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Michael  Cummings
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This is a hundred-word crossword puzzle that can serve as a review for a test on the novel or as a "fun" exercise. Students can work individuall...
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This commentary provides a chapter-by-chapter analysis of John Wyndham's The Chrysalids. It includes content tests and answer guides, as well as...
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This is a seventy-two word crossword puzzle on S. E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders. The crossword is intended to be done after a study of the nov...
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Students enjoy this crossword that can be used for review after a study of the novel or before a test. Students can work alone or in pairs. The ...
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This is a seventy-word crossword puzzle on Freak the Mighty and is intended as a review of the novel. The crossword can be done in groups of two...
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This 100-word crossword puzzle is part of my Separate Peace commentary. The puzzle can be used as a review of the novel or as a preparation for a...
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These fifty-mark content tests are part of my commentary on The Chrysalids and are intended to test reading comprehension or to serve as a final ...
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These are two one-hundred-word crossword puzzles that can be used for review of the novel or as "fun" exercises that can be done either in groups...
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This commentary examines the Romantic age and focuses on four Romantic poets and their poetry: Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Night...
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This is a 40 quotation identification test from my commentary on Hamlet. Students are awarded 1/2 mark for identifying the speaker and 1/2 mark ...
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This graph of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar provides an overview of the structure of a Shakespearean tragedy as well as an examination of the key e...
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Most of this analysis of Hamlet's soliloquies is from my commentary on Hamlet (243 pages, 100,700 words) It focuses on each of the six soliloqui...
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This crossword puzzle on The Chrysalids has been revised and upgraded to 100 words and is part of my commentary on the novel. It can be used for...
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This 100-word crossword puzzle is part of my commentary on Romeo and Juliet and is intended to stimulate discussion as well as serve as review fo...
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This grammar exercise is part of my commentary on Lord of the Flies (132 pages, 52,000 words). The exercise traces the boys' descent into savage...
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(62 pages)This document discusses the structure and organization of the formal essay suggesting various methods of writing an effective introduct...
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These two crosswords - one a review of the play; the other a quotation crossword - are intended to be used after the play has been studied. Stud...
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This crossword puzzle is part of my commentary on Miller's Crucible and is intended as a review of the play. Students enjoy the exercise, the cr...
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This study of Fitzgerald's philosphical allusions, religious imagery and colour symbolism is part of my commentary on The Great Gatsby and is int...
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This is a hundred-word crossword puzzle on The Merchant of Venice that is intended for review after a discussion of the play. Students can work ...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a high-school English teacher for over thirty years and continue to teach after my retirement as a supply teacher. While I was a PH. D student at Ottawa University, I taught a few courses to first-year students and a university summer course at the university's campus in Cornwall. I also taught a few summer courses to high school students for the Ottawa Board of Education. I enjoy writing critical commentaries on a wide variety of literary texts as well as teaching grammar and writing techniques. I especially enjoy dissecting works of literature and helping students come to grips with the text.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have employed a wide variety of teaching styles: from classroom discussion and debate, to group work and oral presentations, to one-on-one tutorials, to note-taking skills and essay-writing techniques. I believe that having a solid grounding in one's subject, being well prepared, and having a genuine love and enthusiasm for learning are the keys to any teaching style and give one the versatility and adaptability to seize every teaching moment. I learn a great deal from students - both from their questions and their insights - and I encourage students to disagree with me and to present their own perspective and point of view. Please let me know of any changes you would like me to make so that I might tailor my documents to suit your specific needs. I welcome your comments and feedback; it is a real honour to share my ideas with you and I hope that you will find my commentaries beneficial to you and your students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. - St. Patrick's College, Ottawa B.Theology - St. Paul University, Ottawa M.A. - Carleton University, Ottawa Ph. D courses and teaching - Ottawa University, Ottawa B. Ed. - Queen's University, Kingston

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have published a number of literary commentaries for the Ottawa Board of Education. These commentaries, as well as a number of others, have been greatly updated and expanded. I have commentaries on a number of Shakespeare's tragedies-Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Julius Caesar-complete with a detailed explanation of specific aspects of the play, as well as crossword puzzles, quizzes, essay and seminar topics, discussions of the characteristics of the tragic figure and graphs of the structure of a Shakespearean tragedy. I also have commentaries on The Great Gatsby, Darkness At Noon, A Separate Peace, Brave New World, The Crucible, The Chrysalids, A Man For All Seasons, The Pearl, The Moon is Down, Pygmalion, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Stone Angel, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Henry IV, Part I, A Handbook on Grammar, Punctuation, Sentence Structure and Essay Writing, and many, many more. I am sure that many will find these commentaries a valuable resource. Please feel free to contact me through the Q@A forum - I am only too happy to help in any way I can. Mike Cummings