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By Brilliantly Lit
1984 games might sound an oxymoron, but given that much of Orwell’s scarily prescient novel can be looked at as games played by the Inner Party on an unsuspecting populace, I think that my activities are justified!Newspeak found poetry – making
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$1.50
6
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By Brilliantly Lit
In this debating unit of 18 lessons students will build towards a full, competitive debate at the end of the unit. 28 printables explain all the rules and techniques to students, and provide dozens of topics. Rubrics for marking, including peer
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Civics, Oral Communication
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6
$7.99
7
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By Brilliantly Lit
Mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice listening and inference making skills. They are carrots for the end of the day, warm ups or even bell ringers. Alternatively, early finishing or talented students could read the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.95
3
Digital Download PDF (7.47 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Fun educational ELA games and activities are crammed into the vibrant pages of this Middle School resource. There are games for individuals, team games, mini writing activities, silly speeches and riddles to solve. The preview provides peeks into
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$8.99
8
Digital Download ZIP (10.07 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Save 30% on this complete DEBATE UNIT of 30 very detailed debate lesson plans! Printable handouts, dozens of resolutions, fun speaking and debating games, a PowerPoint, how-to-debate video, and rubrics also await in this bundle. In the 170 pages of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Oral Communication
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Mini-Course
$21.73
$14.70
8
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By Brilliantly Lit
Impromptu speaking can be scary, but also oodles of fun! This mini-unit gently leads students through a series of activities in duos and small groups until they are ready to speak in front of the whole class. Why do it?Even in a world dominated by
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Oral Communication
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Mini-Course
$6.50
8
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By Brilliantly Lit
The 8 Indian Horse resources in this bundle will help you to enrich - and test - students on Richard Wagamese’s compelling novel. Please check out the previews for each of these resources and save 30% over buying these resources individually.Richard
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Novel Study
$21.50
$15.00
4
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
This Middle School Readers’ Theater brainteaser mystery script will give students practice in reading, comprehension and writing, while having lots of fun. The Mystery of the Stolen Laptop readers’ theater script will entertain your students and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Scripts
$3.25
6
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By Brilliantly Lit
Mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice listening and inferential skills. They are carrots for the end of the day, or even bell ringers. Alternatively, early finishing or talented students could read the mysteries on their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.95
5
Digital Download PDF (9.18 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This fun independent work packet is designed to raise students’ spirits! All of the activities, from jokes, to riddles, to writing on happy events past, present and future, will put a smile on students’ faces. They will write a dice roll story that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Homework, Independent Work Packet
$5.00
2
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By Brilliantly Lit
Want your students to practice inference making and close reading skills? This fun brain teaser mystery will entertain your students and give them inference and comprehension tasks to deduce the thief's identity. It will work well for independent
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
2
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By Brilliantly Lit
Save 20% off with this fun Middle School bundle, packed with games and mysteries!80 ELA GamesFun, educational games are crammed into the vibrant pages of this resource. There are games for individuals, team games, mini writing activities, silly
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$13.94
$10.89
2
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
This resource has two components. There are 18 discussion questions to help prepare students for the test, and a test. Both go up to the end of chapter 19. The resource is included in the Indian Horse 5 Resources Bundle The test consists of: a 10
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Novel Study
$3.00
3
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By Brilliantly Lit
Perfect for independent movie watching at home, these short answer worksheets will provoke thought and help your students focus during and after the watching of ANY movie. The 16 questions on plot, character, and film techniques insist that students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Movie Guides, Independent Work Packet
$1.25
1
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By Brilliantly Lit
This 55 point Hamlet act one test also contains a fill in the blanks plot worksheet to help students review for the test. All parts of the test have an answer key, including the freebie. Of the 20 multiple choice questions, 10 are textual analysis
Subjects:
Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
$3.25
2
Digital Download PDF (1.28 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This Macbeth workbook is ideal for distance learning; home study will have never been such fun! This visually enticing student graphic organizer workbook is a complete unit that will lead your students through Macbeth. Plot, characters, themes: this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Workbooks, Homework, Independent Work Packet
$8.25
1
Digital Download ZIP (32.46 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This 60 point Macbeth Act One test draws upon a variety of student skills, including recall and analysis. All parts of the test have an answer key. The written response answers are so clear and comprehensive you could press-gang a relative to help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment
$3.00
2
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By Brilliantly Lit
ROMEO AND JULIET ACT ONE TEST. All parts of this 60 point test are accompanied by an answer key. A fill in the blanks freebie is included to help students review for the test, and an act one summary. The test can be easily split into sections if you
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment
$3.00
1
Digital Download PDF (0.73 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Fun educational games and activities for High School ELA classes are crammed into the vibrant pages of this resource. There are games for individuals, team games, mini writing activities, silly speeches and riddles to solve. The preview provides
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Classroom Community
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$8.99
7
Digital Download ZIP (10.91 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Brain Teaser Mini-Mysteries These mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers and brain breaks for Middle School students, but also practice listening, comprehension and inference making skills. They are carrots for the end of the day, or even
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Games, Scripts
$11.20
$8.95
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I began my teaching career when I was five. Every afternoon I lined up my dolls in front of my mini blackboard and harangued them about vocabulary. I have taught, written, and coached public speaking and debating in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. I have mostly taught ELA to grades 6-12, but also creative writing classes, and public speaking and debate classes. I have taught AP students bound for the Ivy Leagues and Oxford and Cambridge, and have also taught students with significant challenges, such as dyslexia and Aspergers. I have taught in credit summer courses in France, Spain, Portugal, England, and Scotland. Combining my love of teaching with my travel addiction made those summers unforgettable. I also write and mark for SSAT tests.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I agree with Dr Shimi Kang that “Play is the superfood of learning.” I try to combine rigor with fun, preferably using several activities each lesson. When alumni come back to visit, they never fondly reminisce about the punctuation exercises or vocabulary quizzes. It is usually my educational games, like Macbeth musical chairs, or my absurd speaking topics that they become dewy eyed about.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Every time students leave my classroom with broad grins on their faces saying “Thanks for the lesson," that is a shining moment for me. My proudest external achievements occurred when my students won the high school World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships in 2004 (Colorado), 2006 (Connecticut), and 2007 (Cape Town).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

My degrees are from the United Kingdom; I didn't cross the pond until I was 25. I have a BA (First Class) from the University of Nottingham, an MA in English from the University of Warwick, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Durham.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have taught at the same school for 33 years!

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