This Venn diagram activity is perfect for the beginning of the school year when students are experiencing a variety of emotions. They will meet a character named Molly who is Deaf and struggling with
...going to a "hearing" school for the first time. Students will compare and contrast Molly's feelings with their feelings using a variety of vocabulary that expresses a wide range of emotions. This is a great ice breaker for the beginning of the school year that is both entertaining and educational!
The author has a master's degree in education and 25 years of working as a sign language interpreter in mainstream education. After watching students who could not hear comparably to their hearing peers struggle with the English language, the author decided to create a fictional book for educators that could be used as a tool to support literacy and language development in middle grade students. Along with this book, the author has created engaging worksheets and activities so that students can practice literacy skills while enjoying a captivating ghost story that takes place in a school classroom. One of the defining moments in the author's career was when a teacher of the deaf revealed her secret for literary success: find a book that is challenging and one that students can connect with emotionally. Then, once they are able to connect to a topic, story, or character, they will be eager and ready to learn! Hence, the author's passion for supporting literacy moved her to create an intriguing ghost story with corresponding worksheets and activities to enhance literacy in a fun and unique way!
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