Christopher McCurry
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Christopher McCurry
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A quick tool that allows your students to assess their knowledge of literary terms broken down by forms. It also includes terms for graphic novels, time periods, and artistic movements. Easily adapted to any grade level!
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This syllabus has been approved by the AP Literature and Composition auditing process. It provides pacing for 7 novels and a full semester on poetry.
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Students will identify common symbolism in literature as they prepare to analysis them in the novel of your choice!
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A simple assessment of your students ability to understand rhetorical appeals. The language makes it rigorous.
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This an activity that allows students to who have read Beowulf and Grendel to compare aspects of style and content. It is meant to be introductory. It works well in groups of two, as well. One student will write about Grendel and one will write
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This assignment asks to students to compare major ideas and characters in Beowulf and Grendel and then articulate them in a nontraditional way. Students gain knowledge about the texts while exploring creative ways to communicate about literature.
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Students read a passage and demonstrate their understanding of Tone and Mood by writing, constructing a poster, and presenting their ideas to the class. Great text to pull passages from: "A Hanging" (1931) by George Orwell “The Masque of the
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This rubric will help students generic quality and high level discussion boards that incorporate digital media to make learning engaging.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been a teacher at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky for 3 years now. I teach Sci-fi/Fantasy as an elective and Advanced and General Senior English, Advanced and Sophomore English, and AP Literature and Composition as my core content. Prior to Lafayette, I taught in Ecuador at Colegio Americano, an I.B. school in Quito. I am currently the sophomore curriculum leader and member of the Writing Review Program. I've been trained in common core standards implementation, Quality Core (EOC) Assessment, Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Kagan engagement strategies.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am energetic and fast-paced. I like to see my students working independent of me and interdependently, as they struggle with the together and own the content. I constantly strive to find the right amount of rigor and engagement. I feel as if the lesson isn't successful unless students want to know more or do more when it ends. I believe in fair and objective assessment of the skills I've explicitly taught, and I think students should have a voice in how they are assessed and taught. My designs are clean, simple, and straight forward.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

95th percentile in Content Knowledge on the PRAXIS English Exam Innovative Teacher Leader Fame Award: Teacher who made an impact Nominated for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I knew I wanted to be a teacher the moment I started college. This allowed me to focus both on my content and pedagogy at the University of Kentucky where I received a Bachelor's in English with a minor in Spanish and a Master's in Secondary English Education. Shortly after I started teaching, I began another Master's in English Literature at Middlebury College's the Bread Loaf School of English. I am in my third year. I plan on continuing my education after Bread Loaf by pursuing a PhD or an MFA. My own personal education is the key to my passion for educating others.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a husband and father. My favorite book is "East of Eden." I want to be a poet when I grow up.

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