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A Quick, Multiple-Choice Reading Quiz A 41-question multiple-choice reading quiz designed to help teachers ascertain whether their stud...
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Using Thomas C. Foster's How To Read Literature Like a Professor with your students? This is a set of simple study questions, divided b...
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Exceptional student study guide and teacher's resource for Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi! 128-pg guide for teachers of advanced...
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When you're asking students to do research, do they have a hard time determining what to write down to include in their bibliography? This is a s...
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A comprehensive list of terms to aid advanced students in analysis of poetry. Perfect for students preparing for high-stakes tests such as the AP...
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An activity/lesson in allusion, using Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun. Two pages -- the first is a chart with allusions on the lef...
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A terrific, focused activity to encourage students to practice CLOSE READING skills. Students are guided in analyzing a short excerpt from Heart ...
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Looking for a terrific, inspiring poetry writing lesson? Look no further! This is a 2-file bundle: 1. "Greasy Soul" Lesson Plan -- everythi...
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A one-page handout with directions for a great exercise in getting to know the main characters in Dicken's "Great Expectations," as well as ways ...
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Four detailed writing prompts for students who have read Elie Weisel's Night.
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An interesting and fun lesson plan/unit designed to teach literary terminology through a medium well-known (and beloved) by students -- FILM. Thi...
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A terrific teaching tool if your students are struggling to understand how tone and writing style work together to create meaning.
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A poetry analysis lesson using "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold. Includes a Word document explaining how to use the lesson, as well as a PowerPoin...
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Detailed study questions on Shakespeare's MacBeth. Created for advanced students (AP, IB, honors) with the primary purpose of promoting cl...
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A helpful tool for reviewing the 8 parts-of-speech with students. Includes a 22-slide PowerPoint that walks students through the definitions and ...
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A 2-page form that walks the writer through important components of a film review. I use this activity with students who are intimidated by writi...
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A one-page activity focusing on 23 vocabulary words used in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Includes a word bank, definition matching, ...
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Perfect for honors, AP or IB learners. This is a post-reading unit of study designed to help students complete close-reading of Bradbury's poetic...
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Many English students can figure out the tone of a piece of writing, but have difficulty explaining the tone using sophisticated vocabulary. Stud...
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A one-page checklist for just about any written essay or paper (in just about any subject matter). Includes the following categories: Content, Or...
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Buyer re: Heart of Darkness Study Questions
Where would I find the answers? I will pay for them
December 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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I have never created a written answer key to these questions because I never use them as an assignment that is collected and scored for correctness; we use them as a basis for discussion in the classroom and the kids jot additional notes to their original responses as we talk about them in their small groups or as a class. I should also note that I never assign ALL of the questions to every student; I usually group students and do it jigsaw style.
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I understand what a bundle is and I read the descriptions. Most sellers on this site have thumbnails and previews. I'm not spending this type of money without either no matter how detailed the description is.
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Wow. Have a great year.
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Juggling ELA   (TpT Seller) re: AP Syllabus BUNDLE
Do you have a preview for this item? I'm looking for AP materials but you have no thumbnails, no preview and you don't even list how many pages this is.
September 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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This is a bundle of several products that are also sold separately; they are listed as links in the bundle product description so that you can click on each one to see details about each item included in the bundle.
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Lisa C. re: AP Syllabus BUNDLE
I am not sure why, but your links are not working. I was hoping to find a comprehensive list of what is included in this bundle. Thanks.
Also, what year was this syllabus approved?
January 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Thanks for the heads-up. I've gone in and fixed the links, so they should work for you now. The syllabus was created & approved in 2007.
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Buyer re: Teach Literary Terms through Million Dollar Baby
How many days would this cover?
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Hello there! I'm not sure exactly how to answer your question because I don't know how long your periods/blocks are with the students. When I teach this unit, there's a lot of pausing the film to discuss a moment with regard to a literary term, so you'll need as much time as the actual film length + about another hour or so, I'd think.
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Buyer re: Merchant of Venice Study Questions
None of the thumbnails are working. How can I preview the worksheets before I buy them?
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Hi again! TPT says the issue should now be resolved. Please take another look?
~ Lisa
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Buyer re: Macbeth IB "Weekend Paper" Assignment
Any chance I could get you to share the passages that you use with this assignment? Do you give all students the same passage? Use a few for the whole class? Or give each student a different passage? Thanks!
January 24, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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HI there! I use various passages, with several for each class. The trick is to pick a passage that will allow students much to discuss (such as almost any interaction between Lady M and M). I limit passages to between 35-40 lines.
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Pamela D. re: Giant Lists of Abstract Nouns & Concrete Adjectives
I cannot open the noun and adjective zipped file I purchased from this website. It said that there is something missing. I was hoping you figure out what was wrong and send it to me. I use Vista at home and XP at work. Word 2007 at hope and 2003 at school.

