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Connie

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Connie
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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ― Albert Einstein
 
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By Connie
This bundle for Middle School and High School aspiring journalists contains 15 journalism activities that are sold separately in my Journalism Custom Category. I have digitally enhanced each product in this bundle so you can use it in a regular
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing-Expository
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Internet Activities
$40.50
$36.90
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By Connie
This 16 page posting offers a chronological order of lessons, by quarter, to teach beginning journalism students the basic concepts of journalistic writing such as What is News?, the various structures and genres of journalistic writing,
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Whole Courses, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3...
$4.50
149
Digital Download PDF (1.42 MB)
By Connie
This 46-page Into the Wild Unit Plan includes detailed teaching plans along with numerous links to inspire your ninth to twelfth grade students as they read Jon Krakauer's extraordinary book. All of the literary analysis activities and teaching
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4...
$12.95
90
Digital Download PDF (1.99 MB)
By Connie
One vital aspect of being a successful reporter is learning how and where to find factual information. With this activity, middle school and high school students will use any source that they can, i.e. the internet, the telephone, in-person
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Handouts, Internet Activities, Research
$2.50
50
Digital Download PDF (2.86 MB)
By Connie
Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger's study of the impact of football in a Texas town resonates across the country. His discussions of the academics vs. sports debate,race, gender, and class issues, and entitlement will hook middle and high school
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Expository
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6...
$9.95
52
Digital Download PDF (1.23 MB)
By Connie
The Odyssey Unit Plan has grown from a 36 - page to a 71 - page analytic and creative compilation of lessons and activities is aligned with Common Core Standards. After students complete their teacher's choices of activities, the group project, an
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2...
$15.95
45
Digital Download PDF (1.69 MB)
By Connie
This is a 21 question (many questions with multiple points) scavenger hunt where students use their reporting skills to find answers to questions about the First Amendment, the Code of Ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists, information
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Printables
$3.00
52
Digital Download PDF (2.87 MB)
By Connie
This 101-page plan is a Common Core Standards based unit containing: time frame, day by day lessons, vocabulary, chapter by chapter study guide for discussion ideas, 50+ worksheets, assessments, group and individual projects and much, much more. In
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Literature, Writing-Expository
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3...
$19.95
46
Digital Download PDF (24.90 MB)
By Connie
This 52-page unit plan for The Canterbury Tales includes all of the material from my various products for Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterfully satirical piece depicting the people and society of the Middle Ages, plus added activities, projects and
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Novel Study, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4...
$9.95
31
Digital Download PDF (6.19 MB)
By Connie
This is a bundled set of 32 SAT vocabulary lists with accompanying quizzes and answer keys for High School students. Each test is composed of a matching segment (15 words)and then an original fill-in-the-blank section (10 words), which forms a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Vocabulary
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$8.00
50
Digital Download PDF (0.47 MB)
By Connie
This handout can be used with creative writing, English or drama students when the assignment is to write a play. It offers 1. an outline of basic stage direction elements2. an outline for writing scripts3. Write Now!- two dozen ideas for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Drama
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Scripts
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$1.50
35
Digital Download PDF (1.28 MB)
By Connie
Reporting Practice Assignment Teacher Notes:This is an excellent activity for students to practice interviewing techniques, to write effective leads, and to write straight news stories.Here are some of the directions:Students: For this assignment,
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing-Expository, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
33
Digital Download PDF (1.43 MB)
By Connie
This thought-provoking Animal Farm unit plan includes Unit Structure, and Activities forms for planning, and a sample calendar agenda. It also offers 15 activities covering the main elements of literature, background information on George Orwell,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Expository
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3...
$12.95
30
Digital Download PDF (2.60 MB)
By Connie
Helping students to understand that print and broadcast journalists follow a code of ethics formed by the Society of Professional Journalists, is crucial to their growth and development as journalists. Whether they are taking journalism just to be
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Writing, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Printables
$3.00
27
Digital Download PDF (0.45 MB)
By Connie
Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles This is a packet of templates for students to analyze various types of leads and articles studied in Journalism 1 (J1), the introductory course that supports the publication of a school
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Writing-Expository
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Printables
$4.00
50
Digital Download PDF (3.29 MB)
By Connie
This posting has two 100 point tests that check student understanding of the novel. The first, assesses students' understanding with: Character Identification, Fill in the Blank, Citation Identification and Short Answer questions. The second
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Literature, Writing-Expository
