April's Novel Ideas

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By April's Novel Ideas
After your study of Lord of the Flies, use this film guide alongside the 1963 film. The guide has provocative questions and lots of trivia!
Subjects:
Reading, Drama, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
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Activities, Handouts, Movie Guides
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By April's Novel Ideas
Here is a PowerPoint that will engage your students in an introduction to Ayn Rand and her famous novel, Anthem! The PPT focuses on how Rand's background may have lead her to write about themes of control, oppression, and dominant societies in
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Novel Study
$5.00
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By April's Novel Ideas
Provide your students with this active reading guide so that they can get a lot of their study of Ayn Rand's Anthem. Make as many copies of the journal pages as there are chapters that you will assign!
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Novel Study, Homework, Graphic Organizers
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By April's Novel Ideas
This is a short answer quiz on John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book I. In conjunction with this, you could use my summary notes and quotation direction for students for Book I. Students could prepare for the quiz that way!
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Handouts, Assessment
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By April's Novel Ideas
After your study of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, you may be setting up for an exam on the novel. Use this game of questions that vary from easy to hard to prepare your students the fun way! All students begin with the easy round. If a student gets
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Novel Study
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By April's Novel Ideas
Engage your students in a discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 1-4 using April's Novel Ideas prepared questions for teachers!
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literature Circles
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By April's Novel Ideas
Give your students the opportunity to experience the lack of "I" and individuality much like our lead character Equality from Ayn Rand's Anthem in this fun activity from April's Novel Ideas!
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
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By April's Novel Ideas
After the close of your study of Caesar, offer your students this great Caesar exam with varied question types from April's Novel Ideas!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment
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By April's Novel Ideas
Ask your students to engage with this directed PPT to write answers to 4 reflection questions. Then use these as a springboard to discuss aloud! Students love to write down their thoughts ahead of discussing aloud! This is a great chapter and asks
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Literature Circles
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By April's Novel Ideas
Here is a quiz for Macbeth Act III! There are a variety of questions, including multiple-choice, true and false, and a bonus!
Subjects:
Reading, Drama, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
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By April's Novel Ideas
April's Novel Ideas offers this great exam for Beowulf - testing a vast range of the student's understanding. This exam features matching, true/false, and short answer questions.
Subjects:
Reading, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
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By April's Novel Ideas
If your students need a reminder on MLA style for citations/works cited, please use April's Novel Ideas reminder guide!
Subjects:
Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts
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By April's Novel Ideas
Practice creating great discussion questions using the shared inquiry technique in this handout from April's Novel Ideas, featuring the text I Am the Cheese!
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
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By April's Novel Ideas
If your students need practice learning to integrate quotations properly, use this handout from April's Novel Ideas!
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
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Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
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By April's Novel Ideas
Offer your students this in-depth reading quiz for chapters 3-5 of Anthem from April's Novel Ideas!
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Novel Study
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By April's Novel Ideas
Use this vocabulary list from Ayn Rand's Anthem for your students, complete with definitions and page numbers where the words are used.
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Study Guides, Handouts
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By April's Novel Ideas
Give your students an opportunity to have some rousing fun while reviewing Ayn Rand's Anthem vocabulary with this Jeopardy-style review game from April's Novel Ideas!
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
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By April's Novel Ideas
This is a great, comprehensive study guide for To Kill a Mockingbird from April's Novel Ideas. I'm really proud of this one! This guide includes context about the story, background on Harper Lee, a photo guide of the characters, and pre-made study
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Homework, Graphic Organizers
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By April's Novel Ideas
This is a great quiz for To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapters 17-18, with varied question types from April's Novel Ideas.
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
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By April's Novel Ideas
This is an exciting and important activity for Chapters 19-21 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Have your students examine the use of language in the trial scenes!
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Mt. Lebanon High School, Mt. Lebanon, PA, August 2010 – present High School English Teacher – 9 Academic, 10 Academic, and 10 Honors English  Developed curriculum collaboratively for each of my classes taught at both academic and honors levels  Received consistent distinguished teaching evaluation rankings in areas of Preparation, Rapport with Students, Facilitation of Discussion, Communication with Parents, and Involvement in School, to name a few.  Co-taught multiple times with various special education teachers and the reading specialist  Worked as part of a teaching staff that was consistently acknowledged in the top 10 across the state and in Western Pennsylvania  Worked as part of an English department at the 10th grade level that consistently earned impressive Keystone Literature exam scores – to include one year with a 99% proficiency rating on the writing portion  Appointed to various prestigious committees within the school, including Teaching Evaluation Committee and Induction Committee for Professionalism  Selected as PTSA Faculty Representative to meet monthly with parent organization and prepare faculty section of monthly newsletter  Sponsored many student clubs and organizations, including SADD and student government Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, August, 2006 – 2010 Adjunct English Professor – Introduction to Composition (ENG 150) and Argumentation (ENG 151)  Taught more than 10 semesters of ENG 150 and ENG 151, respectively.  Created and facilitated multi-cultural instruction for the unit, “The World of Ideas,” including readings such as Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Martin Luther King Jr.’s The Letter from Birmingham Jail, bell hooks’ Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, and Frederick Douglass’ Narrative from a Slave.  Encouraged student choice in essay prompts to allow students to produce their highest quality work based on their individual interests.  Developed a strong rapport with students by ensuring mutual respect.  Held individual conferences with students to discuss their writing, for the purposes of celebrating successes, advancing ideas, and/or addressing any concerns.  Created safe and student-centered classrooms for diverse groups of students, including traditional and non-traditional peers. Five Star Development, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, August 2007 – 2010 Editor/Instructional Designer  Promoted to editor after two years as instructional designer  Edited and wrote training materials – traditional and online varieties – for new employees and those in continued professional development at Heinz, Bayer, and Highmark, to name a few.  Wrote and developed content for monthly company newsletter

MY TEACHING STYLE

…Passionate, student-centered English educator who places primary importance on critical shared inquiry in the classroom by facilitating active and thoughtful participation…

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

 Article published, “Creating a Stronger Community in the Carnegie Mellon University English Department,” Carnegie Mellon University, 2005  Graduated Cum Laude, Washington and Jefferson College, 2005  Member of Sigma Tau Delta, English Honorary Society, Washington and Jefferson College, 2005  Member of Phi Sigma Tau, Philosophy Honorary Society, Washington and Jefferson College, 2005  Dean’s List Scholar, Washington & Jefferson College, 2001-2005  Presidential Scholar, Washington and Jefferson College, 2001-2005

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Professional Year Teaching Certification, Secondary English Education, May 2010 GPA 4.0/4.0 – Honors in Student Teaching Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA Master of Arts, English/Literary and Cultural Studies, May 2006 GPA 3.9/4.0 Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA Bachelor of Arts, English and Philosophy, May 2005 GPA 3.6/4.0

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am so pleased to be joining this community, because I am a passionate nerd when it comes to creating engaging lessons for students! My husband is in education as well. He is a Physics professor at Washington and Jefferson college. We enjoy life to the fullest with our two dogs (Gypsy and Thumper) and two cats (Robot and Noodle)!

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