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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.
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*
ANIMAL FARM GEORGE ORWELL VOCABULARY LISTS CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER
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ANIMAL FARM GEORGE ORWELL VOCABULARY LISTS CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER

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Essential, chapter-by-chapter, vocabulary for the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. Useful for students to look up before reading, or for the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. Pre-teaching vocabulary helps students decode meaning and increases fluency and engagement. 20 ~ 50 words per chapter.
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!!!)
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)
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.
3 Engaging Simulations For Discussion & Debate
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3 Engaging Simulations For Discussion & Debate

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Teachers’ Notes: These fun and engaging simulations are designed to stimulate critical thinking and reasoning and develop argument and persuasion skills in students. Each scenario is open to interpretation, and students will love debating each other and putting their opinions forward. N.B. Intellectually, these resources are appropriate for students in grade 6 and above. However, some scenarios touch on (mention) themes that could be considered offensive, controversial, or inappropriate. These themes include: crime and punishment (including drugs and murder), religion, obesity, gun ownership, terrorism, PTSD, and war. Please be aware of this if you teach a potentially sensitive or conservative cohort. ***Clicking on the preview and zooming in will allow you to see the content if you are concerned*** Simulation One: Journey to Mars Simulation Two: Desert Island Game Simulation Three: Clemency
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
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)
The Giver - Multiple Choice Quiz + Answer Key ~ Chapter by Chapter
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The Giver - Multiple Choice Quiz + Answer Key ~ Chapter by Chapter

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A multiple-choice quiz for the book, 'The Giver' by Lois Lowry. Each Chapter has about five questions to test students' recall and basic comprehension. This resource is comprised of four parts: 1) The test questions, listed by chapter, with about five questions per chapter, and three possible answers for each (a, b, or c). 2) A student answer sheet (fill in the blanks) 3) A teacher answer key (blanks filled in) 4) A regular teacher answer key The questions and answers are (hopefully!) unambiguous, i.e. no trick questions. You may also wish to divide the test into three parts (Chapters 1 - 7; 8 - 17; and 18 - 23) if you think it is too much for students to recall in one sitting. You know your students; use your judgement.
The Fault in Our Stars - Vocabulary Lists ~ Chapter-by-chapter
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The Fault in Our Stars - Vocabulary Lists ~ Chapter-by-chapter

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Essential vocabulary, listed chapter-by-chapter, for the novel, 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. Great for pre-reading; helps remove barriers to fluency and allows students to decode meaning. Alternatively, can be used by the teacher to base quizzes and worksheets from. *Between 5 and 50 words per chapter, depending on chapter length.
Hatchet - Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY
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Hatchet - Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY

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Chapter by chapter comprehension questions (3 -5 each chapter) for Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Each chapter contains literal, inferential, and language questions and multimodal exercises (including drawing exercises). Ideal for use in reading logs; journals; for homework; and classroom discussions, etc. *** Sample answer key included ***
ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Book Test + Answer Key
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ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Book Test + Answer Key

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This resource will test your students' knowledge, recall, comprehension, and analysis of the characters, themes, and major events in the novel Animal Farm. The test is multi-modal, including: - fill in the blanks - matching - short response questions - an (short) essay [It's the last question, you have the option not to include it] The test content covers: - major characters, places, things, and references - significant plot events - symbolism - character analyses ***THOROUGH ANSWER KEY PROVIDED***
1984 - By George Orwell ~ Room 101 Activity
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1984 - By George Orwell ~ Room 101 Activity

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This lesson could be used as part of a novel study on 1984 by George Orwell, or independently to discuss themes of totalitarianism or just to talk about likes/ dislikes in a fun/interesting way. Students discuss their knowledge of some of the major themes, learn key terms that originated in the novel, then watch a short video about Room 101 (optional). Finally students discuss what they would like to send to Room 101. **Please note: The concept of Room 101 discussed in this lesson departs from the original portrayal in the novel. Rather than a torture device using a person's worst fears, the concept of Room 101 is a place in which to cast your greatest fears or annoyances into oblivion. Whilst not being 100% true to the novel, it is still tangentially related and a fun way to see Orwell's influence on popular culture and our modern lexicon**
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*