Category Archives: Nonfiction Reading

Here’s a great way to get your students to #Read #Nonfiction #Library Books!

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Page 1 of a classroom worksheet to accompany a DIY craft project library book.

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This is only page 1 of the worksheet I’ve used in my classroom while teaching nonfiction reading to my students. It’s a fantastic group activity sheet. And here’s how the activity goes:

  • Bring a cart full of DIY and craft project books from the library into your classroom.
  • Pass out a different book to each student.
  • Divide students into groups of three to five students.
  • Have students work in groups to fill out the worksheet.

Now this is only page 1 of the worksheet. Sorry, but you’ll have to wait until next week to download the second page in the activity!

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Help your #students build their research #vocabulary with this free #printable from EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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Last week I posted Page 1 of my Biographical Research vocabulary worksheet. Today I’m posting Page 2. Remember to show your appreciation for my free stuff by liking it, tweeting about it, and generally showing it to the world! Thanks!

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#Biography Research #Vocab Wksht is Free @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com #Edchat

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Here’s my free, printable Biographical Research Vocabulary List. Please show your appreciation by liking, pinning, or tweeting about it! (Page 2 of this list will be posted next week.)

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Visit EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com for free, printable handouts for English teachers.

Free, Printable #Encyclopedia Handout for #Teaching Research Papers #EdChat

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World Book Encyclopedia Worksheet Printable PDF

Document Created by Chelly Wood

Sorry I’m a little late with my post this time everyone. I normally try to post my handouts and videos on Mondays. But as we approach parent/teacher conference week, I find myself working later and later every day. So please forgive my tardiness in posting this a little late.

In another week or two, I plan to have my students start their “World Leader” research paper projects. This is one of the first handouts I give them. It’s a good “kick-off” for a research paper, I think.

Remember, if you use my free, printable patterns, it’s always thoughtful and kind to like it on FB, tweet about it, and/or pin it to your Pinterest page. 😉

How to #Teach Students to Correctly Cite a Website: #Education

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Teaching students that the Internet isn’t an open forum for plagiarism is a daunting task. I mean, everybody uses stuff on the Internet without asking permission. Kids see their parents do it, their friends do it, and even other teachers. It’s the Information Age, for the love of Pete!

But we all know it’s not that simple. When our students grow up to be adults, they’ll probably be working for businesses that function as much online as they do in the real world. These kids have to learn that the Worldwide Web isn’t a free-for-all. We must ask permission to pin or post. We must cite our sources and offer links back to the original posters of information. It’s the legal way of doing things, and by golly, it’s good business.

So here’s my handout for correctly citing a website. I use it with research papers and the like. Should you decide you want to use this document, please show your appreciation by pinning it to your Pinterest page, liking it on Facebook, and/or tweeting about it — yes! You have my permission to do so!

Handout asking key questions of research students, like who publishes this website? When was the website last updated? etc...

This is only Page 1 of this handout. If you want Page 2, please visit my Pinterest page (link below).

If you visit my Pinterest page, you can locate and print Page 2 of this handout.

Want to know where this brilliant idea comes from? I’m Chelly Wood, and although I’ve taught English/language arts for 20+ years, I also moonlight as a YA novelist. My tale of a Latina teen who finds herself pregnant without a baby daddy will be released in July of 2016 by Reputation Books. It’s called Sunkissed Sodas, and you can see the book trailer on my YouTube channel.

Research Paper Website Citation Done the Right Way

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This month we’ve looked at a Charlotte Danielson lesson plan on career research papers, handouts on how to correctly cite World Book and Wikipedia, and now I’m going to give you the perfect worksheet to guide your students through the world wide web of research. Yes, they need to know how to correctly cite a website.

This is only page 1 of my Research Paper Website Citation handout. You have to visit my Pinterest Page to get the second half of the handout. However, if you have any trouble at all getting it to download, just leave a comment. I’d be happy to send you one via e-mail.

And remember, if you use my handouts, please pin, tweet, or like them. I really appreciate that!

Worksheet: How to Cite a Website

For the second page, visit my Pinterest page by clicking on the link I’ve provided above.

Remember my name: Chelly Wood. In July of 2016 my first YA novel, Sunkissed Sodas, will be published by Reputation Books. You’ll want to make sure your school’s library has a copy. It’s all about a Latina teen who… well, just visit my YouTube channel to see my book trailer, if you’re interested.

Wikipedia Game for Middle School Teachers

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Are you gonna play the Wikipedia game? Or are you one of those stubborn old cronies who wants to pretend Wikipedia doesn’t exist?

Well it does exist.

There.

I said it.

Not only does Wikipedia exist, but people use it every day as a general reference. If Wikipedia doesn’t get taught in school, then students won’t be able to distinguish it from any other resource. Do you really want that karma hanging over your head?

So get over yourselves, English teachers! It’s time to face the music. And the following Wikipedia research handout will help kids have a fun time surfing through Wikipedia, learning its ins and outs, as they complete their research paper on careers. All I ask is this: if you use my handouts, please like, tweet, or pin them.

And by the way, to get the second half of my Wikipedia handout, you’ll have to go to my Pinterest page or message me by leaving a comment.

Rant over.

Wikipedia research guide with bibliography info at the top of the page

Image: If you use my handouts, worksheets, lesson plans, or other activities, please like them, pin them, or tweet about them. Thanks!

Remember my name: Chelly Wood. In July of 2016 my first YA novel, Sunkissed Sodas, will be published by Reputation Books. You’ll want to make sure your school’s library has a copy. It’s all about a Latina teen who… well, just visit my YouTube channel to see my book trailer, if you’re interested.