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By Brilliantly Lit
This Middle School Readers’ Theater fun brainteaser mystery script will give students practice in reading, comprehension and writing, while having lots of chuckles. The Mystery of the Stolen Laptop readers’ theater script will entertain your grades
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Scripts, Cooperative Learning
$3.25
19
Digital Download PDF (2.01 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
80 fun, educational ELA games and activities are crammed into the vibrant pages of this Middle School resource. Classroom community will be enriched and class spirit will thrive in your grade 5-8 classes. There are games for individuals, team games,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$8.99
12
Digital Download ZIP (11.80 MB)
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, you could assign them as high interest home study tasks
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.95
15
Digital Download PDF (12.60 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This Middle School Readers’ Theater brainteaser mystery will give students practice in reading, comprehension and writing, while having lots of fun. The Mystery of the Haunted House printable and Easel Activity script will entertain your students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Scripts, Cooperative Learning
$3.75
7
Digital Download PDF (1.37 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
17
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
The Indian Horse resources in this 30% off 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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Novel Study
$19.50
$13.65
8
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
This Middle School readers’ theater brainteaser mystery script will give students practice in reading aloud, comprehension, character development and writing, while enjoying lots of fun. The Mystery of the Drama Camp Thief readers’ theater script
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Scripts
$3.75
8
Digital Download PDF (1.60 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
$8 off! Only three weeks left before your excited Middle School students begin the summer? This no-prep bundle is a survival kit for tired teachers of grades 5-8 students! 80 games, 15 mysteries, a movie, sorting characters from their most recent
Subjects:
English Language Arts, End of Year, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Games
$25.84
$17.80
3
Bundle
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 printable or digital handouts explain all the rules and techniques to students, and provide dozens of topics. Rubrics for marking,
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
9
Digital Download PDF (4.00 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Save 30% off ($6.00) on this drama fun bundle; it will keep even the most rambunctious Middle School drama classes busy and entertained for many hours! Apart from some limited photocopying, this is a NO-PREP bundle. DRAMA GAMES45 fun Middle School
Subjects:
Drama
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Games, Scripts
$18.99
$12.99
5
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
This fun 30% off Middle School high-interest trio of readers' theater brain teaser mystery scripts will delight both ELA and Drama students. They will practice reading and comprehension skills while testing their wits in deductive work. In two of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Scripts
$12.25
$8.50
4
Bundle
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
5
Bundle
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
8
Digital Download ZIP (2.34 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Impromptu speaking can be scary, but also oodles of fun! This short unit, with detailed lesson plans, 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. Photocopy
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Drama, Oral Communication
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Mini-Course
$6.50
9
Digital Download PDF (2.49 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Short mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice listening and inference skills. They are carrots for High School students for the end of the day, or bell ringers. They are perfect high interest homework for those who generally
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$4.95
8
Digital Download PDF (9.56 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
The last week of fall term is CRAAAAZY! This no-prep, fun brain teaser resource is intended to keep Middle School students happy and busy, while still exercising their brain cells. The brain teaser mystery stories require active listening and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.95
5
Digital Download PDF (8.96 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
What Middle School student doesn’t love a fun brainteaser mystery to get their brain cells zinging? Two high interest mystery stories will intrigue your grade 5-8 students, and the questions that follow each story will hone their comprehension
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Independent Work Packet
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9
$4.00
4
Digital Download PDF (1.86 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
25 fun and challenging detailed lessons await your high school students in this exciting unit! There are 18 debating lessons and 7 impromptu speaking lessons, packed with activities. They will provide the backbone of a designated public speaking or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
$18.99
$12.90
8
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
Fun educational games and activities for High School ELA classes are crammed into the vibrant pages of this exciting resource! Grades 9-12 students need classroom community enhancing brain breaks and will love the games for individuals, team games,
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
This creative writing bundle will immerse high school students in poetry for 6 engaging weeks of fun and excitement! This 30% off bundle will inspire students' love of poetry, give them weeks of writing in a variety of genres, and even help them to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Mini-Course
$19.69
$13.50
3
Bundle
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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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