Category Archives : FREE LESSONS


Free Frankenstein Activity

Description

Who is the real monster in Frankenstein?

This activity has been designed to help students to understand the creature’s character. Is he a friend, or is he an enemy? Is he solely responsible for his misery?

This activity helps to develop students’ argumentation skills in a fun and meaningful way.

This free activity is part of a larger unit:

Frankenstein No Prep Unit

I hope you enjoy it.

You may also be interested in the following products:


Frankenstein Bundle

Frankenstein Activity

Frankenstein Workbook

Paragraph Writing Activity (Frankenstein)

The Yellow Wallpaper No Prep Mini-Unit

It’s teaching made easy!


Free Exploring the Elements of Fiction in Creative Writing

Description

As an introduction to story writing and the creative writing process, these visual notes are a great way for students to understand what that process is and what it is not.

Note sheet includes the following topics:

❒ What makes a story good?

❒ What about the plot?

❒ Narrative unity

❒ Building suspense

❒ Includes practical examples as explanations

The resource also includes a chart to help students think about the important elements in their own stories.

Please see the preview for more details.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Building Suspense in Creative Writing

Creating Characters in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Activity

Creative Writing Bundle

Introduction to Creative Writing

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


FREE Thesis Writing Activity

Description

Thesis writing is often an abstract concept for students and it is one of the most important things to know when writing an essay.

This FREE activity will help students to correct problematic thesis statements, while learning how to compose their own.

There are lessons for two periods prepared for you :

1) Attempting to write a thesis statement based on the following topic: Do we have the right to play God when it comes to human life?

2) Group activity where students must identify the weaknesses in 5 thesis statements and rewrite them to make them better.

Included:

❒ A comprehensive lesson plan (two days)

❒ The Student Activity Sheet

❒ Comprehensive Answer Sheet

5 pages total

You may also be interested in the following resources:

Essay Writing Flip Book

Teaching the Essay Package

Thesis Writing Activity

Thesis Writing Poster

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 days


Free Poetry Lesson on Metaphors

Description

This FREE lesson is a sample from one of my complete units on poetry. See the links below for more information.

❒ Lesson 4 (from the Thematic Poetry Unit) : Fun with metaphors – This lesson includes a journal prompt, a “Fun with Metaphors” worksheet to help students further understand metaphors, students will analyze William Blake’s “A Poison Tree,” and will complete the worksheet on the poem.

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An editable version the Thematic Poetry Unit can also be purchased using this link: ***EDITABLE Thematic Poetry Unit

Click here for a non-editable version of the unit Thematic Poetry Unit

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Description of the Thematic Poetry Unit – Summary of lessons included:

❒ Lesson 1: Introduction to poetry – Includes a journal prompt, notes on how to approach poetry, an activity to familiarize students with poetry further, and a review on figurative language (with notes.)

❒ Lesson 2: Figurative Language Review – The lesson includes a journal prompt (a creative poetry activity), students will play Figurative Language Jeopardy (PPT) to review figurative language.

❒ Lesson 3: Introduction to analysis – The lesson includes a journal prompt, students will learn to analyze poetry using Walt Whitman’s “When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer” and “The Quiet Patient Spider.”

❒ Lesson 4: Fun with metaphors – This lesson includes a journal prompt, a “Fun with Metaphors” worksheet to help students further understand metaphors, students will analyze William Blake’s “A Poison Tree,” and will complete the worksheet on the poem.

❒ Lesson 5: Fun with allusions – This lesson begins with a journal prompt, a “Fun with Allusions” worksheet, students analyze Simon and Garfunkel’s song “The Sound of Silence.” (poem not included) However, a blank (editable) page is included in the document to paste the lyrics from the internet. This will help you create a more cohesive looking unit.

❒ Lesson 6: Tone and Attitude – Students will do a video (or song version) comparison analysis by completing the “Video Comparison” worksheet.

❒ Lesson 7: Symbolism – Students will complete the “Fun with Idioms” worksheet, will analyze Robert Frost’s poems “The Road not Taken” and “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” they will complete the worksheets for both poems, and learn how to write a PEEL paragraph using the notes provided.

❒ Lesson 8: Writing about poetry – This is a writing clinic of sorts where students will learn to identify strong topic sentences and well-developed paragraphs. An example of a well-developed paragraph is included.

❒ Lesson 9: Historical allusions: This lesson begins with a journal prompt, students will analyze Cara Dillon’s song “There were Roses” and complete the accompanying worksheet. (Please note that this poem is not included.)

❒ Lesson 10: Thematic connections – Students will work in collaborative groups on the “Thematic Connections” worksheet, which compares two of the poems studied in the unit. *An optional activity is included: Students will write a comparative paragraph comparing one similar theme in both poems. An example of a paragraph is included.

❒ Lesson 11: Allusions and analysis – this lesson begins with a journal prompt, The study of Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” by watching a Ted Talk, analyzing Mumford and Son’s song “The Cave,” and completing the worksheet. (Please note that the song lyrics are not included.)

❒ Lesson 12: Connections – students will learn to make important connections in poetry by completing the worksheets of the “Battle of the Pronouns” and “Cave vs. Cave” to further develop the themes in Mumford and Son’s song “The Cave.”

❒ Lesson 13: Theme review – Students will refine and review how to develop a theme in a poem (which applies to any work of literature) by completing the worksheet “The Cave – Themes and Meanings,” students will then write a theme in paragraph form.

❒ Lesson 14: Evaluation (test) – editable with answer key and comment sheet to facilitate marking

You may also be interested in the following products:

Free Thesis Writing Activity

Poetry Lesson: Analyzing Poetry

Poetry Unit for Senior Students

Teaching the Essay Package

The Yellow Wallpaper No Prep Mini-Unit

Much Ado About Nothing No Prep Unit

❒Brave New World Student Notebook

Essay Writing Flip Book

Frankenstein Bundle

Hamlet Bundle

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
55 minutes


May 2021 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern


It’s May already, time sure flies.   Time to stop by and see what our teaching friends are doing during the school closures. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you again in August.


If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, “Feel free to email me at deann.marin@gmail.com for any questions you might have.”

