Debbie Deramo

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Debbie Deramo
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"I would give the world to embody one half the ideas afloat in my imagination." ~Edgar Allan Poe
 
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I made this study guide to accompany our viewing of the 2004 film directed by Joel Schumacher. This guide gets students to truly "critically" view the movie, and uncover lots of symbolism they wouldn't otherwise notice. Questions are focused on
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Introductory PowerPoint for The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. 35 slides. Not boring. Character stills from the movie. Exploration and definition of Intuition (examples, psychological basis, subconscious abilities) as it is an essential theme in the
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I've organized them primarily around the five different lessons that we learn from Eddie's five people in heaven. These topics prompt students to make real-life connections and to truly apply what they are learning from reading the novel. Use them
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107 slides on this PowerPoint. Begins with the trailer for the movie "Midnight In Paris," as this is what we do to culminate our study of modernism in American Literature. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" detailed stanza-by-stanza analysis
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Detailed assignment for writing the framework of a movie with a love theme. Students are asked to write 4 "snapshots," which are quick, detailed explanations of scenes, 2 character profiles (no "cardboard" characters) and a longer actual "full"
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Test format is: Fill in the blank, multiple choice, short answer and short essay questions. 45 questions. Complete answer key included.
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100 question Great Gatsby test. Multiple choice. You can use a scantron for this test. Questions are a combination of plot details, quotes analysis, symbolism and theme-centered. One section is on identifying the character being described. Also
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Detailed higher- level interpretation 50 question multiple choice test based on the Modernism unit (See PowerPoint on Modernism, T.S. Eliot, detailed Prufrock analysis, T.E. Hulme & Marianne Moore). Test has questions on the authors and the
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Answer key for The Lovely Bones study guide questions (also available). 10 pages.
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The confessional poetry movement, aka "The Mad Poets Society." All of these poets spent time, most of them concurrently, at the famous psychiatric McLean Hospital. Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton & Robert Lowell bios/ students take notes. Audio
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23 slides PowerPoint: Close reading questions and answers. Visuals go along with setting of the story. Embedded YouTube audio reading of the story. See coordinating introduction to 4 American authors (Faulkner, Chopin, O'Henry, Bierce) PowerPoint,
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Higher-level reading and interpretation questions alongside poems by Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell. Spaces provided for definitions, allusions, biographical notes and other guided poetic device observations. 22 pages. Suggested
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Poems by Jack Kerouac and Allan Ginsberg with thoughtful interpretation and close reading questions to go with each one. 4 pages.
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Thought-provoking and often humorous questions for students to discuss about the main characters. Use towards the end of the novel reading. Some questions include: Which modern day sitcom character is Elizabeth most like and why? If Elizabeth had
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Passage excerpted from Chapter 32 of A Farewell to Arms, where Hemingway is describing Frederic's emergence from the river and his shift from a sense of political duty to one of personal commitment. This Microsoft Word document of the passage goes
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12 pages (double spaced) of higher-level, interesting questions for The Lovely Bones, novel by Alice Sebold. Focus of questions goes beyond content and into literary analysis of the author's figurative language in many places. Answer key available.
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Introduction to Romanticism in literature. Definition and characteristics of the time period. Points of contrast with Age of Enlightenment. Brief bios on Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe. Audio
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Short story "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving re-printed here with close reading questions. Also contains close reading questions for "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Full text of this story available online. Show
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Original Multiple Choice test (70 questions) to use after studying Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Test is broken down into sections. First 11 questions ask for biographical knowledge of the three authors. 10 content questions
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Detailed project AND grading rubric. Students are asked to align the principles of transcendentalism with their choice of contemporary events, art, music, culture, activities, etc. They really like this project as it gives them freedom to find
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Began teaching secondary English in 1999.

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Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Arts in Teaching English

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