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This is a 10-question multiple choice quiz on the content of The Grapes of Wrath Chapters 14-22. It tests reading comprehension and completion of...
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This is a 20-question multiple choice quiz on the content of The Grapes of Wrath Chapters 23-30. It tests reading comprehension and completion of...
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Covering the entire book, this is a set of eight handouts on Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible - a list of things for students to look fo...
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This print-ready quiz of thirteen questions (ten required and three extra credit) tests students' ability to use all four methods of correcting r...
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This book review assignment can be used for any book. The assignment distinguishes between a book report and a book review and thus helps student...
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The Grapes of Wrath raises many social issues. This "social theme" essay assignment asks students to explore one of these issues by making a con...
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This is an essay assignment based on Thomas Mullen's The Last Town on Earth. The assignment asks students to think critically about one of the m...
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Beginning writers often confuse topics with thesis statements. By having students write multiple theses on the SAME topic, this exercise teaches...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught English for eighteen years at both the university and community college level. My classes included developmental writing, first-year college level courses in expository and argumentation writing, research writing, creative writing, literature, newspaper writing, and technical writing. I am recently retired. My last ten years of teaching were spent at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, Washington. Washington State has an extensive "Running Start" program that allows high school students to take college classes, and I taught many 11th and 12th graders in my classes. I also taught many returning adults and ESL students. While at YVCC, I founded the student literary journal, PRISM, and served for one year as the faculty coordinator for the student newspaper. I also initiated an annual campus-wide symposium involving faculty and students from a variety of disciplines that is attended by members of both the campus and the broader community (symposium topics have included Katrina, Hunger, and Climate Change).

MY TEACHING STYLE

Fostering critical thinking is the core of my educational philosophy. My classes are interactive and involve students in discussion and debate; my essay assignments usually relate to literature, reports, or articles we have read and discussed in class. I want students to be engaged and to think.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2002. YVCC Associated Students Award for Best Program (revival of the student newspaper, which I facilitated). First Place Award, Allied Arts Council of Yakima Valley Juried Poetry Reading, 2001, as well as Honorable Mention in 2003.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in anthropology, California State University at Los Angeles. Graduate work in anthropology, UCLA. M.F.A. in writing, Columbia University, New York.

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