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This file contains separate quizzes & tests for sections and individual chapters of J.R.R.Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit. Each test & quiz contains vocabulary, reading comprehension, and short essay questions. Questions are in
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Students will consider elements of Persuasive Writing to develop and Present a 30-second Commercial. They'll have fun creating and describing a game or toy, and think about advertising techniques and effective persuasive delivery of their original
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These are song lyrics by Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Ben Harper... to study as part of my Social Protest Poetry Project. This is my favorite project of the school year! Students learn the true power of words as they research, analyze, and/or write
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This project anchors a literary unit based on the reading of J.R.R.Tolkien's, The Hobbit. I have other related assignments available separately. This Storybook Project has students work in groups to put together a mini-adventure picture book.
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This project involves students working individually or in groups to research and present character or myth from Greek Mythology. It can be altered to other cultural myths, stories, or characters, or even other subjects altogether. The key to the
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This is a reading quiz to accompany Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings". The story is a beautifully crafted piece, typical of the author's works, with challenging vocabulary and an appealing story for school
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This assignment combines researching with reading comprehension of non-fiction material. Students will use newspapers, magazines, or internet news sites to locate current events articles and anaylize their reading for main idea, author's purpose,
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With this Social Protest Plan to Action, students research and analyze real-world problems to find achieveable solutions and are prompted to take action locally and/or globally. I teach this lesson as part of my Social Protest Poetry Project
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This file contains 42 questions to enhance the viewing and study of the film, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Questions listed in chronological order to coincide with the viewing of the film, and bring focus to important events and
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This file includes various interactive Reading Activities to enhance understanding and interest in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Two reading comprehension tests with multiple choice, short written response, & fill the blank question. Includes
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23 short response questions, written chronologically, to accompany the viewing of the Chistmas classic film "A Christmas Story".
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This file contains various lessons designed to enhance and complement the study of Lois Lowry's novel, The Giver. The "Perfect World Project" has students work in groups to create their own society with rules to govern, a map, a narrative, a
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Students will analyze character traits, plot, and theme as they watch the film Forrest Gump, then be guided to write an extended paragraph that reveals important character traits and is supported with examples from the film's plot. Created by
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This is my favorite project of the school year! Students learn the true power of words as they research, analyze, and/or write their own poetry of social protest. Real-world issues are explored and put to poetic words. The unit covers poetic
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This PowerPoint presentation provides an introduction to the basics of expository writing. Designed to prepare students for the FCAT Writing exam in FL, it covers Focus, Organization, Support, and Conventions of writing. Includes designs of
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Developed in preparation for the FCAT Writing exam in FL, this assignment helps students organize their ideas for expository and persuasive essays. Includes two different graphic organizers and three prompts for essay writing, as well as
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25 questions to accompany the viewing of Disney's "Beauty & the Beast". Questions focus on parts of plot, characters, mood... & are written in chronological order.
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This group project assigns real-world jobs to students to have them research and develop travel brochures to particular international destinations. They are given directions and tips to locate information through web research. Students are
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Students work in groups to retell, re-enact, or present a story they have read to the class using a variety of possible methods. They learn important elements of plot, main idea, and author's craft. An interesting aspect to the project is that the
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A half-page handout with 5 questions analyzes the art of storytelling as demonstrated in the film, Big Fish. Questions center on the narrator's and main character's storytelling, and how it fits into the the genre of the oral tradition.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I currently teach English/Language Arts & Journalism at a magnet school in South Florida - Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy. As a middle/high school with grades 6-12, I've taught & used these lessons for students from 6th to 11th. Previous to this post, I taught ELA to gifted middle school students for 15 years. Prior to that, I taught at a private elementary school, as a substitute at all subjects and grades, and spent one year abroad teaching E.S.O.L. in Guangzhou, China.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'd characterize my teaching style as taking on an interactive approach to teaching literature and language arts skills. My class involves many projects, presentations, discussions, and literary as well as life lessons.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was nominated and elected as Teacher of the Year for my school in 2004-2005. That year, I was also selected as a Region Finalist for Teacher of the Year in Miami-Dade, FL (the 4th largest school district in the US). I achieved National Board Professional Teaching Certification in 2007 for Early Adolescent Language Arts. My students have achieved numerous local and state awards for their writing.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in English from Florida International University in 1994. M.S. in Educational Technology from Barry University in 2000. Gifted Certification in 2005. NBPTS Certification in 2007.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Married to my school's Media Specialist, Albina Cruz. We have two kids of our own, beyond the hundreds we have taught.