Walton Burns

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Walton Burns
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"I make kids wonder, I make them question. I make them criticize." - Taylor Mali, What Teachers Make
 
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By Walton Burns
In this fun murder mystery activity for Google Slides, students have to follow the clues to figure out who killed the rich CEO of a powerful company at his home during a dinner party. Who can figure it out especially when he was found in a locked
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Games
$3.00
50
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By Walton Burns
"Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!" Is there any better way to start a discussion of a holiday than by watching the Charlie Brown special about it? I use this in my ESL and EFL classroom every year to teach international students about the holiday
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Video Files, Lesson
$4.00
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By Walton Burns
One of my best-selling Clue by Clue Activities, with a Halloween twist.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In this fun mystery activity, students investigate who stole a bag of candy from a trick or
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Halloween, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, ...
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$3.00
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Digital Download PDF (0.61 MB)
By Walton Burns
By popular demand, all my clue by clue mysteries PDF (printable) format in one big bundle, plus a free mystery story organizing worksheet This is a growing bundle so you'll get notice when I add Clue by Clues in the future! Be sure to check the list
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Holidays/Seasonal, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
CCSS:
RI.7.1, SL.9-10.2, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.4, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.L.3
$51.00
$40.00
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Bundle
By Walton Burns
One of my best-selling Clue by Clue Activities, with a Thanksgiving twist.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In this fun mystery activity, students investigate who snuck into the kitchen and ate the mashed
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Thanksgiving, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, ...
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.00
32
Digital Download PDF (0.48 MB)
By Walton Burns
In this fun mystery activity, students have to follow the clues to figure out how a woman killed her husband without anyone suspecting anything!Also available in PowerPoint form or as Google Slides.What is a Clue by Clue Mystery?It's a great
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.00
24
Digital Download PDF (0.76 MB)
By Walton Burns
By popular demand, all my clue by clue mysteries in PowerPoint slides format in one big bundle, plus a free mystery story organizing worksheet This is a growing bundle so you'll get notice when I add Clue by Clues in the future! Be sure to check the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RI.7.1, RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4...
$54.00
$40.00
15
Bundle
By Walton Burns
In this fun mystery activity, students have to solve a classic riddle: Why does a woman ride the elevator up to the 15th floor and then walk up to the 20th floor to get to her apartment? Practice critical thinking skills and follow the clues to find
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Close Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.00
15
Digital Download PDF (0.43 MB)
By Walton Burns
In this fun murder mystery activity for Google Slides, students have to follow the clues to figure out who killed the rich CEO of a powerful company at his home during a dinner party. Who can figure it out especially when he was found in a locked
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
19
Digital Download PPTX (0.71 MB)
By Walton Burns
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a great introduction to Thanksgiving, particularly for EFL students who don't know a lot about the holiday. It covers the Thanksgiving football game, the turkey dinner, the theme of gratitude and friendship, even a
Subjects:
Thanksgiving, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cultural Activities, Lesson, Activities
$4.00
30
Digital Download PDF (0.68 MB)
By Walton Burns
A holiday-themed logic puzzle. Five friends have a Secret Santa party. But who gave what to whom? Perfect to practice critical thinking and logic skills such as evaluating evidence, deducing, and mathematical reasoning. Can your students follow the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Games
$3.00
14
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By Walton Burns
In this fun murder mystery activity for Google Slides, students have to follow the clues to figure out who killed the rich CEO of a powerful company at his home during a dinner party. Who can figure it out especially when he was found in a locked
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Games
$3.00
8
Online Resource
Google Slides™
By Walton Burns
This complete lesson plan gives students practice in describing locations and giving directions in English. Students can practice using expressions such as: on Main Street at/near the corner of across from behind in front of go straight turn
Subjects:
Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson, Activities
$3.00
12
Digital Download PDF (0.77 MB)
By Walton Burns
Unfinished story prompts or story starters are a powerful creative writing tool. Students are given a short mystery story and they write the solution. This helps get them past writer's block or that persistent fear of not knowing what to write
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, Creative Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Centers, Internet Activities
CCSS:
W.5.3, W.5.3b, W.5.3c, W.5.3d, W.5.3e, W.6.3, W.6.3c, W.6.3d, W.6.3e, W.7.3, W.7.3b...
$3.00
4
Online Resource
Google Forms™
By Walton Burns
One of my best-selling Clue by Clue Activities, about a kidnapping.In this mystery activity that encourages discussion and critical thinking, students investigate who kidnapped a CEO from his home in the middle of the night. Students follow the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Close Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.00
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By Walton Burns
O. Henry's classic Christmas story "The Gift of the Magi" is a great read for the holiday season. I've read it successfully with high school, university, and advanced ESL/EFL students. And now I've put together the most comprehensive collection of
Subjects:
Literature, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Literature Circles, Centers, Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.10, RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.6, RL.11-12.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3...
$15.00
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By Walton Burns
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a great introduction to Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, wearing costumes, and even scaring people. Beyond that, the movie raises questions of why we tell children stories about
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Halloween, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Movie Guides, Lesson
$4.00
8
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By Walton Burns
This complete Halloween writing lesson plan uses the genre-based approach to writing to teach students how to write a scary story. The genre-approach starts with having students look at examples of the target writing genre (in this case, scary
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Halloween, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Thematic Unit Plans, Lesson
$3.00
9
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By Walton Burns
Traditional rubrics spell out criteria for every area of assessment and every grade or level of student achievement. A single-point rubric only contains what the student is expected to do to succeed. That makes it faster to write, faster to use, and
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Writing-Essays, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Rubrics, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$3.00
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By Walton Burns
This unit from an as-yet uncompleted ESL, EFL, English language coursebook teaches English through the theme of mysteries. Students practice reading, writing, speaking, grammar and vocabulary.I find students love mysteries and solving puzzles.
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
$10.00
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Digital Download PDF (0.90 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Walton Burns is a teacher and award-winning materials writer from Connecticut who began his career in 2001, teaching in the Peace Corps in the South Pacific. Since then, he has taught in Central Asia and in his native country. His students have been a diverse group, including Russian oil executives, Afghan high school students, and Chinese video game champions. As a writer, he has been on the author team of two textbooks and written lesson plans and activities for private language schools. He is currently chair of the Materials Writing Interest Section of the TESOL Association, the international association for English language professionals. For more information, including projects he has worked on, go to his blog at English Advantage and his portfolio site.

