Arik Durfee
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Arik Durfee
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"Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't. - Mark Twain".
 
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A $120.00 value, this GIGANTIC bundle download of thirty products: a nine-month program covering a wide range of grammar concepts complete with daily bell ringers, worksheets, quizzes, final exams, teacher's guides, and more! Ten-Minute Grammar is
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A $40.00 value, this MASSIVE three-month unit covering a wide range of grammar concepts complete with daily bell ringers, worksheets, quizzes, a final exam, a teacher's guide, and more! Ten-Minute Grammar is a comprehensive grammar curriculum based
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This full unit contains a variety of activities for studying "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs, and "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl. The unit could be great for Halloween, but you could teach it any time of
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This is a fun activity to help students analyze a classic short story and practice using logical evidence and reason in persuasive writing and speech. NOTICE that this "Insanity Plea" activity is included in the Psychotic Short Stories unit, so
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Daily Wordplay! is a series of over two hundred and sixty language games that could be used as bell-ringers or bonus activities. In my Ten-Minute Grammar daily language units, I include a series of word games that I tag onto the end of every day's
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Save $7.00 with this bundled deal that includes five fantastic PowerPoint review games for English Language Arts! This package includes these five game shows: "Comma Invasion" - Reviews comma rules with a goofy alien-invasion/classic-monster-movie
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A fun, standards-based activity in which students manipulate parts of an essay to learn how they fit together. I came up with the idea of "blown-up essays" when I was trying to think of a way to get students to learn by discovery how the parts of
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These writing posters will brighten up your classroom while reminding students how to write each part of an essay. In teaching junior-high English, I've found that we often assign students to write essays without realizing that maybe they have no
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A fun way to get students to practice finding and fixing common grammar errors and typos. It's a great activity for back-to-school, test prep and review, holidays, the last day or week of school, or other filler days. "Epic Grammar FAIL" is a fun,
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This BUNDLED product contains two short story units: One for "HARRISON BERGERON" by Kurt Vonnegut, and one for "THE LOTTERY" by Shirley Jackson. These dystopian short stories would be great to study on their own, but they could also serve as a
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This original motivational poem has one meaning when you read it forwards and another when you read it in reverse! It's great for any junior-high or high-school class. Here's an excerpt: Apathy has no cure Because I refuse to believe that My
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A Common-Core-tied unit for Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME, complete with nearly 350 pages of vocabulary, quizzes, discussion questions, fun activities and projects, review games, essay assignments, and more. This novel is a modern classic, and
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A $40.00 value, this MASSIVE three-month unit covering a wide range of grammar concepts complete with daily bell ringers, worksheets, quizzes, a final exam, a teacher's guide, and more! Ten-Minute Grammar is a comprehensive grammar curriculum based
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A fun way to get students to practice using commas by finding and fixing errors. It's a great activity for test prep and review, holidays, the last day or week of school, or other filler days. I usually hate "test prep." But let's be honest: we all
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This full unit contains a variety of activities for studying "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, including vocabulary, quizzes, and a fun Wikipedia article writing assignment. The unit could be great in conjunction with other classic short stories,
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A reversal poem is a cool free-verse poem that has a negative message when read top-to-bottom and a positive message when read in reverse, bottom-to-top. I first saw a poem like this in a commercial that ran a few years ago and I decided to try
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This full unit contains a variety of activities for studying "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Judge's House" by Bram Stoker. My first "Psychotic Short Stories" unit quickly became one of my best-selling products. But the stories in the
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"Research Logs" - a set of resources designed to give students scaffolding for almost any research project. The resources could be used in an English, science, or social studies class for research essays or presentations on any topic. Included
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A collection of eight ready-to-use grading rubrics to fit nearly any writing or speaking assignment, including expository, persuasive, narrative, research, and literary analysis. Every time I design a new writing assignment for my students, I
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An engaging, Common-Core-based unit perfect for Black History Month (or for a civil-rights themed unit any other time of the year) comparing Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X including two media presentations, daily lesson plans, and over 25
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught English at the junior high level for five years. I now teach 9th grade English in an English/physical science combo class at an innovative new school that focuses on cross-curricular classes and project-based learning. I'm also an aspiring novelist.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is very high energy and goofy, and my lessons are fun and engaging while still being real-world applicable and tied to the Common Core Standards.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I am a Certified Teacher and a Certified Trainer with the New Tech Network, a nationwide network of mostly public schools that focuses on cross-curricular project-based learning.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho in 2006 with a major in English Ed and a minor in Spanish.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm a father of four: six-year-old and four-year-old daughters and two-year-old twin boys. I love rock climbing, playing guitar, writing and reading books, and going to movies. Oh, and teaching! When I grow up, I want to be a published author of young-adult fiction.