Connie

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“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” ~Stephen King, '11/22/63'.
 
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By Connie
With this "Comparing Books & Movies Activity", Middle and High School English Language Arts students will exhibit their range of thinking skills from knowledge through evaluation. This activity allows them to summarize the information they
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
$2.00
21 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
This product offers teachers a set of Elements of Literature Task Cards when they want their Middle School and High School students to reinforce, review and develop their understanding of a text, or any time that their students need to work on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Task Cards
$4.50
13 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
Valentine’s Day isn’t always an occasion showcased by happy hearts, aromatic bouquets of flowers and luscious boxes of chocolates. Because of various conflicts, peoples’ words and actions might be prompted by feelings of revenge, sadness and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Valentine's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
$2.50
9 ratings
3.9
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By Connie
Talking alone doesn’t result in tears, laughter, hugs or anger, though. Word choice, tone, inflection and body language can cause these, as well as a whole gamut of reactions. All play a part in what people hear, and as Shakespeare said in Hamlet,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$1.50
2 ratings
3.9
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By Connie
Want students to deep dive into a novel but are concerned how snow days, vacations and other scheduled and unscheduled interruptions will break their concentration? Try, "Literary Analysis- MAKING the MOST of TIME." This packet works well when
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Rubrics
$2.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
Middle and High School students love parties! Here is a project that ties in with any reading. Although a novel or novelette works best because of the abundance of details and information, short stories can work, too. For the latter type of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
$4.00
4 ratings
3.9
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By Connie
In this Middle School and High School conflict analysis activity, "It's Time for Cause and Consequence," students explore the permanent connection between Character-Conflict-Resolution. By the time that they have completed the required work,they
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
4 ratings
3.9
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By Connie
Activities that increase students' understanding of the elements of literature will empower them to create strong literary analysis homes.The four lessons in this Middle School and High School packet, "Literary Analysis - Four Critical Thinking
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, 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...
$2.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
Spark your students' thinking after the long break with this terrific activity where they make resolutions that characters from their readings would make. For this lesson, "New Year's Day Writing Activity: Dynamite Resolutions for the New Year,"
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10...
$1.25
3 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
Students love to share their opinions about anything school, family, friends (and foes), community and world related. Review It! - a lesson plan for Middle and High School students - offers them the opportunity to develop their reasoning and logic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Internet Activities
$3.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Connie
No matter the time of year, road trips often fill the daydreams of students-and teachers. This language arts lesson for Middle and High School students, "Road Trip Time," allows students to live vicariously through the character that they select.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Internet Activities
$3.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
Keep students on-task during December exploring characters and developing skills writing similes and metaphors with this activity that combines the two elements of literature. One two-page handout has students think of similes and metaphors for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.L.1...
$1.50
7 ratings
3.9
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By Connie
A folder that we teachers love to feed is the one where we keep topics for Middle and High School students to write about reading. We can never have too many ideas for secondary students to explore when their brain isn't sparking any thoughts, or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Nonfiction Book Study
$2.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.65 MB)
By Connie
Stories must build durable structures, be they short pieces or novels.To do so, authors use the elements of literature for the framing, the finish work and the decorations. Each Middle School and High School student's level of knowledge forms
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
Frank Sinatra was famous for crooning, "I did it my way." The characters in the stories students are studying should sing the same lyrics. This English Language Arts Lesson Plan, "Conflicted by Conflict" will enable middle and high school students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
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By Connie
For this Valentine's Day, Middle and High School students will choose the Best Couple of the Year from characters in any book or story that they have read for a class assignment over the years. At least one woman and one man must be from the piece
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Valentine's Day
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$2.00
2 ratings
3.8
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By Connie
In this 4-page product, students will work on revealing the external (physical) and internal (personality, beliefs, motivations, intelligence, emotions, etc.) aspects of a character from the story under study. For the first one, Fleshing Out the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Printables
$1.50
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By Connie
The whole objective of this activity is for students to have fun showing their understanding of the elements of literature while teachers retain their sanity during this month of emotional highs and lows.Although I offer time-frame suggestions in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5...
$2.00
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By Connie
One of the highlights of the students' school year is receiving their yearbooks. They pore through the pages to see how many times they were mentioned, to groan or giggle about how they and their peers were depicted and to critique the photos, all
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Novel Study
$1.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Connie
Nurture S.M.A.R.T.E.R Thinking: 52 Task CardsOne of the joys of teaching literature is watching students' confidence levels rise during writing and speaking sessions because their thinking skills are gaining mental muscles. This product, "Nurture
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Task Cards
$4.50
3 ratings
4.0
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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". 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.

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 educational issues can be found on Linkedin Connie Casserly I'd love to read your feedback. Find me on Pinterest conniecass and on Twitter TeachitNow Happy Teaching, Connie

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