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By Christine Heuner
Writing topic sentences is extremely important not only for developing effective essays, but also for responses on standardized tests. My basic skills 11th grade English students struggle with writing topic sentences that move beyond plot summary
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Printables
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By Christine Heuner
I use this rubric in my A.P. Literature class; it can be used in any high-school English class, but because it emphasizes the use of a complex thesis statement, it's more appropriate for the upper grades (11th and 12th). Before assessing student
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Rubrics
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By Christine Heuner
These handouts provide two models for connecting topic sentences back to the thesis statement and outlining topic sentences that have that direct connection to the thesis. I have used these handouts in my honors and Advanced Placement English
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons
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By Christine Heuner
Very often, students struggle with writing conclusions that do not repeat verbatim the introduction or other language in the essay. This handout provides a sample of an essay intro and conclusion and asks students to analyze the effectiveness of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, Higher Education
Types:
Handouts, Printables
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By Christine Heuner
This handout is a comprehensive list of commonly used rhetorical strategies and stylistic devices (RS/SD) writers use to craft their prose. Examples are provided that assist students in understanding the concept of each strategy. Additionally, in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Handouts, Printables
$1.00
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By Christine Heuner
This Powerpoint will provide students with visuals of a correct works cited page and paragraph outlines that include sources from their research. This outlining concept is effective in helping students to structure their essay and to make sure that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
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By Christine Heuner
An annotated bibliography is an effective way of getting students to not only read the sources for their research essay, but also summarize the most important parts of their sources. I have found that requiring the students to do an annotated
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Printables
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By Christine Heuner
This handout offers students a three-step process to create effective, complex thesis statements that require them to move beyond a summary of the text. Students have to consider not only a subject in the text, but also what the author is saying
Subjects:
English Language Arts, English, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Handouts, Printables
$1.00
5 ratings
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By Christine Heuner
This handout will help students to write interesting introductory paragraphs that move beyond the obvious and try to engage the reader. Examples from Pat McKeague's Step-by-Step text are used to illustrate effective introductions. This handout
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Handouts, Printables
$0.50
5 ratings
4.0
Digital Download DOC (0.03 MB)
By Christine Heuner
This Powerpoint will provide students with visuals of a correct works cited page and paragraph outlines that include sources from their research. This outlining concept is effective in helping students to structure their essay and to make sure that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$1.00
2 ratings
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught composition classes at Rutgers for 4 years and have been teaching English classes from basic skills to A.P. since 1999.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I put great emphasis on teaching students to become more skilled readers and writers through constant practice. I teach them that every word that a writer composes counts, and I share my own writing with them, discussing the choices I made and why. I encourage students to comment on my writing, and I find that my writing has improved from their guidance and honesty. I approach teaching with humility and believe that every student has something to teach me. I believe that every student can learn. I try to scaffold them to develop the skills they need for standardized tests and for their future in college or whatever career they choose, which is a challenge given that I teach a wide range of student ability, from basic skills to Advanced Placement. In addition to developing students reading and writing skills, I want students to become reflective thinkers who can make the most of their personal talents to achieve their current and future goals both in my course and beyond. The portfolio analysis helps toward this end. My students keep a portfolio of their writing (electronic and hard copy) to which they add pieces as they are graded (both formatively and summatively). They reflect upon their areas of strength and weakness. I also have students reflect upon their growth as learners, and upon their struggles and how they can improve upon them.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

University of Florida: Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelor's degree in English from The University of Florida; a Master's degree in English literature from Rutgers University, and an M.Ed. in English education from Rutgers University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, and writing. I published a book of my short stories, The Offering, in 2010 (available on Amazon.com). I also love reading and discussing literature with my book club.

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