Valerie Spielman

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This is a fun lesson to teach students how to infer from text. They always enjoy the stories, and they get a lot of practice inferring. I have included the lesson format, the foldable to use with it, and a couple of the students' most liked short
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Here are some other short stories that can be used with the Short Story Inferencing Activity. They are nice to have when you need to re-teach the concept or to fill time constructively.
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This document maps out the various strategies from Heinneman's Comprehension Toolkit for the school year. It was presented as a staff development for all middle school content areas to incorporate into their lessons and support reading strategies
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This is a basic study guide covering the main components of the plot line along with some discussion questions over the reading.
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If you need something to start the school year or to do some team building, these activities are great for all ages. For these activities, have students take some time to fill in the answers for themselves. Next, students are to use the Get
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This is a lesson I have used every year for a few years now. Students really enjoy it and always seem to learn something. Since I teach reading, I tie in nonfiction text written by teens. You can really focus on the reading, or you can veer
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This is a quick check over a few chapters in the book. You can use this individually, in teams as a competition, to be completed in small groups, or as a large class discussion.
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This powerpoint can be used with clickers so that every student gets to participate. It can be used with an interactive whiteboard or simple powerpoint display. It is a fun way to review literary terms that go along with reading novels. It can be
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This is a graphic organizer to help students write about a theme they see emerge from viewing a movie based up on a novel, or just a drama in general. It is good for teaching about Author's Purpose in terms of media, like movies. It allows them to
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This is a journal to go along with the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. It can be used before or after reading the chapters. It is good for generating ideas for discussion. It helps to have students document page numbers and
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For students who like to draw as well as write about topics, this is a handy sheet to have on hand. When we do story starters, it is nice for students to also have the option to illustrate what they wrote about. You can use it in a number of ways.
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This powerpoint can be used with clickers, interactive whiteboard, or just as a display to review some of the main events in the novel, The Outsiders. The game format lends itself very well to capturing the students' attention and testing their
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This is a quick check over a few chapters in the book. You can use this individually, in teams as a competition, to be completed in small groups, or as a large class discussion.
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This is a quick check over a few chapters in the book. You can use this individually, in teams as a competition, to be completed in small groups, or as a large class discussion.
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This is a quick check over a few chapters in the book. You can use this individually, in teams as a competition, to be completed in small groups, or as a large class discussion.
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This is a quick check over the Prologue of the book. You can use this individually, in teams as a competition, to be completed in small groups, or as a large class discussion.
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This is a culminating project over The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. It integrates various forms of technology from my blended classroom that students have become familiar with throughout the school year. They are to demonstrate their knowledge in
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This is a brief quiz about the author. Students were to have read about, researched, or discussed the author and the genre of Science Fiction before reading the story. This is check to see how familiar they are with the background information.
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If you are a consumer of the CPS classroom clicker set, here is a quick reference for setting up and using the clickers with a class of students. There is an extensive manual that comes along with it, but I always like having something quick and
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This is a journal with writing prompts to go along with reading this Scott O'dell novel. I tried to hit on some of the common themes that show up throughout the novel. As students respond, I have them write down specific pages numbers and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I started as a 9th grade reading teacher in Houston, Texas, and then I taught 8th grade English in Houston. Iowa was a return home for me. I taught 9-12 Speech, 9th English, 11th English, and sponsored yearbook at a Catholic school. Then I moved from NE Iowa to near Des Moines and taught 8th grade reading and language arts for a few years. I also taught Careers, Interdisciplinary Seminar, 7th grade reading, and started up our RtI program by teaching a comprehension intervention class to 8th graders. That grew into a 6-8 model and now includes math. Now I am a 7-12 Reading Coach in Marshall, Minnesota.

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I have a BA in English Education from the University of Iowa. Next I earned my Secondary Reading Endorsement from Drake University. My first masters is MSE as a Reading Specialist from Drake University. My second one is MSE k-12 Administration and Evaluator and Special Education Supervisor.

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