Arik Durfee
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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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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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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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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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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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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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An engaging, Common-Core-based unit in which students analyze quotes from The Diary of Anne Frank and make character inferences about this amazing young woman. In "In Her Own Words," students work in groups to make character inferences based on
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A two to three-week unit based on Common-Core Standards and designed to help students improve word choice through daily bell ringers, practice activities, annotated examples, quizzes, and more. TEN-MINUTE REVISION is a comprehensive writing,
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A fun way to introduce or review types of pronouns, antecedents of pronouns, and common pronoun 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
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A fun, interactive, ongoing simulation activity to keep students personally invested and engaged while you study The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, or Mockingjay. This activity is intended as an ongoing simulation that could take over a month to
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A fun, Common Core Standards-based activity in which students write an informative Wikipedia article about one of their classmates--perfect for the first few days of school with a new class. Beginning writers sometimes struggle with writing
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A fun Common-Core Standards based unit for the last week of school! Keep students involved in curriculum even while they're thinking about nothing but summer break! In this unit, students will use the internet to research possible vacation ideas
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Daily Wordplay! Extreme Brain Blowout Edition is a series of over two-hundred and forty language games that could be used as bell-ringers or bonus activities or as SAT or ACT vocabulary prep. In my TEN-MINUTE GRAMMAR daily language units, I include
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This full unit contains a variety of activities for studying "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, including vocabulary, quizzes, and a fun short story writing assignment. The unit could be great in conjunction with other classic short stories,
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A fun way to get students to review and practice with parts of speech and language rules. 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
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In this unit, perfect for Halloween or a larger unit on Poe, students will create an annotated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and then present or publish their final draft. This Common-Core-aligned assignment gives students an opportunity
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Wordplay! The Game Show is a PowerPoint game show based vocabulary-building word games. This Hunger Games Edition is a perfect activity for reviewing vocabulary from the book while you study the novel as a class. In my Ten-Minute Grammar daily
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A fun way to get students to review the spelling of homophones. 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 want to review a
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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.