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Hi, I'm Sara Sunshine - elementary school principal, veteran classroom teacher, and founder of The Curriculum Headquarters.
I always knew that I wanted to make an impact on the world.
From the time I was a little girl, in grade school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I went to a school where, let's just say, "old school" was their methodology of education, discipline, and just about everything else.
I always loved going to school to see my friends, and I even loved to learn, but since I was full of energy, spunk and questions I wasn't always the "teacher's pet." Many times I felt that the teachers hated my questions and wished that I would just sit quietly, not making a sound, rather than being involved and engaged in the lessons.
A deep seated life's mission was growing inside of me. I believed with my whole heart that learning and teaching should not be this unpleasant.
I wanted to be a teacher unlike any of my teachers. I knew that when I would have my own class, I would be the kind of teacher that would make learning fun! I would play games with my students, make plays with them, build things and explore the world, but most of all, I would be the kind of teacher that would answer questions - truthfully - and love my students just because they were each unique and special.
My dream became a reality when I got my first job, as a fourth grade teacher, while I was still in college.
I loved teaching!
I loved my students! I spent every moment of every day, either teaching or preparing for my next class. I wrote plays for my students, sewed their costumes, practiced their lines and cheered them on as they performed in front of their parents. In my spare time I taught my students to knit and play jump rope and created fun newsletters for them to read and enjoy. And of course I taught tons of material and skills while playing all types of games.
My students blossomed, I was loving every moment and in addition to all the fun we were having, my students were learning and excelling. Even academically weak and struggling students who hadn’t done well in other years, suddenly blossomed in my class.. Every experience with my students just further cemented in me, my passion to become a better teacher and to prove that kids DO love to learn and can learn and succeed (when they are taught in a way that interests and motivates them.)
During this time I married, and my family started to grow. As each of my five children were born and then grew older, I found that I had an even deeper sense of compassion and love for my students. I was suddenly able to relate to them as children with family struggles and I felt myself growing even more deeply as an understanding and loving teacher.
As the years flew by, I read every book on education that I could get my hands on. The First Days of School by Harry K. and Rosemary T. Wong, All of Ron Clark's Books and many more. I always learned so much from the books I read. I went to Professional Development Teacher Training Workshops each year, where I learned new techniques and tried them out in my classroom.
The specific educational area that I became obsessed with, as I was becoming a more experienced teacher was curriculum planning. I loved to organize my curriculum by looking at the school year, and breaking it down into months, days and periods, preparing my lessons in a way that would ensure that I would be able to maximize my time with my students. I wanted to refine and perfect each lesson I taught, and present the material in an exciting and engaging way in order to reach every single one of my students. I also wanted to present the new material, as quickly, and as clearly as possible so that my students would be able to produce results and move on to the next level of learning.
Many nights found me on my computer, creating worksheets for my students in all the subject areas that I taught, and tailoring them to fit my curriculum goals.
What I noticed consistently each year and with each class I taught, was that the subject that my students found particularly challenging was - WRITING. I knew how important learning to write was, and I wanted to find a way to teach my students to write, and love the process as well!
After 19 years in the classroom, I was offered a job as an Elementary School Principal.
At first, I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the classroom!
I called a mentor of mine who had been the principal in the school where I taught for 13 years. I asked him whether he thought I should take the job. He said - “Yes! You will love being a principal and you will love the impact that you will be able to make on your students, their families and on the whole community.” I took the job.
One of my first responsibilities as a principal- or as I liked to think of it -as Instructional leader - of this small school, was to look at the curriculum, organize it, see what they had, where the holes were and review each grade's curriculum with the teachers. For most of the subjects there were textbooks and workbooks.
When it came to writing, there was no clear curriculum, each teacher was doing her own thing.
I started to research programs to implement, that would cover the necessary and important writing skills at each grade level and would build from grade to grade.
Interestingly enough, the programs that looked good, were extremely expensive, cumbersome, difficult to use, very lengthy and didn’t produce the results I wanted. I wanted every grade starting from grade two to be publishing at least three essays a year, or one per term. After many disappointing purchases of writing programs, I set out to create my own.
