RF.4.4, RF.5.4, SL.3.2...
$5.50
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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
9
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By The ESL Nexus
Celebrate Ramadan with these 5 low prep resources! Included in this product are:* A reading passage about Ramadan provides information about this major Islamic holiday. Five comprehension questions accompany the passage and an answer key is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Posters, Cultural Activities
$3.25
8
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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
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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. A Google Drive™ version is also included. Using their knowledge of the ancient world, students
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
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
$3.75
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By The ESL Nexus
This low prep writing activity is a great way for students to show what they learned about the geography of the United States during the school year. A Google Drive™ version is also included. Students have to write a letter to their family and
Subjects:
Geography, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.4, W.4.1, W.4.4, W.5.1, W.5.4
$3.75
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By The ESL Nexus
This low prep, print-and-go end of year writing activity is a fun and engaging way for students to demonstrate what they learned in their Science class this year. A Google Drive™ version is also included. Students to pretend to be alien scientists
Subjects:
Science, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
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...
$3.50
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By The ESL Nexus
These 9 no prep, print and go word searches and 3 crossword puzzles offer students fun ways to supplement their learning about how U.S. presidents are elected and elections in general.How to use this resource remotely:For students to do on their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Elections - Voting, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$4.00
2
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to supplement their learning about Thanksgiving. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this quintessential American holiday. Please see below for a list of
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Thanksgiving
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these task cards to learn or review 20 vocabulary words that symbolize Halloween. The 3 differentiated versions make these task cards especially suitable for English Language Learners at lower proficiency levels in upper elementary and middle
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Task Cards, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
L.3.6, L.4.6, L.5.6, L.6.6, L.7.6, L.8.6
$3.00
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By The ESL Nexus
These task cards provide facts about the history and customs of Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa while giving your students practice in forming conditional sentences correctly. The task cards can be used for writing or speaking practice and your
Subjects:
Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.4.1c, L.5.1c, L.6.1, L.7.1, L.8.1c
$2.50
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By The ESL Nexus
China is a fascinating country but it can be difficult to remember its long history. This resource includes blank and filled-in charts about 10 dynasties, 6 emperors, and 4 philosophers of China. There are Google Drive™ versions of the charts as
Subjects:
World History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Printables, Google Apps
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
$6.75
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By The ESL Nexus
This low prep resource is an engaging end of year writing activity for Social Studies classes that learned about world geography. A Google Drive™ version is also included. Students pretend that they are going to be exchange students and, based on
Subjects:
Geography, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
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
$3.50
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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:
World History, Geography, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Cultural Activities, Google Apps
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...
$6.00
3
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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
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By The ESL Nexus
These short biographies profile 68 famous and important women around the world who were pioneers in their field or achieved something notable. Included are 15 ways to use these task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Women's History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
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...
$5.00
1
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By The ESL Nexus
This low prep writing activity is a great way for students to show what they learned about American history between the late 1400s and 1800 during the school year. A Google Drive™ version is also included. Students pretend to be a famous actor who
Subjects:
U.S. History, Writing, End of Year
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
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, WHST.6-8.4
$3.50
5
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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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