Bethany Edstrom

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"A great teacher is one who makes herself gradually unnecessary." - Maria Montessori
 
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This is a 20-question multiple-choice test on Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. This test is designed for high school students who have learned some close reading skills, and it avoids questions that can be answered easily from SparkNotes
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This product consists of twelve brief quizzes on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Each quiz asks 7-9 questions, and the twelve quizzes cover the whole novel. Some questions are true/false, a few are multiple-choice, but most ask for a short answer
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This is a 20-question multiple-choice test on Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. This test is designed for high school students who have learned some close reading skills, and it avoids questions that can be answered easily from SparkNotes and
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This is a 20-question multiple-choice test on Richard Wright's Native Son. This test is designed for high school students who have learned some close reading skills, and it avoids questions that can be answered easily from SparkNotes and other
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This 10-slide presentation is meant to give students in grades 10-12 an introduction to the ideas and context of Voltaire's short, comic novel Candide. This presentation introduces Voltaire's use of satire, his atheism, and several motifs and themes
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This is a brief, 7-question reading quiz on Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming. The quiz does not require any literary analysis from the students; it tests only reading comprehension. Of the seven questions, one is multiple-choice, two are
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This is a brief, 7-question quiz on Act I, scenes 3-4 of August Wilson’s Fences. Each question asks for a short answer (ranging in length from a single word or phrase to 2-3 sentences). This quiz does not ask for any literary analysis from students
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This is a short, 8-question quiz on the Walton letters and chapter 1 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This quiz is meant to assess students’ basic understanding of the reading and does not require any literary analysis. One question is true/false;
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This product consists of seven brief reading quizzes on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Each quiz asks 6-9 questions, and the seven quizzes cover the whole novel. Some questions are true/false, some are multiple-choice, and some questions ask for a
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This product consists of ten brief quizzes on Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Each quiz asks 6-10 questions, and the ten quizzes cover the whole novel. Some questions are true/false, while others ask for a short answer (ranging in length from a
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This is a 20-question multiple-choice test on John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. This test is designed for high school students who have learned some close reading skills, and it avoids questions that can be answered easily from SparkNotes and
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This is a brief 10-question quiz designed to assess students’ basic comprehension of the first six chapters on Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. The quiz does not measure analysis, and I recommend giving the quiz before any class discussions of the
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This is a short, 9-question quiz on chapters 2-5 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This quiz is meant to assess students’ basic understanding of the reading and does not require any literary analysis. One question is true/false; the other eight ask
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This is a short, 7-question quiz on chapters 11-14 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This quiz is meant to assess students’ basic understanding of the reading and does not require any literary analysis. All seven questions ask for short free
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This is a set of nine brief reading quizzes on Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming. The quizzes do not require any literary analysis from the students; they test only reading comprehension. The majority of the quizzes ask for short free
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This set of seven (7) bingo cards is an effective and entertaining way for students in AP or college-level composition courses to practice recognizing logical fallacies and other devices in a film or other medium. Each card in the set includes the
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This is a complete set of ten reading quizzes on Bless Me, Ultima. I used these quizzes in a college-prep level 9th grade English class. Each quiz contains 6-10 questions that simply measure reading comprehension. No analysis is required, and I
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This is a brief, 8-question quiz on Act I, scenes 1-2 of August Wilson’s Fences. Each question asks for a short answer (ranging in length from a single word or phrase to 2-3 sentences). This quiz does not ask for any literary analysis from students
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This is a brief, 6-question quiz on Act II, scenes 1-3 of August Wilson’s Fences. Each question asks for a short answer (ranging in length from a single word or phrase to 2-3 sentences). This quiz does not ask for any literary analysis from students
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This is a brief, 6-question quiz on Act II, scenes 4-5 of August Wilson’s Fences. Each question asks for a short answer (ranging in length from a single word or phrase to 2-3 sentences). This quiz does not ask for any literary analysis from students
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

English Teacher and Department Chair, Marianapolis Preparatory School, Thompson, CT (2007-12) Director of Residential Life, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA (2004-07) English Teacher, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT (2002-04) Staff Teacher and Director, Arkansas Writers in the Schools, Fayetteville, AR (1998-2002 as Staff Teacher; 2000-02 as Director)

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to mix things up! Teaching in independent schools, I've been fortunate enough to teach many of my classes around a Harkness table, and my native country as a teacher is the minimally-structured open discussion among students, teachers, and text. However, no teaching method is so effective that it can't benefit from variation from time to time. I also incorporate pair and small-group work, stations, and other activities that get students up out of their seats and moving around. At the high school level, I believe that students learn to write through close reading of model texts. I believe that grammar study is essential, but I've pared the grammar curriculum down to just a few topics that can directly contribute to students' growth as writers. I believe that good teachers should always find ways to individualize instruction. I am always willing to create custom lessons based on your individual needs. Please contact me to discuss custom orders.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College (1998) M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Arkansas (2002)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Since 2012, I have been running a private tutoring practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. My students range from elementary school to adult. I am also a writer of fiction and nonfiction.

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