Behold! Curriculum HQ was born!
I started by writing a curriculum to teach students to write a Biography.
I had recently read the biography of Irena Sendler, a young woman who lived during the time of WWII. She was a nurse who risked her life going into Jewish ghettos and smuggling out over 2,000 Jewish babies.
I was so inspired by her life's story and by the impact that she had on some students, who many years later, found her story, that I wanted my students to research people who had made a difference to society, and write about it.
I started by creating worksheets that outlined the skills that the students would need, to write a biography. I included concept maps, clear examples and papers upon which the students would write their essay. All work was done in class, so that the teacher could help the students through the process each step at a time. I used the book about Irena Sendler as a Mentor Text to illustrate the skills and bring excitement and passion to the project.
The students each chose someone who inspired them -the project was a sensational success! The students were invested in their writing, and owned the process. Gone were the complaints that they had “nothing to write about.” Gone were the moans and groans. The students wanted to get their message out. They wanted to express their excitement and respect about their subject.
After that huge victory, I was hooked! I wanted my students and teachers to have the same success with other kinds of writings. So little by little, each curriculum was written, tried, tested and proven amazing.
We now have TEN Writing Programs covering these genres:
Friendly Letter Writing
Business Letter Writing
Persuasive Letter Writing Level 2
Persuasive Letter Writing Level 3
Persuasive Book Review
Each Writing Program comes with a complete set of student worksheets, a teacher’s guide and a Mentor Text.
The Worksheets cover and teach all the skills needed for that specific writing.
It takes the students through the process of writing an essay from the beginning to the end. Starting by explaining what the writing is and ending with the students complete essay.
The teachers receive a Teacher's Edition that comes in a PowerPoint format, or if purchased as an Online Course, is taught together with each Worksheet, in an Explainer Video. The Mentor Text is included so that the material is taught through examples. The Mentor Texts are illustrated Children's Books in the genre of the writing, that are narrated by a fantastic narrator.
Learning how to write, becomes something that the students look forward to!
The Programs are for grades 2-8. We recommend different grade levels per program.
Many Schools All Across the U.S. Implemented The Writing Programs Into Their Curriculum.
The word spread that there were writing programs that were helping students complete excellent essays and many schools reached out to order them.
To date, over 50 schools, are using the Writing Programs over the past 8 years and have had great success with it.
When I saw the success that teachers were having with the Writing Programs, I decided to make it available online.
INTRODUCING . . .
Our First Online Writing Program. . .
All The Materials You Need To Teach Your Students To Write A Complete, Unique And, Well Written Personal Narrative.
How To Write A Personal Narrative Online Writing Course Will Give You...
Every skill comes with worksheets that you download and give to your students. The worksheets explain the new concept in clear and easy to understand language . Concept map Worksheets, are used to help students brainstorm and organize the information that they plan to use for their essay. Writing Activity Worksheets are used for students to practice and apply the new skills.
With each skill, you get a video, with ideas and suggestions on how to present and practice the new material with your students. You will hear about what has worked for other teachers who have used the program.
A Mentor Text - A Children's Book that is illustrated and Narrated, is provided in a PowerPoint Format. You will download it and play it for your students to show your students how the author used the skills being taught in a published book.
Tips and Ideas
You will also get ideas about how you can expand and enhance the program for your students. Arranging a Publishing Party, compiling a book, and school-wide fairs, are just some of the many great tips and ideas on how to most effectively use the program.
Personal Narrative Online Course Outline:
Module 1 - Course Introduction
- About Your Instructor
- What You Get In This Course
- Set Up For Success
Module 2 - What Is A Personal Narrative
- Let's Brainstorm
- Writing Activity
- Mentor Text
Module 3 - Writing Skills
- Descriptive Writing
- Writing Activities
- The Main Idea of the Story
- Your Personal Narrative At A Glance
Module 4 - Ready, Set, Write!
