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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 use the items in this folder to help introduce rhetorical devices and provide practice for students. The folder contains a complete glossary of terms, definitions and examples. There is also a group project for students to create
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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 bundled set can help students understand the past and make connections to the present. Pre reading activities introduce the setting and possible themes. The Cotton Mather excerpt offers
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Chapter 15 of Huck Finn is a good point for students to relate the story to the actual geography. The activity includes a detailed list of how to illustrate the events when Huck and Jim are lost in the fog and the location where all of this occurs.
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This activity will help students focus on Huck's struggle with the fact that he is helping a runaway slave. It includes a graphic organizer for quotes and guided reading questions for analysis.
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These ideas can be used as close reading and critical thinking tasks when you want students to 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
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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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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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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 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 set of questions, graphic organizers, and prompts will guide students to a better understanding of the relationships and conflicts developed in these chapters. The activities include a detailed set of questions, vocabulary in context, use of
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This set will help get your students through the "language barrier" of the first few chapters of The Scarlet Letter. There are twenty guided reading questions, two vocabulary in context pages, an inference activity, and two character analysis
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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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This is a great two part activity for small groups after reading through chapter 29 of Huckleberry Finn. The chart generates lively discussion about the characters and the best possible words to describe them since a word may only be used once and
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In chapters 9-12 of The Scarlet Letter, the complex relationships develop the concepts of guilt, secrecy, and loyalty. Included in this set of activities are twenty-two guided reading questions divided by chapter. There are eight graphic
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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 activity will help students identify and apply varied writing patterns. Students use the definitions of varied writing patterns to describe the same situation in five different ways. These patterns may later be used as a concrete step in
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Use these prompts a few minutes before the end of class for a quick assessment, a “conversation” with a student, a link to next day’s bell ringer, or a way to encourage student engagement. They are divided into categories and can be adapted to most
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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 have also taught 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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