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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.
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
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
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.
Module Planner
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Module Planner

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Use this graphic organizer designed to help plan Common Core modules easily or get the advanced version!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Common Core Standards At-A-Glance Checklist Grade 6
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Common Core Standards At-A-Glance Checklist Grade 6

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Could you use a set of color coded, easy-to-read Common Core State Standards for Literacy at-a-glance? The CCSS Checklist is a great resource for teachers AND students! This product helps teachers… Plan to spiral the ELA standards Identify standards to reteach based on results Align instruction and strategies with desired learning outcomes Practice backward planning from assessments.
Essential Understandings from History Notes
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Essential Understandings from History Notes

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Examine history through each eleven historical lenses. Aligned to Common Core State Standards for Literacy in history (RH.9), this guide prompts students to think critically about the historical significance of events and people in history. This two-page document differentiates for advanced and regular students but both are ready for implementation in secondary history classrooms.
Cultural Comparison Chart
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Cultural Comparison Chart

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Graphic organizer guide students to compare aspects of different generations/ cultures to their own in order to make connections to the world around them.
(Analogy) Relationship Drama Cards
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(Analogy) Relationship Drama Cards

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Finally! Word relationships in a way teenagers can understand. The Relationship Drama Cards explain common word relationships between words by relating them to relationships among friends. This resource is Common Core-aligned to support standard four which requires students to be able to determine the meaning of words including their relationship to each other.
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
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.