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Use this lesson plan to help students manage Hemingway’s long story, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. The set includes a two page Hemingway biography and a description of Hemingway’s style. The Reading Log items can be used in a
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AP teachers can add the items in this folder to ongoing practice with rhetorical devices at any point during the year. The folder contains: Teacher's notes A glossary of terms, definitions and examples. A group project for students to
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This lesson plan connects Mark Twain’s essay "The War Prayer" to the feud in Chapters 17 and 18 of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Both texts are strong displays of irony and Twain's point of view on war. The set includes guided reading
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Whether your class reads, views, or listens to the play, this 48 page unit provides the necessary planning to help students understand the past and make connections to the present. Prereading activities introduce author, setting and themes. An
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Chapter 15 of Huck Finn is a good point for students to relate the story to the actual geography. This plan includes: Teaching guide Detailed map activity student handout Graphic organizer- the fog as a symbol
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These ideas can be used as close reading and critical thinking tasks when students read and analyze a novel independently. The number and type of activities can be easily modified for any level of high school reader. Also included is a sample
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This handout contains eight broad questions to focus research and develop an argument. The questions guide students to narrow the topic, define an audience, estimate their own knowledge, and explore ideas for research and support.
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These activities will help students focus on Huck's struggle with the idea that he is helping a runaway slave. The set includes a graphic organizer for noting quotes that contrast Jim's elation with Huck's doubt. There is also a graphic organizer
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This set of questions, graphic organizers, and prompts will guide students to a better understanding of the relationships and conflicts developed in chapters 5-8 of The Scarlet Letter. The activities include a detailed set of questions with an
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This lesson plan for an independent novel assignment supports close reading, critical thinking and making connections to relevant social issues. The suggested list by American authors covers a range of interests and provides a variety of insights
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Since Tuesdays with Morrie is based on conversations, these activities are primarily developed with quotes. The reading guide divides the book into seven segments. Each segment assigns a split page dialogue so students can choose meaningful ideas
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Use this complete lesson to guide and assess students as they work with "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane. The set includes notes on Crane’s life, time period, writing movement, and style. There is a guided reading worksheet for each section of the
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This lesson plan can supplement your classroom study of the Puritans and the Salem Witchcraft Trials by providing students the chance to "see and hear" actual testimony. The set contains a brief biography of Cotton Mather, the complete text of
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This file provides thirty six activities to go along with a class study of The Grapes of Wrath. The reproducible pages cover the entire novel and include charts, illustrated organizers, questions, and writing prompts. They can be used to develop
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This eight page set will guide students through close reading of the first four chapters of The Scarlet Letter. Twenty guided reading questions with a detailed answer key will provide a solid summary and study guide. Quote analysis in two
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This is a great activity for small groups after reading through chapter 29 of Huckleberry Finn. The lesson plan includes teacher notes, a hand out on character traits, two graphic organizers, a writing prompt for a composition with rubric, and an
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This set of activities for Chapters 9-12 of The Scarlet Letter will make your planning easier. Twelve pages of activities could be used to both guide and assess student learning. Included: a set of twenty-three questions with detailed
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This is a lesson plan developed to help your classes understand the difference between concrete and abstract nouns. The activities include illustrated definitions, practice pages, and an activity for making personal connections. There is also
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These pages contain a variety of activities for close reading of chapters 13-16 of The Scarlet Letter. Included are 20 guided reading questions, 8 graphic organizers, discussion questions, and a journal topic. The activities explore Hawthorne’s
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This PowerPoint can be useful year round to review common rules for usage and style with brief practice. The slides can be adapted to different grade levels and learning styles. The examples can be used for whole class instruction, brief
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My experience includes teaching ELA in grades 9-11. My main focus has been 11th grade American Literature and AP Language and Composition. I have worked on many committees to develop state curriculum and assessment and I now teach Remedial Reading at a Technical College.

MY TEACHING STYLE

What has worked best for students in my experience seems to be when I function more as a facilitator and a coach than an instructor. Then students become actively engaged in taking responsibility for their own learning. I have also learned that most tasks can be differentiated for any type of learner when things are broken down into manageable steps that are clearly explained and outcomes are clearly defined.

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