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Teaching With Owls

I am a literacy specialitst with more than ten years of experience in the education field. I have served as an ESL, ELA and History teacher in the classroom while also tutoring ACT and SAT for KAPLAN. I have also held the titles of literacy coach, literacy coordinator and lead teacher. OWLS, LLC. is my consulting company where we provide job-embedded and distance learning opportunities for schools who share our vision. We are the wise choice in educational consulting.

I am a literacy specialitst with more than ten years of experience in the education field. I have served as an ESL, ELA and History teacher in the classroom while also tutoring ACT and SAT for KAPLAN. I have also held the titles of literacy coach, literacy coordinator and lead teacher. OWLS, LLC. is my consulting company where we provide job-embedded and distance learning opportunities for schools who share our vision. We are the wise choice in educational consulting.
Ninja Reader
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Ninja Reader

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This instructional aide guide students through the process of reading and responding to test questions. The strategy concept is based on fighter games and demonstrates the level of complexity in test questions.
Story of An Hour with Irony
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Story of An Hour with Irony

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2 WEEK LESSON!!! This ironic look at Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour" is sure to engage any group of diverse learners in English Language Arts grades 9-12. This new and improved version of the product includes close reading practice and assessment, engaging instruction about irony, and routine writing in each lesson. These Common Core-based lessons and address 13 standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Although this resource was designed for ELA students in grades 9-12, it could easily be used with young adult learners as well. The theme of this unit is examining relationships. Students will focus on the relationship between context and meaning, between men and women (as a result of economic, social, and educational change), between the past and present, and between arguments and counter-arguments. This resource includes: Teaching tips and tricks. CCSS alignment document Daily print-and-teach learning guides Word wall images Practice vocabulary & writing assessments
A.P.E. Writing
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A.P.E. Writing

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A memorable and fun acronym for constructed response writing items on Common Core assessments.
House / Classroom Rules Poster
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House / Classroom Rules Poster

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With OWLS positive behavior support begins early with the House or Classroom Rules Chart. Groups select a reward to work towards and receive stickers each week if they meet behavior expectations. Edit the template to include your own rules.
Historical Analysis Guide
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Historical Analysis Guide

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Teach your students to observe, connect and analyze literary and visual texts in social studies classes with our Observe History organizer. This product is Common Core-aligned to support reading history standards 2 and 3.
The Masque of the Red Death Mini-Unit with Symbolism
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The Masque of the Red Death Mini-Unit with Symbolism

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This mini-unit features two weeks of Common Core-aligned print and teach lessons and a free instructional powerpoint for Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death." For paired informational texts (history and science) get the full unit in our store! 
 This text pairs well with other short stories by Edgar Allen Poe like the “Tell- Tale Heart” for an awesome Halloween themed mini-unit. You can also pair short stories with nonfiction resources such as “The Masks We Wear” like we did in the extended bundle for a powerful look at contemporary issues The major theme of this unit is empathy. So if you focus on character and academic education, this is the unit for you. Students will focus on the symbolism in Poe’s allegory as they explore indifference. This resource includes: -Teaching tips and tricks. -CCSS alignment document -Daily print-and-teach learning guides -Word wall images -Differentiated text -Scaffolded instructional materials
A Scientific Perspective on Wealth
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A Scientific Perspective on Wealth

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This Common Core mini-unit pairs well with projects centered around scientific inquiry and research methods. Students will learn to read, summarize, present and evaluate research studies as they become familiar with experimental design. Like our other resources, A Scientific Perspective on Wealth is aligned to standards for literacy (RST) and includes reading support. Look for the complete common core unit in our store! This resource includes: Teaching tips and tricks. CCSS alignment document Daily print-and-teach learning guides Reading strategies Graphic organizers An instructional powerpoint Guided lecture notes Embedded formative assessments
Declarations of War: Pearl Harbor to 9/11 with Inferences
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Declarations of War: Pearl Harbor to 9/11 with Inferences

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Common Core-aligned guided close reading of the language and rhetoric into two historical speeches complete with workstation passages to add historical context and independent practice. Students practice making inferences about meaning, tone, and purpose. Great for a mini-lesson on conflict or as a reflection on September 11th.
Active Readers Posters
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Active Readers Posters

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This poster presents active reader strategies in a fun and unique way. Students will understand that summary, inference, and prediction are essential to comprehension.
History Frayar Model
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History Frayar Model

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Graphic organizer guides students to think critically about historical vocabulary and makes teaching history the Common Core way a lot easier.
The Common Core Constructed Response
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The Common Core Constructed Response

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Haven't figured out quite how to get your students writing and rolling on constructed response test questions? Here is a system for scaffolding or differentiating for struggling and successful learners alike aligned to the Common Core State standard for citing evidence.
The Masque of the Red Death Complete Common Core Unit  with Symbolism
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The Masque of the Red Death Complete Common Core Unit with Symbolism

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This text pairs well with other short stories by Edgar Allen Poe like the “Tell- Tale Heart” for an awesome Halloween themed mini-unit. You can also pair short stories with nonfiction resources such as “The Masks We Wear.” Look for more resource at our store. Although the month of October also has ties to breast cancer awareness, domestic violence, and bullying, the major themes of this unit is empathy and economics. Students will focus on the symbolism in Poe’s allegory before connecting the theme to nonfiction texts. This resource includes: Teaching tips and tricks. CCSS alignment document Daily print-and-teach learning guides Word wall images Struggling reader support Embedded formative assessments