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International educator with over 15 years experience. I love the nuts and bolts of language teaching, but I also like communicative activities and task based learning, including simulations. I hold a Master of Education with specializations in reading and behavior management, as well as graduate degrees in writing and education.

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International educator with over 15 years experience. I love the nuts and bolts of language teaching, but I also like communicative activities and task based learning, including simulations. I hold a Master of Education with specializations in reading and behavior management, as well as graduate degrees in writing and education.
HOLES - Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY
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HOLES - Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY

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1) The Pre-reading Survey: This is a fun way to orient and introduce students to some of themes and topics in the novel. Have students complete it individually, or by interviewing a friend. Revisit it as a post-reading activity to see if students’ opinions have changed. 2) Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions: These literal, inferential, reflective, and analytical comprehension questions are perfect for homework or classwork. They have been designed to alert and orient students to pertinent plot information, themes, and concepts in the story; therefore, allowing them to engage more deeply with the novel. They can form the basis of class discussions or reading journals. The number of questions ranges from 2 to 12 per chapter, depending on the breadth and depth of the content of the chapter. 3) The Story Tracking Worksheet. A story tracking worksheet is provided for the characters in the novel.
Four Fun Reading Comprehension Activities for Any Novel
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Four Fun Reading Comprehension Activities for Any Novel

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- Four game boards containing literal, inferential, & real-world and personal (reader) connection comprehension questions. - Also contain questions on language, literary style, theme, author’s purpose, and other literary elements. - Designed for use in English classrooms, grades 6 – 8. - Game boards may be used in various ways; for journaling, homework, while reading or as consolidation. - Can be adapted for use as individual, partner or group-work, with and without teacher supervision. - Games require decks of playing cards and dice (or computer generations – random.org has playing card generators and dice rollers). - Students enjoy the random and gamified nature of the activities, while reflecting on their reading and analyzing literature through cooperative learning activities. - Questions are recycled across the four game boards.
The Fault In Our Stars ~ Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + Answer Key
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The Fault In Our Stars ~ Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + Answer Key

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Chapter by chapter literal, inferential, and literary comprehension questions for journals, homework, literature circles and close reading for the novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. 1. p.2 - 8 Student questions (3 - 15 questions per chapter, depending on chapter length). 2. p.9 - 21 Sample answer key for comprehension questions. 3. p. 22 - 24 Story Tracker Worksheets for characters, symbols, and conflict. 4. p. 25 - 27 Sample responses to Story Tracker Worksheets.
ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY
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ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY

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The Pre-reading Survey: This is a fun way to orient and introduce students to some of themes and topics in the novel. Have students complete it individually, or by interviewing a friend. Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions: These literal, inferential, and analytical comprehension questions are perfect for homework or classwork. They can form the basis of class discussions or reading journals. The number of questions ranges from 10 to 20 per chapter, depending on the breadth and depth of the content of the chapter. * A thorough answer key is provided.* The Story Tracking Worksheets: Four story tracking worksheets are provided (characters, places, sayings, and revisions). They help students keep track of important concepts and information in the story. Have them write brief notes about the characters, places, and customs mentioned in the story as they come across them. *Sample answers provided*
Writing Procedural Texts
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Writing Procedural Texts

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This resource is one of ten standalone products targeting Middle School Writing Skills. Each lesson focuses on a particular genre and highlights a particular textual feature. This product ***Procedural Writing*** focuses on: • Sequence words • Passive voice Every lesson contains: ★ Model Text ★ Structural Analysis ★ Transition Words or other useful textual feature focus ★ Planning Handouts/ Graphic Organizers ★ Writing Prompts ★ Grading Rubrics ★ Teacher's Notes Other resources/ genres in this series include: ✓ Describing a Process (Procedural Texts) ✓ Narrative Writing ✓ Describing Data (Change) ✓ Describing Data (Making Comparisons) ✓ Expressing an Opinion ✓ Cause and Effect Writing ✓ Problem and Solution Writing ✓ Persuasive/ Argument Writing (An Argument with Evidence) ✓ Informational/ Expository Writing ✓ Compare and Contrast Writing
HOLES - By Louis Sachar ~ Chapter-by-chapter Vocabulary Lists
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HOLES - By Louis Sachar ~ Chapter-by-chapter Vocabulary Lists

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary for the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. Useful for students to look up before reading (Especially ELLs), or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Helps students to decode meaning and facilitates fluent reading. *Over 500 words in total, divided by part of book and chapter *From 5 to 20 words per chapter, averaging about 10 - 15 (The length of the chapters in this book varies)
1984 by George Orwell - Chapter Vocabulary Lists
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1984 by George Orwell - Chapter Vocabulary Lists

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter vocabulary for the novel 1984 by George Orwell. Useful for students to look up before reading (Especially ELLs), or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Helps students to decode meaning and facilitates fluent reading. *Words listed as parts of speech *From 5 to 100 words per chapter, averaging about 40 (The length of the chapters in this book varies)
CLIMATE CHANGE & ALTERNATIVE ENERGY WEBQUEST
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CLIMATE CHANGE & ALTERNATIVE ENERGY WEBQUEST

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This 3 page worksheet directs students to research, discover, and record key information about global warming and alternative energy sources. Exercises range from simple and literal fill in the blanks and matching definitions to writing short procedural and argumentative paragraphs explaining energy generation or arguing for and against investing in alternative energies.
1984 - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + MORE!
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1984 - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + MORE!