Editorial Work

  • Co-author, Hang Out! by Compass Publishing. General ESL textbook for primary school students
  • Author, Inside Writing, a genre-based writing course book for Oxford University Press.
  • Grammar Editor, MasterMind series by Macmillian
  • Extensive materials development and course design for online schools, including Really English/New Horizons.
  • Assessment writing for OUP, Pearson, and SLTI.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I truly believe that communication is the goal of language teaching. Grammar is a toolbox to help students express themselves, not rules that need to be memorized. Vocabulary is a palette for students to work with creatively, not a list of words to be memorized. That's not to say that drilling and grammar banging don't have their place, but I teach for those moments when a student spontaneously expresses him or herself using new language and doesn't even realize it because he or she is so caught up in the conversation.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

  • 3rd place, BESIG and Cambridge University Press Lesson Plan Contest.
  • Winner, One Stop English Lesson Share.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
  • MA in International Development from The Heller School, Brandeis University
  • TESOL Core Certificate, TESOL, Inc.
  • 12 Credits toward an MA in TESOL from Adelphi University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

  • Chair of the Materials Writer Interest Section of TESOL, Inc.
  • Freelance materials writer and editor for Pearson, Macmillan, OUP, Compass Publishing, and several international online schools.
  • Frequent Co-Moderator of the EVO: Creating the ePerfect eBook, a Massive Open Online Course on publishing educational materials online.
  • Blog at:English Advantage

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