New Novel Study! My Life as a Joke

Woohoo!  I am so excited.  My newest novel study is finally completed and loaded onto TpT!  I am very proud of this one.  I added a lot of new features to it.  

I believe it is important to constantly challenge yourself.  I did just that with this novel study.  Due to the increased use of Reader's/Writer's Workshops, I included numerous components of it  in this novel study.

This novel study is 111 pages!  I have tried to include Everything a teacher would need to teach the book.  It is packed full of goodies!

Included in this novel study:

  • *open-ended questions
  • *turn and talk prompts
  • *snapshot questions
  • *mini-lessons
  • * vocabulary quick checks in almost every section
  • *vocabulary lists with activities
  • *essay prompts
  • pre-reading activities
  • research ideas
  • foldable suggestions
  • character analysis
  • theme activity
  • mood vs. tone activity
  • 4 quizzes
  • 1 comprehension test (will essays)
  • answer key when applicable

Special thanks should go out to Gayle and Sandi for being my proofreaders!  I appreciate your help very much! 

1 Week until the STAAR Test

I am going to guess that the increase in goofy behavior at school is due to the fact that the kids are anxious about the STAAR test.  They will be taking it in one week.

I can tell it is getting closer; I have lost the ability to sleep.  Visions of what I should have done, could have done, and want to get done, keep invading my mind as soon as I close my eyes.

Last minute tutoring sessions, centers, and advice are taking place.

Unanswered questions are finally being asked and answered.

Confidences and self-esteem are being solidified and reassured.

Administration manuals and lectures are being initiated.

Small group testing is being assigned.

Locks on cabinet doors are being checked for durability and test security.

Standardized testing... the new frontier...

Spring Break is over

Well, it's official.  Spring Break is over for me.  :(

I had such a productive week!  Besides finishing my newest novel study, The Raft, I managed to update my TpT store, AND finish half of my newest novel study!

I'm very excited about this novel study.  I have incorporated a lot of new things!  There has been a huge push to implement Reader's/Writer's Workshop in my district.  So, taking the ball and running with it, I decided to put some of the R/W's components into my novel studies.  I sure do hope the teachers like the additions.

I'm excited about going back to school.  I hope I haven't forgotten anyone's name!  :)

Two weeks until our standardized test, STAAR.  Panic should set in at any moment!

The rain has stopped!

I realize we need rain.  However, it has been raining for quite a while.  To break up the boredom and overall dreariness, Brandy, my dog, and I have been weeding the backyard.

This is Brandy.

 Let me tell you, my backyard is FILLED with weeds.  (I'll admit, I am not the most diligent gardener.)  In fact, I hate anything having to do with "beautifying" the yard.  Every year I have to replace the silly bushes in front because they keep dying.  My son got me a solar flower, "So you can't kill it," he proclaimed with a smirky smile.
Oiy!  Anyway, back to the weeding.  I don't know of any other dog who LOVES to weed as much as my dog.  She will ATTACK the weeds.  Yes, she has actually gotten me a couple of times because I've been too slow to react.  Drew blood a few times. Good thing I love her.

This is Brandy weeding the yard!

This is the pile we pulled today.  (Please stop really isn't nice.)

So, that's how I've been spending my Spring Break...are you jealous?

New Novel Study! The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

I am so excited to have finished my latest novel study.  I incorporated a lot of new activities into it.  I hope teachers like it.

This is a 90 page novel study for The Raft by S.A. Bodeen.

This novel study would work great for whole class, literature circles, independent, and Reader’s Workshop.

It includes:
  • ·         Pre-Reading Activities
  • ·         Questions for every chapter
  • ·         Vocabulary lists and activities
  • ·         Snapshot questions
  • ·         Turn-and-talk questions
  • ·         Essay prompts
  • ·         Theme analysis
  • ·         Research ideas
  • ·         Character analysis
  • ·         Foldable suggestions
  • ·         4 quizzes
  • ·         Comprehension test

Answer keys are provided for vocabulary activities, chapter questions, quizzes, and test.

Freebie Alert!

How could I resist?  I've decided to provide a fantastic freebie to those interested!  I have used this product in my classroom often.  The students enjoy it.

If you download this product, I hope you will leave positive feedback.  Also, you may find additional products of mine that fit your needs.  Please visit my store.  

TpT Conference July 9 & 10


TpT has organized another conference!  It will take place July 9th and 10th in Las Vegas.  I attended the conference last year.  It was fabulous!  I learned quite a bit.  My enthusiasm and motivation for creating quality teacher resources increased immeasurably!  I remember feeling giddy after the conference.  All I wanted to do was create, create, create!

I have no doubt the creative juices will be invigorated again after this conference!  I am so excited!

I learned a lot from last year's experience.

This year I will be:

  • engaging in more gatherings outside of the TpT sessions
  • taking along my business cards
  • asking a lot more questions
  • following up with the people I meet at the conference
  • taking email addresses from the attendees
  • making new friends
I have signed up for some very interesting sessions.  I love how TpT listened to the comments from those who attended last summer.  I was very pleased to see that this conference has sessions concerning business practices, taxes, and marketing.  

I cannot wait for the fun to begin!