Monday, 12 November 2018

Personal Narratives

This is my newest addition to my TPT store! 

This unit of study focuses a study of personal narratives. Through a study of characters' journeys, readers will inquire about how do we, like characters, grow and change. As students delve into personal narratives, they will look at the story's characters, themes, and other literary elements in order to determine the message the author is trying to impart.

The resource is organized around 13 big ideas of narrative texts. 
  1. Structure of Personal Narratives 
  2. Point of View 
  3. Setting 
  4. Character Traits 
  5. Characters - How Dialogue Informs the Reader 
  6. Transitions in Time, Events, and Demeanour 
  7. Story Elements 
  8. Problem/Conflict 
  9. Climax 
  10. Solution 
  11. Theme 
  12. Comparing Narratives with Similar Themes 
  13. Celebration. 

Each big idea, or session, has the following:
  • Session Synopsis (Lesson Plan)
  • Anchor Charts 
  • Minds On (Lesson Introduction) 
  • Purposeful Task (Individual/Group Activity) 
  • Reflection

Enjoy this 89 page learning resource!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Pacing Guide With I Can Statements

Working on my latest project! I hope you will find it useful!

I created a pacing guide for my school year to help guide my instructional planning. A pacing guide is sometimes referred to as a curriculum map, or instructional calendar road map. The pacing guide outlines the specific subject area and details when content or topics will be taught. My pacing guide is general, rather than prescriptive. I provide a time frame in which I will cover a topic of study, but try not to provide specific lesson topics as the students provide the pacing of the lessons.

To help aid parent communication and student reflection, I am working on creating I Can statements based on my pacing guide. This allows students to monitor their progress. I highlight the bullet beside the statement as Green for Got It, Yellow for Almost There, and Red for Still Working On It. I leave bullets blank if I do not have enough data to accurately state their progress or our learning is still ongoing (we all get behind!). Students add pieces of evidence to their  I Can Statement sheet, such as writing samples, exit slips, assessments, etc. 

I would love to hear your feedback on my latest project!

Monday, 20 August 2018

End of Summer Sale!

Last sale of the summer! One day sale on August 21st! All of my products are up to 25% off. Use the promo code BTSBonus18.

Happy shopping!

Friday, 17 August 2018

Pencil Pouches and Narrative Task Cards


I have finished my Narrative Task Cards! Featured are seven sets of cards! Each set focuses on a major concept of personal narratives:

  1. Setting
  2. Characters
  3. Dialogue
  4. Word Choice
  5. Middle
  6. Ending
  7. Theme
Each of the seven sets have 24 cards and a recording sheet. The cards are available in my TPT store.

I put each set of the Narrative Task Cards in a pencil pouch. I label the pencil pouches from 1-12, so I can interchange the cards easily. The pencil pouches are from the Dollar Store and the labels are available in my TPT store.

Monday, 30 July 2018

TPT Sale!

Sale time! To help you get ready for Back To School, all of my resources are 25% off for two days only. The sale starts August 1st and ends at midnight August 2nd.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Back To School Prepping - Freebie #4

It's Fri-YAY! Today is the fourth and last freebie offering to help you prep for Back to School!

The previous freebies, Teacher Storage Labels and Student Data Sheets, can still be downloaded!

Today, I want to offer you help with prepping your writing units.  When planning, I like to have students complete a pre-assessment or an initial writing sample so I can determine what they already know, what concepts are developing, and what needs to be addressed. I then refer to my curriculum guide to determine what needs to be taught. Through the initial writing samples and the curriculum guide, I create a pacing guide.

The pacing guide is used then to create detailed instructional sessions (lesson plans).  I think about what I want the students to be able to do, how they work towards that goal, and how will I know if they have achieved the concept.

Wow! This is quite a process. To help you think about the possibilities of what to teach, today's freebie shares session topics or lists of important things for students to notice about each mode of writing. In addition, I have supplied a list of mentor texts for each mode of writing. Mentor texts serve to show, not just tell, students how to write well. Mentor texts help learners notice things about an author’s work that is unlike anything they might have done before, and empower them to try something new.

I hope you enjoy today's freebie. To download, please click on the link, Planning Guide with Mentor Texts and Writing Concepts, or the image below. PLEASE leave a comment to let me know if the freebies have been useful!

Friday, 20 July 2018

Back To School Prepping - Freebie #3

School preparation takes a toll on a teacher's summer fun. I want to help you take back your summer.  In the last post, I showed how I organize my students' data folders and offered two freebies.

Due to requests for how I organize my materials, I have focused this post on the organization of my teaching material. Organizing my materials took a long time as I wrestled with container size, labelling, and organizing my materials within the container for quick retrieval.  

I finally settled on the Sterilite 38 L container pictured below. The container holds:
  1. Binders - which are tabbed per session. Each session includes a daily overview and materials for the minilesson, individual task, and group share. Each detailed session plan is stored digitally, so I do not file a print copy.
  2. Hanging File Folders - which are labelled per big curricular outcome. In each folder, I place games and other station materials related to that outcome.
  3. Books - which are picture books that I use as mentor texts in sessions.

I affix a label to the outside of the container using a self-laminating photo sheet. The sheets can be purchases through Amazon, but I often find them at the local Dollar Store.

Today's freebie are the labels I affix to my containers. I have added my math labels, as well as my holiday labels. Click on the link or the image below to grab your freebie. PLEASE post your feedback regarding this freebie! Thank you!