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Rejoice! It’s the End of the School Year
 
We’re so eager for summer, we sometimes forget about all the things we have to do for the last few weeks of school, one of which is celebrating a successful year with our students.  For those of you who didn’t have a great year, it’s time for you to rejoice, you never have to see this group of kids again, at least not in your classroom. So sit back, have a Margarita, or something else you love and breathe a sigh of relief.
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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month
 
Did you know there are 23 million Asian Americans and 1.6 million Pacific Islanders living in the United States? Did you ever learn about the contributions of Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders (AAPI) while you were in school? With Asian hate crimes on the rise and anti-Asian sentiment in the news, this was the perfect time to learn all about the many contributions of AAPI.
 
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Narrative Nonfiction Brings History to Life
 

Ideas for using archaeology as a doorway to reading and writing narrative nonfiction.

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Advance Preparation for a Substitute Is a Must
 

Emergency lesson plans are a must and give you peace of mind.
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A Summer Nightmare

 

A more devastating movie plot for education could not be imagined—student educational loss compounded exponentially in years of COVID. Plus, of course, the emotional losses. For some children, few, if any, reading skills were learned or practiced…in more than an entire year. So the setback will grow and grow and grow GIGANTC as…

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It Depends on the Angle – How to Distinguish Between Complimentary and Supplementary Angles
 

My students always have difficulty distinguishing complimentary from supplementary angles. Since most of my students are visual learners, I had to come up with something that would help them to distinguish between the two.

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Summer Fun for Everyone – 5 Ways to Make this Summer Special
 

This year, summer takes on a whole new meaning – fewer COVID restrictions and plenty of opportunity to join others for some good old fashioned fun! Check out these ways to increase family summer fun.

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Uplifting Native Literature: Picture Books by Indigenous Voices
 
Tuesday Uplifting native literature: picture books by Indigenous voices Uplifting native literature: picture books by Indigenous voices Indigenous literature matters! We need to hear the native voices and let kids see themselves represented in literature.
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Renee Heiss – Teacher Talk’s Featured Author
 
 Renee Heiss of “All-American Teacher Tools” is Teacher Talk’s Featured Author. Renee enjoys giving half of her TpT earnings to teachers who have requested much-needed materials at Donor’s Choose. Your students will have fun with her free lessons, “STEM Daily Discussion Starters, Journal Prompts, and Fillers – September.”
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How to Survive and Thrive During the Last Month of School
Learn three easy tips to help you survive and thrive during the last few weeks of school
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How Will You Remember this School Year?
Tips to remember and celebrate the 2020-21 School year with your students.
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Free Inference Cheat Sheet

Description

Do your students insert examples and quotes into their texts without properly analyzing them? Without proper analysis, an essay can sound like a long, drawn-out list written in complete sentences. We teach students to infer and to analyze, but they sometimes forget to incorporate this into their texts and essays.

I have created an “Inference Cheat Sheet” with key inferencing words and phrases to remind students that after inserting a piece of evidence, they need to explain its relevance.

Included are:

❒ Two different styles of the at-a-glance “Cheat Sheet.”

❒ An inference poster (8.5×11) – as seen on the cover.

❒ Two different styles of letters for an inference bulletin board.

❒ A copy of ALL the phrases used on the Cheat Sheet to create a bulletin board in class.

I hope that this resource will be helpful to students in your classes.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Analyze This!

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Essay Writing Flip Book

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Teaching the Essay Package

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Description

This is a nice visual to help students remember the process of developing themes.

Free Poster to help students remember the steps to take when developing themes in literature.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Analyze This!

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Inference Cheat Sheet

Superhero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

Thesis Writing Poster

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Group and Skit Evaluation Rubric

Description

Group work is always tricky to evaluate because there is so much going on. In addition, as educators, we are required to give detailed feedback on students’ performances.

I created this FREE document to make the teacher’s job easier, and to allow students to be responsible for their success as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer evaluations.

This self-evaluation grid will help students as well as teachers to assess students’ group work. When students use this grid to assess their work, there are no surprises when they receive their final mark. This grid, in particular, allows the students to become organized and responsible for their individual parts.

These self-evaluation grids are also very helpful to teachers:

❒ Helps the teacher justify the final mark;

❒ Helps to identify students’ weaknesses and strengths;

❒ Helps parents and students better understand the task required;

❒ Helps teachers create rubrics for the final evaluation.

Because of formatting issues, this package was created in a PDF document, but I can easily email you a Word file to be easily modified and changed according to the individual teacher’s needs.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Creating a Board Game Assessment Tool

ELA Report Card Comments

I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry

Opinion Piece Bundle

Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Bundle

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Super Hero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

Description

FREE Super Hero themed Parts of Speech Posters are a great visual way to teach students to remember the nature of words. This is a great addition to any language arts class.

You may also be interested in the following products:

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

How to Write a Paragraph

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles

Sentences Grammar Circles For Easy & Effective Grammar

Spelling Flip Book

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Join the Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative – One Year Membership

 
 

 
 
Click the BUY NOW button above to purchase the $50  $40  annual membership to 
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Read her letter at the bottom of this post, right above your comments section, and see the amazing statistics of life before and after she joined TBOTEMC.
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member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative
 
Whether you are just beginning at www.TeachersPayTeachers.com or a veteran seller, let the power of the group’s cross-promotion help you market your TpT products and take your TpT store to the next level…

 

 

There is only so much time in the day.  How much time do you spend creating TpT products versus marketing your TpT products?  The best part about The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative is that since all of our marketing strategies are in one place, the full strength of our social media sites will be utilized through cross-promotion.  The time you spend writing one blog post or one TpT lesson will continually be promoted for years to come in our TBOTEMC eBooks and Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests. 
 
Joining TBOTEMC is not only “getting the biggest bang for your buck”…but more importantly, “getting the biggest bang for the precious minutes you do spend on marketing”…

Members advertise a free product and a priced product in our free Back to School, Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day, and End of the Year eBooks.  Members also include links to their TpT store, personal blog, Pinterest boards, Facebook page, and other social media sites to gain more followers.  The eBooks are promoted on on our blogs, Pinterest page, Facebook page, and Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests.  More importantly, all of the holiday and Teacher Talk eBooks are promoted again in each new eBook. Thus, the time you spent to create one product page for our eBook will help you gain more followers to your social media sites and bring more potential buyers to your TpT store for years to come. 
  
