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By The Middle Ground
NEW! This Seasonal Holiday Fun Exit Ticket Google Slide template bundle makes giving formative assessments quick and easy! You will receive 190+ templates in a variety of designs to use for quick formative assessment check-ins. Choose a ticket, add
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Specialty, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Task Cards, Google Apps
$7.50
$5.50
Bundle
By The Middle Ground
NEW! This Spring-Summer Fun Exit Ticket Google Slide template bundle makes giving formative assessments quick and easy! You will receive 66+ templates in a variety of designs to use for quick formative assessment check-ins. Choose a ticket, add your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Autumn, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Task Cards, Google Apps
$2.50
$2.00
1
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By The Middle Ground
New! This "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury Short Story Bundle offers .PDF and editable Google Slides activities to challenge your secondary students! This great dystopian story has a surprise ending that will keep students talking! You will find links to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$4.50
1
Digital Download ZIP (1.13 MB)
By The Middle Ground
New! This "The Censors" Short Story Bundle offers .PDF and editable Google Slides activities to challenge your secondary students! This great dystopian world literature piece reflects diversity with universal themes. You will find links to the short
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$4.50
Digital Download ZIP (0.70 MB)
By The Middle Ground
New! This Emergency ELA Sub Plan Bundle offers 4 activities to challenge your secondary students! Activities are in both Google Slides and .PDF formats - the links are included in the Teacher Instructions.Handouts Included (.PDF & Google
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
$2.85
Digital Download ZIP (0.41 MB)
By The Middle Ground
35 standards-based Literary One-Pagers to use with any text! Digital and printable obptions make distance learning easy. An all-purpose rubric is included to make your grading life easy! Google Slides links are included on downloadable Teacher
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
$6.00
$3.95
Bundle
By The Middle Ground
New! This "Lob's Girl" Short Story Bundle offers .PDF and editable Google Slides activities to challenge your secondary students! This great mystery has a surprise ending that will keep students talking! You will find links to the short story as
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$4.50
1
Digital Download ZIP (0.92 MB)
By The Middle Ground
This is a NO PREP MEGA BUNDLE that includes 10 of my best selling no-prep reading products! My mission is to help teachers who are overworked and need quality materials that match state standards. You will find novel and book club units, nonfiction
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Google Apps
$53.20
$28.00
1
Bundle
By The Middle Ground
New! This "The Seventh Man" Short Story Bundle offers 2 - 3 weeks of .PDF and editable Google Slides activities to challenge your secondary students! This great world literature piece reflects diversity with universal themes. You will find links to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
$4.50
1
Digital Download ZIP (0.86 MB)
By The Middle Ground
This "The Nuclear Tourist" Nonfiction Article Bundle offers a variety of .PDF and editable Google Slides activities to challenge your secondary students! The article is about the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. You will find links to the article
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.6, RI.6.7, RI.6.8, RI.6.9, RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3...
$4.50
Digital Download ZIP (0.70 MB)
By The Middle Ground
4 Weeks of Distance Learning Bell-ringers! These warm-ups are standards-aligned and provide explanations for each answer. Use them for formative assessments or task cards! Skills are grouped together for scaffolded learning. You will also receive 4
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.7.2b, W.7.2c, W.7.3c, W.7.3d, L.7.1
$6.00
$3.00
13
Bundle
By The Middle Ground
2 Weeks of Distance Learning Bell-ringers! Students will revise for word choice and edit for colons and dialogue. These warm-ups are standards-aligned and provide explanations for each answer! You can use them for formative assessments as well.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Task Cards, Google Apps
$3.00
$1.50
1
Digital Download ZIP (3.87 MB)
By The Middle Ground
NEW! This Winter Fun Exit Ticket Google Slide template bundle makes giving formative assessments quick and easy! You will receive 75+ templates in a variety of designs to use for quick formative assessment check-ins. Choose a ticket, add your text,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Autumn, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Task Cards, Google Apps
$2.50
1
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By The Middle Ground
New - 2 Weeks of Distance Learning Bell-ringers! Students will revise for sentence development and transitions and edit for fragments and run-ons. These warm-ups are standards-aligned and provide explanations for each answer! You can use them for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
L.6.1, L.6.2, L.7.1, L.7.1b, L.7.1c, L.7.3, L.8.1, L.8.2, L.8.3, CCRA.W.5
$3.00
$1.50
4
Digital Download ZIP (4.58 MB)
By The Middle Ground
Want a no-prep activity set that engages students in HOTS? This Plot and Character Skills Sheets set can be used with ANY fiction text! It is great for stations, small groups, independent work, and substitutes. You will receive 9 activities that
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.4, RL.3.10, RL.4.1, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.10, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.10, RL.6.3...
$1.25
Digital Download ZIP (0.18 MB)
By The Middle Ground
NEW! SAVE TIME! This Fall Fun Exit Ticket Google Slide template bundle makes creating formative assessments quick and easy! You will receive 60 templates in 33 designs to use for quick formative assessment check-ins. Choose a ticket, add your text,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Autumn, For All Subjects
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Task Cards, Google Apps
$2.50
1
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By The Middle Ground
This STAAR Writing Bundle contains products to make your job easier! Quality secondary materials for STAAR writing are hard to find.This file and its contents can be used for personal use only. It may not be printed and resold. It may not be used to
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Grammar, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4
$11.00
$8.00
5
Bundle
By The Middle Ground
These 20 expository writing prompts are standards-aligned in the Read-Think-Write format. You will also reaceive a STAAR-formated rubric. In-class and distance learning options included!20 Expository Writing Prompts:Read-Think-Write format (.PDF
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, ELA Test Prep, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4
$4.50
$2.25
1
Digital Download ZIP (1.03 MB)
By The Middle Ground
This set of 4 genre choice boards includes 32 fun-fact, high-interest prompts: narrative, imaginative, informational, and persuasive! This has everything you need to engage students in writing centers, enrichment activities, or to provide
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.4.2, W.4.3, W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.2a, W.5.2b, W.5.2c, W.5.2e, W.5.3, W.6.1...
$2.50
$1.00
3
Digital Download ZIP (1.36 MB)
By The Middle Ground
Need posters/anchor charts with guided notes and a self-grading quiz? Then this distance learning Figurative Language Poster and Quiz set is for you! You will receive Google Apps and .PDF versions of the guided notes and quiz. You will also receive
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Posters, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.5
$3.50
$1.75
1
Digital Download ZIP (2.83 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a literacy coach for middle school and former English/Language Arts Teacher for middle and high school students, grades 6-12. I have spent much of my career teaching a split schedule of at-risk readers and gifted and talented students.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My classroom style is a reader's-writer's workshop with flavors of Linda Rief, Nancie Atwell, ABYDOS (formerly the New Jersey Writing Project), Kelly Gallagher and Jeff Anderson. I have 200+ hours of College Board and NMSI training.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher of the Year; Teacher of the Year Nominee - twice; District Technology Grant Winner

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.S.Ed., summa cum laude B.A. English, summa cum laude

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have been happily married for twenty-five years, have my own high school senior, and am entertained daily by my dogs.

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