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The Cowboy and the Wildcat is a modernized version of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. This is one of four plays from the book Cool Classics by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt and Penny Bernal. The following is a review from Language Magazine.
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"The Necklace" is a one-act play, perfect for English Learners and middle school students. It is an updated version of 'The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant. It is one of plays in the book Cool Classics, a collection of four short plays. Full of
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10,000 Baskets is a modernized version of "Assembly Line" a short story by B. Traven.This is one of four plays from the book Cool Classics by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt and Penny Bernal. The following is a review from Language Magazine. It contains
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Previews (Pre-reading activities) help introduce students to the play "The Cowboy and the Wildcat." Activities include "About the Original" which introduces students to "The Taming of the Shrew." "Something to Think About" is an agree/disagree
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The Wall: Clever Tommy Sayero manages to get his friends--and even his enemies--to do his work for him, and pay for the privilege. (Based on the "The Glorious Whitewasher" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain) This one-act play is a
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Activities to accompany the play The Necklace. Each activity is intended to reinforce students' comprehension and enjoyment of the play.
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Previews (Pre-reading activities) help introduce students to the play "The Wall". Activities include "How to Read a Play" to introduce students to stage/drama vocabulary. "About the Original" introduces students to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
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Activities to accompany the play 10,000 Baskets. Each activity is intended to reinforce students' comprehension and enjoyment of the play.
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Using plays in the ESL classroom is a great way to motivate student creativity, decrease inhibitions, encourage natural language use and build students’ self- confidence while improving their reading and speaking skills. These drama techniques have
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This a legend that is popular in the Southwest and Mexico. It is a cautionary tale that parents tell their children to prevent them from wandering off at night. It is the story of a beautiful woman who is betrayed by a rich man leaving her with two
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This Teacher's Manual contains answer keys, preparation activities, tips for staging a play, suggestions for using the play with large classes, and additional activities for all four plays: The Wall, 10,000 Baskets, The Necklace and The Cowboy and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

• 30 year background in teaching AP English, Honors English, and ESL at high school and community college • UCSD instructor for English Language Institute teaching Graduate international students. • English Learner Lead teacher at La Costa Canyon High School • COMMUNITY COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR: 1994-2000, Palomar College, San Marcos, CATaught Reading in the Academic ESL program • Taught Level 6 ESL writing credit course

MY TEACHING STYLE

First of all, I am a results oriented instructor. I do not like just going through the motions. It is important to me that each and every student make progress according to his ability. Secondly, I love working with students and find value in the connections we make as instructor and student. Lastly, I can push the students to excel. I have experience with helping English Learners to succeed in AP English classes. I have taught rhetoric in AP Language and close reading in AP Literature—both are essential skills for English Learners. I am a proponent of using drama activities with English Learners. Not only do the students receive pronounciation practice for an authentic reason, but repetition is built into the rehearsal time. I also like dramatizing the reading assignment when possible through Readers Theater or impromtu dialogues.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

1. Mentor Teacher for 2 years specializing in Drama Activities. 2. Chairman of the Committee for WASC accreditation for ELD Program 3. Fellow at the San Diego Area Writing Project. 4. Nominated for Teacher of the Year at La Costa Canyon High School 5. Presenter at the CATE, CABE and CATESOL conferences both statewide and regional 6. Presenter for the International TESOL conferences in Long Beach, Chicago, and Orlando 7. AP Reader for AP Language in 2008 in Daytona, Florida 8. Author of English Journal and California English articles 9. Co-author of the Spotlight Series of Plays published by McGraw-Hill and Cool Classics published by TellTale Productions

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MASTERS IN TESOL, United States International University, 1991 B.A., Psychology and English, La Universidad de Las Americas PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential: ESL, English, Psychology, and Spanish Bilingual Certificate of Competency: Spanish

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I was born in Mexico City to American parents who were working there. I did not live there long, but I have always been attracted to working with English Learners and particularly Latin American students. I love bringing rigor and creativity to my lessons with English Learners.

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