TBOTEMC always has our THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates which are held during the TpT Sitewide Sales.  We also have other Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests like our $100 PayPal CA$H, Amazon gift certificates, and other giveaways throughout the year.  TBOTEMC members who join this promotion may ask contest participants to follow their TpT store, personal blog, Pinterest board, Facebook page or Instagram page; subscribe to their email list; or promote their free product or priced product at TpT.  Members are then given the link so that the Rafflecopter Contest is displayed on their personal blogs.  TBOTEMC provides the $100 prizes and participating members promote the giveaways.   
 
Take our THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates and other prizes one step further and use it to build your personal email list.  Open a free Mail Chimp account.  Add a subscriber pop-up to your personal blog and entice potential buyers to subscribe to your email list so that they will be notified of the THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates and other Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests.  You will then be able to tell potential buyers on your growing email list to go to your personal blog and try to win our latest Rafflecopter Contests during the TpT Sitewide Sales and throughout the year.

Our Weekly Social Media Team members collaborate at Pinterest on a weekly basis and our TpT Sitewide Sale and Holiday Social Media Team collaborate before the TpT Sitewide Sales and holidays.  TBOTEMC Tailwind Tribe members are able to use the magic of Pinterest on a daily basis.  I will repin your TpT product pins to my 85,000+ Pinterest followers in addition to all of the members of your marketing team working together to promote your lessons on their Pinterest boards.  

Members of TBOTEMC’s Teacher Talk write educational blog posts on their personal blogs, our TBOTE blogs, or our TBOTEMC WordPress blog.  The blog posts follow an 80% content/20% promotion guideline in which members write about a particular topic and at the end of the article describes how their TpT product may help potential buyers implement the ideas in their classroom.  Each month, members choose their best blog post and have it featured in our Teacher Talk blog post.  The title, link to the member’s personal blog, a graphic from the post, and a three sentence “teaser” description of the blog post are promoted on our five TBOTEMC blogs.  All of the blog links are also promoted on each members’ blogs, our Teacher Talk Pinterest board, and our TBOTEMC Facebook page.  At the end of the year, all of the Teacher Talk blog links, graphics, and teaser sentences are compiled in our “100+ Free Lessons & Teaching Ideas By Teacher Talk” eBook.  Our Teacher Talk eBooks are promoted again in all of our holiday eBooks, on Pinterest and Facebook, and in our Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests.  Thus, through the power of cross-promotion, your one blog post will be promoted again and again long after you have written the initial blog post. 

Join our Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 marketing team and have your TpT products which are priced under $5 promoted on our five blogs, Pinterest boards, and Facebook page.

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TBOTEMC members are able to connect with other TBOTEMC members at our website at CRTeacher2.com and through our private email system
 
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I became a National Board Certified Teacher with a scaled score of 386 points (teachers needed 275 points to become certified…)
 
I teach my students in a very strategic way…
and I can teach you how to strategically market your TpT products…
 
The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative’s annual membership used to be sold at TeachersPayTeachers.com, but may no longer do so because it is more of a “marketing service and not an educational resource.”  Thus, you may now purchase the $50 annual membership above using your PayPal account or PayPal’s credit card service at http://www.thebestofteacherentrepreneursmarketingcooperative.com/2014/01/the-best-of-teacher-entrepreneurs.html.  The membership allows access to The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative’s website for one year (for example: August 20, 2019 – August 19, 2020).
 
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If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at vleon999@yahoo.com.
 
There are now 12 TpT millionaires…
 
Perhaps the next millionaire may be you… 
 
Wishing you the best,
 
Vicky
 
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The success and growth of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative comes from our individual members working as one.   Have fun reading below how TBOTEMC has helped our members take their TpT sales to the next level.  

TBOTEMC provides a supportive environment for teachers to collaborate and share their resources. ”  
-Diana Novosad
Sunshine and Laughter By Deno
 
“I am a proud supporter of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative which helps many teacher-authors throughout the world get their resources into the hands of the best teachers.”  
-Landon Seigler
ESL Lifeline
 
“Joining TBOTEMC was a great decision for me!  I have found a community of teacher-authors here who truly want to make a difference for teachers and kids, through our blogs, our collaboration, and through the products that we create.  We lift each other up!” -Retta London
Rainbow City Learning
 
“What an amazing group of TpT collaborators!  A yearly membership provides incredible value for any TpT author due to the available marketing opportunities!  Are you looking for ways to market your TpT products?  Email me at primarilylearning1@gmail.com to learn more about this outstanding group of teachers!”
-Laurie Fyke
Primarily Learning
 
“The best part about TBOTEMC is collaborating with teachers and supporting each other on our TpT journey!  Interested in joining us? Mention Real Cool English when you sign up or email me at realcoolenglish@gmail.com for more info!”
-Donielle Sharma
Real Cool English
  
This is the one thing I did at the conference last year that made a difference in my store plus I met a lot of new friends. Even though I won’t be there this year, I suggest that those of you who are going take advantage of this.”
-Vicky
Scipi on TPT
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Scipi-Science-And-Math 

“Vicky goes out of her way to make it easy and profitable to be a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC).   If you decide to join, you won’t be disappointed.” 
-Charlene Tess 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Charlene-Tess

“I appreciate the support Vicky!  Joining TBOTEMC was one of the best decisions I have made as a TPT author!  As a busy husband, father, and teacher, I needed a way to market my store.  This nailed it!”
-Charles
IHMG Creations
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ihmg-Creations

I am grateful to the members of TBOTEMC for taking me by the hand and patiently helping me advance my TpT business with the ‘power of the group.’  I’m a social media sub-novice, and Charles Mirus and Victoria Leon have mentored me with such kindness in my first months with the group.”
-Sally Phillips
Teaching’s a Joy!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teachings-A-Joy

I like how everyone works together to help promote each other’s products in TBOTEMC.  It’s a community of educators supporting each other!” 
-Sally Hansen – Purposeful Plans
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sally-Hansen-Purposeful-Plans

“I enjoyed collaborating with other members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC) while attending the TpT Conference in Nashville this year.  I have known Vicky Leon since the early days of TpT.  She’s put together an effective marketing service for TpT Teacher Authors.  Working with other TpT teachers in TBOTEMC has really helped the sales in my store.  If you want to know more, email me at charlene@booksbycharlenetess.com.”
-Charlene Tess

“I joined TBOTEMC this year and it is AWESOME!  I am still exploring all of the ways I will be able to collaborate with this team  So far I have been able to utilize their Pinterest collaboration and their Facebook groups.  It is a great experience.  I am getting amazing results!  If I were you I would join now!  You won’t regret it.  Questions: mickeysplacetpt@gmail.com
-Mickey’s Place
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mickeys-Place

