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By Dianne Mason
Reduce first-day-of-class stress and anxiety for both teacher and students. Designed with high school and college students in mind, these icebreakers are sure to enliven your class and boost morale. Each activity engages all students and helps
Subjects:
Back to School
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.00
83
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By Dianne Mason
These worksheets give students tools to avoid run-on sentences and comma splices. Suggested answers included.Click on this link to view and download free products from my store. These will give you an idea of the quality of my work. Dianne Mason’s
Subjects:
English, Writing-Expository, Grammar
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
$3.00
22
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By Dianne Mason
In this study of the epic poem Beowulf, high school students will define epic and epic hero. They will recognize the formula for the hero’s journey as detailed by Joseph Campbell and determine whether Beowulf’s adventures exemplify the journey.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.2, RL.11-12.4
$7.50
22
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By Dianne Mason
Help students write effective argumentative essays with this classroom tested lesson. Filled with examples and exercises, it gives students the tools needed to formulate the following:• worthwhile research question• hypothesis • debatable thesis
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
W.9-10.1, W.9-10.1a
$12.00
15
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By Dianne Mason
Even high school and college students struggle with homophones. This mini-lesson will aid their understanding of the different ways similar-sounding words are spelled and the different meanings of homophone sets. These worksheets give students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
CCSS:
L.9-10.2c
$3.50
11
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By Dianne Mason
With this lesson, students will understand what is meant by identity and how poetry can be used as social commentary. They will build on their poetic vocabulary in order to recognize how poetic devices can be used to enhance meaning. They will
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, CCRA.L.5
$7.00
19
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By Dianne Mason
Do your students have trouble writing effective thesis statements? With this classroom tested lesson, students will be able to formulate powerful thesis statements which lead to sound arguments. Included are the following:• Power Point Presentation•
Subjects:
English, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Study Guides
$5.00
32
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By Dianne Mason
Never worry about first-day-of-class stress and anxiety again. These fun activities engage each student and help create a positive learning environment. Click on this link to view and download free products from my store. These will give you an idea
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Back to School, For All Subjects
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$6.00
$4.80
5
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By Dianne Mason
This lesson on Southern Gothic literature is perfect for Halloween or any time. Students will define traditional Gothic literature and determine the characteristics that distinguish Southern Gothic from the original genre. The Power Point
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5
$5.00
21
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By Dianne Mason
When writing informational texts, students need to know how to introduce a topic and how to write a concluding statement that supports the information presented in the writing. This handout is useful as a mini-lesson for that purpose. It outlines 7
Subjects:
English, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts
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186
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By Dianne Mason
This product contains 25 paragraphs for student practice in proofreading for commas, apostrophes, and semicolons. It includes original paragraphs, paragraphs with punctuation errors, and paragraphs that list the number and type of error, all in PDF
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
CCSS:
CCRA.L.2
$3.50
4
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By Dianne Mason
Give your students the tools they need to write effective counterarguments with this classroom tested lesson. The lesson includes the following: • Power Point presentation • Teacher’s guide • Activities for student practice • Link to helpful topics
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual)
CCSS:
W.9-10.1b
$4.50
9
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By Dianne Mason
This Power Point presentation outlines 10 categories of transitional words and their functions. It also gives word lists for and examples of each category. Exercises for student practice and answer keys are included.Other products you may find
Subjects:
English, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Minilessons, PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
12
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By Dianne Mason
MONEY SAVING BUNDLE!The fiction football game, based on the rules of football, is a fun way to review the poem before students take an exam or write an essay. In Beowulf The Hero's Journey, students will define epic and epic hero.They will recognize
Subjects:
Literature, Poetry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Games
$12.00
$8.40
7
Bundle
By Dianne Mason
Do your students understand the importance of word choice and sentence structure in creating coherent essays? With these worksheets, students will begin to recognize redundancies, faulty parallel structure, and lack of sentence variety. They will be
Subjects:
English, Writing, Writing-Expository
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets
$2.00
24
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By Dianne Mason
This lesson provides everything you need to give your students a thorough understanding of the medieval morality play The Summoning of Everyman. The product includes the following items:• Lecture notes• Reading questions for students to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Lectures
CCSS:
RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.4
$4.50
12
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By Dianne Mason
Poetry Bundle for High School. These lessons that focus on theme. Each lesson contains the following:• Short biographies of poets• Context information on the 17th Century• Copies of the poems used• Pre-reading questions• Questions for close reading
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$14.00
$9.80
9
Bundle
By Dianne Mason
Give your students the tools they need to create well-thought-out comparison and contrast essays that go beyond a simple list of similarities and differences to an understanding of how the context of the comparison reveals the relationships between
Subjects:
English, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations
$6.50
6
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By Dianne Mason
MONEY SAVING BUNDLE!The products in this bundle provide students with practice to overcome some of the most common errors in punctuation and structure in order to effectively create strong, cohesive writing.Click on this link to view and download
Subjects:
English Language Arts, English, Grammar
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Minilessons
$9.00
$6.30
4
Bundle
By Dianne Mason
Give high school or college students the tools they need to do useful research on any topic. This lesson does all of the following with interesting, current examples and links to helpful sites: • Emphasizes importance of a focused research
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
CCRA.W.8
$6.00
10
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught English literature and composition at the college level for twenty-five years. I've also taught creative writing.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I liken my role to that of a good gardener. Just as the gardener can't force the plant to grow but can only create the conditions in which it can flourish and bloom, I can't force students to learn. All I can do is provide the right environment, keep the weeds of poor thinking skills from taking root, and then step back and be amazed at what ideas, imagination, and thoughtful results blossom and grow.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I haven't won any awards or received any honors, but I have had many shining moments, mostly when I see a lightbulb go off and a struggling student grasp a troublesome concept. Sometimes I run into former students who proudly tell me how well they've done in other classes because of what they learned in mine. I've watched students who assured me at the beginning of the course how much they hate English class blossom and become confident readers and writers.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Master's degree in English.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Besides teaching, I'm also a Master Gardener and a screenwriter with two scripts optioned so far. Please visit me on PINTEREST

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