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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.: Albert Einstein
 
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This 14 page posting offers a chronological order of lessons, by quarter, to teach beginning journalism students the basic concepts of journalist...
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Throughout history, humans have shown their ability to be inhumane. If contemporary adolescents are to learn about and gain an understanding abou...
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Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles This is a packet of templates for students to analyze various types of leads and articles st...
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When I first read this novel, it was because a colleague mentioned that her students loved it, so I thought that I'd try it with my seniors. They...
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During the study of various aspects of journalism (Facts vs. Fiction, interviewing and reporting, investigative reporting and journalism ethics),...
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This 44-page unit plan supports Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy, and offers: A day-by-day teacher agenda,daily warm-up topics, a liter...
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This 68-page plan is a Common Core standards based unit containing: time frame, day by day lessons, vocabulary, chapter by chapter study guide fo...
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This analytic and creative 36 page unit plan is aligned with Common Core Standards. After using all of the 14 handouts, the group project, the in...
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Because it is important for a school newspaper to cover cover all of the clubs and activities a middle or high school offers, this Beat Sheet pre...
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Although most adolescents can verbalize the definitions of the seven Parts of Speech, many do not comprehend their usage in a sentence. Others ar...
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What invention would make your day and/or your life easier, safer, more productive, happier, etc? What invention would benefit the world? Your ...
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Reporting Practice Assignment Teacher Notes: This is an excellent activity for students to practice interviewing techniques, to write effectiv...
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This is a 21 question (many questions with multiple points) scavenger hunt where students use their reporting skills to find answers to questions...
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This Othello unit plan now includes 21 activities on the elements of literature, the major issues (gender, class, ethnicity, dignity and age) and...
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This handout can be used with creative writing, English or drama students when the assignment is to write a play. It offers 1. an outline of ba...
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This 9-page packet offers: 1. 15 Elements of Drama and Tragedy Vocabulary terms 2. a Contemporary Othello Project, and 3. 5 worksheets: a....
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This is a list of 25 brief writing ideas to help students to think outside of the box. Although I begin my creative writing classes with this act...
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This 32-page unit plan has 13 handouts, group and individual projects, ten essay topics and much, much more. The plan, detailed, developed and r...
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Students need to understand the parts of a sentence if they are to write strong sentences of their own. Part A is a Mad-Libs-based exercise wher...
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These activities allow students to show their analytic and critical-thinking skills in speaking and writing. This activity offers teachers a good...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Because one of my goals is to prove that studying literature, writing, vocabulary, grammar and journalism can be fun, I have created a number of innovative lessons for these strands of learning. So far, I have 153 products posted in my store. In March 2013, my book, The House of Comprehension, was published by Compass, an imprint of Brigantine Media. Based on Common Core Standards, the program and accompanying activities with Teacher Notes encourages students to construct durable houses of comprehension by combining the study of the elements of literature with any text. Watch for notices about the availability of this book here, in the publisher's TpT store,http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Compass-Publishing, on my website http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com/, and on http://www.teachitwrite.com/, Compass's website. As for my products here, veteran teachers and those new to the field can utilize the hands on units and ideas for teaching while honing their skills on how to pace a lesson and to connect it to Common Core Standards and/or their state's standards of learning. I am a recently retired (2011) English teacher in the Fairfax County Virginia public school system, where I taught English 12, Journalism 1,2,3 & 4 and Creative Writing 1, 2, & 3. As a result of the Teacher Performance Evaluation instituted by the county, I was awarded the prestigious Career Two Exemplary level status three times. Besides the public high school venue, my teaching background includes an alternative secondary school for behaviorally disadvantaged adolescents, an adolescent psychiatric hospital, and a boys' reform school. Proud of my choice to be an educator, I have always hated the cliche, "Those that can, do; those that can't teach." Through my writing and my role modeling in the classroom, I show that not only do I teach, but I also practice what I preach.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My lessons are planned to be both structured and open-ended as I love student discussions which show that they are sharing their thinking and analytic skills. Whether students are discussing character and plot development, symbolism, themes and subtext, utilizing their grammar and writing skills to revise their pieces, or enhancing their vocabularies, they are guided by lessons that have been planned to motivate, to inspire and to challenge them. My plans and activities all follow the three-pronged approach: Show Me, Help Me, Let Me. Creative writing and journalism students are encouraged to think outside the box to come up with original stories,poems or articles that stretch their minds and skills. My goal is to show my students that learning is fun and not a chore. Every day I invite them to explore ways to challenge their minds, to check out others' viewpoints and to believe in the merit of their own thoughts, interpretations and ideas, verbally and in writing.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Six times since 1999 due to students' nominations,students I have been included in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers yearly annuals. This honor means a great deal to me since it shows that I have touched the minds and hearts of my charges. My bio has also been included in Marquis Who's Who of American Women three times.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS.ED: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Work: Multiple credits from the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

This past March, my teacher resource book, THE HOUSE OF COMPREHENSION, was released by Compass Publishing. You can check out this book on their TpT page: www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Compass-Publishing, on www.teachitwrite.com (the publisher's page for the book), and on my site, http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com. I also published A FINE LINE, a Young Adult book about teen dating abuse, and a number of articles in various NCTE publications. Currently, I am completing a women's fiction manuscript. Check out my website:http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com for lesson ideas about many of my TpT products-especially the FREEBIES-for English, creative writing and journalism. For blog updates, stop in at my site's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TeachitWriteLessonPlans Follow me on Twitter @ TeachitNow, and on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/conniecass/ My blogs about educational issues can also be found on http://herndon.patch.com/blogs/connie-casserlys-blog. I'd love to read your feedback.