“I love being a member of TBOTEMC!  My store has grown from the marketing opportunities that this group has to offer!  I love the Weekly 5 Under 5, Featured Teacher and opportunity to contribute to group blogs!  Thank you so much, Vicky, for offering help and support to share my resources, learn from other teachers, and grow my TPT store!
-Anne Rozell
Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Believe-To-Achieve-By-Anne-Rozell

“I love being a member of TBOTEMC.  I get valuable support from other teacher-authors in the community and I have multiple opportunities to promote my store and products.  Thank you very much, Vicky!  You are amazing!”
-Ruby
Spatial Projects
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Spatial-Projects

“Being a member of TBOTEMC creates such a sense of community.  Every member is there for the purpose of working together to drive customers and increase sales.  Determination + Cooperation = Increased Sales!!!
-Charlie
A Teacher’s Teacher
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/A-Teachers-Teacher

This has been my first year as a member and it has been an amazing journey!  TpT sellers who would like to know more about TBOTEMC are welcome to send me an email at asajomard@gmail.com.
-Asa Jomard
Sparking Children’s Thinkibility
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sparking-Childrens-Thinkibility

“TBOTEMC is the best teacher and TPT support group available.  Email me at jbilleaud0218@gmail.com for more information.”
-Joy Billeaud
The Teacher down the Hall
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Teacher-Down-The-Hall

“The sales and traffic to my store increased almost immediately after joining TBOTEMC.  Thank you so much to Victoria and the TBOTEMC community!”
-That Fun Reading Teacher
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/That-Fun-Reading-Teacher

“I joined The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative about a year and a half ago on a whim.  I loved TpT from the start, but I needed some connections…something beyond the forums.  I got the membership on sale that day thinking I would try it out and just see how things go.  I never looked back.  Membership in this group has helped me break free of my comfort zones and take my store to the next level.  The group members are supportive, and Vicky is always available for individual help and guidance.  I feel like I have my own TpT personal trainer!  Although my original purpose for joining this group was to learn some serious marketing strategies, it has turned out to be so much more.  I now collaborate with teachers from all over the country!  Some of us even met in person in Vegas and Orlando.  Not only have I improved my TpT marketing, but I have also made friends for life!  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at monicam8084@gmail.com.  I can earn a referral credit if you join and mention my name (Monica) and store Fourth Grade Frenzy which is not required, but appreciated!”
-Monica

“Since joining, I can say that this group has really made the HUGE TpT community feel smaller and more reachable.  There is so much shared marketing knowledge, so many dedicated marketing groups that you can join, and Vicky has been such a great help with any and all questions I have had.  I love being my own boss, but sometimes I can lose track of how to spend my time.  The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative has helped me focus the time I spend marketing, and keep my marketing goals on track.
-Rebecca
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Science-Girl-Lessons

“The best part of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative is the enthusiasm & innovative spirit of members, and the willingness to support each other.  I’ve connected with the most fabulous group of educators who are making me a better teacher and teacherpreneur! Vicky is amazing; she’s a bundle of energy and is always open to new ideas for growing our business.  I love that when a TBOTEMC member has a idea, she encourages them to run with it and to take the lead.  I can’t recommend this group enough!
-Tried and True Teaching Tools
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tried-And-True-Teaching-Tools

“TBOTEMC is a group of fabulous educators who help each other navigate the sometimes scary aspects of marketing our work!
-Kerry Tracy
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kerry-Tracy

“The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative where teachers CARE, SHARE, and PREPARE.”
~Connie 
The most important thing about TBOTEMC is the feeling that together we are more.  Not only is Vicky a marketing genius, but she also encourages others to implement cooperative strategies that move us forward as teacher authors.”
-Monica
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fourth-Grade-Frenzy

“I have joined TBOTEMC with just 7 products in my store.  In just 3 months, I have had at least one or more sales every day!  In the first month I made $28.  In the second month I made $187. April has ended and my earnings were $376!  Joining TBOTEMC was the best decision I have made.  Contact me at teachingbiilfizzcend@gmail.com.”
-Teaching Biilfizzcend
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teaching-Biilfizzcend

“Joining forces with TpT teachers from around the world through TBOTEMC has not only caused my earnings to more than double in a year’s time, but has given me the confidence to try new things, expand my marketing strategies, and build genuine relationships with fellow teacherprenuers.”
-21st Century K  
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/21st-Century-K                                                               
 
“What I Like Best About TBOTEMC:  I have learned so much since becoming a member of this group.  My products have gained more exposure, and this group helps me not to feel like such a “little fish” in the BIG TpT World!
-Teaching Where You’re Called
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teaching-Where-Youre-Called

“The group dynamic is really great, and super supportive. I have learned so much from group members and it has been fun to share my knowledge with them. Since joining, my store sales, social media followers, and blog followers have increased by over 10% every month. I am so glad I joined!”
-Mary
 
“The best part of joining TBOTEMC is to be able to collaborate with such a wonderful group of caring educators who are so willing to help each other.  I have been a member since the beginning of March and I’ve seen an increase in Pinterest, Facebook, and my TpT Store followers.  I have also learned a great deal about internet marketing.  Looking forward to the future and so happy that I joined this group.  The price is well worth it.”
-Deann Marin
“When I started selling on TpT in May of 2013, until I joined TBOTEMC this August, my total sales were $3,157.45. That’s for 15 months. I joined TBOTEMC August 5th of this year, just 3 months ago. In those 3 months I’ve sold $9,014.46!!!”
-Leah Popinski
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Leah-Popinski

 
“I started TpT in May of 2014 and decided to become a member of TBOTEMC on February 28, 2015. Prior to joining, I had never had a month in which I had at least one sale every day. However, in both March and April (today is only May 1st), I had at least one (and often multiple) sales every day! I am ecstatic – and this toward the end of the school year! I am so thankful for the advice, support, and community this group provides.” 
– Ashley
“TBOTEMC offers 
Collegiality
Lessons
Activities
Student Success
Seller Success
 
Because of TBOTEMC, I reached my $20,000.00 milestone on TpT much sooner than I expected. I first joined TBOTE to gain exposure for my TpT products and my blog http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com/ – which, I’m thrilled to say, definitely happened. The Social Media Partners concept is a win-win for TpT sellers and is a marketing treasure. Victoria Leon goes out of her way to help her members to increase their selling potential.”
~Connie 
 
