Tried and True Treasures

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Mothers’ Day really is the most wonderful time to write poems of tribute and appreciation, especially to all the mothers and mother-substitutes out there. Investing just a little school time exposing your students to this newly adapted
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Parts of Speech SPARKLERS Parts of Speech SPARKLERS, by Melissa J. Donovan, a book jam-packed with unique and fun introductory lessons, reinforcement activities, application worksheets, and fun writing assignments, will ignite your students
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The successful attorney sways the jury with his powerful words. The “Salesman of the Year” perfects his craft by using a thesaurus to describe and promote his product. No matter what career someone chooses, the choice of words is so
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Easter is a wonderful time to do something special with our students, because of the excitement in the air, all the ideas generated, and/or it’s a time for reflection. What a better way to celebrate by writing a free verse poem. “Easter
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Meet Miss Huff Puff, Pillow Pooch, Phil Gator, Mr. Hobbles, Hambone, Snagglepuss and Moose, among others, in “Characterization Application by Melissa Donovan”. These characters’ intent in their high-interest passages and stories is to give
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Memorial Day! What a great time to promote patriotism, honor our war heroes, and learn (or reinforce) a rhyming poem format. This Memorial poem lesson, from “Holiday Poetry Keepers” by Melissa J. Donovan, includes a poem example,
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Throw out that boring grammar book (for now), and get your students moving with verbs; I mean, that’s what action verbs are all about. So have your students stack some candy, wad-up some paper, and pop some bubbles, all while learning the
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I developed this unit, “Narrative Success,” by Melissa J. Donovan, because of all the Core Curriculum State Standards addressing the narrative and my successful experience teaching it--fifteen years to fifth graders, sixth graders and
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Even though these two poems (riddle and free verse) aren’t directly core driven, there are so many advantages of teaching these wonderful keepsakes—from working with word choice, to using them over and over again to reinforce so many topics
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Do your students need a break from instruction all day? If so, read one of the poems in POEMS by the O’Teacher, really by Melissa Donovan. • If you can handle the off-the-wall laughter, read “The BOOGER”, which starts off:
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Even though it’s near the end of the year, don’t forget those fathers or special father figures out there. Always a good way to end the school year and acknowledge those role models is to design a new poem with your students. "Father's Day
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Before students can truly appreciate and analyze character traits in text, they need to have an exposure to a smattering of traits, characters, character actions and their quotations. That’s exactly what these 300 cards, matching
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If you’re a new teacher, or one that’s been teaching for years, there are always continuous new challenges each year. Most often, challenges which universities don’t prepare a teacher for as setting up a classroom to be the most
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I use to always struggle planning for that first day or two back to school—so important to set the year’s stage. Of course, there are the rule explanations and school procedures, which are important, but may be tedious. Thus, I found
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Have you ever been at your wit’s end because of ongoing interrupting behavior in the classroom? As we all know, it takes only a few “behavior problems” to make it miserable, unfair, and disruptive to all who deserve an on-going learning
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"Parts of Speech Sparklers Nouns," by Melissa J. Donovan, offers several introduction/reinforcement lessons, two highly motivating application sheets (all about the students themselves and their world), and a fun proper noun writing assignment
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"Parts of Speech Sparklers Adjectives," by Melissa J. Donovan, includes mini lessons, activities, a highly engaging application sheet about each student, a fun, interactive activity, and two application writing assignments with author's own
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For over ten years I ran an after school tutor program for my middle school English students (some 125-to-150 students a year.) It was such an extremely beneficial and rewarding opportunity, I kept offering it every year. Even though it
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How many of us have allowed students in their spare minutes to make birthday cards, cards in which many students don’t invest much time with the writing part? "Happy Birthday Poetry Keepsakes," by Melissa J. Donovan offers poem examples,
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The easy ten-step, successful and field-tested team system, "The Reading Accountability System," by Melissa J. Donovan, assures that all students will read the assigned text necessary for generally understanding the material needed for class
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have a very strong, varied background in education from teaching elementary, consulting, presenting, to teaching English and reading in middle school and college to being a literacy coach. Currently, I’m semi-retired and working on completing many books I’ve started through the years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

“Flexibility within structure” has been my motto for years. My students always knew what was expected; precisely what, when, where, how, how much, and why. Start each well-prepared fresh lesson with plenty of oomph, zest, vitality, humor, and student engagement. Throw in great examples for students to follow. Then guide students through the lesson step-by-step and with plenty of recognition and praise. Motivate and push them to strive for the ultimate with their finished products. Lastly, give them the floor to share their well-earned praiseworthy products, which generates even more reinforcement of the learning process.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

• Kent County, MI Teacher of the Year • Kent County Humane Society Teacher of the Year • Wyoming Jaycees Teacher of the Year • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (several times) • Walt Disney Creative Teacher candidate • One of my books, Research Challenges won a Scholastic Book award • All my students’ achievements and awards (as runner-up in state’s "When I Grow-up" Speech Contest and countless writing awards)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. (K -9th) and Special Education (K-through-12th), M.A. in Gifted Education and Reading, M.A.+30 in reading, language arts, misc. I also could add a boring page-turner list of academia committees I either served on or led, extensive trainings I've been through, and countless noteworthy, language arts, guru-led workshops I've attended through the years.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I haven’t taught them all but close, and no, I’m not 106…..though, I’ve devoted a majority of my life to education. I continue to love to learn and create myself. My other passions are college basketball, golfing, gardening and interior design. I reside in Michigan with a couple of scrawny cats.

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