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This scoring rubric is designed to assess student's ability to identify textual evidence of Notice and Note Signposts in literary fiction, as identified in the text, Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading, by Kylene Beers and Robert E.
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This set of 2 creative projects explore author technique through a literary characteristics study of the novel, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Both projects explore and teach the literary techniques of mood, tone, symbolism, narration, and color
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This activity contains a bundle of Task Cards, each with a specific literary characteristic and analysis questions that guide students through an analysis of author's purpose and the effect each has on the reader. Station instructions, a Cover page
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This resource provides tab labels and textual evidence for students to create a flip book assessment that identifies the 5 attributes defining character as identified in the STEAL strategy: Speech, Thoughts, Effect on Others, Actions, and Looks.
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This template is designed for students to compare literary characteristics for 2 pieces of literature. Students will generate a well-written claim statement, organize textual evidence, and provide reasoning support. Students will also learn how to
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Product is part of a GROWING BUNDLE! This 15 slide Powerpoint is designed to help students walk through an analysis of the literary elements in the novel, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. It can be adapted to align with any piece of literature
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This 6 page exam was designed using higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to assess student understandings and application of skills in the Novel, Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelsen. This novel is rich in literary qualities to help students develop
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This complete Station Kit is designed to create 12 analysis stations using file folders for the following 13 Literary Devices: Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Personification, Symbol Motif, and Allusion, in addition to Fiction Signposts from the text,
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This project is designed for use throughout the reading of The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak, and requires students to analyze the impactful literary choices of the author, while designing a collage of words and analyzing the mood created by those
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This resource is a Color Theory project designed to introduce the symbolic narrative techniques used by Marcus Zusak in The Book Thief. The unique style of the narrator in this novel allows students to analyze the symbolism of the colors and poetic
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I have taught inner city middle school students in english language arts and science classrooms for 22 years in Wisconsin. Since 1997, I have taught ELA and science classes in traditional settings, in addition to Title One, and Bridges programs for students with special needs. I also taught for 2 years in my school's Intervention center and was responsible for maintaining direct, focused, academic and behavioral interventions for 6-8th grade students facing challenges in traditional classrooms. I have teaching certifications for grades 1-8, (all subjects) grade 9 ELA specific, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I also hold a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology.


I teach strategy first and content second. I apply heavy emphasis to relationship constructs that enable my students to meet educational demands through a trusting environment, high expectations, and scaffolded supports.


Teacher of the Year-2010


I attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Lesley University for my educational degrees.


I am a mother of one son, and married to my middle school sweetheart for 21 years.

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