“I am at the beginning of an amazing journey! I recently joined TBOTEMC, and I am amazed at the opportunities in front of me. This cooperative group works together to achieve everyone’s success. I have only begun to use the extensive amount of resources available to me and can already note increases in followers and sales. Vicky is amazing and will support you in every way. You took a huge step when you became a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers. Join TBOTEMC and jump to the next level!
-Monica
Fourth Grade Frenzy
 
“The best part about TBOTEMC is Vicky herself. She is SO knowledgeable, enthusiastic and goes out of her way to help members. She truly embodies the value of collaboration.Through TBOTEMC, I’ve had more exposure to my blog & TpT store. It’s amazing to see what other TpT members are creating, teaching, and pinning! My Pinterest followers have grown due to TBOTEMC!”
-Tried and True Teaching Tools
 
“I started selling at TpT in January of 2013 and, without much marketing, made steady progress and managed to reach the first milestone in October of 2014. After realizing the potential of this business, I decided that I MUST add marketing to my plan if I wanted to continue to rise in the marketplace to the next level. That is when I discovered Vicky’s product. With the guidance of this program, I have seen increases in all areas of my business and I have begun to enjoy the benefits of working with others for the common goal of increasing TpT awareness in the world marketplace. I highly recommend adding this to your own hard work and see where it can take you.”
-Kathryn Garcia @ Made For Learning
 
“Since joining The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative, my sales have increased by 20%. I also think the collaborative boards are top notch in that only quality items are posted. As for other members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative, they are outstanding educators from whom you can learn from no matter how long you have been teaching.”
-Vicky
Scipi on TPT
 
“I am just a beginner at TBOTEMC (as well as TPT), but am so excited already. MY NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS HAS ALREADY GROWN! I have found Vicky so very helpful, putting up with my many questions and helping me get started. Pinning from other members helps your exposure, and the interaction with other members teaches you so much. The enthusiasm of another member, Julie Jackson, along with Vicky, has made me want to spend every minute this summer improving my store and growing with this new adventure.” 
Thanks, 
Laurie Carpenter
 
“I am so grateful for encountering TBOTEMC – The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative! While others ignored my request to join their collaborative Pinterest boards or unfollowed me – Vicky Leon was so kind to take me under her wing and act as a mentor and befriend a stranger. I have been fortunate to be part of an organization that provides a cooperative of many teachers who support each other. I am so grateful for TBOTEMC!”
-TheBeezyTeacher
 
 
Dear Vicky,
 
I just wanted to share how TBOTEMC  is changing my life – I have attached my latest data. I did not post this to boast, only to show you the positive impact TBOTEMC is having on my success.  In the last eight months, I have made more than I make in a year teaching in the classroom.   I love teaching, but I love creating resources just as much! 
 
Feel free to use the data with others to help encourage others to join.
 
I am not sure thank you will ever be enough for how you and TpT have changed my life.  With you and TBOTEMC, I am doing things I only previous dreamed of doing.
 
I always loved creating educational resources, but I never dreamed I could have financial success as a teacher.  
 
Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU!
 
-Educating Everyone 4 Life
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Educating-Everyone-4-Life



Feel free to email me at vleon999@yahoo.com if you have any questions.


Free Poetry Lesson: Analyzing Poetry (NO PREP)

Description

FREE LESSON – This mini-unit on Walt Whitman’s “I Heard the Learned Astronomer” and “A Noiseless, Patient Spider,” teaches students how to analyze poetry. Students must learn to observe, connect, make inferences, and draw conclusions on themes.

This mini-guide includes:

❒ a detailed lesson plan for the teacher

❒ poems for students

❒ answer key and poetry annotation

This mini-guide includes six pages. I hope you enjoy it.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thematic Poetry Unit: Editable
Analyze This!

ELA Literature Study Unit

Figurative Language & Poetic Devices Jeopardy Game

I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry

Poetry Unit for Senior Students

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
90 minutes


Free Exploring the Elements of Fiction in Creative Writing

Description

As an introduction to story writing and the creative writing process, these visual notes are a great way for students to understand what that process is and what it is not.

Note sheet includes the following topics:

❒ What makes a story good?

❒ What about the plot?

❒ Narrative unity

❒ Building suspense

❒ Includes practical examples as explanations

The resource also includes a chart to help students think about the important elements in their own stories.

Please see the preview for more details.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Building Suspense in Creative Writing

Creating Characters in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Activity

Creative Writing Bundle

Introduction to Creative Writing

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Teacher Talk March 2021

 Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our March Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a happy and prosperous spring.  We have so many fab tips this month from Math, ELA and reading ideas, to High interest learning and our featured author for the month, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, “Feel free to email me at deann.marin@gmail.com for any questions you might have.”
 
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Coffea for Mental Health (Restlessness)
 

 

 

Can you imagine coffee to be an alternative medicine that supports and improves mental health? 

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Greet Students with the Arts
 
 
Suggestions for a kinder, more gentle way to welcome students back to class this Spring.
 
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Let’s Hear it for the Women!
 
Although March is designated as Women’s History Month, we obviously learn about women who have made a difference throughout the year. This was a quick and easy group assignment: Women’s History posters.
 
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5 Renewable Energy Sources: The Pros and Cons Simplified
 
Do you want to learn more about renewable energy sources? Read about the pros and cons in a simplified way!
 
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The Gift: Cancelled By Culture
 
 

I learned that cultures are complicated, but they do have profound effects.. My small touch cannot alter very much, but, hopefully, being able to read will open doors for them when they do knock.

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How to Make Earth Day Relevant in the Classroom
 


Learn 6 easy ideas to increase the relevance of Earth Day.

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3 Tips on Using Blog Posts Correctly
 


Learn to use apostrophes correctly. Never use an apostrophe to make a noun plural.

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Attitude Really IS Everything: Encouraging Students to Own Their Attitudes
 
 
Attitude really is everything – instill this in students!
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Picture Books for Growth Mindset
 
Growth mindset is HUGE in my class and here are some of my favorites with a few tips on how to use them in your classroom.
 
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Photos into Cartoons
 
My current post is about turning photos into cartoons and using it in my blog and my Jamboard lessons when I return to work from spring break vacation.
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Free Group and Skit Evaluation Rubric

Description

Group work is always tricky to evaluate because there is so much going on. In addition, as educators, we are required to give detailed feedback on students’ performances.

