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I advise a 400-page chronological yearbook, and we publish on a year-round basis. Training new staff members at the beginning of the year is important, and it must be done as quickly as possible. This is the first activity I have my new staff
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I advise the largest chronological yearbook in my state. At 400+ pages, it's very important that we are organized, our pages are completed quickly, and my staff creates excellent spreads. I use this grading rubric the ensure that the spreads my
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This is a fun activity that I do with my 12th graders just before they embark on their major research paper. They love it because it is all about them, and I also get the added bonus of teaching them how to use the internet to conduct research, how
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I advise a large (400-page) chronological yearbook. I have five editors who are in charge of making sure that we cover all students, sports, clubs, and activities that happen -- on and off campus. It's a daunting task for any student, and it fosters
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Managing a yearbook staff can be a daunting task. As an adviser, we are called to do numerous tasks in a short period of time. Therefore, it is imperative that the staff members are productive and on task at all times. I use this Weekly
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This form is useful for both the yearbook and photography classrooms. Cameras are the lifeblood of any yearbook staff. It's imperative to have our cameras functioning and ready to go in order to ensure that our staffs can cover any event at any
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This worksheet is comprised of 20 literary devices used in Hamlet. Students will define each literary term and provide an example from the play (with location). When I teach Hamlet in my classroom, I begin by having my students complete the
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What an excellent way to start your Hamlet unit! This anticipation guide will introduce your students to the themes of Hamlet and get them talking. The guide contains 14 statements directly associated with events and themes from the play. Students
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This fun activity will introduce your students to the how-to's of online research and creating a works cited page (also known as a bibliography). Students use a traditional-style Bingo form to research the answers to interesting trivia questions.
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Brave New World is a complex novel that deals with complicated terms and ideas. It's important to grab student interest early in order to help them understand the subject matter. This anticipation guide is a list of ten thematically-linked
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Safeguard yourself and your yearbook staff! I have never had to defend myself or my staff against claims of falsifying a quote in a yearbook, but I am ready if it happens. This quote collection form is one of the ways we proactively protect
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When I first started teaching persuasive writing, I got really bored of the typical persuasive writing topics. The kids hated them; I got bored grading essays. Enter the Alien Report. This is absolutely my all-time favorite writing unit that I teach
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This is a wonderful beginning-of-the-year-lesson to complete with your classes. Students compose interview questions, interview one another, complete a graphic organizer, write a paragraph based on their interviews, and introduce a classmate to the
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This worksheet is comprised of 14 literary terms directly related to the play Macbeth. Students will both define the literary terms and provide examples of the terms that they find in their reading of the play. When I use this worksheet in my own
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This presentation is a great way to introduce the novel to your students. It covers the important historical events, author information, relevant terms, settings, point of view, conflict, characters, symbolism, themes, and related videos. The
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Key quotes from any text help students understand how theme is developed throughout the course of the entirety of the text. This lesson is comprised of 20 relevant quotes from Hamlet, all of which are central to the plot and theme(s) of the play.
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This chapter review activity is a great way to make sure your students are understanding the novel. It is also a useful tool to review with your students after a section of the novel or at the end of the novel. Prior to beginning the activity with
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As a yearbook adviser, I am often tasked with trying to edit pages, supervise a staff, encourage leadership in my editors, and to oversee the publication of a 400-page chronological yearbook. It can get overwhelming keeping all of the staff on
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This is the perfect activity to complete after reading an act or an entire Shakespeare play. Assign your students a scene and have them complete this form. They will summarize, illustrate, and more. When I use this in my own classroom, I have my
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This is a great way to get to know your students! I hand this out on the first day of school, and the responses I get are vital in helping me get to know all of my students in a short amount of time. I keep them hole-punched and in my student
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 16th year in the classroom. I have taught Language Arts, English, and Yearbook in grades 7-12. I enjoy working with teenagers and igniting their passion for reading, writing, analyzing, and creating. I currently teach sophomore and senior English, although I have experience teaching all grades 7-12. My TPT items are lessons and forms that I use in my own classroom, and all lessons are classroom tested. Additionally, I advise a 400+ page chronological yearbook. It's quite an undertaking. My yearbook forms and rubrics were developed over the years and are used in my classroom each day.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Student-centered; technology; creative. If I am not having fun, I know my students aren't either.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in English from Arizona State, 1999. Post-Baccalaureate certification from Arizona State, 2002.

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I also enjoy writing, photography, graphic design, technology, and spending time with my own two children. You can find my blog here: http://www.commonclassroom.com

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