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1. The Pre-reading Survey: This is a fun way to orient and introduce students to some of the themes and topics in the novel. Have students complete it individually, or by interviewing a friend. Some vocabulary and concepts may need to be explained. 2. Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions: These literal, inferential, and analytical comprehension questions are perfect for homework or classwork. They can form the basis of class discussions or reading journals. The number of questions ranges from 10 to 30 per chapter, depending on the breadth and depth of the content of the chapter. 3. The Comprehension Tracking Worksheets: FOUR comprehension tracking worksheets are provided (characters, places, concepts & things; Newspeak). They help students keep track of important concepts and information in the story. They are cloze exercises with the answers provided in a textbox. 4. The Teacher Answer Key: A thorough teacher answer key is provided.
Sentence and Paragraph Workshop *SPAG*
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Sentence and Paragraph Workshop *SPAG*

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This short, simple workshop is designed to introduce or refresh students’ knowledge of sentence and paragraph structure with the aim of improving their writing skills. Students will continue to use their knowledge (and refer to their notes) during self and peer editing throughout their writing careers. Contents: 1. Teachers’ guide with detailed lesson procedures 2. Students’ guide (10 pages; PowerPoint presentation transcripts: explanations and examples) 3. Presentations for sentence fragments, run-on sentences, transition words, and paragraphs in .ppt, .pptx and .pdf format. 4. 16 items in total
SCIENCE Close Reading Passages
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SCIENCE Close Reading Passages

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20 *SCIENCE* Close Reading Passages and Worksheets - Diverse range of high-interest extracts from authentic texts including fiction (short story) - Designed for close reading - Each excerpt stands alone as a close reading text suitable for scrutiny, critique, reflection, and evaluation. - Texts may be used as bell-ringers, as homework or vacation assignments, one-to-one tutoring, no-prep substitute plans, or any other use - Includes 3 levels of multi-modal questions: main ideas and detail, language and literary devices, author’s purpose, and evaluation and personal-connection - Vocabulary rich - Includes questions on text structure, word-choice, and author’s bias - Common Core Aligned - Answer key included - Sample Difficulty Levels included Topics Included: ♦Robotics ♦Camouflage ♦The Life Cycle ♦Hibernation ♦Biography - Charles Darwin, Galileo, Copernicus, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday ♦Adaptation ♦Eclipses ♦Geology ♦Alchemy and Chemistry - History of Science ♦ Number and Mathematics
1984 by George Orwell - Multiple Choice Quiz
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1984 by George Orwell - Multiple Choice Quiz

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A multiple-choice quiz for the classic novel 1984 by George Orwell. There are three tests - one for each part of the book. Each chapter has about five - twelve questions to test students' recall and comprehension. Each question has 3 possible answers. This resource is comprised of three parts: 1) The test questions, DIVIDED BY PART AND listed by chapter, with about five - twelve questions per chapter, and three possible answers for each (a, b, or c). 2) A student answer sheet (fill in the blanks with the appropriate letter) 3) A teacher answer key (blanks filled in) The questions and answers are (hopefully!) unambiguous, i.e. no trick questions. You may wish to divide the test into three parts or give it to them all at once (if you are doubleplusungood!!!)
20 Bible Stories & Comprehension Questions
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20 Bible Stories & Comprehension Questions

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20 well-known Bible Stories: The Story of Jesus, The Babe of Bethlehem The Story of the Star and the Wise Men The Story of Cane and Abel The Story of Noah and the Ark The Story of Moses The Story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors The Story of David and Goliath The Story of Jonah and the Whale The Story of Daniel in the Lions’ Den The Story of Samson, The Strong Man The Story of the Water That Was Turned Into Wine The Story of the Sermon on the Mount The Story of the Good Shepherd and the Good Samaritan The Story of Solomon and his Temple The Story of Elijah the Prophet The Story of Ruth the Gleaner The Story of the Fishermen The Story of the Palm Branches The Story of the Betrayal The Story of the Empty Tomb Perfect for religious education or general reading comprehension Literal, inferential and real-world connection questions for each story CCSS aligned Vocabulary work for every story Suggested difficulty levels provided Great for homework, emergency sub plans, bell-ringers or exit slips
Reading Comprehension Task Cards ~ Information Texts
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Reading Comprehension Task Cards ~ Information Texts

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Suitable for grades 6 - 8 - Literal, inferential, real-world and personal connection, literary, language, and creative questions - Collaborative activities - Multi-modal tasks, including graphic organizers - Common core aligned - Fun, playing card theme - 4 categories: author’s purpose, key ideas and details; language & structure; extension activities - 14 cards per category (56 questions in total) - JOKER card for each topic offers a creative task - Task-recording document included - Card backs and divider cards included
Christmas Reading Activity
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Christmas Reading Activity

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This is a fun reading activity comparing the similar though distinct family/ religious/ seasonal celebrations of Christmas, Eid-al-Fitr, Diwali, and Hanukkah. Students read about these holidays in small groups before returning to their "home-groups" to consolidate information, and then finally coming together as a class check their findings. - Targeted to grade 5 - 7 - Common Core Aligned ***Resource contains:*** - Four reading comprehension passages (each a brief overview of the way Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid-al-Fitr, and Diwali is celebrated). - A “jigsaw” worksheet where students can record their answers. - A PowerPoint presentation displaying sample answers to the information required in the jigsaw reading worksheet (in ppt, pptx, and pdf forms). - Detailed instructions ALTERNATIVE: This activity could be completed alone or in pairs, just by giving the students every reading. It wouldn’t be as much fun, though.
Hatchet ~ Timeline, Story-Grammar, Conflict Analysis + ANSWER KEY *FREE!*
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Hatchet ~ Timeline, Story-Grammar, Conflict Analysis + ANSWER KEY *FREE!*

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Odds and ends for teaching Hatchet. > Timeline - have students keep track of key plot events here > Story-grammar - have students keep track of important people, place, events, and feelings > Conflict Resolution - have students use these graphic organizers to identify conflicts and their resolutions in Hatchet! *Sample answers included* Happy Chopping! *chop* *chop* *chop*