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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a collect of questions for the book, Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. I have used it, very successfully, in my classroom to reach all kinds of learners. I use this unit, specifically, to bridge my readers from answering largely literal
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
$7.00
124
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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a collect of questions for the book, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. I have used it, very successfully, in my classroom to reach all kinds of learners. I use this Crenshaw close reading unit, specifically, to bridge my readers from
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.8, RL.4.9, RL.4.10
$9.00
77
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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. In Bette Bao Lord's beautiful story of immigration and assimilation, Shirley Temple Wong must learn to make friends and find her way in a country that, at first,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Literature Circles, Cultural Activities
$8.00
64
Digital Download PDF (27.13 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
This product is designed to pick up where other color-coded text evidence activities leave off. As students get older, they are using more and more of their evidence in their writing. They are expected to provide longer written answers. Still, we
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$5.00
127
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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book Rules by Cynthia Lord. It is a beautiful book in which sweet, kind, 12-year-old Catherine helps her autistic brother, David navigate the world with rules she creates for him. As close reading is such an
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.6.3, RL.6.4
$9.00
71
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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book The Mighty Miss Malone. In Christopher Paul Curtis' beautiful story of Deza Malone and the perseverance she shows in her plight to keep her family together, Deza is growing up in the time of the Great
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Homework, Literature Circles
$10.00
51
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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a new twist on my finding text evidence activities. My students struggle with reading and following directions. it can be challenging to even get them into the habit of consistently reading the directions when they are working independently
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$5.00
93
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By The Zoo Librarian
This novel study includes everything you will need to have an exciting Wonder experience with you class this year!Included:* Pre-Reading Writing Activity* Chapter questions with plenty of room for student answers* Vocabulary studies* Chapter
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Novel Study, Literature Circles
$10.00
49
Digital Download PDF (8.55 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
Finally! The long-awaited sequel chapter to R.J. Palacio's Wonder! I feel like I pre-ordered this months ago, and now it's finally here! If you have read Wonder with your class, you MUST read the Julian Chapter (the only thing is, it only comes as a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$5.00
79
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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.High school junior, Starr Carter witnesses the unthinkable. While with her childhood friend, Khalil, she witnesses a horrible account of police brutality. As she navigates the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$9.00
27
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By The Zoo Librarian
I introduced this book with a book talk to my middle school readers, and I was shocked by the response. I didn't even get a chance to put the book down before kids were signing it out. It has been signed out of our classroom all year, and it is
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Printables, Literature Circles
$7.00
54
Digital Download PDF (0.62 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
This product is designed to pick up where other color-coded text evidence activities leave off. As students get older, they are using more and more of their evidence in their writing. They are expected to provide longer written answers. Still, we
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Winter, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$5.00
83
Digital Download PDF (12.12 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. Your class will fall in love with this sweet and charming book as they read about Albie and his journey through fifth grade. Albie faces the same issue many of our students
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$8.00
48
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By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. It is a beautiful book in which Ally Nickerson, a sixth grader, who has been in seven schools in seven years, finds more solace in the principal's office than in the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$10.00
48
Digital Download PDF (15.99 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
Teaching history can be challenging. How do you make it meaningful for your students? How do you help them to make connections between events in order to understand how one event leads to another? How do you help students connect events from the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Music
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Research, Activities, Printables
$24.00
$20.00
50
Digital Download PDF (12.67 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
GET READY! HALLOWEEN IS COMING!This product is designed to pick up where other color-coded text evidence activities leave off. As students get older, they are using more and more of their evidence in their writing. They are expected to provide
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$5.00
60
Digital Download PDF (12.24 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes. In the fall of 2016, the first group of students will enter high school consisting of (mostly) kids who were not yet alive during the events of September 11th, 2016.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$9.00
46
Digital Download PDF (2.13 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin. It is a beautiful book in which Rose, a 12-year-old girl with Aspergers Syndrome must learn a great deal about self-advocacy and resourcefulness in order to help the dog she
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$8.00
28
Digital Download PDF (1.83 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
This is a close reading guide to the book The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. Your class will fall in love with this sweet and charming book as they read about Billy Miller and his journey through second grade. Billy faces the same issues many
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Novel Study, Guided Reading Books
$8.00
29
Digital Download PDF (0.34 MB)
By The Zoo Librarian
This product is designed to pick up where other color-coded text evidence activities leave off. As students get older, they are using more and more of their evidence in their writing. They are expected to provide longer written answers. Still, we
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Autumn, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$5.00
53
Digital Download PDF (12.16 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Music, PK-12 General Classroom PK, K, 4 English/Language Arts/Literacy 6, 7, 10,11, AP Tutoring PK-12, all subject areas

MY TEACHING STYLE

Specialize in differentiated instruction and small group instruction.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Who's Who in American Education

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Hamden Hall Country Day School (PK-4) Shepherd Glen Elementary School, Hamden, CT (grades 5 and 6) Hamden Middle School (grades 7 and 8) Hamden High School (grades 9-12) Manhattanville College (1997) BMUS New York University (2000) MA Manhattanville College (2011) Literacy

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I began my career in education teaching music. Learning that children in other countries such as Hungary were expected to be musically literate made me wonder why many children in our country slip through the cracks and don't even become "literate". I went on to study literacy and taught in various early elementary level classrooms. I now teach in a school that specializes in differentiated instruction, and I teach upper school English and writing, 6th and 7th grade literacy, and lower school literacy (mostly grades 2 and 3). I also tutor, and I work to prepare students for all types of standardized tests, college essays, and academic support.

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