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These differentiated writing activities allow students to analyze the theme and central idea of the short story "The Scholarship Jacket" in a fun, interactive way. Students select a writing exercise based on their individual learning
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This Seedfolks Novel Unit focuses on basic reading comprehension skills. It's a great refresher at the beginning of the school year, or it can serve as a skills review later in the year. The set includes the following items: Chapter
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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by studying a speech he delivered to middle school students months before his assassination. Questions are ordered using Bloom's Taxonomy and examine common speech elements, including figurative
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This exercise guides students through the process of revising their writing by varying sentence structure. First, they are asked to compare two similar paragraphs, counting the number of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences in
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This Seedfolks Novel Unit focuses on literary analysis and takes a more differentiated approach. It includes a sample three week schedule, which guides students through the literary analysis process. First, I give the students a pretest to
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Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt, author of The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, is an excellent coming-of-age novel for intermediate grades (7-9). Tackling issues such as racism, socioeconomic prejudice, loss, and the weight of family expectations, it's
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This PowerPoint, which pairs with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" provides students with the background information necessary to understand the allusions that are key to unlocking the speech's message. It briefly exposes
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Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt, author of The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, is an excellent coming-of-age novel for intermediate grades (7-9). Tackling issues such as racism, socioeconomic prejudice, loss, and the weight of family expectations, it's
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Although this activity was originally designed for use in a middle school ESL language arts classroom, it can help fulfill multiple objectives across a variety of age groups. The file is an editable Word document, allowing for personalization of
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This lesson uses Hernando Tellez's suspenseful short story, "Lather and Nothing Else," to evaluate the effect of point of view on a story's structure and meaning. Students, either individually or as partners, rewrite the story from an alternate
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This strategy takes a differentiated approach to the pre-AP DIDLS strategy for tone analysis. Because my middle school students would balk at the words "diction" and "syntax," I changed them to "word choice" and "sentence structure," thereby
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When my students asked to review several key components of essay writing that were still tripping them up, I created this simple, interactive review activity. It challenges students to think critically about what distinguishes an attention grabber
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Assess student understanding of O. Henry's short story, "A Retrieved Reformation," through this RAFT writing activity. Students have the option to write one of two RAFTs, focusing on the outcome of the story. What conclusions can they draw from the
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This exercise requires students to read a story and determine whether the underlined words have a negative or positive connotation, using context clues and word structure.
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These ten literary analysis questions will challenge your students to dig deeply into the text of Richard Connell's popular short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." It requires a close, careful reading of the text as they interpret meaning, analyze
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Oftentimes our students' writing seems stale, yet they can't pinpoint the problem. Poor word choice, resulting in lack of voice, is a likely culprit. This sorting activity gives students the opportunity to think critically about specific v.
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Finding and/or creating sample technology enhanced items can be challenging for teachers, yet it's imperative that students receive ample practice. This exercise may either be used as part of a formal assessment or as a review. It pairs the poem
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This set of 86 reading comprehension questions ensures that your students will get the most out of Gary Schmidt's delightful coming-of-age novel, The Wednesday Wars. Questions include a mix of basic comprehension, making predictions, using context
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This helpful pre-writing tool pairs with the PEPSI elaboration strategy. It walks struggling writers through the steps of individual PEPSI paragraphs while creating an organizational picture of the entire essay.
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These ten literary analysis questions will challenge your students to dig deeply into the text of Guy de Maupassant's popular short story, "The Necklace." It requires a close, careful reading of the text as they interpret meaning, analyze
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught 8th grade language arts for 12 years before becoming a full-time mom. I currently teach cyber school English 9 and 10 part time.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students need to grapple with a text in order to understand and appreciate it fully; therefore, my lessons tend to be more analytical in nature. However, I also recognize that analysis can be difficult for middle school students, especially those who are more creative or practical. Consequently, I develop curriculum which eases students into analysis through modeling, partnering, and framing, while differentiating for more creative and practical learners.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Awarded grad school fellowship and "Top of Program" distinction. Graduated undergrad summa cum laude.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master's: George Mason University, Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning--Literacy Bachelor's: Eastern University, English-Communications for Secondary Education

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