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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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Criminal Justice - Law, Writing, Halloween
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Simulations
$4.00
458
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Unit Plans
CCSS:
W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, L.7.1, L.7.1a, L.7.1b, L.7.1c, L.7.2, L.7.2a, L.7.2b, L.7.3...
$60.00
$50.00
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Short Stories, Writing-Essays, Halloween
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Unit Plans, Activities
$10.00
397
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Unit Plans
CCSS:
W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, L.7.1, L.7.1a, L.7.1b, L.7.1c, L.7.2, L.7.2a, L.7.2b, L.7.3a...
$25.00
384
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Unit Plans, Activities
$8.00
214
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
259
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Grammar, ELA Test Prep, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Test Prep, Games
$18.00
354
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$7.00
271
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Novel Study
$18.00
147
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By Arik Durfee
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,
Subjects:
Grammar, Spelling, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Test Prep, Games
$5.00
235
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Posters
$2.50
206
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Grammar, ELA Test Prep, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Test Prep, Games
$5.00
156
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Character Education, Back to School, Poetry
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Multimedia, Posters
$3.00
154
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Unit Plans
CCSS:
W.7.5, W.8.5, W.9-10.5, L.7.1, L.7.1a, L.7.1b, L.7.1c, L.7.2, L.7.2a, L.7.2b, L.7.3...
$25.00
138
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By Arik Durfee
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,
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Vocabulary, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Unit Plans, Activities
$5.00
85
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Grammar, Character Education, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
$3.00
115
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Short Stories, Halloween
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Unit Plans, Activities
$7.00
132
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By Arik Durfee
A mini-research project in which students decide for themselves how accurately The Boy in the Striped Pajamas depicts the horror and injustice of the holocaust. I usually watch the film version of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as part of a
Subjects:
World History, Critical Thinking, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Minilessons
$1.00
77
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By Arik Durfee
A one-week to two-week unit on identifying and correcting run-on sentences, comma splices, and sentence fragments, complete with daily bell ringers, worksheets, quiz, a teacher's guide, and more! This is unit #18 of Ten-Minute Grammar: Trimester
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Unit Plans
CCSS:
L.4.1, L.4.1f, L.4.2, L.4.2c, L.5.1, L.5.2, L.6.1, L.6.2, L.7.1, L.7.1a, L.7.1b...
$4.50
73
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By Arik Durfee
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Multimedia, Cooperative Learning
$8.00
86
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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.

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