- Write Your Header and Title
- Transition Words and Phrases
- Body Paragraphs
- Topic Sentence and Supporting Sentences
- The Conclusion/ Ending
Module 5 - The Finishing Touches
- Revise, Edit and Proofread
- The Cover
- Special Thanks/ Dedication
- Illustrations and Photographs
- Tips and Ideas
- Assessment Checklist
"Hi its Aviva calling, I wanted to give you some positive feedback! I had a teacher come into my office today holding the writing program so excited by the way the kids were writing. I rarely see her like that, so enthusiastic, so appreciative, so I figured I would share that with you. Thank you very much!"
Mrs. Aviva Hoberman
Principal Shalom Torah Center, NJ
This program is NOT for you, if you are the kind of teacher who. . .
- Enjoys spending hundreds of dollars and tens of hours, per grade, on a writing curriculum that comes with countless workbooks, loose-leaf's and hours of professional development training.
- Likes to teach lots of individual writing skills and do lots of writing activities but doesn’t mind if the students don’t complete at least one completed essay project per term.
- Loves to spend hours creating and perfecting writing worksheets and finding appropriate matching Mentor Texts that go along with each genre of writing.
This Course Is For You If . . .
- You wants to help your students express themselves - by teaching them to write
- You want to teach writing with beautiful ,clear and exciting Worksheets
- You want to use Narrated Mentor Texts to model the writing skills
And that’s why you can get instant access to the entire Online Personal Narrative Writing Course for just one payment of $197.
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Don’t forget: it’s completely risk free
I’ve packed a lot into Personal Narrative Online Writing Course because not only do I want you to help your students write the beautiful essays that they deserve to write, but I want to guarantee that you don’t fail.
And to make it a no-brainer deal for you I’m giving you a 7 day 100% money-back guarantee with your purchase of Personal Narrative Online Writing Course today.
That’s right: Go through the course, follow the steps, put in the work, and if you don’t love it in the first 7 days of your purchase, send me an email and I’ll refund you immediately. No questions asked, no hard feelings.
If Personal Narrative Online Writing Course doesn’t work for you, I’d much prefer for you to take your money and invest it where you will be happier and get results. I just want you to unlock your teaching potential!
“You are really empowering us as teachers!”
Curriculum Director for the Lakewood Cheder School
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When you login to the Personal Narrative Online Course, you’ll be able to access the entire program and begin watching video trainings immediately.
You can take the course on any device you like: computer, tablet of phone. As long as you have internet access, you have the course!
Oh and by the way, when you join you get access to this material for an entire year!
There are 2 types of people...
Some people dread teaching writing (and feel like they could never get paid nearly enough to do it).
Others take action, look for solutions and find programs that serve their students and increase their success.
Which is more appealing to you?
Right now many of us feel trapped and stuck where we are.
We don’t have the time or flexibility to create excellent curriculum and the curriculum we are given is just not getting the job done.
We worry about doing our job right, helping our students become proficient writers so that they can become successful adults ready to pursue the career of their dreams.
It doesn’t have to be this way!
If you use excellent curriculum, you will see results that make you and your students write essays that will make them proud and cultivate in them a strong pride in their ideas and opinions.
Imagine a year from today...
Imagine a few months from today when your students have written Personal Narrative Essays and they are ready to move on to their next writing project!
That’s the power of using the Personal Narrative Online course and it's what I teach inside of course!
You can do this - I’m proof that it’s possible and I’m here to coach you every step of the way!
Join today and let’s change the world and change your life.
Your Instructional Coach,
P.S. Don’t forget that when you join Personal Narrative Online Course, you are joining risk-free. You have an entire 7 days to watch the video trainings in the course, download the worksheets and use it in your own classroom, and THEN decide if it’s right for you.
P.P.S. Trust me when I say, once you’ve had a taste of this writing curriculum you’ll never want to go back!
I know what it’s like to be scared to try something new - something that might fail. I literally needed to try countless writing programs to push me over the edge and write my own.
That was very time-consuming and difficult! And I don’t wish that on you.
The beauty of Personal Narrative Online Writing Course, is that you can get my complete proven system, learned from decades of experience, and skip all of the pain and mistakes that I made!
It couldn’t be easier or more convenient!
Do your future self a favor and be brave. Invest in yourself, get the training that is guaranteed and proven, and teach writing and get Results!
See you on the inside...