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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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When you ask your kids to do peer-editing do they write "good job" at the top of the page and call that effective critique?! This trio of pee...
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A writing prompt handout for specific literary analysis of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Includes the prompt -- asking students to explain how...
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A simple, one-page chart useful when you want your students to compare basic information about two works of literature. This chart works for lite...
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An EXCEPTIONAL tool to help students hone in on and remember key aspects of major novels or plays as they analyze them. This tool was created as ...
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A quick-to-use PowerPoint presentation to help you teach your students what not to include in their formal academic writing. "Wo...
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An end-of-unit objective test to assess students' understanding of the concepts covered in the
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Created for Advanced Placement 12 (literature and composition) students. This could be used with other honors-level or advanced students. This r...
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A comprehensive syllabus/course plan for AP English Literature & Composition composed in 2007 in accordance with the the new College Board AP...
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A culminating activity lesson plan for those teaching Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Can be used with regular 50-minute periods or lon...
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A sheet of open-ended study questions to guide upper-level students in reading Heart of Darkness. Answers not included.
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A quick quiz to check whether your students have paid attention while watching the film. Includes a diagram of the jury table set-up (staging) an...
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A great activity for the Merchant of Venice. This activity requires students to not only strive to understand the meaning behind the Eliza...
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Detailed study questions on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. Act-by-Act, Scene-by-Scene. Created for advanced students (AP, IB, Honors). Would a...
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A bundle of three PowerPoint presentations that teachers can use to help their students improve and strengthen their academic writing. ...
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A terrific culminating project for students who have read William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Students are tasked with creating a boo...
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A comprehensive study guide and teacher resource for Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. This guide does include activities to help students comprehen...
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A 24-page differentiated vocabulary study unit for Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Includes: - directions for differentiating the unit ...
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An engaging, creative project to assess students' knowledge of the plot, characters, and setting of the play Julius Caesar by William S...
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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'.