I created this FREE document to make the teacher’s job easier, and to allow students to be responsible for their success as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer evaluations.

This self-evaluation grid will help students as well as teachers to assess students’ group work. When students use this grid to assess their work, there are no surprises when they receive their final mark. This grid, in particular, allows the students to become organized and responsible for their individual parts.

These self-evaluation grids are also very helpful to teachers:

❒ Helps the teacher justify the final mark;

❒ Helps to identify students’ weaknesses and strengths;

❒ Helps parents and students better understand the task required;

❒ Helps teachers create rubrics for the final evaluation.

Because of formatting issues, this package was created in a PDF document, but I can easily email you a Word file to be easily modified and changed according to the individual teacher’s needs.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Creating a Board Game Assessment Tool

ELA Report Card Comments

I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry

Opinion Piece Bundle

Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Bundle

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Thesis Writing Poster

Description

As any English teacher can tell you, the thesis statement is the most important part of the essay. It defines the arguments and orients the reader. Unfortunately, many students have difficulty with the thesis statement. This is why I have created the “7 Steps to Writing an Effective Thesis Statement” poster.

The poster is a step by step guide on how to write the thesis starting with selecting a topic the student understands and walks them through the process until the end.

I am making the poster available in different formats for the facility of use in the classroom:

❒ The first format measures 70 cm (27.6 inches) (easy printing) PDF

❒ The second format measure 97 cm (38.2) – information can be more easily read from further away (easy printing) PDF

❒ One smaller poster PDF

❒ An image format JPEG

You may also be interested in the following products:

Creative Writing Bundle

Essay Writing Flip Book

Free Thesis Writing Activity

Inference Cheat Sheet

Teaching the Essay Package

Thesis Writing Activity

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4 different formats of posters
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Frankenstein Activity

Description

Who is the real monster in Frankenstein?

This activity has been designed to help students to understand the creature’s character. Is he a friend, or is he an enemy? Is he solely responsible for his misery?

This activity helps to develop students’ argumentation skills in a fun and meaningful way.

This free activity is part of a larger unit:

Frankenstein No Prep Unit

I hope you enjoy it.

You may also be interested in the following products:


Frankenstein Bundle

Frankenstein Activity

Frankenstein Workbook

Paragraph Writing Activity (Frankenstein)

The Yellow Wallpaper No Prep Mini-Unit

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 hour


FREE Frankenstein Debate

Description

The Frankenstein Debate Package includes topics for students, a Procedure Sheet to help teachers take notes during the debate, as well as an evaluation sheet.

This free activity is part of a larger unit:

Frankenstein No Prep Unit

I hope you enjoy this resource.

You may also be interested in the following products:


Frankenstein Activity

Frankenstein Bundle

Frankenstein Workbook

Paragraph Writing Activity (Frankenstein)

The Yellow Wallpaper No Prep Mini-Unit

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Thesis Writing Poster

Description

As any English teacher can tell you, the thesis statement is the most important part of the essay. It defines the arguments and orients the reader. Unfortunately, many students have difficulty with the thesis statement. This is why I have created the “7 Steps to Writing an Effective Thesis Statement” poster.

The poster is a step by step guide on how to write the thesis starting with selecting a topic the student understands and walks them through the process until the end.

I am making the poster available in different formats for the facility of use in the classroom:

❒ The first format measures 70 cm (27.6 inches) (easy printing) PDF

❒ The second format measure 97 cm (38.2) – information can be more easily read from further away (easy printing) PDF

❒ One smaller poster PDF

❒ An image format JPEG

You may also be interested in the following products:

Creative Writing Bundle

Essay Writing Flip Book

Free Thesis Writing Activity

Inference Cheat Sheet

Teaching the Essay Package

Thesis Writing Activity

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4 different formats of posters
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


February 2021 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern 

Welcome to our February Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a Happy February.  We have so many fab tips this month from Math, ELA and reading ideas, to High interest learning and our featured author for the month, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, “Feel free to email me at deann.marin@gmail.com for any questions you might have.”
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Chaos at the Capitol, How Do You Talk to Your Students About It?

You’re a middle school teacher, you and your 11 year old have just turned on the television to watch the news. What you see in front of you nearly blows you away, you rub your eyes, no, you’re not imagining it, there’s a riot at the United States Capitol.

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Small Moment Stories

Small moment stories and a Faith Ringgold author study for “March is Reading Month”.

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Tried & True Fraction Freebies

What are you teaching in math right now? We are exploring fractions but doing this virtually has needed some thinking outside the box! Here are some of my tried & true activities and websites to use.

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5 Tips to Changing the Atmosphere in your Classroom
Learn 6 easy tips to help you improve the reading skills of your most reluctant readers.

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See You Later Alligator

By Vicky A. Rauch of Scipi

How do you teach your students how to use the greater than and less than symbol without having alligators in your lesson?

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How to Unstruggle Struggling Readers

Now that the first semester is over, have you recognized your struggling readers? Teachers are very busy teaching, teaching, teaching…but is everyone learning and retaining?
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Five Capitalization Hints
Here are 5 capitalization hints that will help your students write correctly.

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Cool Google Slides Tips and Tricks

CUE Los Angeles just had their CUE Palooza today and my mind is blown 😲 by everything I did not know about Google slides. I’m going to give you a few of the tips and tricks I learned today.
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Easy Tips to Sneak in Test Prep Activities

Learn easy tips for sneaking engaging test prep into your upper elementary or middle school classroom.

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Michelle Webb – Teacher Talk’s Featured Author

By Victoria Leone of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs

Michelle Webb of “Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching” is Teacher Talk’s Featured Author. Learn more about this National Board Certified Teacher. Your students will enjoy her free product, Paul Bunyan Reading Lesson on Hyperbole and Pop Up Book!
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My Rule #5 for Teaching Middle School
My rule #5 in a series of how to bring out the best behavior in middle school students. Includes ideas of high-interest topics you can use for reading and writing activities.

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Free: Group and Skit Evaluation Rubric

Description

Group work is always tricky to evaluate because there is so much going on. In addition, as educators, we are required to give detailed feedback on students’ performances.

I created this FREE document to make the teacher’s job easier, and to allow students to be responsible for their success as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer evaluations.

This self-evaluation grid will help students as well as teachers to assess students’ group work. When students use this grid to assess their work, there are no surprises when they receive their final mark. This grid, in particular, allows the students to become organized and responsible for their individual parts.

