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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.
Christmas Reading Activity

Christmas Reading Activity

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.
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38 READING COMPREHENSION WORKSHEETS

38 READING COMPREHENSION WORKSHEETS

- 38 short reading passages with 2 – 3 comprehension questions per page - designed for independent work - should only take 5 – 10 minutes per worksheet - literal, inferential, and real-world (personal) connection questions - high interest, non-fiction topics including: science, technology, cooking, sports, society, and culture - great for struggling readers or students with ESL - perfect for use as bell-ringers, homework, vacation work, early-finishers, and in literacy stations - fun graphics and borders courtesy of openclipart.org - Common core state standards covered: RI4.1, RI4.2, RI4.10; RI5.1, RI5.2, RI5.10; RI6.1, RI6.2, RI6.4, RI6.6, RI6.10 *****PLEASE NOTE: These passages are based upon the paragraphs in this resource: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/paragraph-writing-task-cards-11114879 You can utilise both (as they target different skills), but it is not advisable to use them concurrently*****
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ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY

ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + ANSWER KEY

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*
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Four Fun Reading Comprehension Activities for Any Novel

Four Fun Reading Comprehension Activities for Any Novel

- 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.
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HOLES - By Louis Sachar ~ Chapter-by-chapter Vocabulary Lists

HOLES - By Louis Sachar ~ Chapter-by-chapter Vocabulary Lists

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)
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1984 - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + MORE!

1984 - George Orwell ~ Comprehension Questions + MORE!

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.
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The Giver - Chapter by Chapter Comprehension Questions + Answer Key

The Giver - Chapter by Chapter Comprehension Questions + Answer Key

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. 2. 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 3 to 12 per chapter, depending on the breadth and depth of the content of the chapter. 3. The Story Tracking Worksheets: Three story tracking worksheets are provided (characters, places, and customs). 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. 4. The Post-reading Questions. * A thorough answer key is provided.*
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1984 - By George Orwell ~ Room 101 Activity

1984 - By George Orwell ~ Room 101 Activity

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**
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The Giver - Multiple Choice Quiz + Answer Key ~ Chapter by Chapter

The Giver - Multiple Choice Quiz + Answer Key ~ Chapter by Chapter

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.
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Hatchet ~ Timeline, Story-Grammar, Conflict Analysis + ANSWER KEY *FREE!*

Hatchet ~ Timeline, Story-Grammar, Conflict Analysis + ANSWER KEY *FREE!*

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*
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1984 by George Orwell - Multiple Choice Quiz

1984 by George Orwell - Multiple Choice Quiz

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!!!)
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The Fault In Our Stars ~ Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + Answer Key

The Fault In Our Stars ~ Chapter-by-chapter Comprehension Questions + Answer Key

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.
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ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Book Test + Answer Key

ANIMAL FARM - George Orwell ~ Book Test + Answer Key

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***
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A SINGLE SHARD ~ Multiple-choice Quiz - Chapter-by-chapter + Answer Key

A SINGLE SHARD ~ Multiple-choice Quiz - Chapter-by-chapter + Answer Key

A multiple-choice quiz for the book, 'A Single Shard' by Linda Sue Park. 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 two parts (Chapters 1 - 7; 8 - 13) if you think it is too much for students to recall in one sitting. You know your students; use your judgement.
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