Thank you. Pamela Dunlap pamela.dunlap@guhsdaz.org
August 27, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
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Hi. I believe that product is in a Zip file; you will need to use WinZip or a similar software to "unzip" the files before they can be opened. There is nothing missing from the file, as other purchasers have not had any problem opening it. If you continue to have problems, please contact Paul at Teachers Pay Teachers; he's very good at helping purchasers get into the files they've purchased. Hope this helps!
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Buyer re: Million Dollar Baby multiple-choice Literary Term Test
Thank you for the update. sorry about the confusion on my end. Am I terribly lazy if I ask if there's a key? I just didn't see one and usually those are attached. Thank you again for your help and services.
September 16, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
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NO you're not terribly lazy. There's none attached to the test, but I think I have one at school I can email you. Send me your email address (renardspicer@gmail.com) and I'll shoot it to you tomorrow. No charge. Sorry about that!
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Buyer re: Teach Literary Terms through Million Dollar Baby
I downloaded the "Million Dollar Baby Unit Plan" and it says that there is a unit test, but my download did not have the test on it. Please advise as to how to obtain this test. Thank you!
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Hi there! Sorry for any confusion. I tried to be very clear in the product description that the test was a separate product. Here's the link:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Million-Dollar-Baby-Multiple-choice-Literary-Term-Test
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Thank you, Lisa! :0) I appreciate your efforts on my behalf!
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Casey South  (TpT Seller) re: Essay Prompts for Elie Wiesel's Night
Hi Lisa,

Could you post a preview of the essay prompts for NIGHT? Thanks! C. South
February 10, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
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I do not have a preview document made (as it is just a one-page document to begin with). However...here is a sample essay prompt:

In describing the manner in which the Nazis stripped Jewish concentration camp prisoners to their most elemental human needs, Elie Wiesel highlights the theme of self-preservation.
• What are “the most elemental human needs” as seen in Night?
• What scenes in Night highlight those needs?
• What luxuries and “extras” were stripped from the prisoners? How?
• What scenes in Night underscore the theme of self-preservation?
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Kelly H. re: Million Dollar Baby multiple-choice Literary Term Test
Hi, this is Kelly, again. I guess I have just a few questions for the answer key of Million Dollar Baby. I just really wanted to know your answers to numbers 25 - 40. Is there any way that you could give me those answers? I just need some reassurance that I am thinking correctly. Thanks.
February 6, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
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1. B
2. A
3. C
4. B
5. C
6. B
7. A
8. C
9. C
10. B
11. D
12. B
13. C
14. D
15. B
16. B
17. B
18. B
19. B
20. B
21. D
22. C
23. C
24. A
25. D
26. G
27. D (OR E)
28. D
29. H
30. A
31. D
32. D
33. G
34. D
35. C (OR D)
36. H
37. G
38. D
39. F
40. B
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Kelly H. re: Twelve Angry Men film quiz
I am currently using lesson plan for Million Dollar Baby. Great way to introduce literary concepts. Just wondering if you can e-mail me answer key to test? I know; I should know all the answers as the teacher, right? Thanks.

Kelly Snow
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HI Kelly! I'll have to look through my files; I don't think I have an answer key on the computer...I just circled the correct answers in red ink on a copy of the test. But I'll check.
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Tammi Wilson  (TpT Seller) re: Passage Analysis (from Conrad's Heart of Darkness)
Ms. Renard-Spicer, why am I unable to download the file?
October 18, 2008 Report inappropriate comment
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HI Tammi, I'm sorry you're having trouble downloading a file. Unfortunately, that's not something a seller can help you with -- you'll need to contact TPT tech support and ask. Look all the way at the bottom of the page where it says "contact us."
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Sharon F. re: Million Dollar Baby multiple-choice Literary Term Test
Lisa,

For the Million Dollar Baby test key, the multiple choice answers all say A for questions 4-25. Is this correct? Do I have the wrong answer key by accident?
October 3, 2008 Report inappropriate comment
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Sharon....I JUST noticed that today. If you want to email me YOUR email address, I'll get you the correct key.