These self-evaluation grids are also very helpful to teachers:

❒ Helps the teacher justify the final mark;

❒ Helps to identify students’ weaknesses and strengths;

❒ Helps parents and students better understand the task required;

❒ Helps teachers create rubrics for the final evaluation.

Because of formatting issues, this package was created in a PDF document, but I can easily email you a Word file to be easily modified and changed according to the individual teacher’s needs.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Creating a Board Game Assessment Tool

ELA Report Card Comments

I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry

Opinion Piece Bundle

Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Bundle

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free: Creating a board Game Assessment Tool

Description

Assess your students’ knowledge of literature with this fun and creative evaluation. Not only will your students learn by creating a game, but other will learn as well by playing it.

This is a self-evaluation (and teacher assessment) rubric to guide students and teachers in the evaluation process.)

This rubric was created to help students understand exactly what is expected of them for this evaluation. It is also an excellent tool to assess students’ progress and final product.

This self-assessment rubric is part of the bundle as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer-evaluations.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Group Work Assessment Tool

Figurative Language & Poetic Devices Jeopardy Game

I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry
Rubrics: Self-Evaluation Bundle

Thesis Writing Activity

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Exploring the Elements of Fiction in Creative Writing

Description

As an introduction to story writing and the creative writing process, these visual notes are a great way for students to understand what that process is and what it is not.

Note sheet includes the following topics:

❒ What makes a story good?

❒ What about the plot?

❒ Narrative unity

❒ Building suspense

❒ Includes practical examples as explanations

The resource also includes a chart to help students think about the important elements in their own stories.

Please see the preview for more details.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Building Suspense in Creative Writing

Creating Characters in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Activity

Creative Writing Bundle

Introduction to Creative Writing

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Description

This is a nice visual to help students remember the process of developing themes.

Free Poster to help students remember the steps to take when developing themes in literature.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Analyze This!

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Inference Cheat Sheet

Superhero Themed Parts of Speech Posters

Thesis Writing Poster

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Inference Cheat Sheet

Description

Do your students insert examples and quotes into their texts without properly analyzing them? Without proper analysis, an essay can sound like a long, drawn-out list written in complete sentences. We teach students to infer and to analyze, but they sometimes forget to incorporate this into their texts and essays.

I have created an “Inference Cheat Sheet” with key inferencing words and phrases to remind students that after inserting a piece of evidence, they need to explain its relevance.

Included are:

❒ Two different styles of the at-a-glance “Cheat Sheet.”

❒ An inference poster (8.5×11) – as seen on the cover.

❒ Two different styles of letters for an inference bulletin board.

❒ A copy of ALL the phrases used on the Cheat Sheet to create a bulletin board in class.

I hope that this resource will be helpful to students in your classes.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Analyze This!

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Essay Writing Flip Book

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Teaching the Essay Package

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Free Poetry Lesson on Metaphors

Description

This FREE lesson is a sample from one of my complete units on poetry. See the links below for more information.

❒ Lesson 4 (from the Thematic Poetry Unit) : Fun with metaphors – This lesson includes a journal prompt, a “Fun with Metaphors” worksheet to help students further understand metaphors, students will analyze William Blake’s “A Poison Tree,” and will complete the worksheet on the poem.

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An editable version the Thematic Poetry Unit can also be purchased using this link: ***EDITABLE Thematic Poetry Unit

Click here for a non-editable version of the unit Thematic Poetry Unit

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Description of the Thematic Poetry Unit – Summary of lessons included:

❒ Lesson 1: Introduction to poetry – Includes a journal prompt, notes on how to approach poetry, an activity to familiarize students with poetry further, and a review on figurative language (with notes.)

❒ Lesson 2: Figurative Language Review – The lesson includes a journal prompt (a creative poetry activity), students will play Figurative Language Jeopardy (PPT) to review figurative language.

❒ Lesson 3: Introduction to analysis – The lesson includes a journal prompt, students will learn to analyze poetry using Walt Whitman’s “When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer” and “The Quiet Patient Spider.”

❒ Lesson 4: Fun with metaphors – This lesson includes a journal prompt, a “Fun with Metaphors” worksheet to help students further understand metaphors, students will analyze William Blake’s “A Poison Tree,” and will complete the worksheet on the poem.

❒ Lesson 5: Fun with allusions – This lesson begins with a journal prompt, a “Fun with Allusions” worksheet, students analyze Simon and Garfunkel’s song “The Sound of Silence.” (poem not included) However, a blank (editable) page is included in the document to paste the lyrics from the internet. This will help you create a more cohesive looking unit.

❒ Lesson 6: Tone and Attitude – Students will do a video (or song version) comparison analysis by completing the “Video Comparison” worksheet.

❒ Lesson 7: Symbolism – Students will complete the “Fun with Idioms” worksheet, will analyze Robert Frost’s poems “The Road not Taken” and “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” they will complete the worksheets for both poems, and learn how to write a PEEL paragraph using the notes provided.

❒ Lesson 8: Writing about poetry – This is a writing clinic of sorts where students will learn to identify strong topic sentences and well-developed paragraphs. An example of a well-developed paragraph is included.

❒ Lesson 9: Historical allusions: This lesson begins with a journal prompt, students will analyze Cara Dillon’s song “There were Roses” and complete the accompanying worksheet. (Please note that this poem is not included.)

❒ Lesson 10: Thematic connections – Students will work in collaborative groups on the “Thematic Connections” worksheet, which compares two of the poems studied in the unit. *An optional activity is included: Students will write a comparative paragraph comparing one similar theme in both poems. An example of a paragraph is included.

❒ Lesson 11: Allusions and analysis – this lesson begins with a journal prompt, The study of Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” by watching a Ted Talk, analyzing Mumford and Son’s song “The Cave,” and completing the worksheet. (Please note that the song lyrics are not included.)

❒ Lesson 12: Connections – students will learn to make important connections in poetry by completing the worksheets of the “Battle of the Pronouns” and “Cave vs. Cave” to further develop the themes in Mumford and Son’s song “The Cave.”

❒ Lesson 13: Theme review – Students will refine and review how to develop a theme in a poem (which applies to any work of literature) by completing the worksheet “The Cave – Themes and Meanings,” students will then write a theme in paragraph form.

