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This 14 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
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This 37-page Into the Wild Unit Plan includes detailed teaching plans along with numerous links to inspire your tenth to twelfth grade students as they read this extraordinary book. All of the 14 activities and teaching ideas are aligned with the
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This unit is 54 pages of engaging and thought-provoking activities. Like all of my other units, it offers Common Core standards, a time frame for a 90-minute block and for 55-minute periods. Handouts and activities include: daily lessons, 25
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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
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H.G. Bissinger's study of the impact of football in a Texas town resonates across the country. His discussions of the academic impact vs. sports accomplishments, gender issues, race and entitlement will hook middle and high school students. Friday
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Aligned with the Common Core principles, this 68-page unit has been detailed and developed for clarity, depth, comprehension and analysis. It includes a table of contents, 40+ handouts, day-by-day lessons with 4 pages of Teacher Notes on
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This 16-slide PowerPoint compliments my Into the Wild Unit Plan Into the Wild Unit Plan This presentation includes summaries and notes on the people, places and inspirations in Chris McCandless's life, and illustrates his philosophies, exploits and
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This analytic and creative 37 page unit plan is aligned with Common Core Standards. After using all of the 14 handouts, the group project, the individual project,and the Comparing Books and Movies worksheet students will have addressed each of the
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This 70-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, 40+ worksheets, assessments, group and individual projects and much, much more. In
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With its historical significance, 'The Crucible' (Arthur Miller) Unit Plan is excellent for a cross-curriculum study of the Salem Witch trials and the 1950s U.S. Red Scare. CCS and Bloom's Taxonomy aligned, it suits grades 7-12. It contains daily
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When I first read this novel, it was because a colleague mentioned that her students loved it, so I thought that I'd try it with my seniors. They fell in love with it, and so did I. Markus Zusak's message resonated with all of us and has with all
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If adolescents are to understand the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of man's inhumanity to man, Night (Elie Wiesel), is a good starting platform for English and Social Studies teachers. This 48-page unit engages the students on an
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This thought-provoking Animal Farm unit plan includes 15 activities covering the main elements of literature, background information on George Orwell, the Bolshevik Revolution, the allegorical elements regarding major Russian leaders of this period
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One vital aspect of being a successful reporter is learning how and where to find factual information. With this activity, students will use any source that they can, i.e. the internet, the telephone, in-person interviews, etc., to figure out the
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This Othello unit plan now includes 21 activities on the elements of literature, the major issues (gender, class, ethnicity, dignity and age) and the elements of Drama and Tragedy.in this play. It supports Common Core Standards and addresses all
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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
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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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