renardspicer@gmail.com

(don't post YOUR email address here or others will see it...I don't care if they see mine)
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Sharon F.
Lisa,

I purchased your lesson to use with 12th grade regular classes and AP Lit classes. I had seen the movie at the theater when it first came out, so I was familiar with it when I stumbled upon your lesson. I watched the first half with colleagues so that we could be pick out the specific elements ourselves. Two of them teach 12th regular and are somewhat conservative. Even though we teach in a non-conservative low-income district with little parent involvement, they were uncomfortable with the language. I and another colleague were not so much. What grade levels did you use this lesson with? Did you show the movie during class time?
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HI Sharon. I understand the concern. In my district, we must get parental permission before showing a film. (I'm assuming this question is about the Million Dollar Baby lesson). I have done variations of this lesson with students in grades 10-12, but always with parental permission slips signed first. On the form, I state that the film's rating is due to language and physical violence. I have never had a student or parent complain.
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I just ordered the Of Mice and Men Study Questions and cannot download the file. I have the right program to open the file...but it says that the file cannot be found or is non exsistent. I paid a dollar and would really like to have this - or would like to have my dollar back. Thanks!
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Stephanie...I've never encounterd this problem before! I'm so sorry you're having difficulty with the download. Did you get ahold of TpT? I can't do anything as the product author to help with a download or refund...TpT has to handle that stuff.
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Hi Brent...sorry it's been a couple of days before I answered...I've been out of town for the weekend. I didn't see any negative comments from you, so I'm a little confused. I hate to admit that I don't remember exactly how many pages the test is. I believe 3 (multiple choice format).
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Brent Matthew Wolf  (TpT Seller)
one question: how many pages is the test?
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Brent Matthew Wolf  (TpT Seller)
okay--so I am dumb. I didn't see that this was an available option to buy. I am on hold to see if I can amend my evaluation for the Million Dollar Baby Unit plan pack. Please disregard my one negative comment. Again, I do commend your creativity and your ingenuity. Please forgive me for my error.
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I Kelli. The summer assignment includes work on literary terms, a film study (Hamlet), college application essay work, and two books in preparation for the year: Jane Eyre and Brave New World.

Hope this helps!
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Hi!

Your AP materials look great. Can I ask what book(s) you use for the Summer Assignment, or is it a general assignment. I'm thinking of ordering the bundle.

Thanks!
Kelli
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Of course! Anytime ...

renardspicer@gmail.com

Lisa
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You posted a comment on my blog Lit Mag Creation. I was interested in contacting you. Is that possible?
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

16 years in public school teaching, primarily 10th grade English, 10th grade Honors English, 12th grade AP English, IB English, and Creative Writing courses. I have also taught 9th grade, 9th grade Honors, and 11th grade English courses. In addition to the standard and honors courses, I have taught as an inclusion team teacher and I have taught summer school remediation courses. I have taught in both traditional year-long 7-period (50 minute) schedules as well as 4x4 (88 minute) block scheduling and year-long (88 minute) A/B block scheduling. I am trained by the International Baccalaureate Organization and the College Board. My CW students have taken first place in the VHSL state writing competition on two separate occasions. Our literary magazine has won every major state and national award.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I incorporate a lot of humor in my teaching and I try to make my classroom a place where students feel welcome, valued, and safe. At the same time, my expectations are high and I hold my students to high standards of achievement. My units and lessons are based on best teaching practices and my classroom management is based on relationship-driven teaching. Each student is unique, so I try to be flexible to individual needs without sacrificing the demand for quality work.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been nominated for "Teacher of the Year" several times. I feel grateful for the nominations, as my school uses colleague-voting to choose nominees and finalists. I must be doing something OK if my peers believe I'm worthy of a mention. My favorite honors, however, are the many times students tell me they enjoy my class and parents tell me they want their child in my class. The kids say that they have to work hard, but that they actually have fun too...that means a lot to me.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. English 1994 [California State University San Marcos], Teacher Certification 1997 [University of Maryland], M.Ed. in Diverse Student Populations 2004 [University of Mary Washington], endorsement in Gifted & Talented, certified by International Baccalaureate Organization and The College Board (AP).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am the parent of a 20-year-old and a 18-year-old. I believe that being a parent makes me a more well-rounded teacher, as I am always considering things from all views -- the students', mine, and the parents'.