Monday, April 14, 2014

Birthday Sale! Now on TPT

Happy Birthday to me :) So in honor of that, I'm throwing a sale on my TPT Store! Everything is 10% off today and tomorrow.

It's also Spring Break, so that's a nice little birthday present. Have a great day everyone!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Countdown to Spring Break, Moving, & My Birthday!

So much happening in the next week! I can't believe it's almost Spring Break and I'm sooooooooo ready for it.

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FOUR DAYS- til Spring Break. I'm guessing the kids will be squirrely, but then again we teachers are too, so can you blame them?? I may have to do a little work over break, but I can sleep in and that's all I care about!!! ;)

FIVE DAYS-til I move. I am literally moving 3/4 of a mile down the road, but to a slightly bigger, slightly cheaper it's worth it [I hope]. It will be a nice, fresh start because in

SEVEN DAYS-it's my birthday. 31....I'm officially in my thirties. Not exactly where I thought I'd be at thirty/thirty-one, but maybe this fresh start will help :)

I'm thinking about having a flash sale on my TPT Store for my birthday, so stay tuned!!!

Have a great week ya'll!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Freebie!!

Another Freebie for ya'll!! This graphic organizer helps students learn the elements of Plot and the Plot Triangle.

I have been using this with my English Support students and it works really well. This would also be great for middle school kids as they are learning the elements of plot. Head on over to my TPT Store and download this free goodie :)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Currently April and currently raining :)

April Showers bring May flowers....yup! It's raining in Sunny San Diego right now....and I love it! I'm hoping my softball game is cancelled so I can go watch a movie while the rain trickles down my windows :)

I do hope it's back to Sunny San Diego by the time I have to move in 2 weeks....I do NOT want all my stuff to get wet :/

Happy April!!! Oh, it's also my birthday month..woot woot!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Unit Plan

Stargirl!!! I love this little novel. I teach it for my English Support class, which is lower level 9th and 10th graders. They love it and it so relates to high schoolers and what they're going through. I've put up a few freebies from this unit, but now I've added ALL the stuff I use to teach the novel. I had a few requests for it, so decided to put it up there :)

This is a great book for students who struggle in English class in high school, and is easily adaptable to middle school as well. I'm pretty sure that's the grade range most people are using if for anyway ;) I hope you enjoy Stargirl!

-Writing: quick-write prompts, Newspaper article creation, thesis work, and final paper prompt and outline
-Chapter Work: main ideas and inferences
-Character Facebook pages activity
-“Hot Seat” & Movie Clapper activity
-Two quizzes, a study guide, & a final exam

*As well as a Lesson Plan guide/time-table

Click here for my Stargirl Unit Plan on my TPT Store.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Parent/Teacher Conference Time Again...

Well it's that time again! We just finished finals [midterms], so Monday is Parent/Teacher conference day. I only have five parents that signed up thus far, but I know some will just show up claiming they didn't know they needed an appointment.

We all know what to expect with Parent/Teacher conferences. There will always be a nice parent that thanks you for what you do. There will always be the parent that makes you think, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And there will always be that parent that makes you want to scream in your head, why is it my fault your kid doesn't do anything??

Last semester I decided to use my new Parent/Teacher conferences handout. It worked pretty well because it let me be in charge of the conference and gave me an outline of what to say to keep things on track. That works really well if you know who you're meeting with. Right now I just know I have appointments, but I don't know who they're with :/

So here is the link to my Parent/Teacher Conference sheet on my TPT store. It's free :)

Have a great week everyone!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finals Week!!

Yikes! It's midterms already....which means I'm halfway done! Only 10 weeks to go and we're done!!!!

But man, what was I thinking assigning their last essay due today & tomorrow, and then grades due next Tuesday?? I have to grade 90 essays by Tuesday...that is ambitious to say the least. Sometimes I wonder why I got into English because we always have the extra work. But then I remember...I love English! I love reading and discussing books. I love when kids work hard on an essay and are proud of the grade they earn.

So I will give up my week to grade these papers because I know I can do it. :)

Have a great week ya'll!