❒ Lesson 14: Evaluation (test) – editable with answer key and comment sheet to facilitate marking

You may also be interested in the following products:

Free Thesis Writing Activity

Poetry Lesson: Analyzing Poetry

Poetry Unit for Senior Students

Teaching the Essay Package

The Yellow Wallpaper No Prep Mini-Unit

Much Ado About Nothing No Prep Unit

❒Brave New World Student Notebook

Essay Writing Flip Book

Frankenstein Bundle

Hamlet Bundle

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
55 minutes


December 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for the holiday festivities or just looking for some great ideas. You don’t want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.
If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative.  If you decide to join, “Feel free to email me at deann.marin@gmail.com if you have any questions”
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An Amazing Holiday Values Lesson To Use Right Now!

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I woke up this morning, December 20, 2020 and thought about how much things have changed since the pandemic, staying away from those we love, prejudice against those who are different, a separation of so many people in this country, bullying, and distance learning. This has been a very sad and stressful time in our lives.*********************************************

Hope is Just AheadBy Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Adding hope to a New Years goal setting activity.
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Virtual Math Games to Engage Student Learning

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

One of my struggles during distance learning has been how to keep students engaged during math. Breakout rooms have been the perfect solution! I digitized a few of the games I used to print out and laminate. They are no-prep and ready to use!
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When was the last time you took time for YOU?

By Renee Heiss of All-American Teacher Tools

You’ve been creating virtual lessons, implementing virtual rewards and discipline procedures, and possibly keeping up with in-class separation shenanigans, as well. It’s overwhelming and not what you signed up for, right? Here are some ideas to help you relax and enjoy a small part of your day or week so you tell yourself that you are special (channeling Mr. Rogers here!)*********************************************

My Rule #3 for Teaching Middle School

By Katie Auer of Loving Language Arts

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Civility in the Classroom

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Teaching civility in the classroom is a must.

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The Gift of No Homework

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Why not try giving students the gift of NO HOMEWORK this holiday season? For a week? For a month? For EVER?

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3 Easy Tips to Increase Engagement and Learning During Grammar Lessons

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn easy tips for increasing engagement and learning during your grammar lessons.
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Free: Inference Cheat Sheet

Description

Do your students insert examples and quotes into their texts without properly analyzing them? Without proper analysis, an essay can sound like a long, drawn-out list written in complete sentences. We teach students to infer and to analyze, but they sometimes forget to incorporate this into their texts and essays.

I have created an “Inference Cheat Sheet” with key inferencing words and phrases to remind students that after inserting a piece of evidence, they need to explain its relevance.

Included are:

❒ Two different styles of the at-a-glance “Cheat Sheet.”

❒ An inference poster (8.5×11) – as seen on the cover.

❒ Two different styles of letters for an inference bulletin board.

❒ A copy of ALL the phrases used on the Cheat Sheet to create a bulletin board in class.

I hope that this resource will be helpful to students in your classes.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Analyze This!

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Essay Writing Flip Book

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Teaching the Essay Package

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
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Free: Thesis Writing Poster

Description

As any English teacher can tell you, the thesis statement is the most important part of the essay. It defines the arguments and orients the reader. Unfortunately, many students have difficulty with the thesis statement. This is why I have created the “7 Steps to Writing an Effective Thesis Statement” poster.

The poster is a step by step guide on how to write the thesis starting with selecting a topic the student understands and walks them through the process until the end.

I am making the poster available in different formats for the facility of use in the classroom:

❒ The first format measures 70 cm (27.6 inches) (easy printing) PDF

❒ The second format measure 97 cm (38.2) – information can be more easily read from further away (easy printing) PDF

❒ One smaller poster PDF

❒ An image format JPEG

You may also be interested in the following products:

Creative Writing Bundle

Essay Writing Flip Book

Free Thesis Writing Activity

Inference Cheat Sheet

Teaching the Essay Package

Thesis Writing Activity

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4 different formats of posters
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
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Teacher Talk November 2020

 Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips andideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog link-up, sign up here….The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, “Feel free to email me at deann.marin@gmail.com if you have any questions”
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Holiday Indulgence

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re anything like me, you will indulge in the things you love to eat and drink. Of course, I’d rather eat than drink, but there are some delicious cocktails that I can’t resist. It’s tough when you have to get up the next morning feeling physically and mentally unfit to do anything.
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Telling Our Stories

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Easing into personal narrative writing for catharsis as well as instruction.

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It’s Up To You!

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Yes, teachers, it IS up to you! The 2020 election brought different kinds of fears and tears to most, for different reasons. But one glaring term stood out: “uneducated.” I have something to say about that.
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Using FREE Milk Lid Jug Lids for Hands-On Math Activities

By Vicky Rauch of Scipi Products

Start saving milk jug lids because there are countless hands-on math activities you can do in your classroom using this free manipulative. In my latest blog post, I give you four ideas that can be used with a whole group, small groups or as math center activities.
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Help with the Active and Passive Voice of Verbs

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Using the Active Voice will make your writing more efficient and compelling.
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How to Teach Grammar Skills So Kids Remember

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn 3 easy tips to make your grammar lessons meaningful and fun. Increase student engagement and learning by adding simple grammar activities to enhance your grammar lessons.
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When was the last time you took time for YOU?

By Renee Heiss of All American Teacher Tools

You’ve been creating virtual lessons, implementing virtual rewards and discipline procedures, and possibly keeping up with in-class separation shenanigans, as well. It’s overwhelming and not what you signed up for, right? Here are some ideas to help you relax and enjoy a small part of your day or week so you tell yourself that you are special (channeling Mr. Rogers here!)
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You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


Free: Inference Cheat Sheet

Description

Do your students insert examples and quotes into their texts without properly analyzing them? Without proper analysis, an essay can sound like a long, drawn-out list written in complete sentences. We teach students to infer and to analyze, but they sometimes forget to incorporate this into their texts and essays.

I have created an “Inference Cheat Sheet” with key inferencing words and phrases to remind students that after inserting a piece of evidence, they need to explain its relevance.

Included are:

❒ Two different styles of the at-a-glance “Cheat Sheet.”

❒ An inference poster (8.5×11) – as seen on the cover.

❒ Two different styles of letters for an inference bulletin board.

❒ A copy of ALL the phrases used on the Cheat Sheet to create a bulletin board in class.

I hope that this resource will be helpful to students in your classes.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Analyze This!

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Essay Writing Flip Book

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Teaching the Essay Package

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A