Response to Literature with Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Happy Last day of July friends!!

It’s that time when we’re all preparing for the back to school craze. I know, don’t talk about it yet but we have to face it sooner or later.
So, lets talk about Response to Literature (RTL). Something that is near and dear to my heart. I discovered a new in depth way to teach my kiddos how to really think about the text before responding to the questions asked. It seriously changed my life and my way of teaching.

RTL can be aligned to any text for most grade levels. With the included prompts, discussion questions and thinking maps in each unit, your students can respond to a simple question or go as far as writing an essay. 
When responding students show they understand what they’re reading by making connections, retelling the plot, sharing background knowledge, experiences, using evidence they find in the texts and making comparisons.  This allows them to truly understand the text before responding.
I’ve created my first RTL based on a favorite story, “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.” or see it here

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Fabulous TPT Conference 2015!

Las Vegas and TPT!!!
That was some serious energy. I was able to witness first hand what it's like to be part of a teaching world that's so much bigger than I could have ever imagined.
TPT has opened the doors for new growth on so many levels. I started out buying units from teachers on TPT and a few months ago I decided to jump in with both feet and see if I could create products others would love to use. It's a slow start that takes a lot of time and creativity. Crazy as it may sound, I love that part of it. What I love best is that I can make things for my own personal use and get the best feedback on each item. My kiddos are very opinionated helpful and that really motivates me to do a better job. I value their feedback and have full trust in them.
Now, about the conference.... The friends I've made from all over the world, the other creators I've followed for the past few years and the entire gang from TPT, made this trip so worth while (not losing money at the Wheel of Fortune slots~ ugh.. I'm fine, really). I left there with a new insight on how to move forward and reach my goals. I learned what to do and what not to do. I learned more about social media and how to go about using it correctly. But most importantly, after attending all of my workshops, I truly believe I am heading down the right path. That alone excites me!
I know there is a wealth of information out there on #tptvegas15, so I'll let you go for now. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog.
My promise to you is...... I will continue to grow, add more stories, post useful tidbits and of course, new products, so check back often.

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Hello from Las Vegas

I'm up a bit early since I'm still on Texas time. I came to this conference this year not knowing what to expect but I'm hoping for some amazing inspiration from a fabulous group of teachers. I wanted to blog today before my first conference begins and blog again after I'm home. I believe I'll have so much powerful information that I'll be on overload for a while.
I got to meet some amazing bloggers and friends I've made along the way. (The Chocolate teacher and Wild West by Jessi, to name a few). The energy in this hotel is one of a kind. One I'm happy to be a part of. Teachers truly are amazing!
I have 2 days of sessions that I'm so looking forward to and I love most that I am here by choice. I hope to gain some new techniques and find many helpful tidbits to help grow my mind, my class and my TPT store. Come back and check out my post-post of #TPTconferencelasvegas2015 in a few days and see what I have to share!!!