Teaching Software: Loads of Free Downloads for You and Your Language Arts Kids!



Introduction

I offer teaching software for middle school language arts kids, grades 5 to 9. As a language arts teacher myself, I wrote this software with three general objectives in mind:

(1) Make it meaningful and relevant.
(2) Make it clearly understandable.
(3) Make it entertaining and rewarding.

After extensive testing and tweaking with actual middle school students in real public school classrooms, I truly believe that I have accomplished my objectives.

Won't you take a few moments to see if you agree?

Free downloads are available for all of the following products. For additional details about the following teaching software, please follow the provided links.

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Language Arts Presenter
Warming Up to Language Arts
Write All About It !
50 READERizers
50 WRITERizers
50 STUDYizers
50 RECOGNizers
Journal Jumpstarts
Common Core Calculator
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Language Arts Presenter

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Our full staff of animated, talking avatars is ready to teach 30 language arts mini-lessons to your classes of middle school students, grades 5 to 9.

Just connect your computer to a digital projector or smart board, select a student to operate the mouse and let the avatars do the teaching for you--relax, grade papers, or partner-up with them!

Each of the 30 mini-lessons features direct instruction, summaries of instruction, 5-15 questions, an on-screen answer key, a word search activity, and a crossword puzzle.

Fits into lesson plans when you need them or serves as stand-alone, self-executing, multimedia lessons.

Compatible with Windows only, unless your Mac is set up to run executable files.

For more details and free downloads, please see the Language Arts Presenter page.

Warming Up to Language Arts

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This is a PowerPoint presentation on steroids--a dynamic collection of 60 multimedia warm up activities for middle school students, grades 5 to 9.

There are 5 activities for each of 12 skills, each of which contains a looping photo animation and an instrumental track. Display them on the classroom projector screen, smart board, or TV.

Fits nicely into lesson plans or serves as a corollary set of enrichment activities.

This presentation will run on all versions of PowerPoint.

For more details and free downloads, please see the Warming Up to Language Arts page.

Write All About It !

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This writing tutorial software helps student journalists and language arts students, grades 6 to 12, prepare and proofread 20 writing projects for publication.

Students select a project and proceed in a tutorial step-by step manner. All work screens have a word processor, directions, examples, typing instructions, and writing process help. They may save and/or print their work directly from the application.

This is a great way to individualize lesson plans for teaching writing skills.

Compatible with Windows XP and prior only.

For more details and free downloads, please see the Write All About It ! page.

50 READERizers

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This is a collection of 50 PDF graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching literature and reading.

18 of the graphic organizers in this collection are customizable. As a result, the teacher may type in headers, subheaders, directions, and instructional material as needed.

Context-sensitive tool tips are included, making the customization process simple and straightforward. A clickable table of contents makes locating a particular organizer both quick and easy.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac.

For more details and free downloads, please see the 50 READERizers page.

50 WRITERizers

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This PDF package contains 50 graphic organizers for planning and writing.

General categories include webs for preparing to write, flow charts for sequencing, persuasive and expository essay maps, concept wheels, organizers for journalism students, and many others.

A clickable table of contents is included to make locating specific organizers quicker and easier. In addition, all documents have been zipped to allow for quick download.

This package also includes a self-extracting installer. As a result, there is no need to manually unzip anything. Once the files are automatically extracted, the 50 WRITERizers Collection will be ready for instant access.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac.

For more details and free downloads, please see the 50 WRITERizers page.

50 STUDYizers

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This PDF package contains 50 graphic organizers for studying and analyzing.

General categories include analysis webs, author study maps, icebreakers, KWL charts, note taking charts, timeline charts, vocabulary webs, and many others.

A clickable table of contents is included to make locating specific organizers quicker and easier. In addition, all documents have been zipped to allow for quick download.

This package also includes a self-extracting installer. As a result, there is no need to manually unzip anything. Once the files are automatically extracted, the 50 STUDYizers Collection will be ready for instant access.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac.

For more details and free downloads, please see the 50 STUDYizers page.

50 RECOGNizers

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This collection includes 50 full-color, customizable, PDF award certificates recognizing student excellence.

There is a clipart version and a gradient version for best student in (all subject areas), most improved student in (all subject areas), student of the month, best citizenship, perfect attendance, and many others. Additionally, you may type in the award category of your choice on two of these awards.

The 50 RECOGNizers Collection comes with a clickable table of contents for locating specific awards quickly and easily. Context-sensitive tool tips are available on each award to assist you in personalizing these certificates.

All of these documents have been zipped to allow for a quick download.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac. For more details and free downloads, please see the 50 RECOGNizers page.

Journal Jumpstarts

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Each of the five volumes of PowerPoint presentations available in this series contains 20 writing prompts for language arts students, grades 5-9.

These high-interest prompts will provide spontaneous practice for kids to sharpen their writing skills as they describe, explain, persuade, and narrate.

All slides contain a writing prompt, a looping animation, selected to "illustrate" the prompt itself, and a link back to the Table of Contents.

Bonus: Any or all of the 21 high-quality animations included in this package may be used in your own PowerPoint presentations. Just choose the ones you want to use and place them anywhere you wish!

These presentations will run on all versions of PowerPoint.

For more details and free downloads, please see…


Common Core Calculator

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All 5 strands and their associated Common Core State Standards for Language Arts, grades 6-8, are included in this time-saving, lesson planning utility.

Simply choose a strand from the navigation buttons, scan the succinct summaries on the keypads, and click the key of your choice to reveal its complete, associated standard. Finally, copy and paste the standard into your lesson plans or wherever else you may need it.

It’s that easy!

Subtract some of the tedium from lesson planning, add in the convenience, multiply by the time saved, and the answer is Common Core Calculator.

Compatible with all versions of Windows. It will NOT run on a Mac, unless your computer is specifically set up for handling executable files.

For more details and free downloads, please see…


Conclusion
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With the exception of Journal Jumpstarts and Common Core Calculator, the newest products listed above, I have used all of these resources myself in the classroom. I have found them to be highly effective and appropriate for their given purposes.
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And judging from how many times our colleagues have downloaded and/or purchased these products, I must truly say that I’m not alone.
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Thank you so much for your enthusiastic acceptance of these resources—it’s truly humbling, and that’s the honest truth.
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Best wishes always to you and your kids.
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