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This file contains separate quizzes & tests for sections and individual chapters of J.R.R.Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit. Each test & quiz contains...
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Students will consider elements of Persuasive Writing to develop and Present a 30-second Commercial. They'll have fun creating and describing a ...
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This project involves students working individually or in groups to research and present character or myth from Greek Mythology. It can be alter...
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These are song lyrics by Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Ben Harper... to study as part of my Social Protest Poetry Project. This is my favorite pro...
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This project anchors a literary unit based on the reading of J.R.R.Tolkien's, The Hobbit. I have other related assignments available separately....
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This is a reading quiz to accompany Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings". The story is a beautifully crafte...
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This assignment combines researching with reading comprehension of non-fiction material. Students will use newspapers, magazines, or internet ne...
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This file contains 42 questions to enhance the viewing and study of the film, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Questions listed in...
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With this Social Protest Plan to Action, students research and analyze real-world problems to find achieveable solutions and are prompted to take...
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This PowerPoint presentation provides an introduction to the basics of expository writing. Designed to prepare students for the FCAT Writing exa...
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This file includes various interactive Reading Activities to enhance understanding and interest in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Two reading ...
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This file contains various lessons designed to enhance and complement the study of Lois Lowry's novel, The Giver. The "Perfect World Project" ha...
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This is my favorite project of the school year! Students learn the true power of words as they research, analyze, and/or write their own poetry ...
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Developed in preparation for the FCAT Writing exam in FL, this assignment helps students organize their ideas for expository and persuasive essay...
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Students will analyze character traits, plot, and theme as they watch the film Forrest Gump, then be guided to write an extended paragraph that r...
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25 questions to accompany the viewing of Disney's "Beauty & the Beast". Questions focus on parts of plot, characters, mood... & are writ...
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Students work in groups to retell, re-enact, or present a story they have read to the class using a variety of possible methods. They learn impo...
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This group project assigns real-world jobs to students to have them research and develop travel brochures to particular international destination...
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23 short response questions, written chronologically, to accompany the viewing of the Chistmas classic film "A Christmas Story".
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A half-page handout with 5 questions analyzes the art of storytelling as demonstrated in the film, Big Fish. Questions center on the narrator's ...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching at my current position as a Language Arts & Journalism teacher of the gifted middle school students for 15 years. Prior to this post, I taught at a private elementary school, as a substitute at all subjects and grades for 5 years, and spent one year abroad in China teaching E.S.O.L.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'd characterize my teaching style as taking on an interactive approach to teaching literature and language arts skills. My class involves many projects, presentations, discussions, and literary as well as life lessons.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was nominated and elected as Teacher of the Year for my school in 2004-2005. That year, I was also selected as a Region Finalist for Teacher of the Year in Miami-Dade, FL (the 4th largest school district in the US). I achieved National Board Professional Teaching Certification in 2007 for Early Adolescent Language Arts. My students have achieved numerous local and state awards for their writing.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in English from Florida International University in 1994 M.S. in Educational Technology from Barry University in 2000 Gifted Certification in 2005 NBPTS Certification in 2007

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Married to my school's Media Specialist, Albina Cruz. We have two kids of our own, beyond the hundreds we have taught.