January 19, 2016

TPT Sitewide Sale!!!

January 20 & 21=28% off??? Yes please!


740 × 400 

Make sure you use the code: START16 at checkout so you can get 28% off all your goodies!

It's not too late to get planners, do ice-breakers, or switch out a tired unit for a new one!

Get Inspired :) 

January 14, 2016

LOVE!!! To Kill A Mockingbird unit

I LOVE To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I even read the 'sequel' this summer, and unlike many, it did not really change my opinion of Atticus.

Anyway, I first taught the novel in 2010, and loved it. I was hesitant to go through and clean it up for TPT because EVERYONE has a TKAM unit up there. But I thought, people like my other products, why wouldn't they want to try my TKAM unit too? So since I only had one half-day sub job this week [isn't it still flu season??] I decided to take a few days to clean it up and write a lesson plan outline for the unit.

So I put up my 5 week unit on TPT this afternoon :) Here are a few pics to let you know what it's about! Click here to visit my To Kill A Mockingbird Unit on TPT.





This 5 week unit plan follows Common Core Standards while helping students learn to analyze both fiction and informational texts. Currently set up for grades 9/10; EASILY adaptable to other grades' standards, as well as non-common core standards.

Unit Contains:
-­‐5 weeks of lesson plans
-­‐Introductory Webquest Project
--Introductory Power Point about author
-­‐Classwork including reading/analyzing informational texts
-­‐In class writing activities
-­‐2 Quizzes and Answer Keys
-­‐Final Exam and Answer Key
--Final Essay prompt
[Common Core standards listed on most assignments]

Both Word documents [editable] and PDF versions available. It's a 42 page unit; the 69 includes the PDF and Word versions.

So go check out my TKAM unit and enjoy!

January 11, 2016

Face Lift

Got your attention a little by the title, huh? Well no, I did not get a face lift, but one of my products did!

I gave a face lift, and a few minor tweaks to the actual text, to my Literature Circles Packet.


Doing a Lit Circle is one of my favorite unit plans. It's a great way to give yourself a small break [as in you're not "on" everyday teaching] but also give the students some power. Another plus-it reviews a ton of standards everyday, 5+ to be exact :)

Lit Circles are also a great opportunity to provide choice for students. Students are always complaining that they don't want to read that book. Great! Provide 3 or 4 choices and let them pick the one they'd most like to read. 

Or, how I did it, was I used Lit Circles for my Holocaust unit. There are so many wonderful and inspiring books out there; I chose 4 and let them choose and make groups. [The boys tend not to like to read Anne Frank, so this is a great alternative.]

So head on over to my TPT Store and pick up the Literature Circle Packets today, and give yourself a break!


January 2, 2016

New Year, New Attitude

I've already decided that 2016 is going to be AWESOME!



For this new year, I'm going to have a new attitude. Well, try to :)

Instead of worrying about all the things that might go wrong, or might not happen, I'm going to tell myself they will be fine and will happen! :) Instead of worrying about money, I'm going to do what I can to make it, and hope that it will work out ok :)

So to start on that trend, I'm having a SALE over at my TPT Store!

It's time to ROCK 2016...no matter what your resolution is, I have something for you:

It's not too late to order a planner and get more organized for 2nd semester!

It's not too late to do Ice-breakers with your kiddos!

It's not too late to do the SmashBook activity and help your students analyze creatively!

Happy 2016!!!!


January 1, 2016

Currently: January 2016!

I did not blog as much as I wanted to/should have in December. Hopefully that will change this next month :) Starting with this month's Currently, by Farley. LOVE linking up with her for these monthly reflections.

Here starts a great 2016!!


My one little word is TRUST. I am going to trust that things will work out as they should. I will trust that everything happens for a reason and that I need to stop worrying about every little thing.

Here's to an AWESOME 2016!