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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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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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Throughout history, humans have shown their ability to be inhumane. If contemporary adolescents are to learn about and gain an understanding about the physical, emotional and spiritual affects of this cruelty, Night by Elie Wiesel is a good
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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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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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This 68-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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This analytic and creative 36 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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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 44-page unit plan supports Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy, and offers: A day-by-day teacher agenda,daily warm-up topics, a literary devices vocabulary list, study questions, essay topics with a prewriting outline, 20+ printable
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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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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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Because it is important for a school newspaper to cover cover all of the clubs and activities a middle or high school offers, this Beat Sheet presents a succinct way for journalism students to find story ideas they can develop. Sometimes the info is
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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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Although most Middle School and High School students can verbalize the definitions of the seven Parts of Speech, many do not comprehend their usage in a sentence. Others are confused by the various roles many words undertake. When I conference
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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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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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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
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The House of Comprehension is the best tool for English Language Arts teachers in grades 6-9 to help their students learn to understand structure in literature. The program in the book offers educators a complete solution that helps students learn
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When you ask your students to check their papers for Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement, Subject/Verb Agreement or for ending sentences with Prepositions, do they look at you as if you were speaking Early Alien? If so, they probably need to review those
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These journals assignments can be used for homework or for daily warm-ups during the study of the novel. I use them for the latter because I can assess students' writing skills and reading comprehension. Also, while they are writing, I can take
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Because one of my goals is to prove that studying literature, writing, vocabulary, grammar and journalism can be fun, I have created a number of innovative lessons for these strands of learning. Currently, I have 171 products posted in my store. My book, The House of Comprehension, published by Compass, an imprint of Brigantine Media stemmed from a top-selling TpT product, "Get R.E.A.L.. Based on Common Core Standards, the program and accompanying activities with Teacher Notes encourages students to construct durable houses of comprehension by combining the study of the elements of literature with any text. Watch for notices about the availability of this book here, in the publisher's TpT store,http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Compass-Publishing, on my website http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com/, and on http://www.teachitwrite.com/, Compass's website. As for my products here, veteran teachers and those new to the field can utilize the hands on units and ideas for teaching while honing their skills on how to pace a lesson and to connect it to Common Core Standards and/or their state's standards of learning. I am a recently retired (2011) English teacher in the Fairfax County Virginia public school system, where I taught English 12, Journalism 1,2,3 & 4 and Creative Writing 1, 2, & 3. As a result of the Teacher Performance Evaluation instituted by the county, I was awarded the prestigious Career Two Exemplary level status three times. 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 my choice to be an educator, I have always hated the cliche, "Those that can, do; those that can't teach." Through my writing and my role modeling in the classroom, I show that not only do I teach, but I also practice what I preach.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My lessons are planned to be both structured and open-ended as I love student discussions which show that they are sharing their thinking and analytic skills. Whether students are discussing character and plot development, symbolism, themes and subtext, utilizing their grammar and writing skills to revise their pieces, or enhancing their vocabularies, they are guided by lessons that have been planned to motivate, to inspire and to challenge them. My plans and activities all follow the three-pronged 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 articles that stretch their minds and skills. My goal is to show my students that learning is fun and not a chore. Every day I invite them to explore ways to challenge their minds, to check out others' viewpoints and to believe in the merit of their own thoughts, interpretations and ideas, verbally and in writing.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Six times since 1999 due to students' nominations,students I have been included in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers yearly annuals. This honor means a great deal to me since it shows that I have touched the minds and hearts of my charges. My bio has also been included 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

Check out my teacher resource book, THE HOUSE OF COMPREHENSION, released by Compass Publishing. You can check out this digital edition of it in my EBook - "The House of Comprehension" Click here for the print version The House of Comprehension. I have also published, A FINE LINE, my Young Adult book about teen dating abuse, and a number of articles in various NCTE publications. Browse my blogs on Teach It Write for lesson ideas about many of my TpT products-especially the FREEBIES-for English, creative writing and journalism. For blog updates, stop in at my site's Facebook page, Teach it Write Lesson Plans 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 Teach it Now Happy Teaching, Connie