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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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These worksheets give students tools to avoid run-on sentences and comma splices. Suggested answers included. Also available at a 50% discount in Most Common Grammar Mistakes. It is also included in Proofreading Practice Run-on Sentences and Comma
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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
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This handy checklist gives students a useful tool for determining whether or not they have a strong, successful thesis. Used after students have written the first draft of their paper, the questions require them to evaluate their writing to
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This lesson will help students understand literary analysis. It provides specific guidelines for writing and explains the required terminology and conventions used. It includes the following items: • Examples from student papers • Discussion of
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Ensure that students understand the power of connotation and are able to explain the subtle differences in words with similar meanings. Completion of the exercises enable students to identify connotation in literature and media and to describe how
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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. This product is also available
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These argumentative writing exercises can be used to supplement a lesson on argumentation. They ensure that students achieve a good understanding of how to create effective thesis statements and how to integrate counterarguments into an
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Teach your students how to write a descriptive essay that's not just a list of traits. With numerous examples and opportunities to practice, this fun lesson teaches students how descriptive writing is used to draw the reader in and keep her
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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
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Improve reading strategies and comprehension by teaching students how to closely read a poem. Even the most difficult poem can be accessed by following the instructions given for each stage. Implementing these strategies enables students to read
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This lesson helps students improve sentence fluency in their writing. The Power Point presentation begins by defining fluency and lists the characteristics of a fluent sentence. The lesson introduces three ways students can improve the fluency of
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Save 40%! and 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
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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
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Save 50% on this bundle of four handouts to help students revise essays. The handouts are as follows: Thesis Statement Checklist Peer Review Guidelines Twenty Questions Revision Guideline Editing Guidelines These handouts provide
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These classroom-proven creative writing activities ensure that students know how to add pertinent details and descriptions to their writing, to create fresh similes and metaphors, and to develop a well-structured, interesting narrative. The package
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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. MY BLOG PINTEREST FACEBOOK

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