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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:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Scripts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5
$3.50
35
Digital Download PDF (1.95 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This high interest 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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Scripts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5
$3.75
15
Digital Download PDF (1.36 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
Mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice inference making skills. Students practice close reading as they search for text evidence to solve the mysteries. These 15 short mysteries are carrots for the end of the day, warm ups
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5
$4.95
28
Digital Download PDF (12.74 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. These fun activities are all you need in a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Classroom Community
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6
$8.99
23
Digital Download ZIP (10.24 MB)
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, Close Reading, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Scripts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5
$12.50
$8.50
14
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
Save 30% on this complete DEBATE UNIT of 30 very detailed debate lesson plans! Printable handouts, dozens of resolutions, a 'Debate Basics' PowerPoint, a cross examination how-to video, two posters, and rubrics also await in this $7 off bundle! In
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Oral Communication
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6
$21.73
$14.70
19
Bundle
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, end of year brain teasers, riddles, puzzles,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, End of Year, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Games
$25.89
$17.85
9
Bundle
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:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$4.95
12
Digital Download PDF (8.97 MB)
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:
Activities, Assessment, PowerPoint Presentations
$19.50
$13.65
12
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:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$13.94
$10.89
12
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
Save more than 30% off ($6.25) 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. It includes a
Subjects:
Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Games, Scripts
$19.24
$12.99
8
Bundle
By Brilliantly Lit
This humorous 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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Scripts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5
$3.75
11
Digital Download PDF (2.00 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This humorous Thanksgiving Readers’ Theater brainteaser mystery script will give grades 5-8 students practice in reading, comprehension and writing, while having lots of fun. The Mystery of the Vanishing Turkey printable PDF AND Easel Activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Thanksgiving, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Scripts
$3.75
12
Digital Download PDF (4.73 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
In this debating unit of 18 lessons, high school 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
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
11
Digital Download PDF (4.00 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
In this exciting 30% off Middle School drama bundle, (save more than $16!) you will find enough fun material to keep your grade 5-8 students happy and entertained for an entire semester. Even the most rambunctious Middle School drama classes during
Subjects:
Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Scripts
$54.54
$37.95
4
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:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Independent Work Packet, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5
$3.00
13
Digital Download ZIP (2.34 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This Middle School Readers’ Theater end of year brainteaser mystery script will entertain both drama and ELA classes in the last few WILD days of the school year. It gives grades 5-8 students high interest practice in reading aloud, comprehension,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, End of Year, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Scripts
$3.95
5
Digital Download PDF (3.95 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This amusing Middle School Readers’ Theater brainteaser mystery script will give your students so much fun they won’t know they are learning! Students will practice reading aloud, comprehension, and reflecting on elements of drama, all with a smile
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Scripts
$4.25
7
Digital Download PDF (2.32 MB)
By Brilliantly Lit
This humorous Christmas 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 Vanishing Presents printable PDF and Easel Activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Scripts
$3.75
9
Digital Download PDF (3.97 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
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.8
$4.95
13
Digital Download PDF (10.09 MB)
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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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