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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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Note: This product is to be used after students have read the book. Nobody uses figurative language like Jerry Spinelli! This crossword puzzle contains 42 sentences containing figurative language from MANIAC MAGEE. Every clue is an example of
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This crossword puzzle is based on THE OUTSIDERS. Every clue is related to an event, character, or detail in or about the book. Challenges students' reading-for-detail skills in a fun way! Visit my store to receive your FREE Bookmarks Plus edition
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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Note: This puzzle assumes students have a working knowledge of similes, metaphors, and personification. This crossword puzzle contains figurative language from BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. Every clue is an example of simile, metaphor, or personification
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THIS PRODUCT IS MEANT TO BE USED AFTER STUDENTS HAVE READ THE BOOK. This crossword puzzle contains similes from WALK TWO MOONS. Every clue is an example of simile from the story. A key word in each clue is left out, so students must use their
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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This crossword puzzle contains figurative language from ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY. Every clue is an example of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or personification from the story. A key word in each clue is left out, so students must use their
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NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS MEANT TO BE USED AFTER READING THE BOOK. Every clue in this unique crossword is a simile from TUCK EVERLASTING. A key word in each clue has been left out, so students must use their knowledge of the story, their critical
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This crossword puzzle is based on THE EGYPT GAME. Every clue is related to an event, character, or detail in or about the book. Examples of clues: 3. Oracle’s answer: “Look under the ___ of Set” Answer: throne 4. Sixth-grade teacher Answer:
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NOTE: The 25 "Words to Know" on the bookmarks are the same words covered in my BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA synonym/antonym crossword and are a part of my BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA 50-word Prereading Crossword. See list of products below. Use all three
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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The many editions of BOOKMARKS PLUS provide students with essential knowledge of the book: title, author info, publication date, genre, story premise, descriptions of main characters, and setting. Each edition also contains a "Words to Know"
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Five years as a high school language arts teacher. Six years as a composition instructor at the community college level. Nineteen years of experience as a writer and editor of products for language arts products (K-12) for educational publishing companies across the country.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Not all learning needs to be fun, but I am a firm believer in the value of word puzzles and games in the classroom when appropriate. Games can challenge students' social and cooperative skills; puzzles can challenge their knowledge of spelling, vocabulary, and almost all other language skills--and the best thing is, students are having such fun that they are hardly aware that it's happening!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Arts, Education, Iowa State University, 1988

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I began creating ThemeQuotes games when I taught high school literature. I wanted something to end a book unit that was fun for students and reinforced the themes of the book. Having always been a lover of thought-provoking quotations (I had hundreds of them posted on the walls of my classroom), I came up with the idea of having students solve theme-related, thought-provoking quotations (ThemeQuotes) hangman-style. This worked fine, but I felt it needed something more. That's when I decided to create Trivial Pursuit-style questions that students would answer in teams and then, if they got the answer right, suggest letters for the ThemeQuote puzzle. The first team to solve the puzzle won the round. My students loved it, and I went on to create 23 editions for my own line of products. Fun with Great Works puzzles seemed like a natural extension of that product. Again, FWGW puzzles are used to "top off" a book unit. The puzzles are fun but also challenging in many ways. Some work with figurative language from the book, others explore characters, still others focus on theme. I also started creating Bookmarks Plus while teaching because I wanted students to have a quick reference to the basic elements of the book as they read and the vocabulary words I would later test them on. I am also the author of two published books aimed at encouraging "normal" kids to accept kids with disabilities.