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By Damien Johnson
This unit was written to promote authentic literacy and advance pre-AP skills in the classroom. Included in this new and updated unit are almost 70 pages of totally original handouts and engaging activities that you will not find anywhere else: a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
$10.00
46 ratings
3.9
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By Damien Johnson
PARCC ready and super engaging, this lesson helps students understand an author's message by contrasting two very different perspectives on the same topic: shoes. Students annotate a Nike ad and then listen to and annotate lyrics from a song by
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.7
$3.00
36 ratings
4.0
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By Damien Johnson
Written to meet the demands of the new Common Core and PARCC test, this 1-week unit includes an interactive anticipation guide, activities to assist students in close reading and annotation, the LIQFU! strategy for accurately quoting written
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
$5.00
34 ratings
3.9
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By Damien Johnson
Written to meet the demands of the new Common Core and PARCC test, this one week unit includes engaging and challenging lessons to teach pre-AP skills to your students. You'll find 16 pages of original handouts, including a words and phrases
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.9, WHST.9-10.1, WHST.9-10.2
$5.00
21 ratings
3.8
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By Damien Johnson
Written to meet the demands of the Common Core and the new PARCC exam, this unit includes over 60 pages of creative, challenging, and totally original handouts to teach meaningful pre-AP skills: close reading, annotation, identifying author's
Subjects:
Literature, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.7, RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.6, RI.9-10.9, W.9-10.2, SL.9-10.1
$10.00
19 ratings
3.9
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By Damien Johnson
Written to meet the demands of the new Common Core, this creative unit includes 30 pages of easy-to-follow lessons and totally original handouts, including an interactive anticipation guide, a literary devices memory game and worksheets, vocabulary
Subjects:
English Language Arts, English
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Unit Plans, Activities
$7.00
18 ratings
4.0
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By Damien Johnson
Written to meet the demands of the Common Core, this unit includes over 60 pages of creative, original, and challenging work. These lessons examine diction and tone, encourage annotation and close reading, and engender reflection and critical
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2
$10.00
12 ratings
4.0
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By Damien Johnson
Here is a fantastic way to teach the persuasive essay! Student "Law Firms" will read closely to consider Odysseus's conduct while in Polyphemus's home. Over the course of 4 or 5 days they will draft "opening arguments," "arguments and rebuttals,"
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
Digital Download RTF (5.56 MB)
By Damien Johnson
Here is an incredibly simple way for students to learn to quote literature in their own writing using a catchy mnemonic device and a very simple set of easy-to-follow steps. I have had tons of luck and nothing but positive responses from this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Novel Study, Mnemonics
$1.00
7 ratings
4.0
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By Damien Johnson
Written to meet the demands of the Common Core, this 1 week unit intends to challenge and engage. It includes an interactive anticipation guide, a one-of-a-kind literary terms puzzle, an introduction to symbolism, "literary terms TIC TAC TOE," a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Damien Johnson
This interactive poetry unit offers you and your class 20 unique and engaging activities to encourage students to read poetry and, importantly, compose their own. Join them in writing black out poems, ekphrastic poems, concrete poems, magnetic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, W.9-10.10
$9.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Damien Johnson
Students will closely read and annotate dialogue between Romeo and Juliet in what I refer to as Shakespeare's "Good Pilgrim" sonnet. They will then perform that scene to compete for an Oscar that can be used as a homework pass or extra points on a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Education, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
2 ratings
4.0
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By Damien Johnson
Are you tired of reminding students to center their title, cite their quotes, or write a conclusion? Then check out my essay... on how to write an essay. It's rich with advice honed from a decade's worth of experience researching and teaching the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Minilessons, Mnemonics, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.6
$5.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Goosemom American School, Hsinchu, Taiwan. 2004. Huguenot High School, Richmond, VA. 2006-2008. West Springfield High School, West Springfield, MA. 2008-Present

MY TEACHING STYLE

I teach literacy and critical thought. My goal in my classroom is to continuously challenge and surprise my students. No two lessons are the same and no to days are either. I suspect that the quality of work you receive from a class is equal to the quality of the work you create for them, and to that end I strive for creativity and diversity in formative and differentiated assessment. I keep them guessing and I make them love English class.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2009 Teaching Excellence Award Nominee

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Colorado, BA in English Literature Buffalo State College, Post-Baccalaureate degree in Secondary English Ed

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Here is what I love in the world, ranked according to the amount of space they occupy in my heart: 1. My daughter Juliet and my wife Erica 2. family and friends 3. Being a teacher 4. All things outdoors (kayaking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, sailing, skiing, etc... especially when they involve #'s 1-3) 5. Traveling the world (Erica and I have been to 32 countries together) 6. Poetry, art, music, and any other muse that helps me become a better teacher

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