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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 elements 2. an outline for writing scripts 3. Write Now!- two dozen ideas for
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The brain needs stretching activities just like the body does. This list has been expanded to 50 brief writing ideas so Middle School and High School students can get their creative juices flowing. They are meant for a 5-10 minute writing session
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This 37-page posting offers my syllabus and 4 quarters of agendas, writing warm-ups, projects, etc for for Creative Writing 1 and for Creative Writing 2, 3, 4 for grades 9-12. I added the quarterly agendas after I noted from the comments that some
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Teaching young people how to think and how to express their thoughts in writing is essential for every student. This product focuses on the parts of essay writing so when it is time for students to write an expository piece they are prepared to
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What invention would make your day and/or your life easier, safer, more productive, happier, etc? What invention would benefit the world? Your students' mission during the next month is to invent something. This can be for personal, business or
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Although I have used this project every Third Quarter in my creative writing classes, I have adapted it on a smaller scale for my English 12 classes. With the latter, the students choose a literary period, an author or poet, or a theme and create a
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"Utopian and Dystopian Society Novel Projects" offers teachers three activities that will add depth to students' ,understanding of these types of societies. Their purpose is to augment the study of any Utopian/Dystopian novel from classics such as
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Here is an engaging product for Banned Book Week, or for teachers to use any time during the school year. As students explore various facets of book censorship in schools, they will become more proficient in their reading, critical thinking and
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This is terrific creative writing activity to help Middle School and High School students to energize their writing muses. In this assignment, students think of specific names for people, places or things they need in a story. Next, they choose a
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This is a terrific worksheet for Middle School and High School students to practice how to write creatively.It encourages them to choose specific rather than general words when creating their stories or poems. This exercise motivates the students
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This is a terrific project to encourage Middle School and High School students to take ownership of their writing, both the what they say (content) and the how they say it: (Grammar and usage). The repetitive nature of identifying the errors,
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All life is a journey. This activity lets students create a pictorial life map from their birth to the present day. The project will be completed totally by using images with brief captions. Although I have used this assignment in conjunction with
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Here is an activity for Middle School, and especially, High Schoo lstudents to consider their futures. What is their dream career? Where do they see themselves in five, ten, fifteen or twenty years? This thinking and writing assignment allows them
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This one slide posting gives directions for Middle School and High Schoolstudents to make a personal collage using the first letter of their first name. Using pictures, photos, words, phrases, lyrics and quotes by characters (authors) from books
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In this listing, I am offering a 14-page Incredible Critique Forms and Rubrics: Twelve Individual and Group Writing Assessment Handouts. Along with two full pages of Teachers Notes, teachers will find 12 printable handouts that students can use to
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This is one of my most effective first day assignments. I use it in my creative writing classes, but it could be used in a grade 6-12 English class when students are writing poetry, fiction or non-fiction. It includes a picture of Olga(class of
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The first day of school is often filled with so much administrative detail and introductions to the class that teachers don't get a chance to really introduce themselves to the students and vice versa. This product, What About Me?, offers teachers
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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,
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"SHOWING NOT TELLING-THE EMOTION POTION" The Importance of Emotion in Writing Every lure that writers use to pull in readers is based on one crucial enticement-Emotion. A specific genre, topic, or theme may be the bait that catch
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This project reflects my top three goals for my High School students: 1. To teach them to think 2. To teach them to express themselves verbally and in writing, and 3. To prepare them for the world outside of high school. It incorporates reading
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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 three-pronged teaching approach: Show Me, Help Me, Let Me. 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: Teach It Write 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 they show 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.

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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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