Valerie Shaw

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By Valerie Shaw
This fun activity builds understanding of complex sentences by allowing students to build creative and very amusing complex sentences. Includes 18 each of mix-and-match wacky independent and subordinate clauses such as "Because you left your llama
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1
$1.50
29 ratings
3.9
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By Valerie Shaw
This packet contains instructions for the teacher, 12 book project ideas including book report and alternatives, and 12 easy-to-follow rubrics to match the projects. Projects are great culminating tasks for literature/novel units, and the variety of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.6
$3.50
22 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This is a handy and user-friendly graphic organizer that I use when teaching paragraph structure. The "Stoplight" organizer is an ideal companion to my "Stoplight" 5-Paragraph Essay Organizer for students who feel more comfortable working on each
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2
$2.00
23 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This handy organizer for a five-paragraph essay combines a standard five-paragraph essay formula with a successful "stoplight" paragraph organization model. Easy for secondary students to follow, this organizer is a real work saver for teachers! The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Outlines, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10
$2.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
A great cooperative activity to celebrate the holiday and sharpen grammar/parts of speech skills at the same time! Four teams each complete their part of a Thanksgiving mad lib and then assemble to put the whole story together. It's the first
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Thanksgiving
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This is a handy quick reference to the eight parts of speech for students who can't seem to remember the difference between an adjective or an adverb, or what a "state of being" is, or how a conjunction can be correlative or subordinating, or . . .
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts
$1.00
19 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
Built on a set of thirty acrostics, this 160-page packet includes 30 "Spelling Scramble" assessments with vocabulary lists and answer keys, two "Spell 'n Search" mazes with answer keys, "Typewriter" game cards and instructions, and suggestions for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
L.6.2b, L.6.4b, L.6.6, L.7.2b, L.7.4b, L.7.6, L.8.2c, L.8.4b, L.8.6, L.9-10.2c, L.9-10.4b...
$15.00
16 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
Great grammar/parts of speech practice for teens with this transformation of a well-known song by a well-known country music darling. Kids will love working as a team to complete this project. Best of all, this mad lib is not SHORT! There are 28
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
10 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
Great grammar/parts of speech practice for teens with this transformation of a well-known song by a well-known "white wrapper." Kids will love working as a team to complete this project. Best of all, this mad lib is not SHORT! There are 34 terms to
Subjects:
Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This great little organizer will help guide the student through an author study/biography project. I like to have my students write a 2 - 6 page research paper and then choose a creative presentation format (interview, skit, teach a lesson, board
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
13 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This fun variation on color-by-number includes four Christmas-themed drawings that students can color according to correctly identified parts of speech. This is a fun activity for practice or review. Drawings range in difficulty from basic to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
16 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This is a fun and easy "grab bag" activity that helps students understand the relationships between and among parts of speech in a sentence. Provides practice in using nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. With your encouragement,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By Valerie Shaw
Another popular song ready to transform into something even weirder than the original! Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" is ready for your middle school or high school students to revise into their own unique singable creation. This mad lib is a great
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
6 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This activity makes it easy for a student to write poetry and is a great way to study similes and concrete and abstract nouns. Worksheet includes step-by-step instructions, examples, and a list of abstract nouns.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Projects, Activities
$1.50
5 ratings
3.9
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By Valerie Shaw
Wait till your carolers start singing THIS version of "Let It Snow"! Fun mad lib activity based on a favorite holiday song is a great way to review parts of speech.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.4
$1.50
6 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
There will be no "poker faces" when students complete this mad lib version of Lady Gaga's famous song! The song is broken into three parts, so students can work in three groups and read their parts in sequence when done. Great way to practice and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
L.6.1, L.6.3, L.7.1, L.7.3, L.8.1, L.8.3, L.9-10.1, L.9-10.3, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.3
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3 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
Great cooperative holiday-themed activity that provides an opportunity to apply skills in identification of nouns (common, proper, singular, plural); verbs (infinitive, past, past participle, present participle); and adjectives. The result is a very
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
Sung to familiar tunes kids already know, these songs make it fun to learn the "adjective questions" and the "adverb questions." (Adjective song adds one final repetition of the first line for balance.)
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Songs, Mnemonics
$1.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
This is a review or formative assessment activity for use while teaching the noun clause. Using unusual sentences and a noun substitution technique, the activity encourages students to get creative as they analyze noun clauses and demonstrate
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
L.7.1, L.9-10.1b, CCRA.L.1
$1.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Valerie Shaw
Wait till your carolers start singing THIS version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"! Fun mad lib activity based on a favorite holiday song is a great way to review parts of speech.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.4
$1.50
4 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Experienced as a secondary language arts/English instructor for 20 years. Other experience includes adult basic education/G.E.D. courses, adult literacy tutor, K-8 literacy tutor; chair, school leadership team. Courses taught include language arts, English I, English II, English III, ABE writing, creative writing, drama, publications/journalism/yearbook, computer applications.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Social Constructivist: project-based, inquiry-based, collaborative and cooperative learning are emphasized.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Certified by the State of New Mexico: Level III-A Instructional Leader K-12 Specialty Area License with endorsements in language arts, reading, TESOL and psychology

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.A., Education: Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix B.S., Secondary Education, University of New Mexico B.A., English Literature, Rhode Island College

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Considerable experience working with Native American second language learners.

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