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By Dana Risley
This collection of stories is sure to delight your students. The folktales are retold as proverbs and give students a glimpse into Chinese culture and history. The characters are charming - sure to resonate with children of all ages.This is the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Original Textbooks, EBooks, Cultural Activities
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By Dana Risley
This quiz is accompanies The Landlady Vocabulary List and Review. The vocabulary chosen is designed for high-intermediate ESL students although it is appropriate for middle school ELA classes as well. The format of the quiz allows for students to
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts
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By Dana Risley
Designed to accompany the reading of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, this activity packet contains four activities plus teacher instructions. This packet offers the teacher at least seven hours of classroom instruction
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Novel Study
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By Dana Risley
These questions are designed for upper intermediate/low advanced ESL students.The worksheet is a good way to see if students are understanding nuances of the story and its subtext.Appropriate for grades 8-12 and adult learners. Please leave a
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Literature, ESL / ELL / EFL
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Worksheets, Literature Circles
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By Dana Risley
This is an informal letter-writing activity designed as an extension to the short story by Roald Dahl, The Landlady. Students are encouraged to follow the conventions of informal letter writing and to assume the voice of the main character as they
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, English, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Other, Worksheets, Handouts
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By Dana Risley
This lesson is designed for high beginner to high intermediate ELL (ESL) students. It is best suited to students in grades 6-9. A Powerpoint is designed to introduce the oral presentation assignment: Teach the Teacher. The lesson provides structure
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (ELA), Oral Communication
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Projects
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By Dana Risley
As a follow up activity to the reading of the novel, And Then There Were None, this product allows your students to further explore their favorite character. Students love the freedom to present questions to one of the characters from "Soldier
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Literature, ESL / ELL / EFL
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Guided Reading Books
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By Dana Risley
This literature circle activity is designed for small groups of 4 students each. It was designed to provide a more engaged and in depth reading of a passage chosen by the teacher. This activity is best used for encouraging active learning and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Novel Study, Cooperative Learning
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By Dana Risley
Reinforce new vocabulary from this delightful children's classic story!Students must define the ten vocabulary words and either create their own sentences with each word or draw a picture representation.Please send your feedback after purchasing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Other (ELA)
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Handouts
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By Dana Risley
The vocabulary list here is designed with high intermediate/low advanced ESL students (high school and adult learners) in mind. There are 21 words from Roald Dahl's story with a follow up review exercise. I've added some images of some of the words
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, ESL / ELL / EFL, Short Stories
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Worksheets, Literature Circles
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By Dana Risley
Designed to take the mystery out of making questions, this review sheet is lighthearted and engaging. It is most appropriate for ELL/ESL students in grades 3,4,5 - perhaps grade 6 depending on the maturity and skills levels of the students. Making
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (ELA)
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
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By Dana Risley
Creative Activity PacketI hope you enjoy this collection of reading, writing and discussion activities.The materials were designed for students in grades 8, 9, 10 and high-level ESL students.I have purposely omitted instructions as these sorts of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, Adult Education
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Novel Study
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By Dana Risley
This is a fun way to say goodbye to the characters and events of the novel, Tuck Everlasting.Set contains 6 unique BINGO cards and 36 Bingo questions.The questions/prompts are based on: events in the storyvocabulary found in the storydescriptive
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Games
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By Dana Risley
This is an excerpt from the collection of Chinese Folktales that I offer in my store.The story is short and very sweet with follow up vocabulary and a discussion prompt.I hope you enjoy this free sample.Please give it a rating and feedback! With
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Asian Studies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Original Textbooks, Guided Reading Books, Cultural Activities
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a skilled educator with experience in secondary and higher education and a passion for global awareness and intercultural sensitivity. Over the course of my career I have developed curricula, mentored student teachers, advocated for non-English speaking students and tried to keep abreast of ever-changing trends in pedagogy For the past 16 years I have been teaching at an independent, international (IB program) high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My work focuses on ESL in both the IP and IB programs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I fully embrace the IB's philosophy of incorporating the "learner profile" into my pedagogy. Colleagues and students consider me to be a dynamic teacher. It is important for me to ensure that students feel able to invest themselves in the content of my class. This requires me to have a good understanding of my students' interests and abilities. My goal is to provide a challenging, yet engaging classroom environment.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in French from University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. in TESOL from Boston University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East - have lived in several different countries as well! I am a native English speaker use French very often in my work life. Other languages that I've played around with include Spanish and Arabic. I had the opportunity to travel to China with a teacher education tour. It was fascinating and humbling and left me wanting to return again some day! When I'm not teaching, grading papers, or developing curricula, I can be found walking my faithful four-legged furry friend, pumping iron at the gym, or meditating on soil, light and water in my garden!

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