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Novel Study, Examinations - Quizzes
$3.00
35
Digital Download PDF (0.20 MB)
By Connie
This 16-slide PowerPoint compliments my Into the Wild Unit Plan Into the Wild Unit PlanThis presentation includes summaries and notes on the people, places and inspirations in Chris McCandless's life, and illustrates his philosophies, exploits and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
35
Digital Download PPTX (3.66 MB)
By Connie
High school students will be ignited by issues such as gender, class, ethnicity, dignity and age in William Shakespeare's iconic tragedy since they mirror many of today's headlines. This Othello Unit Plan has the depth for teachers to meet their
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Essays, Drama
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Graphic Organizers, Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3...
$12.95
35
Digital Download PDF (2.50 MB)
By Connie
During the study of various aspects of journalism (Facts vs. Fiction, interviewing and reporting, investigative reporting and journalism ethics), I show the following movies: Absence of Malice, All the President's Men, Shattered Glass and The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Internet Activities
$3.00
32
Digital Download PDF (1.41 MB)
By Connie
The Protagonist, Ed's, message in Markus Zusak's I Am The Messenger has resonated with high school students since the book was published. Zusak creates mesmerizing word pictures with authentically human characters who experience relatable
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Internet Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3...
$19.95
36
Digital Download PDF (2.10 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After 30+ years as an English educator, I retired from active classroom teaching a few years ago. I spent my last 25 years in the Fairfax County Virginia public school system, where I taught English 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, Journalism 1,2,3, and 4 and Creative Writing 1, 2, and 3. For over a dozen years, I also sponsored two of the school's award winning publications: the literary magazine and the monthly newspaper. As a result of the Teacher Performance Evaluation instituted by the county, I was awarded the prestigious Career Two Exemplary level for every evaluation period. Besides the public high school venue, my teaching background includes an alternative secondary school for behaviorally disadvantaged adolescents, an adolescent psychiatric hospital, and a boys' reform school. Proud of being an educator, I have always hated the negative cliches tied to this most honorable profession. Through my writing and my classroom role modeling, I showed that not only did I teach, but I also practiced what I preached. Now, as I continue to develop curriculum for those still leading classrooms, I follow all that I learned in college and post-graduate studies but mostly as an educator passionate to create lifelong learners. My book, The House of Comprehension, published by Compass, an imprint of Brigantine Media is based on Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy. The program and accompanying activities, each with Teacher Notes, encourage students to construct durable learning homes by combining the study of the elements of literature with any text. This teacher resource is available in my TpT store: The House of Comprehension. I have also published, A FINE LINE, my Young Adult book about teen dating abuse, ConnieCasserly, and a number of articles in various NCTE publications. Veteran teachers and those new to the field can utilize the hands-on units and activities in my store while honing their skills on how to pace a lesson, meet their students needs as well as Common Core Standards and/or their state's standards of learning and Bloom's Taxonomy.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My lessons are both structured and open-ended as I understand adolescents need academic organization as well as open discussions where they share their thinking and analytic skills. Whether learners are discussing the elements of literature, a book's nuances, figurative language, and subtext, or utilizing their grammar and writing skills as they revise their pieces or strengthen their cognitive skills, they are guided by lessons and activities that engage, inspire and challenge them. All of my products follow my goal "Empower students to choose lifelong learning," and follow my "Show Them, Help Them" teaching pedagogy. Creative writing and journalism students are encouraged to think outside the box to come up with original stories,poems or journalism articles that stretch their minds and writing skills. Every lesson and activity in my TpT store invites students to explore ways to provoke their minds, to assess others' viewpoints, and to believe in the merit of their own thoughts, interpretations and ideas, verbally and in writing. For my classroom colleagues, I offer the Gift of Time with flexible lessons and activities that address students' skills and abilities, tie together the objectives and the material they will study, and propose a variety of learning styles and teaching methods. All of my products promote my teaching philosophy: Show Them! Help Them! Let Them! Build Powerful Learning Homes. As always, all of my products are PDF versions,and may be downloaded and printed for classroom use. Also, I am working on creating digital versions of specific lesson and activity pages to be used for Google Classroom. Look for Digitally Enhanced in the product title. Also, teachers may choose to add an interactive layer of their own for digital use by clicking on the red "Create Digital Activity" rectangle on the product's page - a HUGE plus for virtual classroom distance Learning!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Six times during my career I have been included in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers yearly annuals. These tributes mean a great deal to me since students nominated me. This shows that I have touched the minds and hearts of my charges. I have also been honored with inclusions in Marquis Who's Who of American Women three times.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS.ED: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Work: Multiple credits from the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

For blog updates, stop in at my site's Facebook page: TeachitWriteLessonPlans My blogs about Secondary English lessons and activities and educational issues can be found on TEACHITWRITE I'd love to read your feedback. Find me on Pinterest conniecass and on Twitter TeachitNow. Enjoy a Teach It Write Day Every Day! Connie

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