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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.
Improving Sentence Writing *SPAG*
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Improving Sentence Writing *SPAG*

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Help your students write better, more varied sentences! These exercises help students identify the key components of great sentences, and, in turn, develop their own competency in writing strong, varied, fluent sentences. Suitable for grades 6 – 8 High-interest, real-world topics Common core aligned Teacher’s Answer Key 4 categories covering the essential components of sentence writing: clauses, phrases, sentence types (simple, compound, and compound-complex), and varying sentence openings Variety of activities: identifying, fill in the blanks, combining, prompts, and more 7 worksheets per category (56 tasks in total) Task card recording document included
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.
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**
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)
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
Key Expressions for Speech, Discussion & Debate
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Key Expressions for Speech, Discussion & Debate

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- Great for English, Social Studies, Speech and Debate, and ESL classes - Key expressions for 14 oration skills - 8 expressions per skill - 104 expressions in total - Expression types divided by card color - Teacher master lists included ***How to use this resource*** - Encourage students to develop a sophisticated bank of discourse markers by playing ‘Expressions Poker.’ Give students one card of each color and tell them to use the expressions during a speech, discussion, or debate. Students must lay down their card in a pile once used. The first student to get rid of his or her cards is the winner. - Alternatively, give students multiple cards of one color, to develop proficiency in one area of speaking. - Cards may also be used to incorporate key expressions when writing/ drafting debates and speeches. - Cards are also a great resource when mounted on a bulletin board or literacy station.
Island of the Blue Dolphins ~ Scott O' Dell ~ Comprehension Questions + Vocab Lists
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Island of the Blue Dolphins ~ Scott O' Dell ~ Comprehension Questions + Vocab Lists

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Literal, inferential, and real-world connection questions for the novel, 'Island of the Blue Dolphins' by Scott O' Dell. Every chapter contains: 1. Reading comprehension questions (5 ~ 10, depending on chapter length). 2. Vocabulary lists (5 ~ 20, depending on chapter length). 3. Extension Questions: Multimodal reader response questions including drawings and internet research. Great for journaling or projects! 4. TEACHER ANSWER KEY INCLUDED!!!!!
Opinion Writing
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Opinion Writing

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Product Description 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 ***Opinion Writing*** focuses on: • Intensifying adverbs & graded adjectives • Absolute adverbs and non-graded adjectives 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
Writing Prompt Task Cards ~ Argument, Narrative & Informative Texts
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Writing Prompt Task Cards ~ Argument, Narrative & Informative Texts

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This resource is comprised of three parts: 1. Middle School Writing Prompt Task Cards for Argument, Narrative & Informative Writing + Research and Writing Skills 2. Self-Peer-Teacher Editing Checklists for Argument, Narrative & Informative Writing (CCSS Aligned) 3. Task Card List and Teacher Checklist (CCSS Aligned) ABOUT THE TASK CARDS: - Suitable for grades 6 - 8 - Literal, inferential, real-world and personal connection, language, collaborative, and creative questions - Common core aligned - Fun, playing card theme - 4 categories: argument writing, informative writing; narrative writing; character; research & skills - 14 cards per category (56 questions in total) - JOKER card for each topic offers a creative task - Task-recording document included - Self-Peer-Teacher Editing Checklists included for each writing genre - Card backs and divider cards included
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 ~ Book Test + ANSWER KEY
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HOLES ~ 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 Holes, by Louis Sachar. The test is multi-modal, including: - fill in the blanks - matching - short response questions - graphic organizer - an (short) essay [It's the last question, you have the option not to include it] The test content covers: - major characters, places, things - significant plot events - symbolism - character relationships - character development (Stanley) Happy Digging!
The Canterbury Tales - Close Reading Comprehension Passages + Questions + GOOGLE DRIVE LINKS
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The Canterbury Tales - Close Reading Comprehension Passages + Questions + GOOGLE DRIVE LINKS

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Now with Google Drive Links Close Reading Stories and Comprehension Worksheets + Vocabulary Work! A modern, plain-language retelling of three of Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic stories! High-interest extracts from authentic texts 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 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 Stories Included: The Wife of Bath’s Tale The Pardoner’s Tale The Clerk’s Tale If you are interested in literature passages, please check out my best-selling and top-rated fiction passages by clicking here! Or, how about a great value bundle of both? Click here! What about some Science Close Reading Passages? For reading comprehension passages for younger learners, please click here!
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.
Grammar & Language Task Cards
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Grammar & Language Task Cards

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- Suitable for grades 6 – 8 - Common core aligned - Fun, playing card theme - Multiple question types: circling & underlining, correcting, re-writing, prompts, and more! - 4 categories covering essential middle school language knowledge specified in the Common Core: pronouns, verbals & verb moods, active & passive voice, and common mistakes - Great general grammar practice and review for any class - Cards also make great bell-ringers/ exit slips when printed on paper - 14 cards per category (56 tasks in total) - Task card recording document included - Teachers’ Answer Key Included - Card backs & divider cards included
Reading & Writing Task Card Bundle *SPAG*
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Reading & Writing Task Card Bundle *SPAG*

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Grammar & Language Task Cards PARAGRAPH WRITING TASK CARDS Reading Comprehension Task Cards For Any Novel Reading Comprehension Task Cards ~ Information Texts Sentence Task Cards Writing Prompt Task Cards ~ Argument, Narrative & Informative Texts
Brave New World Vocabulary Quizzes
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Brave New World Vocabulary Quizzes

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Brave New World Vocabulary Quizzes! Great for quizzes, homework, or self-directed study! Words were carefully selected to remove obstacles to reading and improve comprehension. - Chapter-by-chapter essential vocabulary -14 - 15 words per chapter - Word bank provided - Vocabulary lists provided, but available as a separate download from my shop - Answer key provided
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