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 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 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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These quizzes cover the distinctions between gerunds, present participles, and main verbs; past participles and main verbs; and infinitives and prepositional phrases. It also gives students additional practice finding the functions of nouns (using
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This is a 20-question multiple-choice test on Pat Conroy's The Great Santini. 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 is a quick, 9-question quiz meant to assess basic reading comprehension of Part I, Chapters 3-4 of George Orwell’s 1984. Two questions are objective but open-ended, asking the students to write a phrase or sentence in response. This quiz also
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These two quizzes cover the six functions of nouns (subject, direct object, indirect object, predicate nominative, appositive, and object of a preposition) and the distinction between active and linking verbs and transitive and intransitive verbs.
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This topic is the second in my high school grammar sequence, which is designed specifically to support the development of student writing and close reading. Two quizzes on Nouns and Verbs - the first topic in the sequence - are available for free on
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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 20-question multiple-choice test on Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev. 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 Bradford's Red Sky at Morning. 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 product contains two variations of a quick creative writing activity. Each version of the assignment uses several prompts to generate an intriguing rough draft of a poem that the students can then workshop, revise, and/or edit as they
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This short presentation introduces college-preparatory high school students to A Midsummer Night's Dream and to the qualities of Shakespeare's comedies.
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This Power Point presentation introduces Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac to college-preparatory high school students.
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This product was designed for a senior Film Studies elective at a college prep school and is also appropriate for an introductory film course at the college level or for a film unit in a composition or literature course. The product includes a
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This product was designed for a senior Film Studies elective at a college prep school and is also appropriate for an introductory film course at the college level or for a film unit in a composition or literature course. The product includes a
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This product was designed for a senior Film Studies elective at a college prep school and is also appropriate for an introductory film course at the college level or for a film unit in a composition or literature course. The product includes a
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This vocabulary list is challenging enough for honors and college-prep high school students. The quiz asks students to match words to definitions, identify words to match the blanks in sentences, and generate original definitions and sentences. The
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This product includes a detailed set of questions for students to use to take notes while viewing the film The King's Speech. The essay questions compare the film to Shaw's play Pygmalion, which the students should have read and discussed before the
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Product description: Test on Macbeth This test includes 20 multiple-choice questions and a selection of short-answer questions meant to be answered in one detailed paragraph each (4 short answer options are given; students are asked to choose any
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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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