Amanda Watson

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This worksheet is for skill practice. It features three poems "In the Station at the Metro" by Ezra Pound, "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams, and "Richard Corey" by Edward Arlington. It asks about aspects of the poem that lead to
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This is a worksheet that helps students to analyze two Langston Hughes' poems; "Dream Deferred" and "Mother to Son." It's very useful and should be used as practice after instruction.
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The motivation behind the mass hysteria during the Salem Witch Trials as portrayed in Arthur Miller's The Crucible seems far- fetched and unbelievable. Using video, discussion, class participation, and writing, this lesson aims to personalize the
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This is an activity that will help students to clarify the characters in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. It asks them to draw a mind map to show relationships between characters as well as who is disguising himself as who. It's fun!
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This lesson includes a newspaper article to read, a set of 5-W questions, and a worksheet of mock notecards to practice notetaking in preparation for a research project. My own students found it helpful as well as interesting.
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An essay assignment which includes the poem "Liberty Needs Glasses" by Tupac Shakur.
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This is three assignments I used last year with Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. They are two graphic organizers and a "think sheet" for conflict. Each has a culminating prompt for writing. They worked well for me last year and my students
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A fully developed unit with sections created in PowerPoint. This unit includes essential questions, writing assignments, comprehension questions,vocabulary, activities, pictures to enhance understanding of setting, plot, and allusions to pop
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There's much ado about the wedding of Katherine and Petruchio in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and this assignment has the students write their own TMZ style gossip column. It's fun and has the students take a closer look at the script to
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This year we wrote our research papers in a different form. We made a "dossier." Using Microsoft Publisher or a similar software, we wrote the same paper but it looked different. I found that by allowing them the use of graphics, design,
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This character analysis worksheet asks questions about descriptions for and quotes by and about Ender Wiggins in Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. With a little tweaking you can change it to fit which ever character you're studying!
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This assignment re-imagine Ray Bradbury's "The Long Rain" from The Illustrated Man. In this new scenario the story is actually the Lieutenant’s diary, here is the set-up: The waterproof diary of a lieutenant stationed on Venus has recently been
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This is a very interesting article from Seed Magazine about why lifelike robots and CGIs make people uncomfortable. (Remember Angelina Jolie in Beowulf?) It talks about Freud, robots, and the creepiness factor. At what point does something become
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This graphic organizer was created for use with The Bean Trees, but can very easily be altered to which ever character you're studying. Just remove Taylor Greer's name and add yours! I have used this assignment every year with a wide variety of
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This PowerPoint is an introduction to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it tells Shelley's biography and inspiration as well as genre information.
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It's state testing season and we could all use a little more practice! I've created this worksheet of SHAKESPEARE'S "SONNET 18" (Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?) with multiple choice and interpretive questions in the style of state and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

CM Russell High School January 2003-July 2006 English, Journalism, Speech and Debate Utah Career College August 2008-May 2009 Communications, College Writing Cyprus High School August 2006--2013 English, Speech and Debate Northern Utah Academy of Math Engineering and Science (NUAMES) Early College High School August 2013-Current 11th, 12th Grade English

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that students are responsible for their own learning, but I support them as much as I can. I try to promote critical thinkers who can articulate their thoughts and are willing to look beyond themselves for the answers to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

"That's amazing, do you do that for everyone who doesn't know what to do?" (Student 2014) “She caused me to look at the world differently and to ask questions of it," (Student 2012). “Her level of motivating students to excel shines as one of her most salient features,” (Former Department Head). "Her infectious love of learning and her desire to help every student succeed make her a well- respected instructor among her peers and a favorite among her students,” (Colleague). "I am impressed with her level of professionalism and care in dealing with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. She has enviable classroom management skills and knows how to relate her lessons to her students. I have personally talked with some of her students and all say that they really learned how to write effectively and think critically about the world around them in her English classes," (Colleague). "I have thought more than once that I would have loved to have had her as my high school English teacher. Several times when I leave the building at the end of the day I have seen her working hard at her desk or talking with students who have come to her on their own time after school. She is well-liked by both teachers and students," (Colleague).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Arts in both Creative Writing and Literature, University of Montana 2000 Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Great Falls 2002 English as a Second Language Certification, Weber State University 2009

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Big Ol' Nerd who waits every year for Comic Con, listens to and regularly quotes public radio, and voraciously reads Scandinavian crime fiction.

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