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By drvan
GREAT YEAR STARTER ACTIVITY. This movie reviews short story terminology from the previous year with sound educational value and provides an engaging and fun way to wrap-up the year's learning. (Let's face it: The Princess Bride, is one of the best
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Movie Guides
$9.99
24 ratings
3.9
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By drvan
I developed these three quizzes to keep my students accountable for reading the novel, The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham. By design, the answers to the majority of these questions are NOT found in online or store-bought study guides (e.g., Spark
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Novel Study, Printables
$8.99
9 ratings
3.9
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By drvan
This package includes all that you will need to teach your students to understand, recognize, and eliminate Sentence Fragments, Run-On Sentences, and Comma Spices from their writing. It includes both PowerPoint presentation notes (with examples),
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Minilessons
$24.99
7 ratings
3.7
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By drvan
Studies show that when students pause and evaluate ourselves, their evaluation is more meaningful than those evaluations performed by teachers. Students take ownership over their own progress. Moreover, people are more likely to achieve their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, For All Subjects
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Rubrics
$3.75
10 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
Fun Start of Year Activities (Classroom & Relationship Building) Substitute Friendly! This six-page pdf packet contains several activities you can use in your class to introduce drama to younger students, serve as an introduction to Improv
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Arts, Drama
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$6.99
12 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
This is a 6-page pdf download. There are three different, twenty-question quizzes on poetic devices: alliteration, assonance, consonance, hyperbole, metaphor, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, personification, and simile. Answer keys are included. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Poetry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Test Prep
$5.75
3 ratings
3.8
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By drvan
Over 40 pages of Reading Comprehension Texts, Multiple-Choice Questions, Writing Prompts, Lesson Deliver Noes, and Student Writing Exemplars. I use this package with my Grade 10-12 English students (and select few English 9 classes). I select one
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Test Prep
$25.99
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (4.06 MB)
By drvan
This is a six-page product that gives students various ways to access (and then create) Extended Metaphors (and Similes). It starts with a quick and easy, one-page worksheet to kickstart students in their creative writing. There are seventeen
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$5.99
7 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
So often I find that students do not know how to write appropriate emails to either their teachers or future employers. I developed these two lessons to focus and correct that in my students. This is a two-lesson product, twenty-seven pages in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Minilessons
$7.99
7 ratings
3.9
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By drvan
Oftentimes students (and let's face it, even many adults) do not know the difference between colloquialism, slang, and jargon. What words would be correctly called slang? Why does my teacher write "colloquial" in the margins of my essays? I have
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Minilessons, Scaffolded Notes
$7.25
6 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
This four-page mapping activity is one I use for all my junior Social Studies classes. With this mini-project, students become more familiar with the geographic boundaries of Canada, its provinces and territories, and significant bodies of water
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Canadian History, Geography
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
$4.25
5 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
This is a six-page step-by-step PDF document that contains everything you need to set your students on the "write" track to writing an effective literary (analysis) paragraph.Page One: Handout including the 11 tips, tricks, and "rules" of writing a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Rubrics
$7.99
6 ratings
3.9
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By drvan
Integration of Quotations: Students often just drop full sentence quotations into their writing. Many have difficulty using fully integrated quotations in their writing because they have not been taught in a formal way with models. This handout
Subjects:
Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Minilessons
$4.99
7 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
Friday the ThirteenthStudents love to discuss cultural superstitions, wondering where they came from, what they mean, and debating if there is any validity to them. I originally created this PowerPoint for a fun one-off lesson that I use any time I
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Psychology
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Research, PowerPoint Presentations, Projects
$7.99
3 ratings
3.7
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By drvan
This is a comprehensive lesson for any unit that deals with social injustice based upon stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination (or racism, specifically). It was originally designed to work for the novels, In the Heat of the Night (by John Ball), To
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Other (ELA)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Projects, Posters
$12.99
3 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
This resource is both for Formal vs. Informal Language, as well as Sophisticated Language.In a two-page handout that explains how to write formally, or more specifically, how to recognize and eliminate informal diction from writing. In a table
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Printables
$5.99
7 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
This is a four-page, fully editable, Word .docx document. It is an ongoing reader response journal assignment that I give my students when reading John Wyndham's novel, The Chrysalids. This writing assignment is used for each chapter of the novel.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$4.99
4 ratings
3.8
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By drvan
The process of understanding and bringing meaning to poetry instills fear in many of our students. Oftentimes, when students merely look at a poem, they immediately decide they cannot understand it, even before they read through it once. This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
$7.99
4 ratings
4.0
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By drvan
This product contains activities for Michael Bruce's short story, "Gentleman, Your Verdict." Specifically: Three anticipatory set activities for setting students thinking about the themes in the story. (1) Engaging class discussion where most
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$7.99
5 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.89 MB)
By drvan
This is a four-page pdf document worksheet. I use this worksheet when I start teaching my novel study for "In the Heat of the Night," though it is completely applicable to any unit involving social justice, racism, discrimination, et cetera. (For
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (Social Studies - History), Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$4.99
2 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over 15 years teaching experience in high schools, adult ed, university and private tutoring. I have also taught at learning centres for middle school and high school-aged students. My background is in English Language Arts and Art History, incorporating cultural studies and literary theory. Like many English teachers, I teach short stories, novels, Shakespeare, poetry, grammar, essay writing, media studies, and career preparation and planning.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My philosophy of education centres on interdisciplinary studies and the development of critical reasoning skills. I believe that as modern life becomes increasingly complex and interconnected the need to teach how all subject areas interact is ever more important. As such, I habitually infuse my lessons with visual and popular culture, demonstrating how the material is relevant to students’ lives and thereby making it more accessible. Similarly, I contextualize the source material to its socio-political milieu to facilitate learning while students uncover how a text’s meaning changes over time.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Outstanding Teaching Practicum Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.Ed., B.A., and currently pursuing my M.Ed in School Counselling.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm a nineteenth-century boy, stuck in a twenty-first-century body.

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