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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.
Cultural Comparison Chart

Cultural Comparison Chart

Graphic organizer guide students to compare aspects of different generations/ cultures to their own in order to make connections to the world around them.
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Common Core Literacy Standards Posters

Common Core Literacy Standards Posters

Do your students ever ask why they have to learn the Common Core standards? Well, we help make the job easier with our Common Core Literacy Posters. All 10 posters have not only a Common Core Standard but a deeper understand that relates to real world application.
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The Masque of the Red Death Mini-Unit with Symbolism

The Masque of the Red Death Mini-Unit with Symbolism

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
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The Masque of the Red Death Complete Common Core Unit  with Symbolism

The Masque of the Red Death Complete Common Core Unit with Symbolism

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
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Vocabulary Strategies That Work

Vocabulary Strategies That Work

Ready for some vocabulary victories? Give students the ability to learn words rather than simply giving them words to learn. One tried and true way of doing this is the vocabulary challenge. Get the lesson plan and template today! Students who can complete the Vocabulary Challenge are prepared to face the challenge of constructing meaning for themselves. This process guides students to rely on three key vocabulary skills to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Supports CCRS.ELA-LITERACY.RI / RL / RH.4
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Story of An Hour with Irony

Story of An Hour with Irony

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
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TED Talks Common Core Mini-Unit

TED Talks Common Core Mini-Unit

This mini-unit reveals the power of a single voice using two exceptional TED Talks. Students practice reading/viewing informational texts (speeches, autobiographies, articles, etc.) while developing multiple reading skills. This bundle includes six days of activities, formative assessments, and writing activities. As a special add-on for teachers who purchase this resource, we provide a link to a unit powerpoint that includes daily lesson plans (procedures) and step-by-step slides for each day's activities. Purchase peace of mind and a perfect bundle of lessons today!
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Flowers For Algernon Introduction

Flowers For Algernon Introduction

10 Common Core-aligned lessons and answer keys with engaging activities to introduce Daniel Keyes' Flowers For Algernon. This activity guide has lessons on vocabulary, language, and reading comprehension related to the book. OWLS gives you the perfect way to activate and build on prior knowledge.
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Declarations of War: Pearl Harbor to 9/11 with Inferences

Declarations of War: Pearl Harbor to 9/11 with Inferences

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.
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Active Readers Posters

Active Readers Posters

This poster presents active reader strategies in a fun and unique way. Students will understand that summary, inference, and prediction are essential to comprehension.
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A Scientific Perspective on Wealth

A Scientific Perspective on Wealth

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
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The Common Core Constructed Response

The Common Core Constructed Response

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.
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Historical Analysis Guide

Historical Analysis Guide

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.
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Thinking Hat

Thinking Hat

OWLS encourages students to put on their thinking hats by completing the "Thinking Hat" organizer. Students practice logical thinking and deduction as they summarize information, draw conclusions, and clearly articulate their thinking process. If you are looking for a tool to help you TEACH critical thinking and metacognition, this is the graphic organizer for you!
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Common Core Guided Reading

Common Core Guided Reading

Our Reading Guide is the ULTIMATE Common Core Resource! Uses include: Emergency substitute work Guides for fiction and nonfiction texts Accountability for AR / IR books Review of key standards before testing Summative reading assessment Supports Four Key Common Core State Standards
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(Analogy) Relationship Drama Cards

(Analogy) Relationship Drama Cards

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.
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